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Old Sep 14, 2014, 10:39 PM
When's the next fly-in?
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Way to go, Al!
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Old Sep 14, 2014, 11:19 PM
If it flies I like it.
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Thanks, Andy!
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Old Yesterday, 02:52 AM
Where's all the wind gone
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A Fantastic build and well deserved, successful maiden!

I think the lack of trim adjustment was a tribute to the quality of the builder and not just luck.

Now you can just enjoy flying her.

Shane.
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Old Yesterday, 08:18 AM
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Congrats! A way to go! It has been a pleasure to be able follow along your quality build!

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Old Yesterday, 09:57 AM
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Congrats, Al. Beautiful bird as usual. Looking forward to seeing her fly at the event next month.
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Old Yesterday, 10:29 AM
If it flies I like it.
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Thanks for the kind words, guys! It is going to be a lot of fun flying her with all of my aerotow friends and their sailplanes and towplanes.

Al
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Old Yesterday, 06:35 PM
If it flies I like it.
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1/3 Cherokee RM Maiden Flight Video Clips

Thanks to some of my friends I now have some video clips from the Cherokee RM maiden flight to share:

First clip is the maiden takeoff shot by John Chapman:
Cherokee RM maiden flight takeoff (0 min 38 sec)


Second clip is the maiden landing shot by John Mears (sleep4 on RCG):
Cherokee RM maiden landing (0 min 24 sec)


Third clip is the maiden landing shot by John Chapman:
Cherokee RM maiden flight landing (0 min 26 sec)


Fourth clip is a walkaround shot by John Chapman:
Cherokee RM walkaround (1 min 35 sec)


Fifth clip is another takeoff later in the afternoon shot by John Chapman:
Cherokee RM another takeoff (1 min 4 sec)
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Old Yesterday, 07:53 PM
landings=takeoffs=good
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You really have to see Al's work up close. As good as the pictures are, you will be amazed at the attention to the detail. WOW! And it flies great!!! I know because he let me fly it. Yes, you should be jealous........

I had a great time hauling up the RM Sunday. By the end of the day the new carb was dialed in and the smoke was gone. Big D (the tow plane) was running great and ready to tow at the Oct areotow.

Tim
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Old Yesterday, 09:54 PM
If it flies I like it.
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Aw shucks, Tim. Thanks for the kind words!

Man, I have to tell you Tim's Big D really hauls butt with the RM behind it! I had some trepidation before the maiden flight about putting a 16.2 lb sailplane behind a tug with 85 lbs static thrust. Fortunately the RM handles well on tow and did OK. But to show how fast we were going, each time I released I gained another 200' of altitude just burning off all that speed. I wouldn't want to tow any faster!

Al
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