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  •  I once knew a guy who owned a '43 Stearman. (3+ / 0-)

    Our little airfield got a call that he went down in a farmer's field, knocked one of his prop blades cockeyed, and could someone bring him some certain tools.  Of course, everyone first asked if they were okay and, after being assured they were, asked what happened.  Apparently he hit a fence while he was buzzing some cows.  

    About eight or ten ramprats were amused enough that they headed out there.  I was still a student and scheduled to solo in a Cessna but I did find them from above.  A flap of skin on the top of one wing was patched up with duct tape.  

    I don't know what the guy was doing but whatever it was he shouldn't have been doing it with his girlfriend along.  Also, we all knew we couldn't let the FAA hear about this.  This guy always ran his aircraft on ordinary gasoline.  Back then, that was illegal.  It was a funny law since I don't think there was any difference between auto gas and avgas back in 1943.  You just went by the octane number.

    Any jackass can kick down a barn, but it takes a good carpenter to build one.--Sam Rayburn

    by Ice Blue on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 09:41:13 AM PDT

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