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Old 04-24-2005, 10:37 AM
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Had a great day saturday (yesterday) at a fairly local fly in. Was asked to fly a model demo with my CompARF Yak 3.3M, the even was great, lots of neat aircraft, and some very awesome aerobatic demo's! Like to thank Mike Bogh for the hookup on flying at the event!

The red and white yaks were amazing, Ive seen them before, but this time they did head on take off toward eachother, with a awesome miss in the center! A zlin did a great show as well. Our model demo was well received, having many from the show taking pictures and saying it was one of the highlights of the show!

The highlight of the show for me, was getting a half hour in a Christen Eagle, first time I have ever put in a parachute, he said, "remember, pull red, pull black, stand up, pull the D ring" We took off, got altitude, and did some inverted to make sure nothing was loose, then did a loop, roll, knife edge, half cuban eight, snap roll... He said, ok, lets go back, I said, um... is there anything simple I can try to do?

He laughed, said ok, lets do a loop, dive to 170, level, pull 4g's and hold it, well, never flown the thing before, was not used to the stick and setup, when I went for the 4g's, I didnt pull enough, and ended up stalling it out on the vertical into some weird spin[X(] Second try, nailed the 4g's, let off some on the top of the loop, LOVE looking UP to the earth! on the down, pull the g's again, did a good one!

Next, wanted to do a roll, so he did one, looked simple, get speed, slam the stick hard over to the left leg, well, haha, I pushed the stick over, but not far enough, inverted I noticed the nose was dropping so I pushed some down into it to get back level, and blew it into a wicked spin, felt like the plane exploded.. He recovered, got setup again, and this time pushed the stick over as hard as I could, it worked! At that point I was sweating and was ready to get down. It was amazing, and something Ill never forget, gotta hand it to the guys doing this! It really was an experience!

Now, for the pics
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Old 04-24-2005, 10:46 AM
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The T28's did some fly by's and are awesome machines!!
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Old 04-24-2005, 10:54 AM
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One of the twins, man, this takes a long time on dial up
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Old 04-24-2005, 11:04 AM
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Red and white yaks were great! The pilot of the red one, Bud Granley, was impressed with my model yak, and my flying, very nice guy, he wanted to get pics of us together by our birds, but he ended up leaving before I could find him. (I was up in the eagle) Jokingly, he said, "how about I take your yak for a spin, and you take mine" [8D]
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Old 04-24-2005, 11:12 AM
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The yaks flying
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Old 04-24-2005, 11:22 AM
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Here is a chipmunk, a E6B that did a single fly by, I guess their 'boss' said they couldnt go below 1000'[:'(]

And the Christen Eagle I rode in/flew/tried to break After we landed, the G meter read -4g's, and +5's, the -4 was my screwed up roll and the +5 sure makes my head wobble like a bobble head doll! LOVED IT

Im am pretty amazed at the noises the aircraft and the wind makes while its doing the manuevers, sounds like its coming apart!
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Old 04-24-2005, 11:34 AM
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Final pics, my Yak55sp with Buds Yak55M

Robinson R22 they were giving rides over the tulip fields with

Another twin

Other T28

The show was great, and Im still excited!
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Old 04-24-2005, 11:54 AM
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Wow -4 Gs is brutual! Looks like you had a great time!
Old 04-24-2005, 12:02 PM
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thanks for sharing John! I really enjoy the pics, wish we had more events like that here in the DC area

I am glad you were able to get some stick time with the Eagle. Sounds like you had a good time!

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Old 04-24-2005, 12:07 PM
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Great pics ! Do you have any video of the Yak ? That wil be real nice......
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Of mine, or the real ones? I should have some vid of both, the camera man missed my takeoff to knife at 5' though
Old 04-24-2005, 12:32 PM
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Videos of both the Yaks please ! I'm sure they'll be mighty interesting. Hope you retain the original sound as much as possible.........Thanks !
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Hi John; Very impressive! I looked at #4, 1st row and immediately thought "Navion". But after blowing up, something about the canopy didn't look right. Could it be a Focke Wolf or Piaggio? We have both at the Lantana Airport, and the FW just completed a new paint job. The guy has won Best of Show at EAA twice! His is #87 out of 90 built. I forget the disignation. The Navion is an old favorite of mine . I've flown it a number of times, but the real gem was the Camair 480. This was the last twin Navion conversion where Cameron Iron Works, I believe in Richardson, TX, dumped the tepid 150's and dropped in a pair of 240's, hence the 480! That made a real airplane out of it! A dealer friend down at Opa Locka, near Miami, had one and I did demos for him to potential customers. I about cried when it sold! If I had had the money, I'd have bought it in an instant! Lee Robinson W. Palm Beach
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Guess I flew by on the wrong day. Here is a picture of my 1G fly by at 5500ft above Skagit Regional last Tuesday. Just think no one probably even looked up to see it.

Great pictures John! Glad you got to go up in the Christen Eagle, I'm so jealous!
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Old 04-25-2005, 12:39 AM
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Thanks guys, Ill be getting vid this coming weekend.

Lee, Im pretty sure they are navions... I think anyway...

Jeff, the eagle ride was a life highlight, I will go again someday, the pilot was a great guy, and was fun to fly with. (he is from renton) I will not forget the roll I screwed up, was the most wicked tumble sensation I have ever felt!
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Wow that roll thing is a trip. Must be a real sensitive elevator or something. I would of thought you could just move the stick and roll without too much trouble.(probably what everyone thinks) With RC it's hard not to do a pretty decent roll just using ailerons.

Rolling harriors must be a real mother!

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Great Pics John. I have to agree that they are Navions. Just have to love that step on the fuse forward of the wing leading edge.[&:] Heard lots of horror stories on that. Did a conversion on one while getting my licenses. Put in a big Lycoming geared engine, and toe brakes, among other things.
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Thanks Dan, I love airplanes!

Jeff, it kinda is as easy as holding the stick over Just dont slam in a ton of down elevator while inverted rolling, does a violent tumble with lots of negative G's
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Just got a couple more pics, here is me getting on the parachute, getting in, taxi out, and take off!
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Big heli

Me with big and little yaks

Getting ready for flight

Talking to press
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Pretty cool pics. YAK's are pretty sweet! I was fortunate enough to get some dual in a YAK 52 last week. Super sweet airplane to fly with gobs of power. They sink like a brick on final though. Here are a couple of pics to add! These are pics of my dad going up for a ride in the back. After they landed he jumped in a Stearman and I got in the YAK. Waiting on some air to air pics. When I get them I will post!
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Looks like fun
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That looked like a fun little fly-in! I've flown up to Skagit a few times, beautiful area. Easy airport to ID. lol

Nice to see the Granley's doing their airshows up there in the Yaks. Always fun to see at airshows.

And man, what I wouldn't give to get some aerobatic time in!!
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Yeah, it was neat, the airshow season has started!

We are having a little fly in at our local Lynden Airport (38W) on June 4th, Ill be there for part of the day. The other part is our Big Bird at the Bellair flying field in Bellingham.

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