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SHIRLEY WILLIAMS AERODROME (44TE) CTAF 122.9 KINGSLAND, TX N30-41.01 W98-25.02. RUNWAY 16/34 2600", ELEVATION 880 ON THE COLORADO ARM OF LAKE LBJ

President

JEFF PIPES

512-756-7430

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The May meeting for EAA Chapter 889 will be held on Saturday, May 14, beginning with burgers/social hour at Noon with the chapter meeting at 1:00 PM. ____After 40 years in aviation, I find only three reasons to runFire, Free food, and if someone yells 'Hey, the free food's on fire' .

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Lots of interesting comments from Very experienced rebuilders, etc. ____________________________________________________________ Chuck Deiterich sent this link. Check it out http://www.airspacemag.com/airshow/airshow-search/?state=Texas When you get to the website, scroll down and see about Texas Airshows.

It's so dry in Texas that the Baptists are starting to baptize by sprinkling, the Methodists are using wet wipes, the Presbyterians are giving out rainchecks, and the Catholics are praying for the wine to turn back into water.

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A Tough Old Bird; An incredible story ­ an incredible airplane! A mid-air collision on 1FEB1943 between a B-17 and a German fighter over the Tunis dock area became the subject of some of the most famous photographs of World War II. An enemy fighter attacking a 97th Bomb Group formation went out of control, probably with a wounded pilot, then continued its crashing descent into the rear of the fuselage of a Fortress named All American, piloted by Lt. Kendrick R. Bragg, of the 414th Bomb Squadron. When it struck, the fighter broke apart, but left some pieces in the B-17. The left horizontal stabilizer and elevator of the Fortress were completely torn away. The two right engines were out and one on the left had a serious oil pump leak. The vertical fin and the rudder had been damaged, the fuselage had been cut almost completely through ­ connected only at two small parts of the frame and the radios, electrical and oxygen systems were damaged. There was also a hole in the top that was over 16 feet long and 4 feet wide at its widest and the split in the fuselage went all the way to the top gunner's turret. Although the tail actually bounced and swayed in the wind and twisted when the plane turned and all the control cables were severed , except one single elevator cable still worked, and the aircraft still flew-miraculously! The tail gunner was trapped because there was no floor connecting the tail to the rest of the plane. The waist and tail gunners used parts of the German fighter and their own parachute harnesses in an attempt to keep the tail from ripping off and the two sides of the fuselage from splitting apart. While the crew was trying to keep the bomber from coming apart, the pilot continued on his bomb run and released his bombs over the target. When the Bombay doors were opened, the wind turbulence was so great that it blew one of the waist gunners into the broken tail section. It took several minutes and four crew members to pass him ropes from parachutes and haul him back into the forward part of the plane. When they tried to do the same for the tail gunner, the tail began flapping so hard that it began to break off. The weight of the gunner was adding some stability to the tail section, so he went back to his position. The turn back toward England had to be very slow to keep the tail from twisting off. They actually covered almost 70 miles to make the turn home. The bomber was so badly damaged that it was losing altitude and speed and was soon alone in the sky. For a brief time, two more Me109 German fighters attacked the All American. Despite the extensive damage, all of the machine gunners were able to respond to these attacks and soon www.HillCountryFlyer.com

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drove off the fighters. The two waist gunners stood up with their heads sticking out through the hole in the top of the fuselage to aim and fire their machine guns. The tail gunner had to shoot in short bursts because the recoil was actually causing the plane to turn. Allied P51 fighters intercepted the All American as it crossed over the Channel and took one of the pictures shown below. They also radioed to the base describing the empennage was "waving like a fish tail" and that the plane would not make it and to send out boats to rescue the crew when they bailed out. The fighters stayed with the Fortress taking hand signals from the Lt. Bragg and relaying them to the base. Lt. Bragg signaled that 5 parachutes and the spare had been "used" so five of the crew could not bail out. He made the decision that if they could not bail out safely, then he would stay with the plane and land it. Two and a half hours after being hit, the aircraft made its final turn to line up with the runway while it was still over 40 miles away. It descended into an emergency landing and a normal roll-out on its landing gear. When the ambulance pulled alongside, it was waved off because not a single member of the crew had been

injured. No one could believe that the aircraft could still fly in such a condition. The Fortress sat placidly until the crew all exited through the door in the fuselage and the tail gunner had climbed down a ladder, at which time the entire rear section of the aircraft collapsed onto the ground. The rugged old bird had done its job.

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Once again, Aero does not disappoint

By Marino Boric, for EAA e-Hotline

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Flight Feast at Friedrichshafen!

April 14, 2011 -- The Aero Friedrichshafen Global Show for General Aviation, Europes largest GA trade show, once more surprised and delighted attendees with new planes, innovative designs, and a lot of just plain cool stuff! The show runs through 5 p.m., Saturday, April 16, on the shores of Lake Konstanz in Southern Germany. Correspondent Marino Boric has been tracking the most interesting new and innovative products on display and files the following report. In the shows first two days Boric profiles 22 aircraft and two new powerplants - none of which have been seen on this side of the pond.

A2, Ellipse Aircraft Spirit This unknown company from the Czech Republic, A2 s.r.o. from Stare Hradiste, brought the Ellipse Spirit, a side-byside two-seater that has one unbelievable wing. The elliptical wing, powered by the UL Power 260iS engine with 107 hp, is promising exceptional performance numbers. The wing is an real eye-catcher with the rounded wing tips, slots built in the outer portion of the wings, and airbrakes like those found on most gliders. The manufacturer of this composite low-wing is pretty confident that the calculated flight numbers will be proven in flight; the maiden flight is scheduled for end of April. This airplane should reach a maximum speed of 170 knots and should cruise at 160 knots. The second prototype will be built just after AERO. The manufacturer is planning to build the Ellipse in an RG version and in a year should follow with the LSA and the E-LSA versions. The price is as exciting as the looks: 75,000 ($108,750) plus tax. www.ellipse-spirit.com

Aero-Tech Perhaps the most strange-looking aircraft displayed at AERO (other than the box-wing ultralight) is this twoplace, all-metal low-wing called Nexth. Produced by the Italian company Aero&Tech, its powered by a Rotax 912S and is expected to fly as fast as 285 km/hour (177mph). The fuselage is a steel tube frame developed by a Formula One racing team and is expected to handle loads of +9/4.5g. The structure is covered with aluminum skin and the landing gear is retractable. A single fuel tank has a capacity of 130 liters (34.34 gallons) with a range of 1,000 nautical miles. Price is predicted to be about 60,000 ($87,000). First flight is expected in two months and an LSA version is being considered. www.aeroandtech.com

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Atec 212 Solo A single-seat, cantilever, low-wing, all-composite aircraft made in the Czech Republic. High volume of carbon together with honeycomb sandwich reinforcements provide a very low weight and high strength and rigidity. Its design is derived from well-proven types ZEPHYR 2000 and especially ATEC 321 FAETA, from which the shortened wing of SM 701 with high-efficient slotted flaps is used. The technical data is not yet known but will be soon published. www.atecaircraft.eu

Austroengine AE500 The Austrian engine manufacturer is looking for alternatives in the aeronautical, diesel engine field. Just around the corner in Austria is a well-known engine supplier, Steyer Motors, that for decades has supplied engines to the automotive, military, and marine market. The shown engine prototype with the Steyer six in-line cylinders is developing 280 hp from 3.2-liter displacement. The engine that is using the "pumpe-duse" diesel injection is able to function properly even in the case of complete loss of electric power. The engine block is made of cast iron so the engine with its 270 kilograms is still a little bit overweight, but the manufacturer is confident that the weight will soon reach 250 kilograms (550 pounds). Steyer will deliver parts to Austroengine, which will convert it for the aeronautic use. The possible market introduction is not expected in the next two years. www.austroengine.at Blackshape, PRIME Just three years ago Compact Compositi from north Italy/Turin presented the Millennium Master in Friedrichshafen. The company ceased production several months ago and another company from South Italy is now marketing the former Millennium Master as Blackshape Prime. Production of the sleek and fast tandem, carbon fiber composite two-seater is likely to start in a few months. The new manufacturer, Blackshape, is just finishing the new production site near Bari and claims to be able to produce (and sell) the Prime up to 100 airplanes a year starting this year. The base price is 135,000 ($195,750). www.blackshapeaircraft.com

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BRM This new Bristell RG aircraft comes from BRM, a wellknown Czech manufacturer. Its based on a fixed-gear model that meets LSA requirements, and 40 of the Rotax 912S-powered airplanes are currently flying. www.brmaero.com

Comco Ikarus, C52 The most popular ultralight manufacturer from Germany has delivered more than 1,200 C42 airplanes worldwide. The company, a part of the aviation industry since 1977, has modernized its popular C42 airplane. The new model, called C52, is similar to the rugged and well-proven C42 design but has several modern parts. The most evident change is the new landing gear, cantilever design, tail section made of carbon composite, and new engine mount. The cabin width is the same but the C52 is faster. www.comco-ikarus.de

Diamond DA 40 Tundra Star The Austrian manufacturer Diamond has developed a "bush" version of the well-known DA40, calling it the Tundra Star. Most visible changes are the sturdier undercarriage (especially the nose gear), bigger tires, engine cowling, and smaller air intakes for engine cooling in cold climates. www.diamond-air.at

FK Lightplanes, FK14 LeMans What a beauty! This lightly modified FK14 is manufactured by the German manufacturer FK Lightplanes. FKs Peter Funk changed only the serial "bubble" canopy on the FK14 and mounted two "Porsche roadster"-style windshields to radically transform the appearance of the modern airplane to the fancy retro-style airplane. Its being touted as a really simple and inexpensive change with a striking result. The LeMans retro-canopy can be retrofitted to the normal FK14 for approx. 1,000 ($1,450). www.fk-lightplanes.com

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Flight Design, C4 Germanys Flight Design unveiled a mock-up of its new, four-seat piston single its calling the C4. "We want to create the optimal four-seat aircraft for our customers," said Oliver Reinhardt, chief technical officer. "Engineers often put emphasis on certain features of a new design, while a flight school or a private owner might want something we did not consider, so we are putting our concept of the C4 design out for the public to participate in the process." The company is planning to collect as much information as possible from potential customers and from its worldwide dealer network and only then, probably at the next AirVenture, will they decide the final setup of the airplane. After AirVenture Oshkosh, the design will be frozen and the first flying prototype will be shown eight months later at Sun ,,n Fun. European approval is scheduled for late 2012, with U.S. certification to follow soon after. The airplane will be powered by an American (gas) and German (diesel) engine, but several "green" solutions are possible together with the hybrid technology. www.flightdesign.com Flying Legend, Hawker Hurricane, and Tucano Replicas The young precision metalworking company from Sicily, Flying Legend, was the result of collaboration by two companies: the MGA and Barum. It plans to start the production of two scale replicas of the Hawker Hurricane and Tucano by the end of this year. Both airplanes are all aluminium and will be offered in kit and as ready-to-fly versions. The only powerplant will be the Rotax 912S. www.flyinglegend.it

FlyNano, Proto This striking box-wing airplane is all carbon fiber composite and can start only from water. It is probably the most interesting airplane proposal at this fair. The maiden flight is planned in a few weeks. Because of severe winters in Finland, flight testing was made only with scale R/C models. About 10 years ago, aviation consultant, flight designer, and enthusiastic pilot Aki Suokas first dreamed of a radical new design that would weigh less than 70 kilograms (154 pounds), including a drive train that weighs less than 20 kilograms (44 pounds). FlyNano comes in three basic variants: the electric-powered E 200 series, a two-stroke powered G 240 series, and the high-power racing model R 260/300 series. The wingspan is almost 5 meters (16.4 feet), nose to tail 3.5 meters (11.48 feet), and height 1.3 meters (4.26 feet). Maximum takeoff weight is from 180 to 200 kilograms (396-440 pounds). Speed range 70-140 km/hour (43.5-87 mph) with a service ceiling of 3 kilometers (1.86 miles). FlyNanos true airspeed is about 140 km/hour (87 mph) at 75 percent power with a theoretical range of 70 kilometers (43.5 miles). The wing is easily removed for ease of transport and storage. Prices range from 25,000 to 27,000 ($36,250-$39,150) with a trailer/storage box at 5,300 ($7,685). www.flynano.com

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Don Grace has purchased Larry Wright's hanger on Shirley Williams Airport.

He has Hangar space for rent, $150+/month Call Don Home: 970-259-9408 Cell: 970-764-0335

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1951 Piper Pacer

Jim Foster has listed his PA 20 Piper Pacer for Sale. Jim can be reached at 512-755-9980

2304 Total Time, 300 hours SMOH 1951 Piper Pacer PA20, N1590A, Serial #20826 150 Lycoming . Stainless Steel Exhaust System. All Ads are Current King KT76A Transponder Narco Escort 110 Nav Com Icom A 200 Com Sigtronics SPA 400 Intercom Ceconite Fabric, new in the late 1980s. Fabric condition is Excellent Annulled 11/16/2009 Includes two AudioCom Headsets ____________________________________________________________________________

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ESTATE SALE 2008 JABIRU J250SP: 106 TT, GRT Glass Panel EFIS with GPS, E15 Engine Monitoring System, Analog ASI, Garmin SL-40 Comm, Garmin GTX 377 Transponder, ELT, Hangared. Like New. $86,500.00 Henry (325)388-3717

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