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Posted by Cox PT-19 | Oct 30, 2021 @ 07:31 AM | 16,219 Views
My "Swap Meet Orphan" Super Ringmaster, Ole Blue, takes to the air over Breezy Hill late on the second day of the 2021 Worldwide Ringmaster Fly-a-Thon. on October 3rd.

The flight was a spur-of-the-moment thought as I drove to Breezy Hill, and had me stopping in to Walmart for some cheap LED lights for a night flight later in the day.

With one light on the outboard wingtip, pointed down, and another on the inboard wingtip pointed outward at the fuse, Ole Blue was launched into the night over Breezy Hill's Crop Circle.

The old Sterling Kit got in two flights (and survived) before we called it a night.

"Night Moves" Ole Blue Goes for an Evening Flight (2 min 49 sec)

Posted by Cox PT-19 | Oct 28, 2021 @ 10:12 AM | 21,766 Views
So, October totally got away from me...I missed Evel Knievel's birthday on the 17th...and also forgot the anniversary of Little Traveler's 2009 Flight for the Children of St. Jude Hospital on the 10th.

I'd been crunching down a new video from the footage of Little Traveler's flight because the original looks so grainy, and also wanted to edit in some comments and captions, then post it on it's anniversary.

But...I got busy and forgot. So, here is the new version, with some added footage.

As before, a HUGE THANKS to Rory Rubel and Mike Bloom for taking time to make this project a success, and helping raise over $1600 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital!

The 2009 Little Traveler Flight for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (6 min 7 sec)
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Posted by Cox PT-19 | Oct 27, 2021 @ 07:17 AM | 15,637 Views
After a wait for some good weather, my Albatross profile control liner flys at Breezy Hill.

This is a demonstrator kit, built by Stan Fronabarger at Vintage Performance Model Airplanes. He also markets a Newport fighter of the same size in case you want an antagonist for your German Fighter.

This model is flying behind a Fox .35 Stunt, on 60 feet of 85lb Spiderwire, and is relatively fast on that combination...having no trouble packing its two GoPro cameras around the Crop Circle at Breezy Hill.

The Albatross Flys! (3 min 12 sec)
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Posted by Cox PT-19 | Oct 24, 2021 @ 03:44 PM | 22,789 Views
More S.M.A.L.L. Salad:

Even MORE Fall S.M.A.L.L. Salad (5 min 7 sec)

Posted by Cox PT-19 | Oct 21, 2021 @ 07:23 PM | 12,643 Views
A blend of the assorted flying at this year's S.M.A.L.L. Fly-In at Sky Tiger Field, near Mayflower, Arkansas.

S M A L L Salad!!! (9 min 40 sec)

Posted by Cox PT-19 | Oct 21, 2021 @ 06:46 AM | 12,699 Views
More Fun on Super Sunday

Rocket Fun on Super Sunday (2 min 33 sec)

Posted by Cox PT-19 | Oct 19, 2021 @ 07:52 AM | 13,981 Views
"Super Sunday"

Usually, the Sunday morning of the last day of the Small Model Airplane Lovers League Fly-In will see the gang packing up their gear and maybe sneaking in some last flights before hitting out for home.

The place is typically deserted by noon or earlier, but for some of the local members bringing their larger planes out to fly.

Not this time. Maybe because Saturday flying was hampered by winds on the backside of a Friday night storm front, a BUNCH of model airplane flyers stayed through to fly in the perfect weather of Sunday.

This Sunday crowd could have passed for a standard gang to be expected on any of the "Prime" days of a S.M.A.L.L. Fly-In. The Planes, and Helicopters, and Drones, and Rockets/Rocket-Assisted Planes kept Sky Tiger Field hopping 'till late in the day.

I'll be editing photos and videos of the whole event for a while after I get home, but here are a few snapshots and early videos of the fun on Sunday:

Steve's Retro RC 1951 Flying Wing (3 min 11 sec)

A 1952 Mac's Robot Antique Model Airplane at Fall S.M.A.L.L. 2021 (6 min 43 sec)
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Posted by Cox PT-19 | Oct 07, 2021 @ 03:05 PM | 12,252 Views
The "Flash Back" flies at Breezy Hill.

A Ringmaster Flash...named "Flash Back .40" flys above our crop circle at Breezy Hill. This happened as part of the Annual Worldwide Ringmaster Fly-a-Thon on October 2nd and 3rd of 2021.

I am not the builder of this beautiful Ringmaster, but have it on loan from Billy William Lang of the Breezy Hill Flyers who received it as a gift during a Fun-Fly at Buder Park, near St. Louis.

It's powered by a Fox .40 stunt engine, and seems to be trimmed very nicely.

Ringmaster 'Flash Back' on Breezy Hill (3 min 13 sec)

Posted by Cox PT-19 | Sep 19, 2021 @ 09:40 PM | 10,045 Views
After a REALLY busy weekend, got some footage of the Wild Banshee flying with its Fox .36X.

Sig Banshee flying with its new Fox .36X Engine. (3 min 2 sec)

Posted by Cox PT-19 | Sep 13, 2021 @ 11:51 AM | 13,869 Views
Besides the gusty winds over Breezy Hill today, Billy and I had problems with cranky engines.
The K&B engine in my Sig "Zlin" has just snapped to a stop at the top of an upside-down/outside loop, but had the momentum to follow on through to a safe landing.

Still a Great Day though!

Fun in the Breeze on Breezy Hill (3 min 59 sec)

Posted by Cox PT-19 | Jul 17, 2021 @ 02:26 PM | 15,382 Views
The Breezy Hill Flyers hold their monthly meeting on the second Wednesday of each month, often at a member's home or the K.C. Hall in Chester, Illinois.

But, when the weather is agreeable, we'll sometimes meet at the field, and sneak in a little model aviation beforehand.

During this "Pre-Meeting Fun-Fly", four of us showed up after lunch, and put up flights through the afternoon 'till the meeting started at 7.

Leo had arrived first, and was practicing with his TF Nobler as the rest of us wandered in. Billy had his "Streaks", Allen brought the Steak that netted him 7th place in Intermediate at this year's NATS, and I had the Stan Fronabager-built Streak I'd named "Big Bunny". Leo also had his Streak on-line, so it was a very "Streaky" afternoon.

With moderate, but workable winds, we had us a big time, flying and visiting, and there were few moments in the day without the wonderful wail of a control liner tearing around the Crop Circle.

We even had a demonstration of Billy's large rubberband-powered Aeronca "Chief" as the winds died a bit later in the day.

The meeting was also fun, with Billy exhibiting some of his wood carvings, and Allen's account of his NATS Adventure.

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Posted by Cox PT-19 | Jul 07, 2021 @ 09:49 AM | 9,813 Views
If I had to pick "The Most Steampunk-Looking" engines in my collection of castor slingers, it would have to be the weird little Gilberts, marketed by A. C. Gilbert in the early 1960's.

Called "Thunderheads", they were offered in two sizes: .074 ci and .11 ci, and powered a fairly obscure group of Ready-to-Fly plastic control line planes, and could also be purchased separately.

With their spray bar/intake veturi on a long cast aluminum tube protruding from the back of their cylinders, and a set of "mufflers" that would be right at home on a science fiction spaceship from the 1930's, they've got a strange appeal.

When mounted upright, the high spray bar location just loves to flood the old motor, but I was able to get them running with a little extra care, and flew the Lazy Bee with an .074 and .11 on the Board of Engines.

Twin Gilbert 'Thunderhead' Engines Powering My Old Lazy Bee (3 min 32 sec)

Posted by Cox PT-19 | May 03, 2021 @ 11:14 AM | 8,793 Views
Suffering from some sort of cranky indifference over the weekend, I passed on traveling to Breezy Hill for our annual memorial fun-fly to our late/great buddy, Darryl Wilson.

After a few hours of sitting in my chair like an old man waiting to yell at kids to get off his lawn, I noticed that the wind had really dropped, and decided to bring out the Dynaflite Butterfly Darryl had built several years before his passing.
I'd charged it up the previous night, on the chance that I might feel more sociable on Sunday, so it was just a matter of strapping on it's wings and going for it. I KNEW I wasn't at the top of my game, as far as flying, but just went for it, and got a reasonable flight that was right on the verge of being fun.

After a successful return, out came the Go Pro cameras and their selfie sticks, and the Butterfly was refueled for another round. In spite of my freshly mowed yard, I chose to hand-launch from the cow lot, as the wind was now rapidly picking up from the southeast.

This went well, with the O.S. .25FP hauling the motorglider through the downwind turbulence of the back barn. I flew only a few laps, with a couple loop sessions before the rising wind convinced me to bring the Butterfly home.

Instead of going for the wonderful tall grass of the cow lot or pasture, I elected, as I'd done in the previous flight, to "shoot the chute"...that somewhat narrow approach to my front yard between the powerlines and cedar tree.

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Posted by Cox PT-19 | Apr 19, 2021 @ 11:31 AM | 9,287 Views
Breezy Hill's "1/2A Day"

One day of cold, damp air, followed by one with warm, sunny skies, both with plenty (and I mean PLENTY) of engine tinkering, jokes and laughter...and great food served up by President Ronnie.

Nitro was burning and castor oil was slinging as assorted versions of Leroy Cox's tiny engines either screamed or sputtered, or both, with new airframes and old dinosaurs taking to the air.

Allen Bagg had a small fleet of planes, but had some engine problems, and did some "mix and match" with their parts, giving him a hyper-speed combat wing to fly on Sunday.

Leo's typically high performance engines hauled their planes around their circles, with some crazy great stunts by his Medallion .049-powered Ringmaster flying on 60 FOOT LINES!!!!
His Medallion apparently has an identity crisis, and thinks it's a Tee Dee.

Allen also rounded up some prizes, with SIG sending a Mini Zilch kit and two bottles of SIG bond glue, along with Brodak giving dealer cost on a Baby Clown.

Mixed in with this are some balsa and foam gliders which will be given to kids who can attend our little get-togethers.
Thanks to Steven Jany and Alvin Petrowske for their continued great work in keeping Breezy Hill looking so good, and to President Ronnie for feeding us!

Thanks to everyone for the great time!

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Posted by Cox PT-19 | Mar 30, 2021 @ 09:39 AM | 11,098 Views
A Flash-Back to some of the fun at Sig's 2016 Fly-In:

"The Glow in the Dark Flying Cow" at the Sig 2016 Fly-In (4 min 9 sec)

Posted by Cox PT-19 | Mar 03, 2021 @ 03:49 PM | 13,119 Views
I wanted to run the "Stunt Tank" version of Cox International's new aluminum backplate today, and rather than build up another engine, I chose a faithful old friend that's dragged assorted flying machines around the Hill and S.M.A.L.L's for a long time.

With no changes other than new gaskets and pick-up tube, the old Golden Bee got it's backplate swapped, and was bolted to the stand and cranked up. I'd put several runs on the Babe Bee, but I decided to REALLY run it's golden sibling by doing on-the-run refuels just for the heck of it.

Once settled into it's run, the GB was real steady, and probably would have flown the B.O.T. all the way to Little Rock if it could have lifted the fuel. After 20 minutes or so, I let it run out it's fuel with no needle-fiddling along the way.

One note to any new-comers: While the old hands all know is important to use the fillister style backplate screws to prevent fuel leaks. I just used the GB's originals in the test, with no leakage, but I think Matt and Bernie stock them if you need replacements.

The last photo is the answer to a question that arose, asking if the aluminum backplate has a steel insert to accept the needle valve. The magnet says, "Yes!"

So now, the Q-Tee is on charge, and we may sneak a flight in later today.
Posted by Cox PT-19 | Mar 01, 2021 @ 03:21 PM | 13,940 Views
A Photo Album of

"Allen and Kim's Excellent Adventure"

The "Ice-o-Lated Control Line Contest" at Buder Park near St. Louis, Missouri

So, you're awakened by lightning and thunder on a day when your friend and fellow Circle Turner is gonna be twirling 60 foot lines around in the sky...what could go wrong with that?

Allen Bagg switched from steel to Spectra flying lines a long time ago, but if God can hurl a blinding stream of electrons with gaazzilions of volts and amps through miles of thin air, it's still something to consider.

We decided to roll the dice on this trip to Buder Park in St. Louis, even with the predicted storms and accompanying 26 mph winds, figuring that a washout could still be salvaged with a side-run to Schaefer's Hobbies just a mile off 270.

Cruising up I-55 through showers mixed with blue-sky-teasers, it was still a fun trip, talking model airplane nerd stuff, and whatever else came up.

We got to Buder Park in a light mist, with Dan out in the circle, putting in a practice flight. Also, the predicted winds, thankfully, never arrived. Allen got his gear down the line and I grabbed my cameras, just in case the weather would let the contestants get some flights in.

The weather, amazingly, held through the day with just a few moments of light drizzle, until the event was abruptly ended by a clap of thunder later in the afternoon.

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Posted by Cox PT-19 | Feb 02, 2021 @ 12:11 PM | 17,818 Views
"The Miracle at KCGI"
Fourteen Years Ago Today

Almost 2 years before Captain Chelsey "Sully" Sullenburger landed his powerless Airbus A320 in the Hudson river (dubbed "The Miracle on the Hudson") after failure of both of his engine due to bird strikes, we had our own "Ground Hog Day Miracle" at Cape Girardeau's airport.

On February 2nd, 2007, a Beechcraft Super King Air B200, cruising at twenty seven thousand feet, suffered a loss of cabin pressure, incapacitating it's crew, and entered a near-vertical dive.

As the plane reached lower altitudes, the crew regained consciousness and pulled it from it's high-speed dive at around seven thousand feet, shedding most of it's horizontal tail surfaces, bending it's wings, and warping it's rear fuselage in the process.

With the King Air's elevators left behind to flutter down into the Missouri farm fields, the pilots' only pitch control was with engine thrust. Using engine power as their sole method of raising and lowering the plane's nose, they made a successful, albeit very fast, landing on Runway 10 at Cape Girardeau Regional Airport.

The pilot later joked that he'd "ruined 4 new tires"...the King Air had landed so fast that, on runway contact, it ground flat spots in the tires of it's main landing gear.

The twisted King Air was parked and tied down on the east ramp for some time before finally being cut up, and hauled away.

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Posted by Cox PT-19 | Feb 01, 2021 @ 05:30 PM | 18,861 Views
This time, Mavic footage of Allen's Pink Flite Streak doing it's thing over the Crop Circle.

The beginning moments are from my video camera, while the rest of the footage is from my Mavic Drone, which provides a different perspective to control line flying.

Unfortunately, the Mavic doesn't have a microphone, so there's no sound track with it's footage, and I haven't found any unlicensed music that I like.

I often open a separate tab to You Tube music for background tunes to videos that need it.

Allen's Control Line Flying at the Breezy Hill 'Frozen Finger Fun Fly' (4 min 17 sec)
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