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Event Report
Event Reports - Sun 'N Fun 2005

Wednesday, April 13
Sun 'N Fun 2005
Created: 04/13/2005
Updated: 04/20/2005
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Article by Mike Whaley
 
Wednesday was another good day. The tent was pretty busy, and Barrett put on quite a show with both fast and slow fly-bys of the Yellowbird. The airshow was good as well. The weather was nice and there were plenty of people attending the show. The rest of the week will be as good, hopefully!


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Gene "Gino" Salina (right) of Pittsburgh and Robbie Walker stopped in... Gino's known Curtis Pitts, Pat Ledford, and Phil Quigley since the 1940's. He has a one-off, two-person, low-wing monoplane called "Big Hickey" that Curtis built in the mid 1960s. It flew for 10 years and is now being restored.  
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The new 5-cylinder radial that George Coy had on display next to our tent drew much attention.  
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Kristin Whaley works on the computer looking up some info for a customer.  
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There was a lot of interest in the Yellowbird Skybolt, we've flown daily.  
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Barrett does a VERY slow fly-by in the Skybolt. It probably took him about 3 minutes to fly the length of the runway, at an airspeed of about 55mph.  
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Barrett begins the high-speed run...  
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Barrett zooms by at 200mph  
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The sound of those 350 horses is very nice!  
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The Exxon Flying Tiger is on display, as usual.  
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There seems a lot of interest in both the piston and jet versions of the Adam Aircraft planes.  
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The Adams A-700 jet is a really neat looking plane.  
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Our friends at Liberty Aerospace had several of their certified Liberty XL2 on display. This fine airplane is a cousin of the Europa design.  
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The legendary BD-5 lives on.  
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This is a neat little seaplane made in the Czech Republic.  
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The Sportster is a very attractive, golden-age looking plane.  
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The Safari helicopter is essentially a smaller version of the well-known Bell 47.  
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With the new Sport Pilot regulations, Zenith Aircraft's excellent line of aircraft are drawing even more attention than they always have. This is the 4-seat CH-801 STOL plane.  
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William Wynne and crew had their Corvair-powered Zodiac CH-601XL taildragger on display in the Zenith display area. This is a perfect match of engine and aircraft.  
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Gus Warren was bombarded by questions about the Corvair engine. Gus, Grace, William, Kevin, Steve, and the rest of the "Corvair Gang" love to help folks learn and really do enjoy this kind of thing.  
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The Corvair conversion is virtually a direct replacement for an O-200, and reliably produces 100-120 hp at a cost of well under $4,000. It's an excellent choice for many light sport aircraft. There were at least six Corvair-powered planes that flew into SNF this year.  
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Patriotic paint schemes are seen more and more commonly in the last few years... this is a rather elaborate one.  
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There are quite a few turbine-powered planes here this year.  
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A few biplanes showed up early in the week.  
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This is a Buddy Baby Lakes.  
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The Little Toot isn't a very commonly-seen biplane. It's quite attractive, though.  
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Warbirds, warbirds, everywhere!!!  
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This rare P-40 joined a Yak and the P-38 "Glacier Girl" during the first part of the airshow to make a lot of really low bombing/strafing runs.  
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Glacier Girl comes in for a very fast, very low flyby.  
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The Yak follows the P-38.  
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The P-40 roars by on a run.  
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Glacier Girl sounds a lot more like a jet than a piston-powered fighter!  
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The P-40 is a welcome addition to the fly-in... they are quite rare.  
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The Yak is a lesser-known fighter, but just about as impressive.  
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Another run...  
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Yes, they really were that low! This is the view from our campsite.  
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Yeeee-haaawww!!!  
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Gene Soucy tries to make his wingwalker airsick... didn't work.  
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What a view that must be!  
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Wow...  
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Sun 'N Fun alwasy has some great performers.  

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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