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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WEWJR.

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6 Replies to “Last Engine of CC #39”

  1. Way to go, Charlie! I had a great time at CC #39 and some of that was due to meeting you and hearing of your experiences in aviation. I knew you’d get that engine running! Congrats!
    Bob

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