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Event Report
Event Reports - Sun 'N Fun 2007

Tuesday, April 17
Opening Day
Sun 'N Fun 2007
Created: 04/17/2007
Updated: 04/25/2007
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Article by Mike Whaley
 
Opening day was really busy, as we expected. The day started out a little chilly but it was really nice for the rest of the day. The attendance was strong and many folks came by the tent. It looks like a promising start to the week!


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Cheryl finishes up the last-minute setup.  
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We have more merchandise and products on offer than ever before.  
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We have a video loop running showing some great Skybolt and Pitts S1-C acro.  
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Lots and lots of stuff!  
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The outside of the display tent.  
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The side of the tent is dedicated to Pitts S1 items.  
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John did a great job on the new Pitts parts display board.  
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At what point does a "formation" become a "flock"? The T-34 arrived in style.  
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Mike Marrin's Skybolt got a whole bunch of positive comments from folks visiting the tent.  
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We have our props on display.  
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Gesoco is next to us again this year. Interest in the Vendenyev M14 engines remains strong.  
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These race cars a couple of spots down from us were not only popular, but they're street legal!  
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The Ravin is a rather unusual looking aircraft.  
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The Venture may look like an egg, but it sure is fast.  
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Barrett makes the first of several fly-by passes.  
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The smoke system works pretty well... the field was IFR for a few minutes after our fly-bys.  
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This attractive plane is a Cavalier.  
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A Cassutt and an Acey Deucey.  
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This is a nice way to do some low and slow nostalgic flying.  
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This Pitts S2-C was hopping rides.  
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This Mustang has a simple and rather clever folding wing mechanism.  
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RANS demonstrating one of their highly-regarded LSAs.  
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We HIGHLY recommend taking a flight in the New Standard D-25 biplane when you visit Sun 'N Fun.  
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This RV had an interesting paint scheme.  
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Suzanne Oliver shows off her considerable talent at skywriting.  
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Barrett comes in for another smoke pass.  
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People fly in from around the world for SNF... this plane is from Brazil.  
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Here's a blast from the past... an RV-3, the plane that really launched Van's on the path to major success.  
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A Champ taxis in.  
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Pretty sleek, eh?  
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The Eclipse VLJ performed in the showcase as well.  
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Flying isn't just an activity, it's an attitude.  
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This helicopter was hopping rides as well.  
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Perhaps the ultimate development of the ultralight movement... an Air Cam on floats.  
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Morgan Hunter's Corvair-powered Personal Cruiser gained a ton of attention. Very sharp looking and innovative airplane.  
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The Personal Cruiser was designed specifically around the Corvair, but it can be used with other engines such as Rotaxes, Jabirus and Continentals.  
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Bill Clapp's KR-2S is an outsstanding example of how a really nice, fast airplane doesn't have to be expensive. He built it for $7,300 complete in 11 months (18 months if you count the scrounging time.) This plane was on the cover of Sport Aviation in both December 2006 and (less obvioulsy so) in March 2007.  
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Dave Vargesko's Corvair Wagabond is an excellent example of a clean, simple aircraft done right.  
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The Piloti Shoes we sell are rapidly gaining in popularity.  
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A pair of F/A-18s made a dramatic arrival and treated us to a few passes before landing. VERY LOUD!  
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The aerobatic P-51 formation performance by Lee Lauderback and Ed Shipley is a sight not to be missed!  
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Skybolt performer Randy Harris of Bearfeat Aerobatics put on a great show, like always.  
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Randy really wrings his Super Skybolt out.  
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The Skybolt is a lot larger than many aircraft that do acro at airshows, and looks that much more impressive.  
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Matt Younkin flew a Beech 18 through a pretty aggressive aerobatic routine.  
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The Beech's twin radials really sound great!  
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Matt's performance is dedicated to his father, the late great Bobby Younkin. Bobby died (doing what he loved) in a mid-air collision with Jimmy Franklin as part of the famed Masters of Disaster act.  
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Matt really knows how to put on a great show.  
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John Mohr is certainly one of the finest airshow performers there is.  
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John flies a totally stock 220hp Stearman. The only modification is the smoke system.  
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Yes, John pulled out in time!  
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Wheee!  
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John gets more performance out of a Stearman than most folks can get out of the latest and greatest airplane. He simply knows his plane thoroughly, inside and out.  
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John is quite a showman.  
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Coming back for more!  
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The crowd really showed their appreciation for Gene Soucy and Theresa Stokes and their great wingwalking act.  
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Kent Pietsch lands on "the world's smallest airport"...  
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... and then takes off again!  
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Aeroshell Team: that's pretty much synonymous with "the best in the business".  
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Paul's son Ethan is having a ball. He is not even 3 and can already can say the five T's of IFR flight... way to go, Paul!  

Other entries in this series:
     Sunday, April 15    April 15, 2007
     Monday, April 16    April 16, 2007
      » Tuesday, April 17    April 17, 2007
     Wednesday, April 18    April 18, 2007
     Thursday, April 19    April 19, 2007
     Friday, April 20    April 20, 2007
     Saturday, April 21 (Part 1)    April 21, 2007
     Saturday, April 21 (Part 2)    April 21, 2007
     Sunday, April 22    April 22, 2007
     Monday, April 23    April 23, 2007
     Wednesday, April 25    April 25, 2007

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