Thursday, August 31, 2006


Steve's Video Of The Day: A "Hurricane", a "Spit", and a "Lanc"!

Man, those Rolls Royce Merlin engines sound like none other. Thousands of finely-tuned parts "whirring" in unison! Unbelievable symphonic sound!

VIDEO - A "Hurricane", a "Spit", and a "Lanc"!

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Wednesday, August 30, 2006


"Gimli Model Fest 06", Final Day!

Aug. 20th I "posted" about a trip I had made to Gimli on Aug. 18th entitled "Gimli Model Fest 06". Well, the afternoon of the 20th I returned to Gimli, as it was the final day for the R/C modellers, and they were putting on an Airshow, complete with experienced announcer. It was great! All different types of crafts took to the air, including "Snoopy" atop his "Doghouse", as anyone who ever read "Peanuts" knows that was the craft with which he always fought the "Red Baron". I couldn't get a picture, though, because after "dispatching" the Red Baron, Snoopy had a landing mishap, and the doghouse portion of his craft turned into a pile of splinters, but even now is well on the way to being repaired. Check out some of the other aircraft at the show.

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Pitts! Posted by Picasa

Focke-Wulf FW 190, the best German fighter of WWII! Posted by Picasa

The "Gimli Glider"...... Posted by Picasa

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P-51 Mustang! Posted by Picasa

Cessna on floats! Posted by Picasa

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F-18, and it was actually "twin-engined"! Posted by Picasa

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So you see, folks, all different types of crafts. The announcing was excellent, and so was the skill of the pilots, as it was very gusty that day. One of the jets actually did a fly-past and hit 248 mph!!! Amazing! This is a great hobby, and a way to meet new friends and fellow enthusiasts. I plan on finding a good "starter" model, even though I am pushing 14,000 hrs. on "larger" aircraft. Also, one of the modellers has contacted me since, his name is Ken Kanyluk. He owns the Harvard and the P-51 shown in my Aug. 20th "post". He says they are "tons of fun", and 1/5 scale. He invited me to drop by at Gimli next year, which I will do, and sent me a link for anyone interested in the pastime. Here it is.

LINK - "SportRC"

Thanks Ken, and in closing, the final image I leave you with is the F-18, as the Gimli show ended, and the clouds rolled in!


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Steve's Video Of The Day: "Fighter" at "6 O'clock"!

Watch what happens when an R/C aircraft "encroaches" on the territory of a "bird of prey"!

VIDEO - "Fighter" at "6 O'clock"!

Tuesday, August 29, 2006


Fact, or Fiction? Holy "HAIL"!

My good buddy Larry Danard sent me an e-mail and pics regarding an aviation incident that apparently happened Aug. 10th. I did a little research and did find some info on one other site about the incident, but many times incidents that happen are not widely publicized. Anyhow, there is no doubt in my mind that the following COULD HAVE taken place, and would have been "one helluva' ride" for everyone onboard. I never heard about it or read about it in the papers, but, see what you think! Check it out!

Subject: BAX Global Flight 705BX

Date: Fri, 11 Aug 2006 15:56:01

Last night circa 2300 our BAX aircraft flight 705BX encountered severe weather over Alberta, Canada. The aircraft was cruising at 35,000 feet when it encountered tennis ball-sized hail. The pictures below show some of the damage. All landing lights were destroyed, as was the radar. The crew was forced to make a "blind" emergency landing. Upon safe return to the ground the first officer and flight engineer quit. It is expected that the aircraft is a total loss as its structural integrity has been compromised.

Regards, Eric Collins

Outbound Operations Supervisor

Minneapolis, Minnesota

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As you can see, this aircraft, which I believe is a Boeing 727, encountered a "severe environment". I can just imagine the "racket" inside the airplane. Anybody have any additional info on this incident? Leave a "comment"!



Steve's Video Of The Day: 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne)

I have always loved helicopters, and the "Airborne". Talk about tough "fighting men"! Watch how the "men and their machines" practise as they prepare to "face the enemy" when called upon!

VIDEO - 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne)

Wednesday, August 23, 2006


Steve's Video Of The Day: "Utterly Butterly"!

Two Boeing PT-17 "Stearmans" and two "wing-walking beauties"! Sounds "utterly butterly" to me!

VIDEO - "Utterly Butterly"!

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WEBSITE - "Utterly Butterly" Wing-walking Display Team