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Old 04-02-2017, 10:13 PM   #1
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Hello,

Retired from Uncle Sam's big green machine after 22 years of quite the roller coaster ride. Am now flying for an Air Ambulance company and getting used to being treated like a human being

Anywho, I haven't piloted an airplane since starting Army flight school in the mid-nineties. Started flying at 16, got my private at 20, commercial at 23. I've got about 350 fixed wing hours, most of it in tail draggers (Citabria 7ECA, Cessna 188). I'm quietly lurking between the Skybolt and Model 12 threads trying to decide which ribs to start working on. I have to say, the Model 12 seems to have a lot of hands on support from factory. I like that.

Does anyone here know of any nearby bipe projects underway in the NOLA-Gulfport-Mobile area I could visit?

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Got a set of model 12 plans for sale, lathe cut list completed and a sack full of bearings.
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Welcome to the club, Greg !
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Welcome to the right place to find out about Biplanes. If you're ever in North Alabama look me up. I have a flying Skybolt, and I have a Friend with a Culp Skybolt with the Radial in it. Don't know of any active Builds in your area...
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Cactus, that might work out one of these days. I've got in-laws in Toney. I retired out of Redstone Arsenal so am fairly familiar with N 'Bama. Thanks for the offer, sir!
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I like Gulfport. Know the area well. Came through there in the 70's. I'm really retired. That's when you really think you have time to build an airplane then momma wants this done and that done. I'm ready to go back to work, I got more airplane parts built then.
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Thanks Doug, I spent 7 years at Ft. Lewis. Hiked Tiger Mountain many times with my kids. Beautiful country and breathtaking from the air!
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Thanks Doug, I spent 7 years at Ft. Lewis. Hiked Tiger Mountain many times with my kids. Beautiful country and breathtaking from the air!
Breathtaking...when the mountains are out!
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Welcome to the right place to find out about Biplanes. If you're ever in North Alabama look me up. I have a flying Skybolt, and I have a Friend with a Culp Skybolt with the Radial in it. Don't know of any active Builds in your area...
Well, the Finance Minister informed me we're going to Smyrna, TN for Easter. That kinda counts as N. Alabama
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It does! Not sure what my better half has scheduled for Easter Sunday, and the Bolt is in for an Annual.. I hope to have it out by Friday! So we'll have to see how it goes... Cheers..

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N112DZ which is a kit built model 12, is located in MS now. I will email you the contact info for the current owner.
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Thanks to John for letting us take a peek at his Skybolt in it's naked state getting the annual done. Love the checkerboard paint scheme.

Next up is a visit and maybe even a flight in a Model 12 that's only an hour away once it's finished having some work done.
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I vote for the Shybolt. You live in the low lands and don't need all that HP to have a fun Sunday Aerobatic Biplane. If you plane to compete then the higher HP engine Biplane would be more to your needs. It all depends on your wants. There are several Skybolt projects out there selling for less than material cost.
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Cav to ya! And welcome to the forum. There are at lest two other retired Army Cavalry Aviators on here (Myself and Saber). We both have Stardusters. I don't think you can go wrong with whatever biplane you decide on. In any case you'll have fun with it and this site is a great source for help and encouragement. Enjoy!
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I vote for the Shybolt. You live in the low lands and don't need all that HP to have a fun Sunday Aerobatic Biplane. If you plane to compete then the higher HP engine Biplane would be more to your needs. It all depends on your wants. There are several Skybolt projects out there selling for less than material cost.
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Cav to ya! And welcome to the forum. There are at lest two other retired Army Cavalry Aviators on here (Myself and Saber). We both have Stardusters. I don't think you can go wrong with whatever biplane you decide on. In any case you'll have fun with it and this site is a great source for help and encouragement. Enjoy!
Thanks! Halfway down the trail to hell.......... I still miss some of that life, it was as gritty as you can get and still fly. But, I was worn out after 22yrs, if you know what I mean. I'm looking forward to a building project!
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Well, while awaiting the arrival of some plans from Zellwood, I've been doing a little research for facilities and the local homebuilder scene. Got in touch with the local EAA chapter's president, who happens to be building an RV about 300 yards from the FBO we operate from at KGPT. Brand new T-hangars on Gulfport/Biloxi, they are only $300 a month! The facilities manager was extremely helpful and they are all about getting homebuilders into the hangars.

Bought a pint kit of T-88 to mess around with. Glued a couple of rough 2x4's together on the 2x edge because....I'm bored. I'll put them in a vise in a couple of days and see what gives. I have a feeling it won't be the glue


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