“Captain Morgan” Contest at #39

Builders.

We have a long College tradition of having your photo taken with your running engine. Often, after two or thee intense days of building, learning and fun, builders posture reflected exhaustion rather than the internal elation they were feeling. To make a better picture, I told each of them “Picture yourself standing the same way as the pirate in the Captain Morgan rum ads.”  It worked very well, and ever since we have had much more jaunty pictures of first engine runs. Use the comments section to vote for your favorite “Captain Morgan”.

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Lou Cassella, Pietenpol engine.

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Joe Pringle, Zenith engine.

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Bill “Snow suit” Beauvais, Pietenpol engine.

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Terry Lambert, Zenith engine

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Bill Mills, Zenith engine

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Charlie Johnson, Dragonfly engine.

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CC #39 Medical Update. 

Builders,

As of this evening, the builder who fell ill at Corvair College has been successfully transported the 700 miles to his home state. This is good news, as just a few days ago, there was a question if his doctors in Aiken would release him for the trip.

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This man has a very long journey back to being healthy which we have been told will be months of hard work with professionals and the support of people who care. A number of people, mostly from his home EAA chapter have spoken to say they will assist in this journey.  This, and the out pouring of support on the fund have been very moving. It restores faith in ideals like “The Brotherhood of Aviation “.

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The picture above hangs in the Barnwell airport terminal. It is an original work by a local artist. It is very appropriate that it pictures aviators coming to the rescue of a aviator lost alone at sea.

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Last Engine of CC #39

Builders,

Charlie Johnson of UT, aka “One Sky Dog” was at Barnwell, but didn’t get a chance to finish his engine. Since Grace and I have known him for 18 years, I extended an invitation 275 miles south to our home to spend a day or two to finish and test run. Charlie has a flying Corvair powered dragonfly he is upgrading to a 3,000 cc Corvair.

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 Charlie is a very interesting cat. An aerospace process engineer, he is literally a “Rocket Scientist” who has done a lot of work in composites, particularly rocket motor casings. His aviation exploits go all the way back to flying an Easy Riser glider in the mid 1970s. Have you ever met a hang glider pilot who has been to 19,000′ or flown a 125 mile cross country? If you have met Charlie, you have.

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Engine running in my front yard at sunset.

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Most visitors take a chance to sample our back yard range. Charlie said this was the first time he picked up an AR-15/M-16 platform weapon since Qualifying with one in Germany in 1971. He shot a very tight group. A very classic US kneeling position.

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Charlie testing his Glock .380 .  Wearing a lab coat makes it a scientific test.

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Charlie and the running engine, striking the “Captain Morgan” pose.

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