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Event Report
Event Reports - Sun 'N Fun 2006

Saturday, April 8 - Part 2
Sun 'N Fun 2006
Created: 04/02/2006
Updated: 04/19/2006
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Article by Mike Whaley
 
More photos from Saturday...


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One of the neatest planes on the field was this immaculate Stinson Model A Trimotor.  
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Competition in the 1930s was stiff between aircraft manufacturers in the growing passenger airline industry, which was even reflected in the aircraft's logos.  
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The Trimotor has very unusual lines and many features that give it character.  
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The inside looks fairly comfortable.  
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Rear view  
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"If it ain't round, it ain't sound..."  
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The wheels are retractable, and feature mud guards.  
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This is the inside of the right engine cowl.  
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The inner wing is unusual in that it tapers down to a much smaller section.  
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The windows on many Golden Age planes have a reverse slope because it helped to reduce glare and reflections from the ground when landing at night.  
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This is a very distinctive silhouette.  
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Notice the flag reflected in the window...  
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The plane has a strange kind of sleekness to it.  
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NOAA flies this Rockwell Commander to do aerial surveys of snowfall, among other important research tasks.  
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This plane looks like it could go just about anywhere.  
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Sure hope his wife doesn't find out about this.  
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This Waco flew around the parachuters at the beginning of the airshow each day.  
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There were many Pipers on display.  
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Lots of polishing goes into this Stinson Gullwing.  
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The fabric sides of the Stinson were almost like a mirror.  
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This Waco was a truly amazing restoration... a real work of art.  
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What can you say but "WOW!"  
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Even the interplane struts are polished to a mirror finish.  
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The canopy is unusual, and looks nice.  
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These nearly-identical Wacos were breathtaking.  
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Here is a nice Great Lakes.  
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This cabin Waco has nice lines, and is nicely done.  
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The cabin looks pretty roomy.  
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This Cessna 195 attracted many spectators.  
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This Fleet is flown regularly by it's owners, who live in Lakeland.  
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Aaron tries on a DC-3 cockpit for size.  
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Bruce Bohannon's Flying Tiger is no longer sponsored by Exxon, though we hear it was an amicable split.  
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Patty Wagstaff talks with admirers in the Aeroshell booth.  
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Steve Oliver brings his Super Chipmunk in for a maneuver.  
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The Super Chipmunk is a really fun plane to watch.  
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Over the top...wheee!  
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When Randy Henderson isn't flying his Texas T-Cart Taylorcraft, he's a 737 captain with Southwest Airlines.  
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After each performance, airshow performers are driven by the crowd.  
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The evening program in the Museum Pavillion featured Bob Crippen and John Young, who made the first flight of the Space Shuttle 25 years ago. It was a fascinating story.  
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Bob Crippen (left) and John Young told about their Shuttle experiences with a mix of test-pilot facts and a healthy dose of humor. We shouldn't ever take the achievements of the Shuttle program for granted, it took an incredible amount of work by many people to make them happen.  

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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