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    Default Not Very RANS related.....but pretty sweet nonetheless.........

    One of the guys camping with me.....(Not the Blue Angels Mechanic).........his son is the commander of this B-2 Stealth Bomber......




    Mark Pringle from Rocky Mountain Kit Planes was the Crew Chief on 1007 (B-52 Bomber) back in the 1980's - it was mothballed in Arizona for 20+ years and was recently brought back online. When they announced the bomber number, they stated a different number - but when I showed Mark the pictures I got, he came unglued........"That's my plane!!!! That's my plane!!!!"




    Sean "Windknot" Fitzpatrick
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    Wait Sean!!!! You say...........


    Where are the pictures of the Rans Planes?!?!?!?!?!?!?


    I didn't take a SINGLE picture of anything at the Rans Booth.


    If you didn't hear, the S-21 fuselage came off the trailer while going down the highway at speed (55 mph) it rolled in a perfectly straight line till the road veered and it smashed into a large green roadside power box. Randy figures about 16 hours to drill out the rivets holding the damaged panels and replace with a new panel and paint (if it were painted). Frame was fine after the accident.......Shelly was pretty shook up, but when you're a cute babe, and an airplane falls of your trailer......you tend to draw a crowd of onlookers and eager helpers. The story is awesome to hear in the first person.



    RansClan meet up was a bust.....but Steve ate great and left me a bunch of beer..........AND HIS FOLD-UP CHAIR!!!!! (Doofus) Randy, Shelly, Mark, Alina from Rocky Mtn. Kit Planes, and then Sheldayne and Coady from the Shop were also there - I was VERY Impressed with both Sheldayne and Coady - they're sharp and were a great addition to the Rans team.

    Alina posted this picture of Mark and I on the last day of the show.........and yes......I'm sucking in my gut.

    Sean "Windknot" Fitzpatrick
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    2001 Rans S6-S N434WM
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    One more tidbit from me..................

    If all goes well, I'll be headed out to Hays in a few weeks with a trailer.................

    And I'll just leave it right there...............<GRIN>
    Sean "Windknot" Fitzpatrick
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    Oh yeah.....Sorry Mark - I forgot.........

    Mark (RansClan.com) and his father Sparky (Dave) were at the get-together also.......but they dont count. <GRIN>
    Sean "Windknot" Fitzpatrick
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    Tried to make it..couldn't find it...

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    Sean + or if Mark, Administrator reads this. I would like to see an annual Rans calendar, Mark could produce, sell, as he'd have access to the most monthly photo combos. Sean - up on the Blue Angels wing for the July calendar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maverick View Post
    Sean + or if Mark, Administrator reads this. I would like to see an annual Rans calendar, Mark could produce, sell, as he'd have access to the most monthly photo combos. Sean - up on the Blue Angels wing for the July calendar.
    That would be fun....right up until you suggested me on the July......I was taking photos of the group of guys I was with and thinking "there's NO WAY that ladder is going to hold me" but then the thought was......If I dont get a picture on top of that aircraft, NOBODY will ever believe me..... and then the guys are like "GET UP THERE SEAN!!!" and I expressed my fear of "breaking" the Blue Angels airplane - and the "Airframe" specialist that was giving us the tour said something like "Sir, that ladder can hold 3 men your size"......so I scurried up, threw up my best "Goose" pose and then looked at the cockpit (we weren't allowed to photograph the cockpit due to national security issues.......everything in that cockpit was 30+ years old and beat to $hitt. They explained that once an aircraft is deemed no longer 'ready for war' it gets pulled from primary duty and then slowly gets stripped of parts till they're completely thinned and THEN they go to the BA's.......The paint job is awesome from 300 yards....up close, it's shite.

    All the decals are easy on/peel off as they change constantly as they break down.

    Bummer that Fat Albert wasn't there - the model/type has been grounded after that accident a few weeks ago. Ground crews are NOT happy about having to truck and ship their stuff around.

    Great guys though, one and all......courteous to a fault, and most gracious to allow us such unfettered access to their aircraft.


    BEST.......OSHKOSH.......EVER.
    Sean "Windknot" Fitzpatrick
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    Sean: Para. #1, line 6 " threw up my best "Goose" pose"... Maverick + Goose, hmmm, Top Gun.

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