SoCalSal---As soon as I quit slobbering while looking at your plane, I'll say how good it looks. Has someone recently (within 6 months or so) posted a video of it putting on an impromptu airshow? I saw one a while back, the plane had a radial and seems like it was the color of yours. It was in Southern Cal from the background landscape. heck of a show. Welcome to the 'Hood.
Well, it flies. (Mine that is) I went to the field this evening, took the UMF, my Bristol M-1, and my DR-1. Warmed up on the Bristol, then the Fokker. Decided it was do or die, I didn't build no hangar queen. I gassed up the WACO, warmed it up and taxied to the runway, turned into the wind and rolled on the power. It came off the ground in about 75 feet, I looked like a newbie with an Avistar, jerking it around until I got a feel for the throws (too much elevator, too much aileron, too much rudder) I had programmed in a bunch of expo, and it saved me from overcontrolling into the ground. After the first lap, I got settled down, just flew around making standard turns, playing with flying speeds,, got it trimmed (four clicks down elevator and a couple clicks right aileron, no rudder changes) and I went high and stalled it a couple of times to see what it did. Stalls are straight ahead, and you really got to slow it down or use a lot of elevator to make it happen. Even at 18 pounds, it didn't want to quit flying when I came in to land. My throttle needs adjustment, most of the butterfly movement is in the first half of the stick, so I don't have as much stick for fine control at low throttle settings. I wanted to make a wheel landing, but the difference between flying it in at 1/4 throttle and idle was about two clicks on the stick, and I got slowed down and three pointed it. That was okay, but it was a bit bouncy. I flew for about ten or twelve minutes, didn't use half of a tank.
One of our club members was there with his camera (he shoots races for NASCAR) and he made some great shots. As soon as he e-mails them to me, I'll post them. One of the guys watching said after I landed that he wished somebody had stuck a lump of coal up my backside before I took off, we'd all be rich now
Ahhh, the power of pucker.