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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old Jun 2nd, 19, 10:17 AM Thread Starter
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A26 Progress, two more runs

Yesterday we did 2 more hi-speed taxi runs. They were better than 2wks ago, but we still have some issues to resolve. So back to the hanger, open the tool box and back to work. MAYBE we will do some more runs in 2wks.

This was the second hi-speed taxi. They got it up to about 90 knots and the pilot said the nose was beginning to lift--------------SHE WANTS TO FLY!
https://youtu.be/rWW3c0qRpvQ

This was taxi back and shut down after the second run.
https://youtu.be/6hhR43d8IDg

MAYBE, MAYBE, MAYBE we can be wheels up by the end of summer. I want to be optimistic, but after 20yrs on this restoration project, I've learned that things don't come together over night.
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Amazing !!!!!!!!

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I love it! Amazing the work that has been done.

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Keep up the good work Tom. She will eventually get airborne!

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Re: A26 Progress, two more runs

If she was itching for the air at 90 knots, what is rotate speed?

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So close now, Tom! All of you must be thrilled, even with the setbacks. I truly look forward to seeing that first flight...like Kitty Hawk all over again!
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If she was itching for the air at 90 knots, what is rotate speed?
That is going to depend on the weight of the airplane Dave.

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Awesome work by all, it's been a long, busy road to get this far!!

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If she was itching for the air at 90 knots, what is rotate speed?

Between 100-105 knots. It could be as high as 115 knots.

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Great news, Tom! Make sure your crew knows their efforts are not going unrecognized!!
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Re: A26 Progress, two more runs

I realize that so far there have been no videos from INSIDE the plane (those will come). But for right now, during these early periods of testing, I feel documentation (at least as best as I can get with my camera) is extremely more important.
Even though my position on the plane will be flight engineer, we have 3 other members who will also be qualified flight engineers.

For those who don't remember, I have made several flights on another A26, so it's not as iff I haven't flown on one. The first two test flights will also be done with me on the ground making videos-----------------THEN I'M TAKING OVER THE FLIGHT ENGINEER SEAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
During our briefings, we have agreed that the first test flight will be with full flaps on takeoff----------AND------------gear up (Our pilot wants to be assured that if an emergency arises, he can set the plane down-----on the gear. The first flight will be about 2000ft altitude for 15min in a pattern around the Guthrie airport. Then bring it back to the hanger and go over EVERYTHING with a "fine tooth comb".
The second test flight will be about 30min at about 5000ft.
After that 2-3 flights will be done putting the plane through multiple maneuvers.
Last, get it painted and hit the airshow circuit.
THAT'S THE PLAN--------------EVERYONE KEEP YOUR FINGERS CROSSED!!!!!!!!!

For those who do not remember, this is the other A26 that I was a part time crew member on---------------SOAKING UP EVERYTHING I COULD ABOUT AN A26 IN PREPARATION FOR OURS!











I'm on the far right. My youngest son, Zac, is next to me.

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Re: A26 Progress, two more runs

Hey Tom, what's the latest on the A26?
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post #13 of 16 (permalink) Old Aug 7th, 19, 11:08 PM Thread Starter
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Hey Tom, what's the latest on the A26?

We are still getting closer and closer to wheels up!
As I've mentioned several times in the past, we are now (LITERALLY) down to several little misc-----------------BUT VERY IMPORTANT-----------things.
1. Getting the emer brake system to hold pressure
2. Getting the latches on the canopies to line up and LOCK in place
3. A little more adjusting of the carb on the right engine, it's almost, but not quite up to full power (GOTTA get it to 2700rpm)
4. Once EVERYTHING is done, the plane has to be jacked up and weighed to determine the CG (center of gravity).


None of the above includes new pictures (I guess I could take pictures of the canopy latches).
Maybe I'll take pictures when we weight the plane.


Now, with all the above said-----------------WE ARE DAMN CLOSE TO WHEELS UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Don't worry, I'll keep everyone informed.
Also, I WILL NOT, repeat, WILL NOT be on the first test flight. Even though my position on the plane is flight engineer (we have other qualified members), I will be on the ground getting videos of the first flight. And that is really more important.
Also, remember, I have made several flights on the black A26 that is now in Enid, OK with a different crew.


Some videos below when I was part time crew on the black A26, with some stories to go with them.


This was a few years ago when when I was still employed at Tinker AFB in Okla City. From time to time, I had talked to some of my co-workers about being part of a crew on an A-26. Several of my co-workers were kind of like, ya, ya, ya, Tom is full of BS, just trying to impress us. Well at an airshow that was held at Tinker, I told the same co-workers that I would be flying in on the A-26 Fri afternoon. If they wanted to come out, I would give them a tour of the plane. Again, ya, ya, ya, right. Their tune totally changed when they came to our parking spot on the ramp and I climbed down from the plane!


This is coming in to park at an airshow in Tulsa, OK.

This was coming into Ft Smith, making a low approach and pulling up hard left. The crowd was so impressed with this pass that the controller came on the radio and asked if we could make 3-4 more passes like that!


I CAN'T WAIT TO START MAKING IT TO THE AIR SHOWS AGAIN!!!!!!

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Re: A26 Progress, two more runs

This is when I was flying on the black A-26.
I'm on the far right with my son, Zac next to me.
The 3 in the center is the pilot, his wife (co-pilot) and the flight engineer on the black A-26.
When they turned over the black A-26 to the crew in Enid, they were done flying an A-26. Well, as luck would have it, a few months ago, we persuaded all 3 of them to become part of our group------------in the same positions!!! So now we will have a VERY HIGHLY experienced flight crew and and all of our group has extensive aircraft maintenance backgrounds! We are going to have the best, newest A-26 on the planet!


By the way, did I answer your question?
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Re: A26 Progress, two more runs

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I realize that so far there have been no videos from INSIDE the plane (those will come). But for right now, during these early periods of testing, I feel documentation (at least as best as I can get with my camera) is extremely more important.
Even though my position on the plane will be flight engineer, we have 3 other members who will also be qualified flight engineers.

For those who don't remember, I have made several flights on another A26, so it's not as iff I haven't flown on one. The first two test flights will also be done with me on the ground making videos-----------------THEN I'M TAKING OVER THE FLIGHT ENGINEER SEAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
During our briefings, we have agreed that the first test flight will be with full flaps on takeoff----------AND------------gear up (Our pilot wants to be assured that if an emergency arises, he can set the plane down-----on the gear. The first flight will be about 2000ft altitude for 15min in a pattern around the Guthrie airport. Then bring it back to the hanger and go over EVERYTHING with a "fine tooth comb".
The second test flight will be about 30min at about 5000ft.
After that 2-3 flights will be done putting the plane through multiple maneuvers.
Last, get it painted and hit the airshow circuit.
THAT'S THE PLAN--------------EVERYONE KEEP YOUR FINGERS CROSSED!!!!!!!!!

For those who do not remember, this is the other A26 that I was a part time crew member on---------------SOAKING UP EVERYTHING I COULD ABOUT AN A26 IN PREPARATION FOR OURS!


Pan around top of A26 - YouTube


A26 taxi out Tulsa - YouTube


A26 pass Tulsa - YouTube


A26 taxi in at Tulsa - YouTube

LoApproach into FtSmith - YouTube


I'm on the far right. My youngest son, Zac, is next to me.
Curios why full-flap takeoff? Just to be in landing configuration if needed to set it right back down? Maybe you meant first flight flaps down, gear down?

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