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Post  TLAnderson Mon Mar 18, 2019 8:47 pm

I decided to give the Skyray a test run yesterday after its long winters nap.

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Almost had a disaster when it slid off the edge of the table while running. The stooge held it so no damage.

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Not quite flying time yet. Snow is too deep. Smile


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Post  rsv1cox Tue Mar 19, 2019 7:27 am

Snows gone here in WV TL, dozens of Robins in the yard and I'm sending some up your way.

Nice looking airplane.

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Post  getback Tue Mar 19, 2019 7:37 am

Nice try any hoo , thats funny Bob you say about Robins there were at least 10 in my backyard yesterday as i was outside suning in the 60 * weather . Actually planting some mator seed to get a jump on things sunny Snow Snow go away so i can fly today tongue
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Post  TLAnderson Sat Jun 29, 2019 11:18 pm

Got the Skyray in the air Friday evening. First flights of the year. I made an attempt on May 28th, but failed to get the plane in the air.

I was trying an elevated launch platform to get the plane out of the grass, and allow me to start it without having to get down on the ground. (Getting old sucks)Thumbs Down

The first version of the platform was too short so the plane just dived into the ground on launch.
So here's version two.

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It was a nice evening to fly, and I got several glitch-free flights in. Can't wait to do it again. Smile
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Post  getback Sun Jun 30, 2019 7:23 am

Clapping Clapping Clapping Clapping Good Fun TL ! Love that drop off landing gear sunny Ya gettin down is getting off my list when trying to have some fun but can't get to the handle lol!
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Post  Kim Sun Jun 30, 2019 7:43 am

Yeah Man! Great fun with a classic...and REALLY great drop-off landing gear mod !!!
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Post  roddie Sun Jun 30, 2019 10:30 am

Just curious.. how it felt.. I mean flew.. with its' nuts hanging-out in the breeze..? Shocked
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Post  TLAnderson Sun Jun 30, 2019 12:31 pm

roddie wrote:Just curious.. how it felt.. I mean flew.. with its' nuts hanging-out in the breeze..? Shocked

Those nuts might have had something to do with the plane diving into the ground back in May. They got cut off before the latest flights. Shocked
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Post  roddie Sun Jun 30, 2019 6:51 pm

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roddie wrote:Just curious.. how it felt.. I mean flew.. with its' nuts hanging-out in the breeze..? Shocked

Those nuts might have had something to do with the plane diving into the ground back in May. They got cut off before the latest flights. Shocked

Damn! oh.. I see. Maybe we can call that a castoration. tongue
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Post  TLAnderson Sun Jun 30, 2019 7:58 pm

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roddie wrote:Just curious.. how it felt.. I mean flew.. with its' nuts hanging-out in the breeze..? Shocked

Those nuts might have had something to do with the plane diving into the ground back in May. They got cut off before the latest flights. Shocked

Damn!  oh.. I see. Maybe we can call that a castoration. tongue

Very Happy Sounds like a good name for it. The plane is much more docile and easier to handle now.
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Post  TLAnderson Thu Aug 01, 2019 9:30 pm

Got a bunch of good flights in on July 30. I swapped the engine from the PT-19 onto the Skyray just to see which one pulls it better.
Started heading for the handle, and realized I hadn't removed the battery leads.
The red ribbon is on the takeoff gear so I can find the gear in the grass after it drops off.

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She's ready to go, stooge line is pulled tight.

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Gotta get the flights in now. It's August already. Winter is coming Shocked
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Post  TLAnderson Sat Jun 19, 2021 10:29 pm

This plane didn't get much airtime last year. Finally got a somewhat calm day today so I decided to give it a try.

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Got about six flights in before the wind came back up. Good start for the season.
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Post  getback Sun Jun 20, 2021 7:32 am

cheers cheers Good to hear from you TL and that Ya got out to do some laps , Appears to bee plenty of cushion from the grass grown up . I still like the idea of the landing gear detaching it self after take off . Darn winter come early there at your place Cold Beer Cheers
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Post  TLAnderson Sun Jun 20, 2021 12:10 pm

Thanks Eric. Ya that field only gets mowed once a year. That tall grass saves the plane when it crashes though.
Winter comes early and stays late around here. Got to get the flights in when you can.
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Post  rsv1cox Sun Jun 20, 2021 12:41 pm

Nice photos TL, enjoyed all of them. You make me jealous, I should be out there doing that.
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Post  TLAnderson Sun Jun 20, 2021 1:35 pm

rsv1cox wrote:Nice photos TL, enjoyed all of them.  You make me jealous, I should be out there doing that.  

Thanks Bob. I just retired on June 4th, after working for 50 years. Hopefully I can get more flying time in now.
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Post  rsv1cox Sun Jun 20, 2021 2:47 pm

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rsv1cox wrote:Nice photos TL, enjoyed all of them.  You make me jealous, I should be out there doing that.  

Thanks Bob. I just retired on June 4th, after working for 50 years. Hopefully I can get more flying time in now.

Congratulations, I worked for 43 years straight, retired at 55 and never looked back. 43 years, three jobs -poultry farm, Navy, Federal Civil Service and that's it. My interests are varied, from forestry to models and i have never been bored without something to do. Always been that way.

I envy you with flat land and room to let the lines out. I'm restricted to 35' max and at that I'm pushing it and have found trees. Easy for me to get the dizzies.

Are you going to build something new?
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Post  dckrsn Sun Jun 20, 2021 6:16 pm

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Thanks Bob. I just retired on June 4th, after working for 50 years. Hopefully I can get more flying time in now.
Congratulations On your retirement, welcome to the club. I also retired just this past April 2nd, after 49 yrs. Enjoy.
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Post  TLAnderson Sun Jun 20, 2021 7:49 pm

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Are you going to build something new?  

I don't know. I have the Snip combat wing to play with also. I've been working on an engine mount for it that won't break off every time the plane crashes. Haven't flight tested it yet.
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Post  TLAnderson Sun Jun 20, 2021 7:52 pm

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Congratulations On your retirement, welcome to the club. I also retired just this past April 2nd, after 49 yrs. Enjoy.
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Thanks. Congratulations on your retirement also.
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Post  TLAnderson Mon Dec 13, 2021 6:57 pm

We don't get to fly CL in December very often up here. The temp hit 45f 7c today and light winds, so I got a few flights in.
Made for a nice afternoon.

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Post  rsv1cox Tue Dec 14, 2021 7:48 am

I always enjoy your posts TL.

Love your platform. HMS Queen Elizabeth II.

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Post  getback Tue Dec 14, 2021 8:31 am

Cool TL looks like you had some Fun Yeah Wisconsin in Dec. that was a Good Day ! Santa
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Post  TLAnderson Sun Sep 11, 2022 9:09 pm

This year has been bad for CL flying. Spring was rainy and windy. Summer has been hot and windy. Today was the first chance I've had to fly the Skyray.

I got set up, got the engine started without issue, and launched it. I didn't step back quite far enough for the plane to clear the launch platform, I guess. When it completed the first circle, it was just a little too low, and it hit the platform. Not good.

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Bummer, but I got many more flights out of this plane than I expected to.

So ends the story of this Skyray.
Might have to build another one. Flying
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Post  andrew Sun Sep 11, 2022 9:44 pm

Damage looks pretty minor -- repairs should go quickly.
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