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Staggerwing CF-BJD First Flight in 60 Years!

#1 Post by AirFrame » Thu Feb 26, 2015 11:10 pm

Photos by Mike Leudy of Yellow Drum Productions.

Full Album: http://yellowdrumproductions.com/p951661720

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#2 Post by 7ECA » Fri Feb 27, 2015 12:05 am

She's a beautiful aircraft, back when they really had style and character.

Looks like it was a nice day in Langley for it, as well.
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#3 Post by YYZSaabGuy » Fri Feb 27, 2015 6:01 am

7ECA wrote:She's a beautiful aircraft, back when they really had style and character.

Looks like it was a nice day in Langley for it, as well.
+1 - I've always liked the Staggerwing. Anybody on here ever flown one and in a position to comment on handling, performance, etc.?
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#4 Post by AirFrame » Fri Feb 27, 2015 10:15 pm

7ECA wrote:Looks like it was a nice day in Langley for it, as well.
The lighting doesn't get a lot better for photography than on that day. Thin high overcast, with blue poking through here and there. Warm enough to be standing around without jackets, too (sorry to anyone east of BC... The best thing about winter in Canada really is watching it on TV from Vancouver...).
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#5 Post by Old Dog Flying » Sat Feb 28, 2015 9:24 am

Here is another taken at YNJ..but it is in 1:48 scale

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#6 Post by AirFrame » Sat Feb 28, 2015 9:56 am

Nice, Barney! Were those the original colours for the airplane?
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#7 Post by Old Dog Flying » Sat Feb 28, 2015 10:09 am

The trim lines were too small for me to replicate so I used the trim decals from the kit

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#8 Post by AirFrame » Sat Feb 28, 2015 2:00 pm

Hey, there aren't any bullets/stabilizers in the flying wires... :)
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#9 Post by Old Dog Flying » Sat Feb 28, 2015 2:56 pm

Let's see you build one Rob. Always the smart ass. That thing has an 8" wing span.

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#10 Post by timel » Sat Feb 28, 2015 5:38 pm

What a nice piece of art!
Beautiful!
Curious to see that fly.
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#11 Post by AirFrame » Sun Mar 01, 2015 10:48 am

Old Dog Flying wrote:Let's see you build one Rob. Always the smart ass. That thing has an 8" wing span.
Sorry, that wasn't a dig on your model building... It was a dig on the kit manufacturer for not being as accurate... At least, i'm assuming you didn't build that from scratch...

The real nit-picker would point out that the gear doors on the real airplane don't match because they haven't been adjusted yet, but on your model they're perfectly aligned... :)
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#12 Post by AirFrame » Tue Mar 10, 2015 8:57 pm

Sorry to report that Staggerwing BJD was the victim of mechanical failure today... The landing gear mechanism bound solid in the retracted position, and all attempts to extend with normal and emergency methods were unsuccessful.

After flying around for another half hour or more to burn fuel off, they did some low passes to have tower controllers and ground staff confirm that the gear was indeed still fully retracted. Then, with Emergency vehicles standing by (and even a medevac helicopter flying chase), a successful belly landing was carried out on the grass runway adjacent 01/19 at Abbotsford. No injuries to occupants, and the aircraft remained upright.

Engine was stopped once they had made the field, but unfortunately the prop was still windmilling slowly at touchdown. Otherwise damage is about what you'd expect from sliding that aircraft to a stop on the grass.
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#13 Post by 7ECA » Tue Mar 10, 2015 11:20 pm

Just saw this on the news tonight...

What a shame, but good to hear that everyone was alright. Hope she gets back into the air soon.
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#14 Post by AirFrame » Wed Mar 11, 2015 6:12 am

Video from Abby news:

http://www.abbynews.com/news/295849711.html

At the end there's some closeup of the airplane on the ground. It doesn't look very bad at all, apart from the prop and flaps.

Let's hope they're given enough time to disassemble it properly before it's moved.
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