The Brazos Breeze
EAA Chapter 983 Newsletter July 2001
Mailing Address: EAA Chapter 983, P.O. Box 903, Granbury, TX. 76049
Saturday Speaker! 96 year old Captain John Miller
- Super Barnstormer -Pioneer autogyro pilot Pitcairn and Kellet
- Test pilot in Grumman J-2F -Airline Capt. on Boeing 247, DC-2, 3, 4, 6 and 8.
is our Vice Pres. In charge of programs. Saturday, July 14th, Dave was the program. Dave
and his father built a Vari-eze powered by a C-90 Continental in 2-1/2 years (short!).
They flew it 1200 hours and donated the airframe to the North Dakotas Air Museum. This
activity sparked Dave's interest in Aero engineering & was also responsible for his
first two jobs after graduation.
Dave then joined Scaled Composites in 1985. Dave's first program was the Special Military Utility Transport or SMUT. (OK,OK with the jokes guys). SMUT was a 62% scale version with two PT-6-135 turbo-prop engines.The full scale SMUT mission would have been to rescue hostages as was the case during the crisis in Iran when Carter was President. The other program was WIMPY or wing improvement program. (What's in a name?) The goal of that program was to double the endurance of an RPV (Remotely Piloted Vehicle) designed by Israeli Aircraft industries, and still in use today. The program had a $10,000/Lb. weight reduction incentive and since it came in 5 Lbs under ~ $50,000. The last program was the EDGE wing program, a replacement wing for the Stevens Acro, (The wood wings on the Stevens were having spar cracking problems.) The composite wing was about 20 Lbs lighter and designed for +/- 20 g's The wing is still used on the current Zivko Edge 540 aircraft. ~ (Thanks Dave for a very interesting talk)
Oshkosh was great as usual. The Warbirds seemed to be depleted somewhat. They still put on one great show with the "Wall of Fire" and the great sounds of radials and 12 Cylinder. Rolls Royces. I understand that the fly-market is down a bit; due I guess, to all the kits being built which do not need parts scrounging. Three things struck me as out of the ordinary. The Shell AT-6 acrobatic team was superb. The "6" is not easy to fly in good close formation and they were close and smooth. Also, the one and only remaining Boeing 307 was on display as restored by dedicated Boeing folks. This late 30's transport featured a B-17 wing and engines with the worlds first pressurized fuselage. The 307 did not fly fast, but the height of luxury was sleeping in a real berth as you cruised across the land! The third item was the Vickers Vimy which made a number of flights.
Bill Steppling's new project (Rans S-7 Courier) arrived right on time at 1:00 PM on July 27th. He didn't lack for physical and supervisory help in unloading the crate. By 2:00, Bill was busy using a crow bar to inspect his new baby. The first thing unearthed was a seat. (already upholstered!) The kit It is very complete with all parts labeled. (Insert tab A into slot B...) We expect an update from Bill at the next meeting.
Keyt Speeds to record at AirVenture
|1. Stu Hill has graduated from the ranks of student pilot and is a newly minted Private pilot courtesy of Tom Woodward. Congratulations Stu! Tom is working with a son of Stuart's to get him the same rating.|
|2. I am impressed with the 99s newsletter, "Outer Marker" by Karen Bloom of Burleson. Wow! 6 pages of neat stuff with color photos and contributions by Debbie Keyt, Karen Jensen, Bonnie Lewis and others. The 99s painted the Compass Rose at Granbury and will host the pancake breakfast there on Oct. 27 with a FAA Wings program. Way to go gals!|
|3. Dave Boldenow informs me that Lycoming has an AD on the oil pumps. Both the aluminum and sintered iron jobs must be replaced with carbonized iron. And here I thought only Continental had AD'itis!|
|4. Thanks to Tom Woodward who suggested the "Brazos Breeze" as the masthead for this newsletter. It has a nice alliterative sound.|
|5. Marvin & Karen Jensen have officially moved in to their new "digs" at 5501 Flag Stick. They are going through the usual move problems. (Decisions, decisions!)|
|6. Bill and Debbie Scanlan have started work on the tail surfaces for their RV-7 kit.|
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