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Event Report
Event Reports - Sun 'N Fun 2006

Friday, April 7 - Daytime Activities - Part 1
Sun 'N Fun 2006
Created: 03/31/2006
Updated: 04/18/2006
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Article by Mike Whaley
 
Friday was a busy day. A highlight was that Buddy, Curtis Pitts' grandson, came by, and we gave him a ride in the Skybolt during the fly-by period, followed by some acro time.


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The first thing you see in the morning are the ultralighters. This Eindecker replica is from Georgia.  
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Der Eindecker is on patrol, und looking for zee Schnoopy von Fliegelbeagle!  
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PPCs look like fun, but this poor guy was only able to reach about 3mph groundspeed into the wind.  
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This is Wipline's Turbine Beaver. The other side has a Canadian theme.  
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The steam-powered ice cream churn appealed to many EAAers.  
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The booth started to get busy early on, and stayed that way throughout the day.  
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We now sell MT propellers, a fact which was highlighted on our banners.  
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Barrett (left) and Dave (right) maneuver the Yellowbird Skybolt before the manufacturer's showcase.  
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Curtis' grandson Buddy demonstrates how to enter the front cockpit of a Skybolt. Step 1...  
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Step 2...  
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Step 3...  
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Ahhh... we're ready to go!  
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Bryan Burr's Lancair has a really great paint job. It was on display in the Lancair booth.  
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This little girl has the right idea... find some shade, enjoy a fruit smoothie, watch the planes, and just be cute in general.  
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This T-38 flew in and went on display in the Warbirds area.  
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An unusual treat was this NASA T-38. Like all NASA aircraft, it was well maintained and featured a bit of non-standard equipment.  
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There weren't a lot of biplanes in the homebuilt parking area, unfortunately, but the ones that made it were nice looking.  
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This Eagle was nice... it was also for sale.  
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The Eagle's owner tells interested folks about his plane.  
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The AN-2 is probably the biggest biplane you're ever likely to see fly.  
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This is Dan Weseman's plane. Though it's a standard Sonex from the firewall back, the Big Corvair engine package (which required a good deal of engineering to fit, and understandably isn't approved by the Sonex folks) lead to Dan agreeing not to call it a Sonex, to avoid confusion with approved (and supported) installations. Thus... the Cleanex was born! This is truly one of the cleanest, most well-done engine installations of any type you're likely to ever see.  
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Bill Clapp's KR-2S drew much attention. Not bad for the money... about $7K ready to fly. Bill's ingenuity and skills include such things as a fuel system that costs under $30 including explosion-proofing. Don't get the wrong idea... this is a safe, airworthy plane that's well built.  
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In the foreground is a Wittman Tailwind, and the red plane is the prototype of the Nesmith Cougar, which resides in locally.  
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This interesting homebuilt seaplane really captures the feel of the golden age of aviation.  
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Dave Thatcher's CX4 returned, this time with a slightly larger cockpit. This is a really pretty plane that is said to fly as good as it looks.  
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The Epic is a very sleek and classy way to take a trip with several of your best friends. It looks like it's moving fast even when it's sitting on the ramp.  
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American Legend has a great theme for their display. The Sport Pilot rule has opened all sorts of opportunities up for planes like these.  
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Mooney had a sleek new model called the Acclaim, which they said broke some speed records on the way to the show.  
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Three Nanchang CJ-6 trainers head out on a sortie. You can tell the CJ's from a Yak because the CJ has squarish tail surfaces while the Yak's are round.  
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No, it's not a T-6! This is a rare North American NA-50, an effort to build a low-cost fighter for export to small countries. The similarity to the T-6 is apparent, especially in the tail area.  
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This is a very rare TP-40, owned by Kermit Weeks. This plane was originally built as a two-place trainer, unlike the more commonly seen conversions which added a jump seat and only basic controls and instruments. The TP-40 has a full set of instruments in the back.  
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The F8F Bearcat just missed WW2 service, but it was still right at home on the Warbird ramp.  
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This O-2 is painted as an O-2B "BS Bomber", but in reality is an A model. The B was used for psychological warfare and had speakers mounted in the side of the fuselage, and usually had propeller spinners. The As were generally used as FAC planes.  
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There were two Bell 47s. This type seems to have been making a resurgence in recent years.  
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These Christen Eagles performed in the airshow on several days.  
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Randy Henderson does a great routine in this modified Taylorcraft called the Texas T-Cart. This plane has been doing airshows since the 1980s.  
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This Sea Fury performed in the airshow as well. All that power makes for some really big, impressive loops!  
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Sailplanes may be a bit simpler than airplanes, but they still must be carefully prepped and preflighted before an airshow performance. Glider acro is a very beautiful and graceful thing to watch.  
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Aeroshell Number 1 will soon take to the air for another flawless and exciting performance.  
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Matt Chapman's CAP keeps company with a Super Chipmunk.  

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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