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Old Mar 01, 2003, 01:47 PM
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RSA SA Cap 232 Squadron

Rancho San Antonio - March 1, 2003
RSA Cap-tured by Allied SA Squadron
- Interviewed right after the cap-ture, vetern ace pilot G. Becker flippently commented that the field didn't stand a chance against the aerobatic SA Cap. He scored 6 IFO kills in the first 10 seconds. Several Slowsticks were seen fleeing the airspace.
His wingman Captain J. Ryan, also highly decorated, had no comment about P. Lee's missing spinner rumored to be shot off by a Firebird. An RV-4 was also instrumental in providing ground support.
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Old Mar 01, 2003, 01:48 PM
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Old Mar 01, 2003, 02:04 PM
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Cool. Any inflight video or pix?

Nice planes.

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Old Mar 01, 2003, 02:11 PM
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Bet those those slowsticks are yards away by now...

Great fleet. Is the wing on the all-white one different? Looks like more dihedral.

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Old Mar 01, 2003, 05:17 PM
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The white one is the RV-4 - it's a semi-symmetric "Hershy Bar" wing the dihedral is much more apparent then the dihedral on the 232's.

Nice looking group of 232's - Jim and Greg - did you guys sign up for the IMAC? Time to trim that naked RV-4

-Bill
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Old Mar 01, 2003, 05:25 PM
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Several Slowsticks were seen fleeing the airspace.
Actually us SlowStick fliers got bored waiting for the CAPs to get in the air. And although us Slowsticks are often in the air simultaneously ("formation" would definitely be too strong a word) I didn't see the CAP team making a flypast either

Analysis of the aerial photos of the RSA flightline from 1 of the SlowSticks revealed not much activity from the CAP squadron

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Old Mar 01, 2003, 06:46 PM
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Cool. Any inflight video or pix?

Nice planes.

David J.
Unfortunately HQ didn't send in any video drones (although rumor has it the Slowsticks were taking unauthorized high altitude recon photos)... but here's an action shot of one of the strafing runs:
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Old Mar 01, 2003, 06:51 PM
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"V" is for "Victory!" Not to mention "Vertical"
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Old Mar 01, 2003, 06:56 PM
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More info please

Great looking Caps. What are the specifics? Scratch built. Motor, gearbox, cells?

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Old Mar 01, 2003, 06:57 PM
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Here the squadron with some of the captured pilots disguised in civilian clothing (wearing shorts in March? )

Also a good shot of the difference in the Cap and RV wing.
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Old Mar 01, 2003, 07:04 PM
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Nice looking group of 232's - Jim and Greg - did you guys sign up for the IMAC? Time to trim that naked RV-4

-Bill
The RV-4 was unmarked to prevent enemy detection. However, it will soon be fitted with custom high-speed striping to prevent future snow-blindness.

I was planning on signing up for IMAC at the first event next month. I'm not sure if Greg has signed up yet, but we're definitely planning to attend the local events this summer.
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Actually us SlowStick fliers got bored waiting for the CAPs to get in the air. And although us Slowsticks are often in the air simultaneously ("formation" would definitely be too strong a word) I didn't see the CAP team making a flypast either

Analysis of the aerial photos of the RSA flightline from 1 of the SlowSticks revealed not much activity from the CAP squadron

The scheduled flyby demonstration by the world renound SA Cap show team, the "Blue 232s" (or was it the ThunderCaps, no, err, nevemind), had to be cancelled due to reports of an apparently unguided bogie in the area. It was later confirmed to be a Firebird after it crashed into the DMZ.

Also, rumor has it the Slowsticks quickly (speed is relative) retook the field after the SA Caps pulled out.
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Wow! cool squadron I know iv'e heard but were are those planes found?
-Sam
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Old Mar 01, 2003, 07:32 PM
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Re: More info please

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Great looking Caps. What are the specifics? Scratch built. Motor, gearbox, cells?

Jim
The Caps and RV-4 are lasercut balsa kits from Stevens Aero (http://www.stevensaero.com).

The Purple Cap: Hacker B20 15L 4:1, 9x1100 NiMH, APC 12x6 E prop.

The Blue Cap: Hacker B20 15L 4:1, 8x1100 NiMH, APC 10x7 SF prop.

The Yellow Cap: Astro 020 in GWS gearbox from AeroMicro (http://www.aeromicro.com), 10x1100 NiMH, and I think a 10x7 or 11x7 SF prop.

The all white RV-4 is still under construction and power is undecided. As pictured (no electronics) it weighs in at less than 5 1/2 oz.

There is lots more info about the Stevens Aero Caps in the Muh StevensAero Park Cap, what a plane! thread.

And the RV-4 in the RV-4 Project -Stevens AeroModel thread.
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Old Aug 29, 2003, 10:11 AM
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astro 020?

How well does the astro 020 fly in that yellow one - I have a cap s300 that im building with that motor on the same batteries - possibly the thunderpower 2100 lipos later...need info on what to expect when i take it out this weekend...

-John
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