The first annual Flabob Flying Circus is now just a fond memory, but what a great one. The weather was perfect, the planes were spectacular, the pilots were all first rate pro’s and everyone seemed to have a great time.
We put 52 different planes in the air during the “Cavalcade of Flight”. Those planes plus the other 70 plus on display made this first time event a wonderful success.
Once we’ve fully recovered, we’ll be posting as many pictures as possible at the event website www.flabobflyingcircus.com Thanks again to everyone who participated. Let’s do it again next year! real casino online
Where to begin? Well first of all the Cabin Waco made it to Oshkosh with no problems. We spent a nice week at Airventure parked in Phillips 66 Plaza next to the the Flabob DC-3 and Aeronca Chief (mycustomessaywriters). At the end of the week the Waco was awarded runner-up in the custom antique category.
After Oshkosh, it was back to California to get the Monocoupe ready for the American Barnstormers Tour. Sheila and I had a nice leisurely flight to Fargo ND where we met up with the rest of the barnstormers, then it was off to Brainerd MN, Eau Claire WI, Manitowoc WI, DeKalb Il, a nice couple of days in Iowa City, IA and finally the big Antique Airplane Association Fly-In at Blakesburg, IA. 3830 miles in the Monocoupe, 28 different airport stops and 15 states. I can’t think of a better way to spend a summer vacation!
We took the Cabin Waco out for it’s first photo shoot yesterday. Mike Shreeve came out with his camera and “Pops” Newman was kind enough to offer the use of his PT-19 as the camera ship. A little overcast, but pretty nice none the less.
Super guys and a super morning. Thanks to all!
I love this picture of the guy looking at his car. It hangs on the wall right outside of my office and I look at it every day. The first time I saw it, I instantly understood it and felt connected to it. If you work with your hands, you understand it too.
Last week, I was working in the shop with Nando and as we finished installing the cowling on the Waco, we both became that guy in the picture.
We just stood there with our arms at our sides taking it in.
Neither of us said a word. Nothing needed to be said.
In the previous post, the Waco went from being an inanimate object, to a living breathing thing, but there was still one step left. One big step. That step was taken last Wednesday when we ran out of things to do. We’d been living on “To do” lists for the past few weeks, but by the time lunch rolled around on Wednesday, there was only one item left on that list. FLY!
So we flew.
Took her around the pattern for about 20 minutes, watching temps and pressures, talking to her, listening while she talked to me. Everything went great and she’s a real sweetheart. Oh sure there are the normal little rigging adjustments, oil drips, uncooperative radios, etc, but as of Wednesday, she’s back in the air where she belongs. We couldn’t be happier!
There’s a very definite moment in time when a project goes from an inanimate object to a living breathing thing. To me that moment is when the engine is run for the first time. For the Cabin Waco project that occurred this last Wednesday. Like most first starts, this one was not without a certain amount of drama, but in the end it fired up and ran great. Check one big box, savor the moment and move on to a long list of boxes that still need to checked before the first flight.
Last Saturday we were part of a small private party held here on the field. It was a typical fun day giving N3N rides and such, but we also took the opportunity to push the Cabin Waco out on the line. It’s the first time it’s been outside since we installed the wings and it sure looked nice sitting out in the sun.
We’re really getting close on the Cabin Waco project. Last week the interior panels and carpet were installed. It’s hard to get any work done when all you want to do is stand and stare….
Some time ago I let go of my share of a 1954 Bonanza that I’d co-owned with a great group of guys from Hemet. Not that there was anything wrong with the Bonanza, but at the time I wasn’t using it very much and there was another guy who wanted to buy into the group. Long story short, bye bye Bonanza.
Since then, we’ve taken a few trips in the Hatz which is always fun, but not exactly speedy. After our trip to the TravelAir Reunion in Oregon last year, Sheila suggested that maybe another enclosed airplane might be worth considering. Great idea, but what? I started going through the requirements. Had to be fast. Had to be roomy enough. Had to be a taildragger. Had to be tube and fabric. Had to be an antique. Had to have an engine that was supportable. Had to have some “cool” factor.
If you start going down that list, a lot of great airplanes get eliminated very quickly. In fact after going over that list, I’d pretty much eliminated just about everything. That is until one day I was scrolling through the Barnstormers website and saw a Monocoupe 90A that had come up for sale. Suddenly the light came on. I’d forgotten all about Monocoupes, it’s not like you see them every day. I quickly called on the one I’d seen for sale, but it was already sold. Apparently Monocoupes move pretty fast on the rare occasion that their owners decide to sell. I put the word out to all my antique airplane pals that I was in the market for a Lycoming powered 90A and Eric Presten came up with the lead that finally paid off. Thanks again Eric for the lead and thanks Peter for letting the airplane go.
The day after Christmas last year, I made my way up to Sonoma Sky Park and brought home NC15427. She’s a 1936 90A with a fuel injected Lycoming O-320 under the hood. 160 horsepower combined with the slick Monocoupe airframe makes for one fun little hotrod of an airplane. In the next couple of years, I’ll have to pull the fabric, it’s getting a little cracked. I’ll also want to have the little Lycoming gone through, but in the mean time I plan to take her out and wring her out every chance I get.
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It’s been a while since I posted anything. It’s not that we haven’t been busy, in fact just the opposite. We’ve been making great headway on the Cabin Waco project. Our goal is to have it finished in time to attend Oshkosh, The American Barnstormers Tour and the Antique Airplane Association fly-in at Blakesburg before heading back to Flabob for the Flabob Flying Circus. It’s going to be a busy summer, but an even busier Spring getting the airplane ready to go!
We’ve focusing our efforts on getting all the landing gear fairings along with the firewall forward sheetmetal whipped into shape. Last week before we pulled it all off again, we rolled the airplane outside for a minute to look at it from a distance. We liked what we saw!!