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Old Jul 05, 2012, 11:49 AM
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This is a good documentary about Pancho and it's on Netflx (at least it was last year when I stumbled upon it and watched it).

http://www.legendofpanchobarnes.com/film/index.php

She was clearly born out of place in time but was a very accomplished pilot. Say what will be said about her looks - and she always struggled with that and where she "fit" into society - but she started the Hollywood Stunt Pilots union and was the very first female test pilot (civilian) and flew better than most of the boys. If she had been born a man she would have probably gotten into fist fights with the likes of Roscoe Turner for sport.

My sister is an aviation attorney and was giving a talk on women in aviation in Seattle and I asked her if she was going to somehow feature Pancho in her piece. She said, "Pancho who??" And I was like, "WHAATT!!???"
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Old Jul 05, 2012, 01:02 PM
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Actually she was not at all bad looking until well into her 30's. She died (1975) alone and basically broke in her home on the northwestern edge of the Mojave.

Story about Pancho:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pancho_Barnes

Last remains of "Pancho's Happy Bottom Riding Club":
http://tinyurl.com/6nfrn6q

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Wolf you're a littloff Panchos is actually south west of that location, Look for the structure that has a round swimming pool that she would use for her horses. Here are the coords

3451'49.02"N
11757'20.47"W
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Old Jul 05, 2012, 02:59 PM
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Wolf you're a littloff Panchos is actually south west of that location, Look for the structure that has a round swimming pool that she would use for her horses. Here are the coords

3451'49.02"N
11757'20.47"W
Yeah, if you put these coordinates in Google Maps ( 34.863666,-117.956219 ) and zoom in, you can still see the round swimming pool and the building foundations. I doubt one could get to this place, even if you had access to the base, but it would be cool to visit.
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Old Jul 05, 2012, 03:22 PM
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Yeah, if you put these coordinates in Google Maps ( 34.863666,-117.956219 ) and zoom in, you can still see the round swimming pool and the building foundations. I doubt one could get to this place, even if you had access to the base, but it would be cool to visit.
I work on the base, and you can still access the site (but you do need access to the base to get out there). The base actually throws a "Pancho Barnes Party" each year out at the site... if you look at the top of the picture, you can see two blue porta-johns in the photo...
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Old Jul 05, 2012, 04:23 PM
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I work on the base, and you can still access the site (but you do need access to the base to get out there). The base actually throws a "Pancho Barnes Party" each year out at the site... if you look at the top of the picture, you can see two blue porta-johns in the photo...
That's cool! That would be a fun party to attend. I was stationed at George AFB back from 88' to '92 and I went and watched a Ducted Fan Jet Rally just outside of Edwards on one of the dry lake beds and that's as close to Edwards AFB I've ever been.
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Old Jul 05, 2012, 04:57 PM
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Hmmmm... a Pancho Barns EDF jet rally get together. Bunch of us get togther and dedicate a jet rally to a great lady..that would be cool.
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Old Jul 06, 2012, 12:23 PM
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Hmmmm... a Pancho Barns EDF jet rally get together. Bunch of us get togther and dedicate a jet rally to a great lady..that would be cool.
+1

That would be amazing!
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Old Jul 06, 2012, 01:21 PM
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pm "x plane guy" he might be able to put that together...we would have to fly from the lakebed as the happy bottom is directly under the flight path of the main runway at Eddies. i've flown over the remains several times.
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Old Jul 06, 2012, 05:19 PM
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I almost went to the Best In The West Jet rally in 89 or 90 when it was held on one of the lakebeds there (Rosamond?) but I called the CD and it got rained out, the lake was flooded. I did go the jet rally near there near Palmdale, The Right Stuff Jet Rally. Still have the wore out shirt from 1999. All I had was a Kyosho T-33 with a redesigned fuselage. I don't miss bungees.
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Old Jul 06, 2012, 05:58 PM
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we did a little flying at the rained out Bitw we got in trouble for going on the wet lake bed ...it was wet from the road to about 60ft in ,we went around the wet spot at higher ground .yes it was Rosemond dry lake ,Rogers dry lake is used for space shuttle landings ,and emergiency landings .they used to do madien from there back in the early 50's,all the rocket planes landed on rogers lake bed too back in the day
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Old Jul 06, 2012, 09:43 PM
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Hmmmm... a Pancho Barns EDF jet rally get together. Bunch of us get togther and dedicate a jet rally to a great lady..that would be cool.
OK, ya'll made me watch the movie on Netflix...
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Old Jul 06, 2012, 11:40 PM
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Wow, cool stuff! It's not just about the model airplanes but the stories that go along with them.
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Old Jul 10, 2012, 12:56 AM
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I got the retracts in the mail and started the install. It's nice haveing the right equipment going in, instead of trying to fiddle with a lower rated gear and trying to get it to work. The mains went in fairly easily and the nose will take a bit of a mod to get everything working correctly as the geometry of the gear is a little differant. I got a good start on the nose gear mount mods and also had to mod the strut, I should have it all set up and ready for another flight by Saturday.


The Spring Air gear are really nice. I like only one hose going to the gear and anything less than about 20 PSI in the tank and the gear come down on their own and lock nicely into place. 80 PSI lifts the long struts with ease.
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Old Jul 10, 2012, 10:45 AM
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dang, those look nice!!! what do the mains look like? do they take 1/4 wire or are the socket type that hold the strut in the trunion? how much were they?
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Old Jul 10, 2012, 11:43 AM
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dang, those look nice!!! what do the mains look like? do they take 1/4 wire or are the socket type that hold the strut in the trunion? how much were they?
The mains take the 1/2" strut right in the trunion. First time I have had a socket type retract like this and it's very solid and easy to adjust. Pretty cool.

Mine were $280

Each retract is about 4oz, so pretty light for their size.
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