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Event Report
Event Reports - Sun 'N Fun 2005

Monday, April 11
Sun 'N Fun 2005
Created: 04/11/2005
Updated: 04/20/2005
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Article by Mike Whaley
 
Monday was the final setup day, and things went pretty well. We have a new layout for the tent area. This year, we have Rob Moler's beautiful Firebolt on display inside the tent, and Steen employee Barrett Brummett's Pitts S1-C outside on the corner. We also have a basic S1-C fuselage assembly on display. Our engine supplier George Coy of Gesoco brought us an exciting new radial engine that's on display... a new 125hp5-cylinder engine based on the cylinders used in the M-14 series. This engine is aimed at the Sport Pilot market, and should be available around the end of this year. We also have the cutaway M-14P on display as in shows past. Our

Our Yellowbird Skybolt (N3HW) is parked right in front of the Aerobatics tent, and will be flying in the airplane showcases each day. We now have a smoke system installed in the Yellowbird.

The flight line was filling up pretty well, even though the show hasn't started yet. The weather is absolutely beautiful... a light breeze, a few small cumulus clouds, and temperatures in the low 80's. There's a front to the north, which will hopefully clear out of the Southeast U.S. (and hopefully, points north and west as well) in the next day or so... hopefully that will lead to a very large turnout this year. At sunset, we were treated to seeing the P-38 Glacier Girl arrive. This plane was buried under over 200 feet of ice since WW2, and was dug out and restored a few years ago. Other interesting planes that arrived on Monday include a C-54 from the Berlin Airlift group and the very attractive Thatcher CX-4.

Tuesday should turn out to be a very good day. We'll bring you more photos tomorrow!


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This Stits SA-7 is the testbed for the new turbocharged Corvair engine being developed by our friends at The Corvair Authority. This Stits airplane is a bit odd in that it isn't covered in Stits fabric.  
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This is a nice lineup of RANS airplanes... two S-7 Couriers and an S-6S Capella.  
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Two nice Cubs... the yellow one is the new Legend Cub.  
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The Legend Cub is a nice-looking machine.  
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This WW1 replica looked like it was just waiting for the Red Baron to show up.  
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Beware the Hun in the Sun!  
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A spaceship waits for the mother ship to return...  
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... Oh wait, it's just a Dyke Delta. This is a 4-seat airplane... the pilot sits in front, and there are three seats across the back.  
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This turbine-powered Aerocomp can haul a LOT of cargo... but it will never win any beauty contests!  
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This is a one-off carbon-fiber design called the Raptor. It only has 45 hours on it so far. Rate of climb is about 10,000 ft/min and it's fully pressurized.  
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Some warbirds are quite colorful.  
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A very friendly-looking DC-3 patiently awaits the start of the show.  
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The TBM Avenger is a large beast of a plane... this nice example is from the Cavanaugh Flight Museum in Dallas.  
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Each prop blades on this Sea Fury is larger than the wings of some of the smallest homebuilts.  
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Glacier Girl, the P-38 that was restored after being dug out from under 238 feet of ice in Greenland, arrived at Sunset. What a beautiful sight.  
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One guess at what kind of RV this is.  
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This Aeronca C-3 wasn't exactly the sleekest plane ever designed, but many people learned to fly in them.  
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The C-3's cockpit is pretty basic.  
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The Thatcher CX-4 is a very attractive, single place aluminum light plane.  
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Dave Thatcher was kind enough to invite your fearless Webmaster to try the CX-4 on for size... it fit pretty well!  
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Wicks Aircraft has finally discovered the long-lost Holy Grail of Wing Ribs.  
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The Yellowbird Skybolt is parked right in front of the Aerobatics tent.  
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Barrett Brummett and Mike Hughes refill the Skybolt's wing tank with smoke oil in preparation for tomorrow's fly-bys.  
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Mike Hughes ande Mike Jones get the prop display ready. This year we have both MT and Hoffmann props on display.  
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We can't wait for the show to start!  
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Barrett's Pitts S1-C is parked on the corner of hte display this year, with a Pitts fuselage frame nearby. It's quite eye-catching.  
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Rob Moller's Firebolt is in the tent usually occupied by the Yellowbird. This beautiful plane actually has a Skybolt fuselage, but has the Firebolt wings, canopy, and landing gear. The plane was built bu Steve Corum.  
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Our friends at Gesoco are on the north side of our tent. In addition to the cutaway M14, they have a really neat little 5-cylinder, 125 hp radial that uses the same cylinders as the M14. It should be available around the end of the year.  
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How often do you see a flyable Super Connie? It was flown into the grass field with little difficulty.  
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BONUS PICTURES: Kermit Week's Fantasy of Flight is just down I-4 from Sun N Fun. We highly recommend a visit, as they fly planes almost every day.  
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The Outback blimp was staying at Fantasy of Flight. Here it's seen over the L-1049 Super Constellation that's staying on the site.  
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The Stampe is hand-propped... and yes, the prop does spin "the other way".  
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This French Stampe biplane was going up for a flight demos.  
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The Stampe takes off from the manicured grass runway.  
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Back from another successful mission!  
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This New Standard D-25 biplane gives rides on a regular basis. It later came to Sun N Fun to give rides there.  
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The Outback blimp comes in for a landing.  
     

Other entries in this series:
     Get Ready... Sun 'N Fun is Coming!    April 6, 2005
      » Monday, April 11    April 11, 2005
     Tuesday, April 12    April 12, 2005
     Wednesday, April 13    April 13, 2005
     Thursday, April 14    April 14, 2005
     Friday, April 15    April 15, 2005
     Saturday, April 16    April 16, 2005
     Sunday, April 17    April 17, 2005
     Monday, April 18    April 18, 2005
     Bonus Photos    April 19, 2005
     Best Of: Part 1 of 4    April 20, 2005
     Best Of: Part 2 of 4    April 21, 2005
     Best Of: Part 3 of 4    April 22, 2005
     Best Of: Part 4 of 4    April 23, 2005

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