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Posted by CarreraGTSCS | Aug 18, 2012 @ 07:36 AM | 21,442 Views
I found this online today. I've been a bit Cub crazy the last few months.

From the PIPER CUB Special J3C-65 OWNER'S MANUAL, dated MAY 15 1946.

TEN COMMANDMENTS For Safe Flying

1. THOU SHALT NOT BECOME AIRBORNE WITHOUT CHECKING THY FUEL SUPPLY: It only takes a few minutes to gas upÖ it may save you a forced landing.

2. THOU SHALT NOT TAXI WITH CARELESSNESS: Taxi slowly and make S turns to clear the area in front of the nose. Know the proper use of the controls for taxiing in strong winds.

3. THOU SHALT EVER TAKE HEED UNTO AIR TRAFFIC RULES: Keep a constant lookout for other aircraft. Follow the rules so that pilots of other planes will know what you are going to do.

4. THOU SHALT NOT MAKE FLAT TURNS: This is particularly important when making power-off turns. You steer with the ailerons, not the rudder.

5. THOU SHALT MAINTAIN THY SPEED LEST THE EARTH ARISE AND SMITE THEE: Donít be fooled by the increase in ground speed resulting from a downwind turn. Keep sufficient airspeed.

6. THOU SHALT NOT LET THY CONFIDENCE EXCEED THY ABILITY: Donít attempt instrument flying in adverse weather conditions unless you have the proper training and the necessary instruments. Instrument flying is a highly developed science. Donít pioneer.

7. THOU SHALT MAKE USE OF THY CARBURETOR HEATER; The carburettor heater is your friend. Know when to use it. Remember that itís easier to prevent ice in the carburettor than to eliminate it after it has formed.

8. THOU SHALT NOT PERFORM AEROBATICS AT LOW ALTITUDES: Aerobatics started near the ground may be completed six feet under the ground. Thereís safety in altitude.

9. THOU SHALT NOT ALLOW INDECISION IN THY JUDGEMENT: Be certain! You canít afford to make errors of judgement. ďI think I can make itĒ is on the list of famous last words.

10. THOU SHALT KNOW ALWAYS -- THE GOOD PILOT IS THE SAFE PILO T: Itís better to be an old pilot than a bold pilot.

Courtesy of Piper Aircraft Corporation
Lock Haven, PA
Posted by CarreraGTSCS | Nov 15, 2011 @ 10:55 PM | 21,858 Views
Pics of my HVP Beaufighter:



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Posted by CarreraGTSCS | Aug 02, 2010 @ 10:12 PM | 25,213 Views
Took the old Eflite P-38 Lightning out for a flight yesterday evening. Hadn't flown it in at least a year, maybe two. I have a habit of not flying the planes I really like. Silly huh?

I warmed up with my Eflite Sea Fury (I love that little bugger!) and my FSK dH Mosquito (love that one too but it's a little harder to fly well). Time to get the P-38 in the air. Taxied her around a bit to make sure all was working well. Preflight all controls then line up into the wind and ease on 100% throttle. Gained about 3 feet of alt and began a curve to the right that I couldn't correct. Smacked the right wingtip into the grass and she came down hard but slow and broke the booms in the the usual places: at the front of the scoops and in front of the tail group. Broke the upper and lower rudder halves and cracxked the wing tip too. Easy fix with white Gorilla glue but what could the problem be? Certainly not me or my thumbs!

Took out my repaired Lightning and did the same warm up routine with the Mossie and the Sea Fury. Preflighted the P-38 and taxied around a bit. I noticed that the starboard motor spooled up a fraction of a second after the port motor but they came full on together. Lots of power. Lines up into the breeze and released the electrons and she scooted off and up. Too much up as it happened. I suddenly remembered that this one has the annoying habit of wanting to stand on its tail under full power! So there she is going up at about a 60 deg angle and arcing to the...Continue Reading
Posted by CarreraGTSCS | Oct 05, 2009 @ 07:51 PM | 25,033 Views
Posted by CarreraGTSCS | Sep 08, 2008 @ 08:19 AM | 25,641 Views
Flight 1: Aborted. Veered sharply right into the grass and damaged the nose gear. Nose gear disengaged.

Flight 2: Free castoring nose wheel. Veered slightly left, launched off of grass edge of ballfield. Approx 3 minutes of flawless flight. Landing gear wire very weak. Lipo charge-- pack#1 took 1.223 amps, pack #2 took 1.213 amps, both down to 3.8+ volts per cell.
Posted by CarreraGTSCS | Jun 08, 2007 @ 09:01 AM | 22,459 Views
"Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few. All hearts go out to the Fighter pilots, whose brilliant actions we see with our own eyes day after day, but we must never forget that all the time, night after night, month after month, our bomber squadrons travel far into Germany, find their targets in the darknessÖaim their attacks, often under the heaviest fire, often with serious lossÖand inflict shattering blows upon the whole of the technical and war-making structure of the Nazi power"

Winston Churchill.

I'm about half way done assembling the 40 sized VQ Hawker Hurricane. Maidened! Flies great.

My WWII RAF aircraft so far:

GWS Spitfire
ParkZone Spitfire
VQ Hawker Hurricane
CMPro Spitfire
FMS Spitfire
FSK Mosquito
Vickers Wellington
HVP Beaufighter