Building things, fixing stuff, wrenching on cars . . . . . and some other stuff too.
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Any landing you can walk away from is a good landing
Saturday was once again time for the Bowman field Fly-in , so we made our annual trek to Livermore Falls and arrived just in time to see folks running in a mad dash up the field .
Not a good sign .
Once we made it to the runway we saw what the commotion was about .
A gorgeous vintage Cessna 195 on its back . Seems the brakes were a bit touchy and they grabbed more than expected on landing . Thankfully no one was hurt seriously . A passenger had a nasty scrape on his head but that was the worst of it . As they say ; Any landing you can walk away from is a good landing . You get bonus points if you don't break the airplane . Sadly no bonus points for this one .
Note the damage to the tail cone and vertical stabilizer .
The rescue guys were there in no time and they all pitched in . Of course this meant the runway was closed for the duration . No movements in or out of the field . The pilot is the guy on the far left side of the photo in the grey shirt, and the passenger with the bump on his noggin was the fellow in the lime green shirt next to him.
Someone made a call to the local man with the excavator, and within 40 minutes he was at the scene
Took a bit of brainstorming on the best strategy to get it back upright without doing more damage to it . They removed the wheel-pants, cowling and the spinner cone .
Some tires were arranged to protect the engine and prop , and guy lines were tied off at all ends .
In a minute it was hanging from the tail wheel . Top skin of the wing appears undamaged .
They wound up having to add another length of line to the tail guy line and tied it off to a vehicle to help steady it .
And they started to let it back down the right side up . Note the crinkled skin on the horizontal stabilizer .
And back on its own feet again . The left wing tip was crushed during the accident .
It was towed up the runway .
And parked it on the sideline . It might be a while to get it straightened out , but it will fly again .
Well now that the excitement is over, it is time to walk the flight line and see who was there . This one a Home-Built BearHawk
And new very expensive Carbon Cub
Another Carbon Cub on amphibian floats
An Aviat Husky
A 1940's Aeronca Chief
A hot-rod RV
A Taylorcraft from the 1940s
A Piper PA-12 with a fat belly pod keeps a J-3 Cub company
A nice Supercub
And a home-built Wag-Aero 2+2 Sportsman that got new wings and a new paint job last winter .
A 1930s Aeronca Defender
And another Super-cub with fat tires
And the gorgeous Travelair departs . . .
I almost forgot, the antique engine club was there as always with their Huff-and-Chuff motors
Including an old engine powered washing machine like the one I will be buying for Annie when we move off the grid .