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Posted: 12/26/2001 4:09:39 PM EST
[Last Edit: 12/26/2001 4:14:30 PM EST by Axel]
Check the lead story at [url]www.pressdemocrat.com[/url]. I heard that it crashed a short time ago south of here.
Link Posted: 12/26/2001 4:13:54 PM EST
Link Posted: 12/26/2001 4:15:13 PM EST
Sorry. it's fixed.
Link Posted: 12/26/2001 4:17:35 PM EST
Link Posted: 12/26/2001 4:17:49 PM EST
Yup, strange stuff.
Link Posted: 12/26/2001 4:20:34 PM EST
Link Posted: 12/26/2001 4:44:34 PM EST
Broke loose from its mooring? Was this thing a seaplane or something? I'd hate to have to explain this to the insurance company, "Yeah, ummm.... I was working on it.... and.... ummmm.... it just kind of..... flew off....."
Link Posted: 12/26/2001 5:55:03 PM EST
Link Posted: 12/26/2001 6:02:09 PM EST
Pilotless airplane missing aloft over Sonoma County The Sonoma County Sheriff's Department reports that it has still not located a pilotless plane that took off this afternoon. According to the Sheriff's Department, the owner of the light aircraft was working on it at about 4:30 p.m. when it broke loose from its mooring. The plane then took off from the small farm airstrip in the Two Rock area in southwest Sonoma County. The current location of the airplane, an Aeronca Champion two-seat, high-wing plane, is unknown the Sheriff's Department said, but it was possibly spotted heading northeast toward Sonoma Mountain.
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[i]Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha![/i] Being from Mendocino County myself, I can just picture the plane flying over the countryside...
Link Posted: 12/26/2001 10:32:59 PM EST
Link Posted: 12/26/2001 10:48:26 PM EST
Were there any Middle Eastern looking men loitering around the airfield when this happened?
Link Posted: 12/26/2001 11:00:17 PM EST
Link Posted: 12/27/2001 1:59:24 AM EST
Link Posted: 12/27/2001 3:10:54 AM EST
Originally Posted By DoubleFeed: The more I look at that, the more it looks like a Piper Cub. Is the Champion a Cub knockoff? Not that any of you no-flying f--ks will know.[;D][;)]
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O.K. wiseguy, this flying f--k will answer your question! The Champ does have something in common with the Cub, they are both airplanes, and they have a similar performance envelope. The Champ is even more of a "rudder" aircraft than the Cub though. The Champ was introduced about 9 years after the J-3, it was designed to compete directly with the Cub, so the Cub's "shortcomings" were addressed in the Champ. The solo pilot sits in the front of the Champ, and higher, so visibility for the pilot is much better. The cockpit layout of the Champ is much better than the Cub, the engine controls can be reached from either seat. The Cub's split door was replaced on the Champ by a hinged car-type door to eliminate drafty cockpits. All in all, the Aeronca Champ is a more refined aircraft, but that is what you'd expect from a design that was created almost a decade after the Cub. I like them both.
Link Posted: 12/27/2001 3:14:26 AM EST
Another thing, the moron that hand-propped that airplane on full throttle without it being chocked and tied down is lucky he didn't lose more than his plane!
Link Posted: 12/27/2001 6:39:59 PM EST
Link Posted: 12/27/2001 11:53:16 PM EST
[Last Edit: 12/27/2001 11:54:10 PM EST by 700PSS]
Originally Posted By DoubleFeed: It stands to reason he propped it from the back, but has anything said exactly how he managed to pull such a boneheaded stunt?
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In the latest blurb in my local paper the pilot claims the plane was tied down when he propped it backwards (from the front) to clear the flooded engine, but the restraints failed. This phenomenon isn't unknown among Champ pilots, apparently. It seems without a pilot on board these planes will get off the ground on their own if they manage to get up to flying speed without running into anything! [:D]
Link Posted: 12/28/2001 8:10:08 PM EST
I heard a mention of it on the radio today and it seems this happened in Ohio in 97 also.
Link Posted: 12/28/2001 8:33:53 PM EST
[Last Edit: 12/28/2001 8:35:40 PM EST by DPeacher]
Originally posted by 700PSS ...This phenomenon isn't unknown among Champ pilots, apparently. It seems without a pilot on board these planes will get off the ground on their own if they manage to get up to flying speed without running into anything! [:D]
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A very stable platform I should guess. I never got to fly anything except a V-22 simulator, but I am an old Phantom Phixer.
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