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Alastair also "trimmed" the plane, balancing it, he said, just nicely so that it would "fly itself." That's his story. I think it's baloney; I was flying the plane and I've got the white knuckles to prove it.
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Event Report
Event Reports - Sun 'N Fun 2004

Saturday, April 17
Sun 'N Fun 2004
Created: 04/18/2004
Updated: 04/19/2004
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Article by Mike Whaley
 
Saturday... perfect weather, big crowd, balloon glow, night airshow, etc. It's all a blur!


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Another very busy day for crowd control... The show was very well attended this year. We usually bring home a quarter of the calendars and posters, which last us until we print again for the next show. They were all gone yesterday.  
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Jon Berndsen's 250hp Skybolt. Very nice airplane!  
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Paul shows Captain Aaron the ropes. Future WAC champion perhaps?  
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Yeah, yeah... gimme the keys already!  
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This unusual vintage airplane is a Rocket 185.  
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Shark teeth on parade... this rare P-40 Warhawk flew in the afternoon airshow.  
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The T-28 also had teeth. Desined as a secondary trainer, it served as a workhorse ground-attack platform in the Vietnam war. It was deployed by the USAF, Navy, the Ravens, Air America, the Laotian AF and the VNAF.  
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More teeth... with a nasty 30mm GE cannon to back them up.  
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"So ugly it's cute" - a phrase that SeaBee owners hear quite often. There were several others of the type in the amphibian area.  
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The Beriev Be-103 seaplane seats six. An unusual design.  
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This USAF Heritage Flight included an F-86, P-51D, and an F-16.  
 
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Despite high winds, three ballon teams were able to participate in the balloon glow. This event is the traditional start to the night airshow.  
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Fantasy of Flight's balloon team fires things up.  
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Airshows look quite different at dusk. The Aeroshell Team enters the landing pattern with their signature approach.  
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Steve Oliver puts on a graceful show in the Pepsi Super Chipmunk.  
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Manfred Radius wows the crowd in his Salto sailplane... glider acro is a beautiful thing, and even more so at night.  
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The crowd was entranced by the show.  
   

Other entries in this series:
     Anticipation...    April 8, 2004
     Tuesday, April 13    April 13, 2004
     Wednesday, April 14    April 14, 2004
     Thursday, April 15    April 15, 2004
     Friday, April 16    April 16, 2004
      » Saturday, April 17    April 17, 2004
     Sunday, April 18    April 18, 2004
     Monday, April 19    April 19, 2004

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