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Mac Hodges Makes Forced Landing

Mac Hodges is very well known to anyone that has attended SEFF or been to his RC flying field. On his way home from Oshkosh he had to land in a farmer's field!

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Mac Hodges Had Engine Trouble

Reprinted with permission from News-gazette.com...

Mac Hodges, 73, of Andersonville, Ga., was flying his biplane home from a show in Oshkosh, Wis., when he said he experienced an oil-line break over East Central Illinois late Friday morning.

"My plane was built in Broadhead, Wisconsin, by a dentist who retired from dentistry in 2010 and passed away in 2011," Hodges said. "The plane was completed in 2004, but the engine is from the late 1930s or early 1940s. I've had the plane for about three years.

"After leaving Oshkosh, I had made two fuel stops: one in Poplar Grove, Illinois, and one in Rantoul. It was a beautiful day, and I remember flying over Champaign-Urbana. Shortly thereafter, I happened to look down, and I saw the oil pressure going down rapidly. I knew the engine wouldn't run very much longer."

Hodges searched the countryside for a location to make an emergency landing.

"I was very fortunate to be over some very beautiful, flat Illinois farmland," he said. "I looked around for a flat country road where there were no power lines, and I landed on a road into the wind."

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Old 08-06-2018, 12:28 PM
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Glad he's ok !!!!
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Great story!
And of course, nice bipe!!
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No tall cotton.....

If Mac could thrill the crowds over the years with the B-29 and all the
stuff he did with it, Iím pretty sure landing and old biplane on a country road, dragging it to a work shop, removing the engine, fixing it and putting it back on to fly back home is no tall cotton for a high stepper like him.
Nice save Mac! No wrinkles on his covering!
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Great job Mac! Too bad there is no video of you taking off....
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Old 08-08-2018, 12:58 PM
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Take off

http://www.news-gazette.com/news/loc...-farmland.html

Here is the link that show Mac's take off from illinois farm after repairs to his plane.

You have to click on "video" at the top of the story.
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heck yeah! Thanks for pointing that out.
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Great story! Glad you made home
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Looks like he had at least a 10 mile runway...
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A broke oil line, man what a mess that must have made.
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