Photos From the Copperstate Fly-In

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  1. Oct 23, 2011 #1

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    I wasn't able to get out of the workshop tent very much, or for very long. When you are accepted as a volunteer, good use is made of you. But, FREE FOOD!
    I discovered, that for me at least, the more naked polished aluminum, the more I liked them. The P-51 was by far the King of Sheen on this tarmac. But there were some other beauties as well.
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    Trying to Add the Swift from previous post (I must have exceeded allowable file sizes). 10-22-11 044.jpg
     
  3. Oct 24, 2011 #3

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    Nice photos Voyeurger. Don't we all love a polished metal plane. Just imagine, being from the Copper state, a polished copper plane. Now that would be real neat, but bloody heavy.
     
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    Funny you mention that DP. The AN rivets certainly start out copper colored, but looked like chrome on these planes. Must be an effect of age hardening and much, much, buffing.
     
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    Cad plating would do it for you! :gig:
     
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    Here is the Wx that delayed us getting out of KSDM:
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    Once we finally got out, here is some of what we saw (I am thinking about building a Glasair, so it is a little focused :gig:):
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    Our trusty steed before we departed back to SoCal (we averaged 119 kts outbound, and almost 130 kts on the way home):
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  7. Oct 25, 2011 #7

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    Hey JK,
    I've got to admit, having lived primarily in Phoenix since July, seeing that marine layer fog at your home field, I felt lust in my heart. I coveted your weather. I could almost taste it.
    You were right. That's a great looking ride.
    Gary
     
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    For want of a cable...I have some great pictures I can't wait to post, as soon as I find the errant USB camera cable. Like jlknolla, I had some tunnel vision -- there are a few planes like the GY-20 Minicab where I homed in on details like control cable runs, tail sections, and cowl vents, and never got an overall shot.

    The weather at KCGZ couldn't have been better, the place was buzzing like a beehive. Some of the highlights of the trip for me:

    - Demystifying fabric and coatings in the workshop put on by Stewart Systems
    - Meeting Gary/Voyeurger at the sheet metal tent
    - Best classic wooden homebuilt category: GY-20 Minicab
    - Inspecting a lot of homebuilts up close, from a Hatz to a Fisher Jungster, with Kitfoxes, Highlanders, several RANS, a Fi-156 replica, Avid Flyer, Piet, even a Davis DA-2
    - Seeing classic planes flying rather than sitting -- particularly inspiring were two Globe Swifts, a Ryan PT-22, DeHavilland Chipmunk, Meyers 200D, a WACO, and the beautiful restored Luscombe 8E up for raffle.
    - Sticking my toe into the GPS and EFIS waters in an Aircraft Spruce vendor session.

    The only downside was that I couldn't find a cool hat or T-shirt to come home with. Guess I'll just have to go back, or find another fly-in :p.

    -Dan
     
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    I didn't get any shots of the Swifts but there were several stunning examples there, very, very sexy. The Davis DA-2 was a real treat, I am big fan of Leon's designs.

    There were two gorgeous Beech Model 18's as well.

    Agree on the weather at KCGZ, although ~90 is a bit warm to my SoCal sensibilities - sure felt it as we descended out of 7500 when we let down for the approach.

    Would have liked to have had much more time there - will make a much earlier departure next year, maybe even reposition to KSEE to have better morning Wx.
     
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    Nice cert planes, but how about some experimentals? Anything good there this year.
     
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    Sorry Craig,
    I hardly got out of the workshop tent, and when I did I had whining, sweaty kids dragging me off.
     
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    OK, Skeeter, some X planes just for you. Apologies if I mixed up Kitfoxes, Avids, and Highlanders. Sadly I somehow neglected to take a photo of the sweetest homebuilt there, a just-finished GY-20 Minicab.

    1. Kitfox with Lyc. IO-233
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    2. Hatz
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    3.JustAir Highlander
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    4. The legendary Davis DA-2!
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    5. Avid Flyer? monster flaperons
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    6. mystery homebuilt
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    7. Fisher Youngster
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    Coming up -- the vintage and warbird crowd. -Dan

     

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    your mystery homebuilt in photo 6 is a Stits SA-3B
     
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    Love the kitfox and the hatz. Sorry but i think that DA-2 is fugley.
     
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    On to the vintage and warbird part of the show. Top billing goes to the two planes that gave the most rides - the SNJ was just beautiful, whether in the air or wheeling around the ramp. Since Voyeurger spent the weekend with clecos and rivets while I was inspecting tail wires, elevator linkages and such, these are for him.

    This 1929 Standard 5-place flew sightseers all weekend the way it was meant to - pretty big span for a single bay rig.
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    Navy SNJ advanced trainer - huge smiles from the passenger seat every time
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    Two Globe Swifts attended, this one not the usual polished aluminum.
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    Of course near Chandler there had to be several Luscombes. This one looked its age, but the guy flew in with his son and spent the day in the shade of the wing in classic style. The wheel pants are getting quite rare.
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    My personal favorite WWII trainer, the Ryan PT-22 -- first time I'd seen one up close.
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    WACO heaven
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    Spartan Executive - fit for a sheikh and his saluki
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    Plane I'd most like to learn aerobatics in:
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    Nice shot of the yellow Swift Snaildrake, that and the polished and red one were jaw-dropping with the slider canopy mod, P-51 gear doors and such.

    Nice shots!
     
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    Dan,
    Thanks very much. The funny thing is, my favorite was that Ryan PT-22 trainer, and you got me the photo of the little beauty unclothed and on the move. Call me crazy, but the PT-22 looks like a simple build project (given proper plans).
    Sleekness defined. I'm looking into this plane more. Very **** handsome.
    Thanks again.
    Gary
     
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    Oh boy, Gary, now you've opened a giant kettle of worms...I want to build a Ryan STA replica in the worst way. The STA is the sport touring predecessor to the PT-22, absent the PT-22's absurd spaghetti landing gear and with an inline engine.

    Man, I could take you a long way down this rabbit hole. True STA replica plans are available, though the original airframe is incredibly heavy by post-WWII standards -- for example, I believe the skin is .040 or thicker. The closest recent design is the Anglin SpaceWalker II - Martin Hone in Australia built a nice Rotec radial variant called the SWII-RR. I think the SWII could be adapted to produce a good replica ST-A, though the Hershey bar wings are far from the elegant ST-A elliptical form. Maybe someday my building skills will be up to the project.

    Original Ryan ST-A
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    SpaceWalker II-RR 125hp Rotec:
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    PM me if you want/need more images and sources on Ryan monoplanes. Best, Dan
     
  19. Oct 27, 2011 #19

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    Ah, but the Spacewalker (Revolution) is not the only one they offer: the Sportster is pretty sweet and does have the elliptical tips...
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    I apologize for the thread-drift. Great pics of the fly-in!

    ~Bill
     
  20. Oct 28, 2011 #20

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    If I weren't knee-deep in my Bearhawk build I'd have a real hard look at the Sportster Billyvray shows here. What do you think of the Sportster? Man, I like it!
     

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