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Event Report
Event Reports - Sun 'N Fun 2006

Wednesday, April 5 - Part 2
Sun 'N Fun 2006
Created: 04/05/2006
Updated: 04/18/2006
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Article by Mike Whaley
 
More Wednesday photos for you!


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Airshow pilot Matt Chapman talks with Dave Stone.  
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Many folks were interested in the S1-C in our booth. This 1970s Pitts is owned by Barrett Brummett.  
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Our friends at Gesoco Industries was next to our tent and had the new 125hp R-263 radial engine on display. This engine is now running in a test cell and is targeted at folks building light-sport aircraft. It shares many parts in common with the M-14P radial.  
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Margaritaville was replaced by "Ace's Cafe" this year. They had live music in the evenings.  
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The Waco folks had this beautiful plane on display near the cafe again this year.  
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This is a really well-appointed cockpit, especially for an open-cockpit biplane!  
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This cutaway radial was displayed near the Waco.  
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MotoArt had this table on display at the Waco booth as well.  
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The show always starts with parachuters and biplanes.  
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And of course, here comes the flag to kick the airshow off right!  
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There were two acts which featured pairs of Christen Eagles this year.  
 
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The Spitfire was quite impressive!  
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Cavanaugh's P-40 joined the Spitfire in making strafing runs. Lots of fun to watch!  
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The P-40 glistens in the sunlight. The weather was beautiful.  
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Yak Attack! The Yaks and CJ-6s provided air cover at the beginning of the show.  
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There were several jets performing during the afternoon airshow. Here an L-39 flies in front of a T-33.  
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The Red Knight T-33 flies by Old Glory.  
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The Red Knight makes another pass.  
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This is what happens when a doctor takes up skywriting.  
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The TBM Avenger is a BIG aircraft. It's a good thing they could fold the wings!  
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Despite it's size, the Avenger is actually fairly compact when folded up. It was displayed with bombs in the bomb bay.  
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There were a ton of T-6s, each with a unique and interesting color scheme.  
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There were many CJ-6s and Yaks present, with a large variety of colorful schemes. These trainers are close cousins (but distinctly separate aircraft), and served as the communist's answer to our T-6 trainers.  
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The Focke Wulf this was seen on is really more like a Navion than a fighter, but it's trying hard to look aggressive!  
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There were some jets and a few twins as well.  
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The Cub Convoy came in on Monday, and in this part of the field all you could see was Cub Yellow.  
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DC-3s and C-47s made a good showing, with at least 5 aircraft present. L-R: two Beech 18s (C-45s), an OV-1 Mohawk, AC-47 Spooky Gunship, and C-47.  
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There are few things that represent the soul of American aviation better than a DC-3 or C-47.  
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The "Spooky" gunship became a legend in its own time, and served throughout the duration of Vietnam. The success of this program led directly to the development of the modern AC-130 Spectre gunships.  
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The DC-3 in American Airlines livery was a beautiful sight!  
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That's a lot of polishing!  
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This is a Temco T-35A Buckaroo, a little-known primary trainer developed from the Swift. Few were built, but they sure were pretty.  
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The T-35 project won an award for preservation. It's a lot smaller than most military trainers, about the size of an RV-4. Note the fixed slots to provide aileron control through the stall.  
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The Buckaroo is a very attractive aircraft, though it's now just a footnote in military history.  
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The T-35 might make for an interesting homebuilt replica, perhaps?  
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There was a decent variety of fighters out on the warbird line.  
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A sleek L-39 Albatros settles in for the night.  
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The OV-1 Mohawk is attractive in a unique way.  
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The OV-1 is purely functional, and that makes it beautiful.  

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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