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Old 08-22-2011, 11:52 PM   #1
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This photo was taken last Saturday, at "The biggest little airshow" on Ford Island Hawaii. It is unaltered, and no zoom lenses were used, they are much closer than it appears. The Biggest Little Airshow is an RC event at the Historic Ford Island air museum.



What you see here is Hawaiian Airlines' full scale Bellanca with 3 passengers and pilot, creeping up on a turbine powered model F22 Raptor.

The Bellanca was supposed to stay at 1000ft but decided to do a low flyby without telling anyone, not once but twice.

Airboss saw him coming in and sent the jet away from the runway which he was flying over at the time.

Close but it was lucky there was no hit.


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Originally Posted by Nitro Blast View Post
This photo was taken last Saturday, at "The biggest little airshow" on Ford Island Hawaii. It is unaltered, and no zoom lenses were used, they are much closer than it appears. The Biggest Little Airshow is an RC event at the Historic Ford Island air museum.



What you see here is Hawaiian Airlines' full scale Bellanca with 3 passengers and pilot, creeping up on a turbine powered model F22 Raptor.

The Bellanca was supposed to stay at 1000ft but decided to do a low flyby without telling anyone, not once but twice.

Airboss saw him coming in and sent the jet away from the runway which he was flying over at the time.

Close but it was lucky there was no hit.


If professionals can have incidents, anyone can.
Hi Jim
Ill take your word for it as i cant view the photo
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Granted the people in the air have the right of way under any circumstance, but I hope I never find myself in the same aircraft or the same airspace as this pilot.

All of my landings are three point landings if you count the spinner, too
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Originally Posted by Nitro Blast View Post
The Bellanca was supposed to stay at 1000ft but decided to do a low flyby without telling anyone, not once but twice.

Airboss saw him coming in and sent the jet away from the runway which he was flying over at the time.
I can just imagine that radio conversation! I suspect the Bellanca pilot was not doing much flying after that.

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Put yourself in the RC Pilot's shoes:

$7000 model, you take off at an airshow, with hundreds of pairs of eyes on you.

7 minute flight time with turbine,
5 minutes down and you are on the last pass before getting into the landing pattern (notice gear down),
Full scale aircraft on your six and closing,
Airboss immeadately sends you away on a 90,
Bellanca putters by at a leisurely pace....
You havent taken a breath since you saw him on your six...
Now, you are begging for landing clearance.


I'll get more of the scoop, Dad knows the team that did the restoration on the Bellanca, and which pilots are qualified in it. Qualified pilots are on current status with HAL, so I doubt anyone got fired. But, I wouldnt doubt that they may have lost privledges with the Bellanca.

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