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Event Report
Event Reports - Sun 'N Fun 2005

Tuesday, April 12
Sun 'N Fun 2005
Created: 04/12/2005
Updated: 04/20/2005
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Article by Mike Whaley
 
Tuesday was a really beautiful day, weather-wise, and it turned out to be a great day all around. Turnout seemed to be pretty good in terms of attendees and the planes that arrived on the flightline. We saw quite a few old friends as well. One unexpected pleasure was meeting Don Fairbanks. He is the guy who built N5DF, the first Knight Twister Imperial. This plane was featured in many magazines in the 1960's and it did so well on the race circuit that it is now on loan to the Motor Sports Hall of Fame where it's on display. Don related that when Vern Payne was designing the Imperial to meet the then-new rules requiring at least 75 square feet of wing area, the first example (Don's plane) had an airfoil that had a vicious stall. At Don's urging, Vern revised this on the Imperial planes to use the M6 airfoil, which is what was used on the Gee Bee racers and many other airplanes. (The rule change was due to the first, second, and third places in the first biplane race all being taken by Knight Twisters with 55 sq. ft. of area, which was felt by race officials to present the possibility of people racing planes with too little wing area for safe flight.)

Barrett also performed fly-bys with the Yellowbird, a first for us at Sun N Fun. They went very well. Dave Stone announced, telling the crowd a little bit about the airplane, while Barrett flew by with the smoke on. They only give fly-by airplanes three passes, but each one was very impressive. We plan to show different things on different days.

We're looking forward to seeing some of you here... stay tuned for more!


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The Yellowbird is on the aerobatic flightline right across from the Aerobatics tent.  
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The Skybolt waits for the next chance to fly.  
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This is the staging area for the flybys.  
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Barrett starts the engine for takeoff.  
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The climb rate on Yellowbird is rather high, to say the least.  
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Our newly-installed smoke system works quite well!  
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Barrett returns from a flight.  
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Bruce Bohannon was here in the Exxon Flying Tiger, performing time-to-climb demonstrations... very impressive. This highly-modifed RV-4 has been to 49,000+ feet.  
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David discusses airplanes with a visitor.  
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Don Fairbanks came by the tent, and we had a nice chat. He is the builder/owner fo the first Knight Twister Imperial, the famous N5DF which is now on display in the Motor Sports Hall of Fame.  
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We have both MT and Hoffmann props on display in the tent.  
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Innodyn was showing off its small turbine engine. This has been attracting a great deal of attention over the past year or two.  
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The Legend Cub does a graceful flyby.  
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Steen's Mike Jones tries to recover from a long day.  
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You don't see a lot of Cessna 182s with a tailwheel. This is known as a "Texas Taildragger".  
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The tent's been closed up, and most of the crew kicks back for a little while before putting some food on the grill.  
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A Kitfox comes in for a landing on the grass strip.  
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This Pitts Special S2 was giving rides.  
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The New Standard D-25 was giving rides as well. (This is a great way to get the wife or girlfriend interested in flying, guys... hint, hint...)  
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The Stearman never seems to look old.  
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This gaggle of Nanchangs and Yaks obviously knows just which way to go!  
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The Seawind amphibian did flybys as well.  
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The Seawind was on display. It's now offered only as a certified aircraft.  
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There are several Republic Seabees here as well.  
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There are at least two or three Albatrosses in attendance.  
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These Globe Swifts put on a graceful show.  
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YIKES! This was pretty darn impressive.  
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The Aeroshell team put on a great display, as always.  
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Meanwhile, over at Paradise City, the ultralights and light planes were flying. This is a diesel-powered amphibian trike.  
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The sky to the south of the airport is literally filled with ultralights whenever the airshow isn't going on, and the winds aren't extremely high.  
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The Skyboy is a unique design.  
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This Aventura II is produced just up the road from us in Rockledge. It's a really nice little plane that can land virtually anywhere.  
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This is an ultralight version of the Breezy homebuilt. It appeared to fly quite well.  
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This MIniMax was scratch-built by a gentleman from Miami. The workmanship looked really good.  
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This is an 80% scale, single-seat, ultralight version of the Pietenpol Air Camper. Cute!  
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Hummel Aviation has a new version of the UltraCruiser which goes a bit faster and has more horsepower.  
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This is how you ground-test your PPC's engine.  
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This is about as minimal as you can get... a back-mounted motor and a parachute. Here, the pilot is testing the thrust before takeoff.  
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And he's off... up, up, and away!  
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Anyone welding up a metal tube fuselage can appreciate the time and effort behind this Powered Parachute fuselage.  

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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