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A visit to the Tennessee Museum of Aviation

A visit to the Tennessee Museum of Aviation

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I recently returned from a short trip to Gatlinburg. After going on weekends for years I learned this trip I will never do the weekend thing again. A totally different place to visit and shop in during the week verses the weekend.

After several years of wanting to I was finally able to visit the “Tennessee Museum of Aviation” in Sevierville. The museum is located at the Sevierville airport just about three miles out of the center of town. Admission is $12.50 for adults and their web site can be found at www.tnairmuseum.com.

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Unlike the museum at Dayton this is a living museum. Over half of the planes are in flying condition and several regularly make trips to air shows in the eastern U.S. and Canada. The stars of the museum are a pair of very rare P-47D Thunderbolts. But there is a F-86 Saber Jet, a pair of Mig-17s, a Mig-21, two P-80 Shooting Stars, a T-28 Trojan and a forward fuselage section from a B-25 that MGM used to make air to air movie shots including “Catch -22”.

All the planes are located in a hanger where the walls are painted white. This is much better than the hangers at Wright Patterson as you can get better light reflection and some very good pictures. They have two warbird flyins a year. We just missed this years October gathering by one week. Check their web site for next years shows.

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I am sending Ben some pictures I took. Look for the drip pans under the engines on some of the planes to see the ones in flying condition. I recommend you stop by this museum some time. It is only 10 -12 minutes from I-40 at the Sevierville exit. Just allow more time on weekends.

Photos in the Tennessee Museum of Aviation gallery.

2007 Weak Signals Show Wrap-up!

2007 Weak Signals Show Wrap-up!

Spektrum Radios!
Check out the photos in the 2007 Weak Signals Show (Toledo) gallery!

I have been going to Toledo almost every year since 67. That’s 1967! For forty years I have seen many new ideals displayed for the first time. I remember DuBro showing their new Helicopter where the engine sat above the rotor head and turned the rotor by reaction torque from the regular model propeller mounted above the engine. Stone age by today’s standards.

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A boy, a goat, and a Photon

A boy, a goat, and a Photon

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Seems that LASS regular and handlaunch enthusiast Brian Kopke got together with fellow DLG-flinger Bruce Davidson and flew out at Bruce’s “ranch” in Shelbyville a few weeks ago. One of them returned home one plane shy of a quiver.

Brian got his Photon II discus-launched glider caught in the tallest tree on the lot. Repeated attempts to extract the plane have been fruitless. Bruce has sent in some photos to attest to it’s predicament as his goat (“Nickolas”) and his pygmy donkey (“Lucy”) stand guard.

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UFOs Over J-Town!

UFOs Over J-Town!

The annual LASS Night Fly went down on Saturday evening with a group of guys from the Bluegrass Soaring Society showing up and strapping glow-sticks to sacrificial planes.

Photos were taken: 2006.11.25 – LASS Night Fly!

Super AVA Videos

Super AVA Videos

Well, well! LASS guy Tony Utley went and got all artistic on us and whipped up a pair of very excellent videos of Gordy and his new Super AVA!

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First up, check out the “Super AVA Music Video” (15MB), and then check out Gordy hand-launching into a thermal and showing how well the Super AVA does with low-level lift in Gordy and the Super AVA vs the little Bubble (3.5MB)

Taking a ride on a 747 Simulator

Taking a ride on a 747 Simulator

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Megan and I wanted to share with you the experience we shared Sunday. Through a close friend of Megan’s we were invited to visit ALTEON, a Boeing Company that has a flight simulator that pilots use to train on the 747s, the 200 series which is like Air force One except that it didn’t have the defense gadgets. We were introduced to Edgar Smiley, retired flight engineer who currently supervises the use of the simulator. We were told that use of the simulator ranges $450 an hour plus.

Read on for the whole story and then check out the 2005.11.17 – 747 Sim gallery.

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PT-17 Stearman Ride

PT-17 Stearman Ride

Tony writes in…


Megan and I had the extreme pleasure of riding in a 1942 Stearman PT-17. We caught the ride out at Bowman Field. Megan’s trip was out over the Ohio and mine was out to J-Town. We both loved the adventure. While I have been in a Cessna and many a commercial flight it was nothing compared to an open cockpit. The plane is owned by American Aviation Academy 459 9960. A 15 minute flight is 49 and a 30 minute is 90. The 30 minute is what I did but I believe I could have done it all day.

I hope you enjoy the pics.

Tony and Megan took some great aerial photos, specifically of their house and of the LASS field (awesome!).


I have posted the pictures in the 2005 .04.16 – Stearman Ride gallery. Check ’em out!

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Larry Jolly Takes Bruce For a Full-Sized Ride

Larry Jolly Takes Bruce For a Full-Sized Ride

Our man Bruce Davidson was out in the Mojave Desert on Saturday as he is going to be competing in the International Hand Launch Glider Festival (IHLGF) this weekend, and hitched a ride with soaring legened Larry Jolly for a full-sized thermal ride in an ASK-21. Here's what Bruce had to say:

I took a ride in an ASK-21 today over the Mojave (sp) desert today an in full size soaring. Local Larry Jolly took me up. We released from tow at 1500 feet and worked our way up to 10,000 over the course of the 1.5 hour flight. What else can I say but WOW.

I've posted the photos in the Bruce and Larry Jolly take a Full Sized Ride gallery. Check 'em out!

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