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Old 12-31-2008, 08:01 PM
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Well, SOMEONE has to document the fun and frivolity!

Looks like a good time, fellas!
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Old 12-31-2008, 08:03 PM
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He was a busy guy that day Donnie! Don't forget to drop by for those parts to get your scratch built electric stick up in the air.
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Old 12-31-2008, 08:04 PM
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It was Kev, drop by if you're ever out here in the sticks.
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Old 12-31-2008, 08:05 PM
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Wow, if it isn't Mister Donnie! The RPM King! The only man I've ever known to spit the blades off a prop hub due to RPM!

Well.... Here's the score...

363 photos taken total... No charge!

96 photos hit the trash can... No charge!

5 photos taken by you during my one flight, all of which were perfect, by the way... No Charge!

The smile on your face after flying Don's Stryker... Priceless! Hah!

Did you figure out the fuel draw problem on your Outlaw yet? I probably have some speed props if you need them. Let me know what sizes you want to try and I'll bring them up Friday.

Dave,

the automatic photographer...
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Old 12-31-2008, 08:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Don Sims View Post
It was Kev, drop by if you're ever out here in the sticks.
I will make sure to do so. That invitation works both ways buddy! (Not that anyone WILLINGLY comes to Sandwich.....)
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Old 12-31-2008, 08:30 PM
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Well Kev, I think I used to go by there on my way from Chicago to Macomb back in the mid 70's my first attempt at college.
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Old 12-31-2008, 08:32 PM
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Too bad in the 70's I was living elsewhere while in grade school.
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Old 12-31-2008, 08:37 PM
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Dog, we must be bored today, so many reading one thread! LOL Kev.... Now you're really making me feel old.
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Old 12-31-2008, 08:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Don Sims View Post
Dog, we must be bored today, so many reading one thread! LOL Kev.... Now you're really making me feel old.
Don, 45 ain't old. Heck, I'll turn 40 in a month.

Bored is one way to put it. I have 80 mins til I am off for my weekend!

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Old 12-31-2008, 09:04 PM
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Dave great narative with the photos.
And by way the plane in the avitar look familuar?
Talking about slinging the blades off the propeller's hub!!
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Old 01-01-2009, 12:31 AM
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Originally Posted by CAPMDON View Post
Dave great narative with the photos.
And by way the plane in the avitar look familuar?
Talking about slinging the blades off the propeller's hub!!
Oooooh yeah! I really remember that one! The Tomahawk! A big, bad, carbon fiber twin boom pusher! A screaming YS 2 stoke one it with a tuned pipe that would let a crack addict inhale all the way to his toes! You ought to post a picture of it.

Donnie brought it out the the WTRCF field in Jackson TN along with Don and Woody one fine afternoon. I decided I would help with the tuning process on it. That means, I used my massive girth to keep the plane from moving whilst Donnie was running it up. It still had a midrange issue but at full throttle it ran great so Donnie decided to fly it.

As the human anchor, I asked if he wanted me to go out on the runway and hold it steady so he could milk it through the stumbles and get it revving. So off we go, out to the middle of the runway. I grab hold of the horizontal stab in between the booms. The 3 bladed prop was about 8 inches or so in front of my chubby little fingers. Donnie started to rev it up and when it hit full song, I got scared! Real scared! I have no idea what RPM that thing was turning but, I still don't think I've heard an RC engine twist that high.

Donnie was back stepping to the pilot's stations (about 100 feet) and the whole time I'm thinking, "This was a really bad idea." and kept asking if he was ready yet, like about 15 times, knowing full well he wasn't. Donnie finally gave the the nod amd I was more than happy to let that plane go!

Takeoff was straight as an arrow. Lift off was very "scale" looking. He made a 180 degree turn to go back up wind and was starting his next 180 degree turn and I think at about the 20 degree point, it happened. Zing! Followed by silence. Donnie wisely chose to make a huge arc around behind the pit area to bleed off speed and set up a landing in the tall grass beyond the upwind end of the runway. Well, she landed hard but flat. Donnie lacked about 5 feet of altitude for a descent landing. Everybody at the field was watching and duly impressed. Not only with it's speed but with the way Donnie handled a bad situation.

Amazingly, the only physical damage to the plane was that all 3 landing gear legs were neatly folded back and a chunk was missing out of one of the carbon fiber tail booms where a prop blade went through it. The bladeless prop hub was still exactly where it was supposed to be on the engine's crankshaft. I think Donnie flew it again the next weekend with a different brand and type of prop on it.

That was a day that I will never forget.

You still have that plane don't you Donnie? You need to carve out a spot for a turbine on that thing! Or maybe an huge electric ducted fan and about a hundred pounds of batteries!

Dave,

Keeping my chair from running away....
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Old 01-01-2009, 12:42 AM
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Dave,

God was watching you with special angels THAT day, for sure!

It might have been a completely different story.....especially if your shirt wasn't tucked!
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Old 01-01-2009, 01:01 AM
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I'll take all the Angels I can get! That's the reason I sewed velcro to my waistband so my shirt wont come un tucked! LOL

If I had taken the time to think about it, I don't think I was in that much danger. Even though the business end of the engine was pointing right at me, the blades would've gone toward the nose of the plane if the separated while I was holding on to it. I didn't really think about that until much later. At the time, all I knew was, I was looking at the business end of an engine that was pointing at me and turning a w h o l e lot of RPM's! If I'm not mistaken, that setup turned over 20K RPM's. I think it was an engine for a ducted fan but, Donnie will have to let you know the particulars on it.

Still, things could've gone wrong and those Angels are always welcome!

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I'm lucky,,, I survived the 70's....
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I might be wrong, but here's a shot of Donnie flying the T-hawk.... the thing is very difficult to track when taking pictures. That looks like a Bobcat in his avatar.
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Old 01-03-2009, 01:43 AM
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Well, we went out flying this morning instead of a 1-1-09 day of flying. It was another fantastic day. My first flight with the F-22 met with mega tragedy, took it in from a long way up and it looked like this...

Had to be pilot error on my part, the plane was flying great when it went in.
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Old 01-03-2009, 02:01 AM
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I hate dishing out hard earned bucks then a plane going in but crashing's a part of flying....

Dave Huff had his slimer Rascal(?) there and actually flew when I could watch him today. That was a really nice flying bird even though it had an engine instead of a motor.
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Old 01-03-2009, 02:03 AM
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Dave was dressed kinda weird today. Actually I was scared the entire day worried he'd want to show whatever it was he was hiding.
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Old 01-03-2009, 02:16 AM
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Nick had several great flights with his Corsair, XP-11, and his Showtime.
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Old 01-03-2009, 04:18 AM
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Donny brought a couple of his planes and couldn't get them engines turning over properly so he flew my Stryker for a while. Then he went home and got another plane that was so ugly the ground repelled it and he showed us what low and slow flying was all about.
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Dave was dressed kinda weird today. Actually I was scared the entire day worried he'd want to show whatever it was he was hiding.
Well.... Ummm.... OK.... I had a little "wardrobe malfunction" at the sod farm and, well, I chose to put on this stylish yet sensible terri cloth towel/apron/handy hand wiper, rather than drive the 100 mile round trip to replace my malfunct-ing jeans.

Truth be told, I really just didn't want to humiliate my fellow flyers with my extremely impressive male attribute! After all, part of being a friend is to not point out areas where others may be, ummm, shall we say... lacking.

OK! Down to business! Friday 01-02-09, Dyer Tennessee, temps in the mid 50's, winds 0 MPH gusting to 5 , and more sunshine that should be allowed by law! Darned near perfect!

THE BIG STORY!!! : Don's modded F-22 Raptor !
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Old 01-03-2009, 04:07 PM
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Uhhh-ohhhhh I'm waiting with baited breath.... You're not going to post what I did to the F-22 are you Dave old buddy???
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Nick had his normal fleet out and had some very impressive flights with his Showtime. Gladly, there were no tragedies in any of his flights. He also flew his super smooth Corsair, his Stryker and his XPD 8.

All of this is truly exceptional considering we were all kind of bummed out over Don's F-22 going in. We were all saddened by it. It was a good plane. It died too young.

Or did it?
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Originally Posted by Don Sims View Post
Uhhh-ohhhhh I'm waiting with baited breath.... You're not going to post what I did to the F-22 are you Dave old buddy???

Hmmm... I really wasn't going to do that but,,, after you posted my fashion statement...

Revenge is mine!

"All of this is truly exceptional considering we were all kind of bummed out over Don's F-22 going in. We were all saddened by it. It was a good plane. It died too young.

Or did it?"

Muhahahahaha!
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LOL... and awayyyyyyy weeee goooooo!
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Donny brought out his wicked Outlaw with some more tuned pipe mods on it along with his Bobcat which also has a pipe on it. He was still plagued with fuel supply problems on both planes but, made some progress. In the afternoon he went home to get one of his "low and slow" special stunt planes which was a real treat to watch! He flew Don's Stryker again.

Donny is an amazing pilot and will do things you cant imagine all below 20 feet of altitude!

All of this is truly exceptional considering we were all kind of bummed out over Don's F-22 going in. We were all saddened by it. It was a good plane. It died too young.

Or did it?
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