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Old Aug 13, 2012, 08:29 AM
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Just a quick note: I went with a good friend Bill to help another gentelman fly his DC-10 a few weeks ago. I wanted to make note of it. The bird had twin 180's turnning 8200rpm. The owner's name is also Bill and he is about 95 years young. He wanted to fly this thing before he died. So we gave it a shot. My buddy and I hauled it to the field and set it up for him, time came and he wanted me to fly it and I said "Nope It's all yours" I handed him his raideo and gave him a quick nod and smile and told him he was all set. We did not taxi it for take off, instead we gave it full throdle and I held the tial, then let her go... off it goes banking right the pilot pulled it left and tried to turn her into the wind, but did not make it. (Full throdle into the ground) from about 50 feet or so. All I can say is he tried.
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Old Aug 13, 2012, 12:31 PM
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Heartbreaking!
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Old Aug 13, 2012, 01:20 PM
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What a shame!

Somebody should have either offered to maiden it for him or at the very least put him on a buddy box.
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Old Aug 13, 2012, 01:37 PM
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I sincerely hope that Bill lives long enough to build another one. Please convey my sympathy?

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Old Aug 14, 2012, 06:39 AM
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All and all I think they are relived to have it gone, it saved them a lot of work they had planed for it. not to mention the pilot has been in the hospital more than out.
This was something "he" had to do, before he ran out of time.
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Old Aug 14, 2012, 10:04 AM
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Just curious - did pilot Bill have any previous RC flight experience?
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Old Aug 14, 2012, 04:23 PM
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yep he has flown before.
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Old Aug 15, 2012, 05:49 PM
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Bravo! I've helped a number of elderly pilots.Some have succeeded and some have not. At least they wanted to try.

I'm glad Bill tried to fly his creation.

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Old Aug 18, 2012, 06:35 AM
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That DC-10 is, or was, a DC-3. RIP.

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