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Event Report
Event Reports - Sun 'N Fun 2006

Friday, April 7 - Daytime Activities - Part 2
Sun 'N Fun 2006
Created: 04/02/2006
Updated: 04/18/2006
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Article by Mike Whaley
 
More photos from Friday's daytime activities. The F-22 stole the show, and (I never thought I'd see the day when I would turn my back on an F-15 demo... but that's exactly what I did when the F-22 pilot started doing his own little demo while orbiting south of the airport waiting for the Heritage flight.) The Raptor can hover, fly at nearly zero airspeed, and turns far faster than the F-15... not that it will usually need to do these things, since any known enemies (including our own F-16, F-15, and F/A-18) can't see it in the first place, let alone have a good chance of shooting it down. (In 200 simulated combat sorties, the F-22 won 199 times. An F-15 got it once, but only because the Raptor flew directly in front of the sun and the Eagle pilot saw the shadow on a cloud... he unloaded everything he had at it.) The difference between the F-15... still one of the world's best dogfighters... and the F-22 in terms of outright maneuverability is quite stark. It's akin to the difference in aerobatic ability between a T-6 and a Pitts Special. Sure, they're both aerobatic, but the Pitts can do a lot of stuff the T-6 just can't touch. If it's true that there's no such thing as a fair fight in warfare, be very, very glad that the Raptor is on our side... that makes it a very, very lopsided fight indeed!


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The Yellowbird was a popular display. Many folks couldn't believe the size of the prop.  
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Though we were somewhat limited by the constraints of the fly-by pattern, this will give you an idea of what a typical Skybolt takeoff looks like. This is with 2 people and full fuel on board.
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The Navy brought this E-2C+ Hawkeye. This AEW aircraft is used in a capacity similar to the Air Force's AWACS, but it's carrier-based. The Hawkeye is a vital part of the carrier battle group.  
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The E-2C+ has been upgraded with new advanced technology props and other upgrades. The AN/APS-145 radar uses a 24-foot diameter "rotodome" on the top of the aircraft, which produces enough lift to offset its own weight. It rotates at 6 rpm and can be lowered 2 feet for carrier storage.  
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Helicopter rides continued to be apopular activity. This chopper was flying almost constantly.  
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Fred Cabanas' S-2C was giving rides throughout the weekend. Fred also performed in the airshow.  
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Two classic airplanes... a New Standard and a DC-3.  
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You could hear the announcers throughout much of the area, thanks to an extensive PA system.  
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This Extra was on display in the Aerobatic area near the Yellowbird.  
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A monoplane sits near the IAC area.  
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Many planes were waiting to go flying, or to head back home. You never know what you'll see taxiing by at Sun 'N Fun.  
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This C-130 from the North Carolina Air Reserve was a popular attraction at the far end of the Warbirds ramp. A C-130 can provide a whole lot of shade!  
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A P-51 taxis to it's spot on the Warbird line.  
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This plane is registered to the RANS Employee Flying Club. Surprise... it's a RANS S-6E Coyote.  
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The Diamond Twinstar has been generating a lot of interest. The engines are diesels, which run on Jet A fuel. At the end of their life, they are completely replaced, not overhauled.  
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Phil Maxson's recently-completed Zodiac CH-601XL was a prominent and popular fixture in the Zenith booth.  
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Even though the airshow is ongoing, folks still checked out the latest toys.  
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This little hot-rod drew a crowd. It's called a Shaka (yes, as in Shaka Zulu) and packs a 405hp V8 under it's steel tube and fiberglass frame.  
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We heard this run... it sure sounded good!  
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This is a movie of the PPC making very little progress into the wind. Of course, you can make a good argument that the point of these machines isn't to travel someplace fast, it's to enjoy the journey.
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Here is a video of the steam-powered ice cream churning machine, which is as old as powered flight itself. It was a lot of fun to watch, and the EAA crowd seemed to really appreciate that someone had taken the time to restore it to working condition.
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The view from Juliet Row gives a unique perspective on the airshow.  
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Gene "Mr. Airshow" Soucy flies his big, loud, and incredibly maneuverable Show Cat. This plane produces some of the thickest smoke we've ever seen... he must have flled up the modified Ag-Cat's chemical hopper with smoke oil.  
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This is the Carter Copter gyrocopter landing gear system demo... turns a seemingly hard landing into a cushy, soft landing.
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This is the most amazing fighter plane ever built. Period.  
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Two F-22 Raptors roll out after landing. This was a very exciting moment for everyone.  
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The Raptor seems more suited to a sci-fi movie than a United States military base... except maybe Area 51 or Groom Lake, perhaps. I'm sure the SWAT team was more for show than anything, but nobody wanted to test the theory. (Actually, the guards were very polite and good natured, even after having to stand out in the hot sun.)  
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The F-22 is not only a very advanced machine, but it's a very beautiful one too. There's nothing else that looks like it.  
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The lines of the Raptor are very futuristic and purposeful.  
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Here's a movie of the F-22 showing off it's stuff "unofficially" as it waited south of the airport during the F-15 demo.
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More F-22 antics. The F-22 showing off was the highlight of the entire Fly-in for many folks... and it will be remembered for many years to come.
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This is a really interesting lineup... an F-22, F-15, and P-51. They were born at 30 year intervals, and once you've seen the F-22 you'll probably agree that it has advanced about as far beyond the F-15 as the F-15 was beyond the P-51.  
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Lee Lauderback brings his TF-51 in for a victory roll after the Heritage Flight.
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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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