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Toot Wing Ribs 101

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Jan 10, 2009
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Hi All! from Dallas.... My flight down on the CRJ900 was in record time and I actually arrived early. Weather in DTW -16 degrees + wind-chill = -25 burrrrrrrrrr....Dallas on the other hand is a balmy 30 degrees and sunny.

As with any trip the first few hours are spent getting caught up with news and filling up your empty belly with "Southern Fried Chicken" done Texas style. Now that we have that done we are at the "Airplane Ranch" where
all the "Toot" magic happens.

One of the neat things I enjoy everytime I return to Texas is the amazing "historical" stories Tommy can tell "I heard a new one today--priceless". If and when we get an opportunity we hope to put these down for a good read. Now on to the important and singular reason that I came to Dallas....wing rib building.

We pulled out some of the parts and materials needed and I came to realize that this is not impossible, but will as Tommy says be"A Test". One rib a day...that's the goal upon my return to Michigan...so I really don't have any "meaty" information yet, but will blog again when I have learned the in's and out's ofa rib "Toot Style".

Take care,


p.s. I'm in Texas so if I don't reply a.s.a.p ya know why.

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