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Some flyers of Radio Controlled aircraft stage an annual Fly-In
at a park in Sarasota, just a few miles east of I-75 at exit 207.

Details are available at HOME
Click on COMING EVENTS and then on FLYER.

You'll see some fascinating models of World War II aircraft.
I have attended this in the past, and been captivated.

I think people request a donation when you park,
but the land is ours, so there can be no admission charge.
I think the $10 "Landing Fee" is for space to show your aircraft.

Keith
 

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Amazing models!

The first amazing machine I saw was this racer, belonging to a friend of mine:

This was born a 400, but now displaces 489cc, and achieves 145 MPH in road races. In the background you can see the little Honda I rode to the event.

But what about the Warbirds? Here they come:
(I will mention which ones I saw flying.)

Here is a trainer. I think it was called a Texan in the USA, a Harvard in Canada.
I recall the real plane has a very deep throaty engine, like a Harley in the sky?


Curse you, Red Baron!


Here are a P51 Mustang, an electric F15 which I saw flying, and a biplane.


This gent is proud of his plane. It flew, but not while I was watching.


This bomber was getting ready to fly, but I didn't see it go up.


Imagine how much effort this distressed paint took ...


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Keith,

That trainer is a T6 Texan. Hundreds, maybe even a few thousand, were bought by private citizens when the Air Force phased them out.

I'd normally like to go that that event, but I was planning on riding the Strom to Sebring for the vintage car races tomorrow.
 

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Can you see a man-year of effort in this? I sure can!


This plane was the star of the show. It is a Sea Fury, wearing the insignia of the Australian Navy.
It has retractable landing gear, and it is really cool to see the gear fold up.
The pilot performed many neat aerobatic stunts, then landed the plane neatly.


Here is the Sea Fury's engine. It is a five-cylinder radial engine, and has 215 cc displacement,
which is much more than the displacement of my little CBR125R. No wonder this
plane goes over 100 MPH!


The show was not as flamboyant as it has been in prior years. It commemorates Pearl Harbor, and is held on the first Saturday in December. In past years, I have seen a four-engine plane disgorge paratroopers and other planes towing gliders, along with dogfights between American and German fighters.

I left before all the pilots flew their planes, but I did see the F-15 in flight. Its electric engine sounded a bit like a jet, but of course not even as loud as the small jet engines for model planes.

If you want more info on the club, please follow the links in the first message in the thread. If you think I should have placed this thread in an off-topic section, I agree with you, but I point out that both Florida and motorcycles were involved ... but of course no Stroms today.

Keith
 

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I don't know what this is.

Nice. Any B-24's or other heavies?
This was the only multi-engine aircraft I saw flying:


The pilot looped it and then flew it straight up into a stall.
It tumbled erratically and then straightened up just like in the movies.
I would certainly have puked if I had been aboard.
 

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Correction above.

The third photo in message 2 was not presented in the original posting.
If you didn't see the red triplane, you may have wondered why the phrase,
"Curse you Red Baron!" was sitting there without a plane to refer to.

Well, it's there now, so you can scroll up and see it.
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This was the only multi-engine aircraft I saw flying:


The pilot looped it and then flew it straight up into a stall.
It tumbled erratically and then straightened up just like in the movies.
I would certainly have puked if I had been aboard.
Keith,

When I was getting my pilots license 50 years ago, the maneuver I dreaded the most was a departure stall. That's when you stall the plane in a steep climb under full power. It seems like you wait forever for the damn thing to go over the top and fall.
 

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Some flyers of Radio Controlled aircraft stage an annual Fly-In
at a park in Sarasota, just a few miles east of I-75 at exit 207.

Details are available at HOME
Click on COMING EVENTS and then on FLYER.

You'll see some fascinating models of World War II aircraft.
I have attended this in the past, and been captivated.

I think people request a donation when you park,
but the land is ours, so there can be no admission charge.
I think the $10 "Landing Fee" is for space to show your aircraft.

Keith
CBR-125? Didn't know they were available in the US. Did you smuggle that one in from Kanuckistan?
 

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AHA!

CBR-125? Didn't know they were available in the US. Did you smuggle that one in from Kanuckistan?
You are correct, Jstrom. I registered it in Canada, then hauled it to Florida, then went through the process of registering it here. I saved quite a bit on the purchase of the Honda CBR-125R, so I did not mind paying the fees to get the Florida plate on it.

I remember what I owe you, and I keep wondering when I can honor my obligation. I expect to be in the Great White North from Mid-July through Labour Day, and I may be doing some long jaunts, for instance the James Bay ride. Nothing is definite, but do think about that ride, because a close friend of mine is really eager to do it on his ST-1300.

Keith
 
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