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firemanbill
09-15-2008, 02:23 AM
Just saw this today. Mac Hodges lost his world famous 20ft wingspan B-29 yesterday... I had the joy of seeing this plane fly on several occasions and my heart just sank to see this happen... what a shame.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=923872#post10546007

Angler-Hi
09-15-2008, 02:34 AM
Man that just SUCKS! My heart goes out to the guy.

fr4nk1yn
09-15-2008, 02:43 AM
I guess that saying is really true. To be lost for something so simple ):

Grasshopper
09-15-2008, 02:45 AM
What a terrible loss. I feel fortunate I got to see it twice.

yank51
09-16-2008, 12:15 AM
Yes, I've been fortunate enough to see it fly several times here in central Georgia. Matter of fact, here is a picture of my son posing with the B-29 while it was "in the hanger". And another one with "you-know-who" showing off his monkey shirt with the B-29...

Liquidity
09-16-2008, 12:32 AM
Maybe Fred will make him a new one with Blucore and hotglue

Don Sims
09-16-2008, 12:36 AM
Hate to read this especially with the builder gone. That plane almost made me think about getting a slimer some day, it was one awesome plane with one heck of a pilot flying the thing.

Bill, thanks for the link to the video!

Liquidity
09-16-2008, 12:52 AM
Rumor has it he has been in talks with a builder to rebuild it.

rcproptester
09-16-2008, 01:10 AM
That is the same rumor I heard

firemanbill
09-16-2008, 02:06 AM
It MUST Be rebuilt!

The Universe just won't be right until it is back in the Air...

You know what it was. Dan got to heaven and saw that beautiful flying field and said "Mac, I'm going to be needing that B-29 up here!":D

rcproptester
09-16-2008, 02:19 AM
I believe you are right Bill

Jaiwill
10-27-2008, 12:37 PM
Being where i am, don't know the plane or pilot but...Nothing short of heart wrenching.... respect:{:{

firemanbill
10-27-2008, 12:45 PM
You just don't know how hert wrenching Bud. Mac is truly one of the finest, nicest, do anything for you men you would ever be fortunate enough to meet. You just have to meet Mac and see his place to appreciate all he does for this hobby.

First time I met the man I felt like I had known him all my life. Mainly because he treated me like he had known me all his life.

I have nothing but the UTMOST respect for Mac and all the folks at Hodges Hobbies.

Jaiwill
10-27-2008, 01:27 PM
I can see by the comments left here that this is a man that has respect to burn...
There's a few frames on that video that I don't mind admitting brought a lump to my throat...
Do they know what happened??
I hope he does rebuild and revive the beautiful bird that she was...

Darren

rcproptester
10-27-2008, 01:33 PM
Unfortunately, the wing bolts were either left out or weren't installed properly. During the flat spin, the wing just started separating from the rest of the plane. When he came out of the dive, the resulting loads caused the wing to fold.

Twmaster
10-27-2008, 05:37 PM
Oh that's sad. I heard about the crash yesterday at our club field closing cookout. I too have seen that fly at the Warbirds Over Delaware meet. Truly sad. Especially over something so trivial like the wing bolts.

rcproptester
10-27-2008, 05:50 PM
I have been told that it is going to be rebuilt and there are plans for it to be done by SEFF

Liquidity
10-27-2008, 06:02 PM
I forgot the company that is DONATING 4 new motors

firemanbill
10-27-2008, 06:16 PM
I have been told that it is going to be rebuilt and there are plans for it to be done by SEFF

That is indeed good news! I should think any company invloved in this hobby would donate to the cause to get that bird back in the air!

gfdengine204
10-27-2008, 06:32 PM
That is indeed good news! I should think any company invloved in this hobby would donate to the cause to get that bird back in the air!
Isn't that the kinda stuff that makes ya proud to be part of the hobby, Bill? I love when folks step up to help out like that.

firemanbill
10-27-2008, 06:37 PM
Isn't that the kinda stuff that makes ya proud to be part of the hobby, Bill? I love when folks step up to help out like that.

Yup... Me too Kev. A lot of good folks out there even in these tough times.

Bill G
10-27-2008, 06:47 PM
I saw a 1/3rd scale Rearwing Speedster in Flying Scale, where they pilot had not put the clevis pins in the wing struts. Fortunately the wings pivoted before he got off the ground.

I imagine a pin or something accidentally was left out. I didn't read all the details, as you usually have to read through a bunch of arguements, spats, reporting incidents, etc, to get through a thread at that other place.:D

rcproptester
10-27-2008, 10:37 PM
I forgot the company that is DONATING 4 new motors
zenoah I think

firemanbill
10-27-2008, 10:39 PM
He had ZDZ 80's in it...

powerlines
10-27-2008, 10:40 PM
He had ZDZ 80's in it...


This is correct. Dat is why I jumped on a chance to Get a ZDZ50 on my stinger.. Thanks Dave..

LATER

rcproptester
10-27-2008, 10:42 PM
Yeah, I think that they said they are going back with 4 new zdz80s, but I can't quite be 100% sure on that.
I will find out though.

powerlines
10-27-2008, 10:44 PM
I left the wing bolts out of my edge one time.. I took off and did my normal roll.. When I got 1/2 way round the field.. I remembered.. Screamed like a girl and said LANDING!! Got it down fine.. Too bad that didn't happen with the 29.. I am just so glad someone is going to put it back togeather..

LATER

powerlines
10-27-2008, 10:45 PM
Yes.. ZDZ is donating 4 new 80s.. I can only pray I can have one of the old ones.. Damaged or not.. I am going to ask Mac Thur.. I will have to build me a plane around the motor..

LATER

Manta1
10-29-2008, 03:41 PM
you can put it on the showtime :)

aviatordave
11-06-2008, 02:16 PM
Can someone verify this for me? I actually got it in an email. I recognized it as Macs plane.

Was Mac an aerospace engineer?


Here is a 7 min movie of a model B29
This is interesting and something all of us would like to do.
What aerospace engineers do after they retire?
Homemade B-29 bomber.
This aircraft runs on four Chainsaw motors.
You can just imagine how much time, effort, skill and money these guys
have put into this thing.
:

http://users.skynet.be/fa926657/files/B29.wmv

Lieutenant Loughead
11-06-2008, 02:38 PM
Ugh -- where's the video of the accident? :confused: (I'm an arm chair air crash investigator, you know.)

I was fortunate to take my three kids to see this wonderful airplane fly in Tulsa a two years ago... I was disapointed it wasn't here last year, and hoped to see it again next year... :o

Lieutenant Loughead
11-06-2008, 02:41 PM
Found it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWbzId0vQGM

Are we sure it was a wing bolt? It looks to me like the wing folds exactly where the smoke was coming out -- perhaps there was some heat stress from running the smoke so many times?

Liquidity
11-06-2008, 03:09 PM
Nope it was a wing bolt.

Liquidity
11-06-2008, 03:10 PM
There is a series of still shos on rcg that show the wing sliding off of the rod.

Manta1
11-06-2008, 03:20 PM
i think iheard someone say they found wing bolts in their pocket?

Lieutenant Loughead
11-06-2008, 03:21 PM
i think iheard someone say they found wing bolts in their pocket?Oh wow... How'd you like to be the guy who had to admit THAT? :o

Lieutenant Loughead
11-06-2008, 03:26 PM
There is a series of still shos on rcg that show the wing sliding off of the rod.Hmmmm -- I can't seem to find those photos... Can you please post them here? :)

powerlines
11-06-2008, 03:29 PM
That's Mac..
He fells bad about it. Told me that it was starting to rain and he took bolts out to put it up . The rain passed and never had to put it up and went to fly.. Forgot to put the bolts back in.. It was a huge loss for us Hodge Hounds.. I am soo thankful that it is comming back to life.. That is the main reason I am fixing the Stinger.. If the B29 can be revived.. Just about anything can.. It was horrible..

rcproptester
11-06-2008, 04:27 PM
If you watch the video, you can see the wing separating during the spin. You have to look for it and compare the distance between the motors to see it.

Manta1
11-06-2008, 04:39 PM
yea the wing def slides back before breaking on half

Liquidity
11-06-2008, 05:01 PM
Hmmmm -- I can't seem to find those photos... Can you please post them here? :)

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=923872

First post

Lieutenant Loughead
11-06-2008, 05:31 PM
Thanks -- those are great pictures!