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Event Report
Event Reports - Sun 'N Fun 2007

Saturday, April 21 (Part 2)
Sun 'N Fun 2007
Created: 04/21/2007
Updated: 04/26/2007
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Article by Mike Whaley
 
Saturday is usually a big day at Sun 'N Fun, and this year was no exception. Adding to the crowds was half-price admission ($15) for Florida residents during the weekend. We were very busy with visitors to the tent, and other vendors noticed a lot more folks as well. The weather was nice, though we did get a brief sprinkle in the afternoon, it didn't stop the airshow. The B-2 flyby brought a bit of the surreal to the event.


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For dinner on Saturday, Jeff prepares "drunken chicken". (One of them was actually made with Mountain Dew...)  
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Evan was enjoying the show.  
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John is ready for a busy day.  
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The Yellowbird flew quite a bit during the day, giving a few customer rides and flying during the fly-by session.  
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This Extra sports a very colorful color scheme... sharp aircraft.  
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These are the empty smoke oil drums from the shows just up to Saturday. Yikes!  
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A Chipmunk pushes through an outside loop.  
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What goes up, must come down... the Chipmunk performs a spin.  
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This is one of our favorite shots... the Waldo Wright New Standard D-25 biplane coming back from giving rides.  
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Now here is something you don't see everyday. The DC-3 and Yaks actually got a lot lower over the runway, but they disappeared behind parked airplanes so we couldn't get a photo of that!  
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A Yak makes a smooth landing.  
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For those with bigger wallets than most, you might consider one of these fine aircraft. The turbine Lancair (left) is impressive, but that performance certainly doesn't come cheap! N300KT is a pretty cool registration to have.  
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Our friend Bill Clapp's Corvair-powered KR-2S was on the cover of Sport Aviation twice in the past few months. This innovative plane only cost him $7,300 to build (including engine and instruments) and took 11 months (18 if you count the time gathering materials.) It has very nice workmanship throughout!  
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Dan Weseman's Cleanex was in the auto-engine area as well. This is a really sharp airplane.  
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Mark Langford's KR-2.  
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Mark has a nice, quality aircraft.  
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The "why didn't I think of doing that" department. It can be yours for the low, low price of $6,850... but you do get your choice of engine type.  
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This fascinating infrared camera system was on display in one of the hangars. While it has applications in enhanced/night vision, it's also fun to play with. Seemed to be very sensitive to small temperature variations.  
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Warner Aerocraft had a new version of the Sportster on display.  
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Cessna had both their LSA prototype and their Next-Generation research airplane on display. This looks compeltely unlike anything that Cessna's ever done before.  
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This is one of the nicest O-2's that we've ever seen.  
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The Duck has original radios installed. Sure it's got modern gear on the panel but back in the 1960s-70s this heavy stuff was required for the FAC to do his job.  
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The Duck is loaded for bear!  
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One thing we liked was that there were several placards on the side of the plane explaining it's history and that of the FACs.  
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A real-live Huey Cobra. Wow!  
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The Cobra carried 2.75 in. rocket pods as well as TOW launchers.  
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The rotorcraft fly-by period had some interesting machines, including this gyrocopter.  
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This Alouette was hopping rides all day long.  
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A Hummingbird heli flies overhead.  
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Aaron tries on a USCG Dauphin. Future Coastie, perhaps? (Lord knows he's fearless enough already...)  
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The NOAA Aero Commander had some interesting "kill" markings. Leads to some interesting speculation...  
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Aaron poses in front of a really sharp-looking Yak-52.  
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This A-10 Warthog lives up to the nickname.  
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USAF nose art isn't dead yet, although it sure is tame compared to years past.  
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We'll let you come up with your own funny caption on this one.  
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This VF-31 Tomcat was just retired last year. It's a real shame that we'll probably never see an F-14 fly again.  
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Several jets formed the backdrop for the stage for Saturday night's concert by country music star (and Stearman owner) Aaron Tippen.  
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This was in the engine of one of the F-16s that attended. (What we want to know is, what kind of marker do you use to make your writing survive the heat of an F-16's afterburner)?  
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The highlight of the week for many people was the rare fly-by of the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber. This one is named "The Spirit of Arizona".  
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The B-2 is a very otherworldly looking aircraft.  
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As you can see, all eyes were riveted upon the B-2.  
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The B-2 is a very large aircraft, and though it's usually flown in a smooth manner, it's also fairly maneuverable.  
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The smooth, nearly black surface of the B-2 makes it difficult to distinguish any features from a distance. You can barely make out the markings on the main gear doors.  
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Flying wings are inherently hard to see when seen from the front or rear... a factor in it's selection as the basis for the first stealth bomber design.  
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You can see the clamshell speedbrake/rudder/aileron opened on the left wing.  
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Another big event for many was Matt Younkin's acro performance with a Beech 18.  
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A spectator is mesmerized by Matt's routine.  
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Very, very cool!  
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This A-10 is part of the Air Force's East Coast A-10 Demonstration Team. Here it is starting up for the flight demo.  
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The Warthog makes a low, fast pass down the runway.  
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Wheeee!! You can tell this is a real serious airplane for real serious pilots... a brutally effective combination of stick-and-rudder simplicity, eyeball-popping maneuverability, jet-engine power, and massive firepower.  
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The P-51 takes off for the Heritage Flight with the A-10.  
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These planes have a lot in common... both are thoroughbreds that excelled at their intended purpose... and their respective pilots are fanatical about their love for each airplane.  
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The F/A-18 Hornet taxis out for a high-energy performance.  
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This was the scene 3 seconds after liftoff.  
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One second later, he started his first hi-g maneuver. WOW!  
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The Hornet can slow way down too... this was a slow pass.  
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The "go" part of a touch & go...  
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The Navy Legacy Flight with the F4U-4 and the F/A-18... both planes are legends in their own time.  
 

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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