May 7, 2011 – Spring Fly-In

Photos and captions found on: https://sovietsteeds.com

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This Indian was in great shape – they kicked it over and started to give kids rides.
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This was cool – a bike with an old Maytag w@$#ing machine engine – note the 3/4 wrench welded in place to engage the drive, and the custom oil can holder with paint matched oil can. When the thing ran it sounded like a string of firecrackers – pop – pop – pop. I love it.

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And a lot more vehicles – all running – and all running around. But yes, it was an Air Fair – just no grazing on the strip.

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The Yellow Peril – A US Navy Stearman N2S-3 – which was the primary trainer for both the USAAF and the USN through WWII.

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With an beautiful Continental radial engine. 7 cylinders, 220-240 HP, only weighed about 450 pounds.

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If anything needed to be towed – this T-Model truck was on the job.

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It wouldn’t be an air show without a Cub.

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This beauty is a Canuck – it’s a Canadian version of the Curtis JN-3 trainer, and was the first plane to go into commercial production Canada.

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The engine in the Canuck is a Curtis OX-5, liquid cooled V-8. Look at the water jackets around each cylinder.

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And the control stick in the Canuck – is – a stick.

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The pilot of this Nieuport buzzed the field and then did a few Immelmann’s before coming in and landing and running up into the hangar.

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An 80hp LeRhone Rotary engine. The entire engine spins – this was an engineering solution to a metallurgy problem (Russian motorcycle owners can relate to that). It was difficult to cast/machine fins long/thin enough to get enough cooling on the cylinders – so spinning the engine provided cooling.

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You pretty much just bolted the engine to the front of the plane and you were good to go.

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Looking across the strip. An excellent Air Fair. http://pioneerflightmuseum.org is definitely worth a look.

Captions written by kevo Â» Sun May 08, 2011. Visit his thread to view his whole post: https://sovietsteeds.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=16978

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