Something Tasteful about ‘Bigfoot’

Builders,

I stopped by our local NAPA today, (the setting of this story Feminism in Rural Florida, Pt. 2) to pick up some filters and carb cleaner, and was invited to dine with the staff in the employee break room. When I asked what was on the menu from Mother Nature’s supermarket, the response was ‘Bigfoot’.

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Above, ‘Bigfoot’ the nickname for a particular 160 lb. wild hog with unusually large feet. It ceased being a member of the invasive species club when it met the NAPA store owners brother just north of I-10. A local establishment recycled Bigfoot into the sausage seen in the tray. Tasty, and free of the questionable chemicals which are pervasive in nearly all supermarket products. The tool was an AR chambered in 6.8SPC.  Other than the last one or two seconds, Bigfoot’s life was a paradise of freedom in a natural setting compared to the very unpleasant to contemplate existence of the animals who’s last destination was the local supermarket.

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2018 Oshkosh photos, (1)

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Above, is picture I took the night before Oshkosh 2018 started.  It is Paul Salter’s Panther parked in my booth at sunset, 12 hours before the start. The image captures the moment, months of prep work with friends, and the last quiet hours before the start of the worlds largest airshow.

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Feminism in Rural Florida, Pt. 2

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I just stopped by our local Napa auto parts store, which also something of a community social hub, and took the photo below, it is my friend Suzanne, who also appeared with a very large alligator in this longer story: Thought for the Day: Feminism in Rural Florida.

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Suzanne at work, with a tool she will put to use on Saturday, the start of Florida crossbow season, it is delayed a week behind the start of traditional bow season. We are both the same age, but Suzanne is notably healthier, something she attributes to consuming no processed food and leading a low stress life. The link above speaks of her fieldcraft and perspectives. They are not considered unusual in our rural community where terms like ‘self reliance’ have physically observable expressions, it isn’t just a platitude bantered about.

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Chouinard Pietenpol on final

Builders,

Many people in the Corvair world have met Mark Chouinard, he is a 6’5″ gentle giant,  ( I say this aware of the comments on his FB page from his old infantry friends who offer great testimonials to his skills with belt-fed weapons ) who has attended a number of Colleges including #32  where his engine ran in a freezing rain storm, there is a great photo of it here:  Last Call, Corvair College #40, Texas Sept. 31-Oct. 2..

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Mark Shared the pictures below of his airplane as it is approaching completion. For a reminder of who Mark is, take a look at the photo in this link: Outlook 2016 – New Email address for Corvair Communications. It is Mark and myself at Oshkosh 5 years ago. If you look closely, you can see the dog sleeping in the trailer.

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Many enjoyable days lay in the future of this plane. It is a reward that only traditional homebuilders will know. Your choice to be the master of both your airframe and your engine sets you apart from the major of homebuilders who approach building as a consumer experience. Their life, their choice, Your life, your choice.

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1/3 Corvair Powered Crackerjack.

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Old Friend Karl Henning from IL, shared this picture with me at Oshkosh. It is a Crackerjack, powered by a two cylinder, 1/3 Corvair conversion. This is the second 1/3 Corvair Karl has flown, the first was an Airbike.

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A simple, sharp looking plane on a sunny day.

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Wewjr,

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Why buy American?

Builders,

Get a good look at the picture below. In the center are 20 AN7 bolts, 20 AN363 nuts, and a bag of NAS nuts. This is hardware I use in engine parts kits I sell like 2400-L Starter. Surrounding this hardware is the actual material certifications that came with just this order. Although they sell the same kind of hardware, I don’t buy the stuff from Aircraft Spruce, I have a 20 year commercial account with Monroe Aerospace, and they supply serious operations which require the full certs on all hardware. I don’t really need it, but it provides beyond any doubt, the hardware is good, made in the US, and backed by real companies. Each of the documents are legibly signed and dated by real human beings. In this country, you can go to jail for faking a material cert, and if it caused an accident, the justifiable liability would destroy any of the companies who’s name is on the letterhead. This is why US manufacturing of aerospace products is real, and why it contrasts with events like all the Cessna 162 wings produced in China being junk, and eventually sinking the entire Skycatcher program. They do not live in a culture that respects integrity like we do.

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Blow up the picture if you like, you can read the company names, it even includes the shops that did the plating on the hardware, and even where the steel was manufactured. If anyone thinks anything like this exists for Experimental aviation parts produced in China, they are a fool. Yes some may produce paper, but no rational person believes the manufacturing culture in China respects integrity as we do. We are not perfect, but there is no comparison.

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Before someone who has forgotten that I grew up in Asia accuses me of being a xenophobic nationalist, just try this test: Find any practicing lawyer, and ask them to explain this: Imagine a fatal accident, caused by a defective bolt. If the bolt was made in the US, there would be a ‘discovery phase’ where the attorney for the dead person has a right to gather the manufactures records and depose the manufactures employees. Now, have the lawyer explain how this would be impossible if the part was made in China, and how, if it is a state owned business, the Chinese government is never going to allow the investigation. US manufactures don’t make shitty parts and then lie on material certs, not just because they are good humans, but because they don’t want a 10 year vacation in gated community, nor do they want to have their company rightfully sued into oblivion. These are not a deterrent at all to Cultural Revolution Fasteners from Throwdung province. And that is why any part you get from me has US made hardware.

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We moved to Asia right after the first Moon Landing. The government of the Peoples Republic of China had a propaganda campaign in Asia telling everyone the landings were completely fake, rather than admit that Chairman Mao’s efforts at technical innovation were not the same as NASA’s. ……Here is how it comes full circle: This month, The film “First Man” about Neil Armstrong going to the moon is released. Canadian Ryan Gosling, who was born 11 years after the event, is making a giant publicity tour, and claiming that they intentionally omitted Armstrong planting the American flag on the moon, because Armstrong really didn’t think of the Apollo program as an American endeavor. Buzz Aldrin, who was right there with Armstrong on the moon, and I trust knew Armstrong better than actor Gosling, Says this is total bull shit, and the more likely explanation is the Chinese funding that is flowing into Hollywood, along with not wanting to ‘offend’ the international audiences and all the revenue you could get by showing the film in China, were all the people were taught the whole program was fake. Gosling will make millions from the film, and for it he must act as an errand boy for his slave masters who want to erase the quintessential American achievement of the 20th century. When you buy a part made in China, stop and consider what passes for honesty in the land of Chairman Mao, and in Hollywood.

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Love, wewjr.

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You might be a Motor head if:

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“You might be a motor head if the blast cabinet you just got required a 35hp tractor with forks to unload it”

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Above, unloading my ‘new to me’ treasure at my hangar today. Its a Zero Manufacturing. (made in USA)  model, it is 48″x48″ inside. The whole front opens. The round items are counterweights for the door. Since he is probably going to see this tonight, Hey Paul, thanks for loaning me your tractor, I assumed it was OK because you left the key in it and forgot to lock your hangar door….

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Feel free to use the comments section to express your own version of “You might be a Motor Head if…..

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