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Post  Kim Mon Mar 22, 2021 5:38 am

From the Flyers' Facebook Page
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Sunday Morning--
After a wild party over in Illinois with my wonderful niece's family, I'm moving mighty slow this morning, but am knocking down Folgers with the intent of jump-starting my old self, and heading to Breezy Hill for some roundy-rounds.
My day is moving like cold molasses, so it's gonna be mid-afternoon (my most-hated time of day) before I can get there.  Any Flyers that care to deal with my crankyness, please come out.

Also, somebody please help me remember to update my emergency info in our Emergency Info Book...just another detail that seems to be growing in importance as my years crank by...
"Oh Lord, It's Eleven A.M. Already Kim"
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And Then:
"Sunday Flying on breezy Breezy Hill"

Got to Breezy Hill around 1:00 or something like it, with building southerly winds breaking across the field.
I figured the choppy wind would have a fatal affect on Big Bunny, so she stayed in the van.

I'd just made up a set of .012 x 60' cables for the Shark, so it got hauled out, stooged up, and hooked up.  We got in three flights (me and the Shark) before Billy showed up with a couple of his beautiful rubberband models for static observation.  I got a good video of his talking about them, and will try to post it (the Geek Squad at Best Buy still have my main computer and the editing program I like).

We were also honored with a fairly low fly-by of our National Symbol, who seemed to have a quickly fading interest in me and Billy.

My last flight of the day (and the reason it was the last flight) saw the Shark very nearly play lawn dart.  On the outside/backside of a horizontal 8, the Shark's Enya .19 suddenly quit, with the wind blowing the plane over the top of the circle, and it's limp cables trailing uselessly behind.

The cables snapped tight low on the downwind side of the circle, with the Shark in an inverted dive that gave me no option but to recover inverted and hope that landing on it's back wouldn't snap off the needle valve in the old Enya.  Luckily, there was even speed enough for a slight flair as the Shark slid into the turf upside-down, with no damage.
The old profile was given a loving wipe-down, and safely parked in it's rack.

After all this excitement, President Ronnie, Lloyd, and Patrick showed up, with Patrick taking the crop circle to fly his 1/2A Sig Skyray.

Patrick got in several good flights while the rest of us visited, so it was a pretty good day.

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Post  mccoyboy Mon Mar 22, 2021 6:17 am

That has got me longing to get flying again! That Shark is a nice looking model!
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Post  rsv1cox Mon Mar 22, 2021 7:37 am

Enya years ago in all their wisdom and anticipating your inverted landing Kim designed that springed needle just for you.

As always, I enjoyed your Breezy Hill adventure.
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Post  Ken Cook Mon Mar 22, 2021 7:47 pm

I made it out to New Jersey yesterday to fly at the Salem County r/c field. It's been a cold dormant winter and it's been a while since we've been out. We caught a glimpse of a bald eagle ourselves flying at a fairly high altitude. I had my new Stork out to try and the first flight resulted in a fairly outboard high wing tip condition. My son landed it and it went into the car until we can fix that. Next out was a combat wing with a TD .049 on it, we flew that and on launch, the winds were quite strong resulting in it sinking. It skimmed the ground, cut the engine and broke the prop, game over as I had no spares with me. I managed to get some Jetex flights up, nothing impressive. The Gods of Jetex were just not feeling it yesterday. The darn nozzle kept getting clogged resulting in poor thrust delivery. All in all, I looked at it as I got some pretty darn good data for the day and I will try again another time. Ken
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Post  Kim Tue Mar 23, 2021 10:09 am

Thank you guys!

As I've blabbed here before, the Jetco "Shark 15" was a large influence back in the 1960's when my Uncle Wayne and cousin Bobby taught me to fly control line.

Wayne didn't own a .15 size engine back then, and so, the Enya .19 was installed in his Shark's nose.  By our standards, this made it quite a hot rod.  When I built my second Shark about ten years ago, Wayne gifted me the same Enya .19 that had howled around my home town ball field way back in the day.

And it's still howling...and occasionally gives me a jab to make me stay awake!

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Post  Kim Tue Mar 23, 2021 4:01 pm

@rsv1cox wrote:Enya years ago in all their wisdom and anticipating your inverted landing Kim designed that springed needle just for you.  

As always, I enjoyed your Breezy Hill adventure.  

Well, I APPRECIATE them people!!!!!! Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

Thanks Bob!
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Post  balogh Tue Mar 23, 2021 4:22 pm

Bravo Kim! In addition to your very enjoyable accounts on flying events, you always add new idioms to my humble English vocabulary..this time "lawn dart"... lol!
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Post  Ken Cook Tue Mar 23, 2021 5:08 pm

Kim, is that a Top Flite Sureform Hurricane in the pic? I had one and I really liked it, however it shook itself apart. My son re-kitted it for me and that was that. I have another in the box which I would like to try a hand at again..
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Post  Kim Tue Mar 23, 2021 6:14 pm

@Ken Cook wrote:              Kim, is that a Top Flite Sureform Hurricane in the pic? I had one and I really liked it, however it shook itself apart. My son re-kitted it for me and that was that. I have another in the box which I would like to try a hand at again..

Yeah, that was Uncle Wayne's beautiful Top Flite Hurricane.  It never got the chance to shake itself apart, but was lost when it's bellcrank mount failed and dove it into the infield dirt...with me holding the handle.

I've started one my kit couple times now, intending to install an O.S. .35 to hold down the shaking, and with some kind of internal bracing to give it a reasonable lifespan.

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Post  Kim Tue Mar 23, 2021 6:21 pm

@balogh wrote:Bravo Kim! In addition to your very enjoyable accounts on flying events, you always add new idioms to my humble English vocabulary..this time "lawn dart"... lol!

I'd love to take credit for it Andras, but it can sometimes be a way of life for me and my buds... Shocked
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Post  getback Wed Mar 24, 2021 7:25 am

Thanks Kim , The Bald Eagle was beautiful ! there is one a few miles from me at a lake and has a nest at the top of a pole near the bridge , get to see it now and then . Very Happy Like the way you set the stooge up for different planes . This Site Rocks!
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Post  Coxfledgling Wed Mar 24, 2021 8:51 am

A nice little air show from nature.

I us d to live on the coast and go slope soaring on the "ridge" at the back of town. Red kites would formate with the glider, just a few feet away. It was comical watching the crows trying to fly inverted, they were definately trying to do what I did with the glider.
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Post  Kim Wed Mar 24, 2021 9:10 am

Thanks Eric!

I missed videoing a funny moment (actually several) at a Fun-Fly last Fall with our friends at Sikeston:

I was flying my "Bucket-o-Planes" veteran Shoestring, but was too lazy to set up my pull-string stooge.  Due to previous laziness, my kitchen mat stooge was already bolted to my table, so the ole 'String got jammed in it.

This chunky Goldberg Shoestring needs a bit of a run to get things rolling, but I figured to give it a shot anyway.

With the old Fox .35 giving all it had, the 'String was hauled from the stooge, and losing it's 2 1/2 ft of initial altitude, it had just enough forward speed to bounce a touch-and-go before flying on up into it's circle.  The 12 year-old part of my brain thought that this was just plain cool.

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