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Old 07-14-2007, 08:46 PM
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Sorry for the misfortune Justin. Waiting for the details.....

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Old 07-14-2007, 10:59 PM
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It wernt me. It was hucka Dave. The taxi is no more. It took awhile but we got it out of the tree. We did not want to leave the plane because Dave would heve never got the engine or the radio back.
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Old 07-14-2007, 11:41 PM
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Here are some photos from this weekend.
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Old 07-14-2007, 11:48 PM
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Old 07-15-2007, 08:37 AM
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Yeah it sucks my dad's Taxi was destroyed. They should not have kids on trainers during fly-ins. Especially when there's a bunch of guys down on the deck with really expensive planes.

Either way, lets see some more pics!
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Old 07-15-2007, 08:38 AM
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It wernt me. It was hucka Dave. The taxi is no more. It took awhile but we got it out of the tree. We did not want to leave the plane because Dave would heve never got the engine or the radio back.
That's right...it wasn't Justin or Dustin, but there was a whole lot of Bustin'!

Tweek was flying his Taxi down the backstretch of the field when a trainer flying well below him suddenly went "kamikaze" and pulled up right through his wing. NOT GOOD!

The two planes plummeted to the earth in a bunch of pieces. So the Tavelling Circus rescue vehicle was dispatched for a recovery effort. The only problem was, the fuse of the Taxi (with all the useful and expensive stuff in it) was parallel parked about 40-50 feet up in a big pine tree. These guys stayed out there for a couple of hours throwing rocks with lines tied to them up at it in an attempt to get it down. An impending thunderstorm cut that activity short. So the team took a break to rest their throwing arms, pack up their stuff on the flightline, and "science out" recovery method #2.....
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Old 07-15-2007, 08:47 AM
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...Our wives were at the nearby beach all day while we flew at the event and had Larry's truck. So he pulled out his Bat Phone and called in a stop at the local Lowes to pick up several lengths of PVC pipe on their way back to the field. Heck, it had now started to rain so they couldn't play in the sand anymore, anyway. Jacqui was a trooper and rolled up with the girls and the goods as we waited out the rain shower. Here's Dustin and Larry working from the command vehicle.
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Old 07-15-2007, 08:50 AM
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OK, now we had the great plan, the materials and manpower to support it, and the desire to get that darned plane out of the tree. So after the rain let up, we went back to the scene.

Step one - move materials to the recovery site.
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Old 07-15-2007, 08:53 AM
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Yep, the guys finally got it down about 7pm. Thanks to everyone who threw their arms out and wasted their afternoon helping me reclaim my gear. With two back surgeries, a shoulder surgery, and the other shoulder needing the knife, I'm useless when it comes to stuff like this type of airplane recovery. They saved about $900 worth of mostly undamaged gear for me (engine, radio system, servos, batteries, switch harness, mounts, spinner, etc, etc). I'll post pics of the remains shortly.

We laid out the remains, and with the RH horizontal stab recovered from the trainer and bits inside of the RH wing panel, one can see where the trainer went straight up through the RH side of the airplane. Pretty cool crash, I wish it had been on video! Chris has already procured another unbuilt Taxi for me from a guy he knows that bought one and didn't build it, and with the gear recovered buy the crew, I'll have Taxi II up and running pretty quickly.

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Old 07-15-2007, 08:55 AM
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Step Two - assemble the ten foot lengths of pipe...OOOP!....the couplers aren't strong enough. Improvise, improvise....what would MacGyver do? Oh yeah, just overlap the pipes and duct tape them together. Yeah, that works!
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Old 07-15-2007, 09:00 AM
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Step Three - Erect the pole as you go by standing it up against the tree. Oh yeah, and watch out for the poison ivy on the fence! It's kinda' hard to point the pole where we want...but there are still some "lines" that were thrown over the high branches from the earlier rock hurling....tie a loose end to the top of the pole and help pull it vertical...YEAH, that's the ticket!
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Old 07-15-2007, 09:10 AM
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Step Four - Just poke the airplane out of the tree. It sounded right and actually quite simple to each and every one of us....WRONG! Brian put it best when he stated " this is like pushing a 200 pound noodle!". It was fun(ny) while it lasted.

Step Five - PUNT! Dave started thinking that the value of the parts in the tree would be less than what it would cost to hire a "cherry picker" to retrieve it so we headed back to the flying site...defeated.
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Old 07-15-2007, 09:13 AM
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AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My neck is BURN'T UP!
Wow, what a GREAT time we had at the Sizzler guys. I didnt get any pics, but I see Mr Vess is in the process of posting some now. With the exception of Dave HuckaDay's Taxi, all went well. I sure hope someone has a pic of the " two hundred pound noodle"
The weekend started out with a Friday night dinner at Atlantic Beach. We were missing a few Circus members though. Huck'n Dave, and Brian Long (yet to be given a Circus nick name) arrived late Friday, but got there in time for the post foamie fest beverage gathering! BUt the REAL crowd pleaser of the night, was the arrival of Neal and Shannon Wall. Neal, the Circus member we mentioned in an earlier post, was JUST RELEASED from Wake Meds heart center at 4:00 PM that Friday. The doc told him to head home, and reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelax. Well,as luck would have it, He and Shannon passed Dave and Brian headed east while going home. You can probably guess the rest. Neal got to talk'n, Shannon got to talk'n,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
Neal said he'd feel a WHOLE lot more relaxed sitting at a fly in vs. the couch at home. So they get home, pack some clothes, and zooooommmmmmmmmmmmmm,,,they head our direction. They got there about 10:00ish with a smile on theyre face! I think I need to mention, Shannon IS a nurse, so she had a good idea if he was up to it.
Saturday morn, all the guys got together for a early bite at McDonalds, then headed to the 2007 Summer Sizzler. The gals ( my wife Jacqui, Roberts wife Joan, Shannon, my daughter Rachel, and her friend Kirsten )teamed up a little later, and headed for the beach in search of some cool waves, and hot sand. From the reports I've received, they had a blast, and the they all got an eye full of beach hunks? Hmmmmmmmm,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
Well,,seeing I have no pictures, I'm gonna step back, and let the ones who do lay down the scoop.
We had a great time, and thanks CCRC (Crystal Coast Radio Control ) for putting on such a great event. Hope to see you all in Sept for the 2007 "Fly for Tots"
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Old 07-15-2007, 09:17 AM
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Back at the, a new pow-wow began as a few of us prepared to head back to Raleigh. Jay and Dustin were not going to let Dave's airplane stay there. So they went back with Dave and some reinfocements from the host club, arched another line over the plane with a great Elway toss by 'ole Coors2U, pulled up a heavier line, and then hung all available men on it until the branch HAD to give up its' cargo. Larry and I had to hear the victory calls from the cellular towers since we were rollin' by then. GREAT JOB GUYS!

This is the RDRC Travelling CIRCUS - It's not just a job, it's an adventure.

Much more from the Summer Sizzler trip coming soon. I have to mow the yard now!
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Old 07-15-2007, 11:24 AM
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If it will make you guys feel better I crashed a 40% Aeroworks EDGE 540 Saturday,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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