Click to return to Steen Aero Lab Homepage  
 
So you're the guy flying a dog in one of my airplanes. Without a parachute? That dog is one of the best morale builders that I've had over here. I want that dog to have a parachute!
(SAC Commander Gen. Curtis LeMay to 1st Lt. Russ Steber, Berlin Airlift Pilot & owner of Vittles the Dog)
 
Go to printable version 
 
  Our Aircraft:
 
    Steen Skybolt
Pitts Model 14
Pitts S1
Knight Twister

 
  Products:  
    ONLINE STORE

Products Home
Bruntons Brace Wires
     About Bruntons
MT Props
Hoffmann Props
     Request Prop Quote
Vendenyev M14 Engines
Laminated Wing Spars
Laminated Leading Edges
Canopies
Motor Mounts
Wing Kits & Wing Jigs
Three-Section Wings
Piloti Shoes
VedaloHD Sunglasses
     Styles
     FAA Report on Sunglasses

 
  Builders:  
    Builder F.A.Q.
Construction
   Photos

Articles
Project Gallery
Submit Photos
Project Logs

 
  Resources:  
  News
Event Reports
Email List
Testimonials
Non-US Distributors
Links
Scale Models
Biplane Lore
About This Site
Website Updates
About Us
Contact / Visit Us

 
   

 
Event Report
Event Reports - Sun 'N Fun 2005

Friday, April 15
Sun 'N Fun 2005
Created: 04/15/2005
Updated: 04/25/2005
Link(s): N/A
 
Article by Mike Whaley
 
Friday the 15th dawned cool and clear. We saw a few folks scrambling around trying to find out where to get their income taxes done, but otherwise, it was a typical day at Sun N Fun.

The last part of the day was spent preparing for the traditional Friday night biplane builder cook-out. This is a low-key social gathering for various friends and customers... it's always good to catch up with everyone and do some hangar flying. The party went well, our chief cook (and bottle-washer) Jeff Long cooked up a ton of delicious burgers, dogs, and chicken and there were large quantities of other food and drink to be enjoyed. Everyone had a great time and we're looking forward to the next one!


Click to view full image
Randy Harris of Bearfeat Aerobatics and his assistant John talk to Mike Whaley. Randy's plane isn't exactly your typical Skybolt... it has a lot of plywood on the wings and a lot of other mods for the high-stress airshow flying he does.  
Click to view full image
David takes the microphone in the announcer stand to narrate Barrett's fly-by passes.  
Click to view full image
Barrett takes off. The rate of climb on the Yellowbird is very fast and the climb angle is very steep.  
Click to view full image
The "It's A Small World" Department: Paul ran into three guys he went to college with, whom he hadn't seen in 20+ years.  
Click to view full image
Lori and Gordon Penner of IAC 34 chat with Barrett Brummett.  
Click to view full image
Bruce Bohannon's Exxon Flying Tiger... a very much modified RV-4.  
Click to view full image
Van's Air Force treated us all to an outstanding display of formation flying. Amateurs or not, these guys really fly like pros.  
Click to view full image
A Cessna O-2 makes a flyby. This was a mainstay of the USAF's Forward Air Control fleet from the mid 1960s until the late 1980s.  
Click to view full image
This was a very effective display, showing all the stuff that you can pack into a GlaStar.  
Click to view full image
Merritt Island-based Aerocomp had their new single-engine CompAir Jet on display. Like their other offerings, what it lacks in sleekness is compensated for by sheer internal payload volume.  
Click to view full image
Actually, it's not really all *that* boxy.  
Click to view full image
A new USAF T-6A Texan II taxis to the warbird line. Pitts S1-C/SS owner James Shoenberger got to bring one of these to SNF from NAS Pensacola (it looked very similar, except his said NAVY on the side...) Shame they didn't get to perform in the show... last year's T-6A demo was WAY cool, to say the least.  
Click to view full image
Two exciting planes... a twin-engine, six-place Rutan Defiant in the foreground, with the new M14-powered Radial Rocket behind. The Radial Rocket is a lot like a mini F8F Bearcat.  
Click to view full image
The Virginia Aviation Dept. used a little tongue-in-cheek double entendre to get their point across.  
Click to view full image
Aeroshell kicks off their performance with lots of smoke.  
Click to view full image
There weren't any mosquitoes left after this show.  
Click to view full image
Click to view full image
You can NEVER have too much power, can you?  
Click to view full image
Click to view full image
Click to view full image
This monoplane made some LOOOOOW passes!  
Click to view full image
Glacier Girl heads out for the Heritage flight.  
Click to view full image
Yes, kids, you're not imagining things. That's a real, live F-4 Phantom II!  
Click to view full image
The F-16 put on a fast and LOUD demo.  
Click to view full image
The F-16 is captured in slowflight in this patriotic shot.  
Click to view full image
This is the one moment that Sun N Fun attendees will probably remember above all others. It can't get any better than this.  
Click to view full image
Break!  
Click to view full image
Just to add to the spectacle and noise that is the F-4... he used his drag chute on landing. You don't see that done so much anymore.  
Click to view full image
The Friday Night Biplane Cookout got going right after the end of the airshow.  
Click to view full image
We met up with a lot of old friends, and met some new ones as well.  
Click to view full image
Sandy Lanza tries to shake off the paparazzi.  
Click to view full image
Jeff Long ably mans the grill, serving up some great burgers, dogs, and chicken. Mmm mmm good!  
Click to view full image
There was quite a spread of food and snacks to be enjoyed.  
Click to view full image
After a long, hot day at the airshow, it was nice to kick back and relax with other aviation nuts.  
Click to view full image
Food, drinks, and conversation flowed freely.  
Click to view full image
Paul introduces folks to his young son Ethan... almost everyone who sees Ethan says "Wow, he looks just like his daddy!"  
Click to view full image
Paul hopped into Ed's hot-air balloon, Wild Goose...  
Click to view full image
And in true aviator fashion, he tests it's ability to roast hot dogs. (This could be a very handy skill to have if you ever land your balloon out on a deserted island someplace.)  
Click to view full image
Of course, what's a balloon-borne hot dog blasting without an appreciative audience to cheer you on?  
Click to view full image
Our friend Doug Ripley brought his family by a little bit late... no problem, we still had food (and plenty of beverages) left!  

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

If you have any additions or corrections to this item, please let us know.

Go to Event Reports archives

 
  Steen Aero Lab      1451 Clearmont Street NE   Palm Bay, FL 32905 USA     
Phone: (321) 725-4160      Fax: (321) 725-3058      Contact Us