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During the first 6 months of 1933, 669 airplanes were manufactured in the United States of which 306 were for civilian service. This included 215 monoplanes, 84 biplanes and 7 Autogiros. This report, by the Department of Commerce, Aeronautics Branch, does not include the many amateur planes built during this period.
(Reported in Popular Aviation, November 1933, P. 330)
 
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Event Report
Event Reports - Sun 'N Fun 2006

Thursday, April 6
Sun 'N Fun 2006
Created: 03/31/2006
Updated: 04/18/2006
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Article by Mike Whaley
 
Thursday was another great day, but we still suffered from limited Internet access. The weather remained beautiful and it seems as if the crowds have been holding steady.


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Many visitors wanted a look at the R-263. This could be a competitor to the Rotec radials that have become popular.  
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Mike Whaley and Bob Griffin chat in the Steen tent. Bob is an original Tuskeegee Airman, retired airline pilot, and one heckuva nice guy too.  
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We were surprised when an F-14 did a Mach .99 fly-by and landed, scaring the heck out of most of the folks there. Hopefully they'll make an appearance at Oshkosh, if not then this is likely to be the last time we'll ever see this awersome plane fly. It's going to be retired from service in the next few months.  
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This flock of birds must have been completely confused by the F-14, as the flock began aimlessly circling right after it flew by.  
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The Adam A500 looks a bit like an OV-10 that ate an O-2.  
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The Corvair Zenith does a morning fly-by...  
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... it sounds good!  
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Bill Clapp's KR-2S zooms by. This thing is fast!  
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The rotorcraft fly-by time followed the Corvairs, with a mix of gyrocopters and helicopters.  
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This is a Robinson R-22.  
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The Hummingbird flies over.  
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This smoke came from a grass fire in the main parking lot. It was started by an $80,000 Maserati's catalytic converter, which came into contact with dry grass. In all, 23 cars were damaged and 9 were completely destroyed. Fortunately (for the drivers at least) many were rental cars, and most importantly, nobody was hurt. Central Florida is having a bit of a drought so far this year.  
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The F-15 performs a very fast, low fly-by.  
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Everyone enjoyed seeing the Eagle do it's thing.  
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Trainers, trainers everywhere!  
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The Spitfire made some really low, fast passes.  
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John Mohr is the best in the business when it comes to flying a Stearman.  
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John proves that a stock Stearman is actually a very nimble aerobatic mount when flown by an expert.  
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The PT-17 doesn't have inverted fuel, so the engine skips when the plane goes inverted for any length of time.  
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John clearly knows every nuance of the PT-17, and squeezes every possible ounce of performance out of it.  
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Campers on Juliet Row enjoy the airshow from a slightly different perspective... it's interesting to see performances from the side.  
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The oaks provide a picturesque view.  
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We didn't get this performer's name, but it's always good to see folks doing stuff in airplanes a bit more accessible to "mere mortals" than many of the high-end megabucks airshow machines available today.  
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Spins, spins, and more spins... can you ever really get enough spins?  
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Wheeee!!! The beloved DeHavilland Super Chipmunk is a capable airplane, and it's really pretty to boot.  
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This has got to be about the most fun you can legally have in public.  
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The Chipmunk flies off the top.  
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This is a steam-powered ice cream churning machine from the early 1900s. It was fascinating to watch as it built up pressure, released it, and turned the churn in an almost hypnotic cycle.  
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BMW Iseta... it attracted lots of attention this year. SNF isn't exclusively about interesting aircraft.  
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This sparrowhawk did some interesting aerobatics of its own. In just over 100 years of manned powered flight, we still haven't really even come close to simulating nature!  
   

Other entries in this series:
     Sun 'N Fun 2006 - Much Excitement Awaits!    March 31, 2006
     Monday, April 3 - Part 1 (Pre-Show)    April 3, 2006
     Monday, April 3 - Part 2 (Pre-Show)    April 3, 2006
     Tuesday, April 4    April 4, 2006
     Wednesday, April 5 - Part 1    April 5, 2006
     Wednesday, April 5 - Part 2    April 5, 2006
      » Thursday, April 6    April 6, 2006
     Friday, April 7 - Daytime Activities - Part 1    April 7, 2006
     Friday, April 7 - Daytime Activities - Part 2    April 7, 2006
     Friday, April 7 - Pitts Tribute and Night Airshow    April 7, 2006
     Saturday, April 8 - Part 1    April 8, 2006
     Saturday, April 8 - Part 2    April 8, 2006
     Sunday, April 9    April 9, 2006

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