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  1. Sport likes to pretend he knows a lot about law....

    Sport likes to pretend he knows a lot about law. I've been a lawyer for 45 years, and I can say with some confidence that he doesn't. The most basic principle of legal interpretation is that language...
  2. You aren't saying you will "follow a guideline."...

    You aren't saying you will "follow a guideline." You are saying that you don't intend to fly higher than 400 feet. Many of those who say this do intend to fly higher than 400 feet. So what they are...
  3. Nothing in the Forbes article seems to me to be...

    Nothing in the Forbes article seems to me to be inaccurate. But it doesn't seem quite right to call a statement that a government agency forces you to make a "lie," even if it's untrue. There is no...
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    I'm going to have to beg off this time. Much too...

    I'm going to have to beg off this time. Much too busy at the moment to come up with a question, and I'll be out of town for a couple of days as well. I was going to stay out of the Bazooka Charlie...
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    Okay, since nobody else is taking the bait, I'm...

    Okay, since nobody else is taking the bait, I'm going to suggest "Bazooka Charlie" Carpenter, a former history teacher who shot tanks with bazookas attached to his L-4. As far as I can tell, he fits...
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    No. A plane must be level at the balance point...

    No. A plane must be level at the balance point (which most of us call the CG). That's what "balance point" means: It's the point where the plane balances level.If you "balance" it at some point with...
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    Yes, Barkhorn. That didn't take long!...

    Yes, Barkhorn. That didn't take long! Second-highest ace of all time with 301 victories, all on the eastern front, after going without a victory in the West. Spent a fair amount of time in hospitals...
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    Looking for a pilot. 1. A very high-scoring...

    Looking for a pilot.

    1. A very high-scoring fighter pilot.

    2. Though he got off to a slow start. During his first year in combat he was shot down and had no victories himself.
  9. It might help us get a handle on this if you'd...

    It might help us get a handle on this if you'd tell us where your balance point is and where the plans or instructions say it should be.
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    Good clues. The wording of clue 5 ("occurred...

    Good clues. The wording of clue 5 ("occurred during") was the tip-off. I'll have something by this afternoon.
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    Neil Armstrong?

    Neil Armstrong?
  12. Raising the ailerons will create some drag, but...

    Raising the ailerons will create some drag, but the main effect will be a loss of lift. You slow a plane down by using up elevator. If you're having trouble slowing it by doing that, you may be...
  13. Using opposite aileron and rudder will give you a...

    Using opposite aileron and rudder will give you a slip, not a crab. Slipping will cause you to lose altitude faster and can keep you on track in a crosswind, but it's best done with your thumbs, not...
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    Glad you found the problem and thanks for letting...

    Glad you found the problem and thanks for letting us know how it came out.
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    The first thing to check is the plumbing in the...

    The first thing to check is the plumbing in the fuel tank. Make sure the klunk is free to move and isn't jammed up at the front of the tank. Is this a problem you've always had with this plane and...
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    Level is fine.

    Level is fine.
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    Balancing on your fingers in the middle of the...

    Balancing on your fingers in the middle of the suggested range is a common and sensible way to get a suitable starting point. The idea that this gave you a tail-heavy condition on all your planes...
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    How about gyroscopic stabilization, as in the...

    How about gyroscopic stabilization, as in the Sperry autopilot and the "second station" systems that gave the bombardier gyro-assisted control of the aircraft during bomb runs?
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    That's the one! The aircraft referred to in clue...

    That's the one! The aircraft referred to in clue 6 is the Slingsby Hengist, a smaller glider never used operationally. Horsas, being made largely of wood, were a natural for furniture manufacturers....
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    Afternoon clue (tried to post this earlier, but...

    Afternoon clue (tried to post this earlier, but it disappeared):

    1. Played a role in several well-known battles.

    2. Named for one of two brothers, who featured in the history of the country in...
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    Sunday morning clue clue: 1. Played a role in...

    Sunday morning clue clue:

    1. Played a role in several well-known battles.

    2. Named for one of two brothers, who featured in the history of the country in which it was produced.

    3....
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    Another clue: 1. Played a role in several...

    Another clue:

    1. Played a role in several well-known battles.

    2. Named for one of two brothers, who featured in the history of the country in which it was produced.

    3. Approximately...
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    Morning clue: 1. Played a role in several...

    Morning clue:

    1. Played a role in several well-known battles.

    2. Named for one of two brothers, who featured in the history of the country in which it was produced.

    3. Approximately...
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    Afternoon clue: 1. Played a role in several...

    Afternoon clue:

    1. Played a role in several well-known battles.

    2. Named for one of two brothers, who featured in the history of the country in which it was produced.

    3. Approximately...
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    Interesting history. I had never heard of the use...

    Interesting history. I had never heard of the use of the P-38 in bombing missions (other than fighter escort, of course).

    Here's another name-the-aircraft question:

    1. Played a role in several...
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