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Old 06-14-2009, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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This was a very old plane, serial number 70!

CF-OUQ at Northwest River, Labrador.

It isn't the first time it had it's wings off, too.
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Old 06-14-2009, 09:54 PM
 
Location: Southeast Alaska
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Warpt...good job coming up with that data

Began life with The New York News in August of 1950

I suspect her next stop will be Kenmore Air in a 40 ft container...and she will fly on a few more years


Question for Mark...

Watching the video clip...why don't these guys move over so its a straight shot down the lake rather than throttling up and attempting a launch while having to turn slightly...?

Looked like he un-stuck the wrong float first which turned him slightly toward the shore...didn't look like there was a "wind gust"...

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Old 06-14-2009, 10:29 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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I don't think he was paying attention to where he was. He was way off of the take off channel between the two lakes.
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Old 06-15-2009, 01:28 AM
 
Location: Interior alaska
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Warpt...good job coming up with that data

Began life with The New York News in August of 1950

I suspect her next stop will be Kenmore Air in a 40 ft container...and she will fly on a few more years


Question for Mark...

Watching the video clip...why don't these guys move over so its a straight shot down the lake rather than throttling up and attempting a launch while having to turn slightly...?

Looked like he un-stuck the wrong float first which turned him slightly toward the shore...didn't look like there was a "wind gust"...
Taking off into the wind and making a turn isn't that big of a deal. Sometimes on a smaller lake, a pilot will go around in a big circle to get up on step before he can build up enough speed to fly.

I think like warp said, he wasn't paying attention, and when he did pop the floats it was out of panic when he finely did pay attention. He wasn't going fast enough and jumped up in ground effect then stalled.

I would figure since he had his kids with him and the wife, he was turned around yelling at them to quit fighting or he was going turn the plane around!

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Old 06-16-2009, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Haines, AK
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Default at first

At first, it looked like he'd forgotten the flaps and from what I understand there just no way you can get a Beaver off the water without flaps. The ultra-closeup-panic-dive-to-the-ground scotched that idea, as you could see some daylight through the flap slots.

My guess is that either the engine wasn't making full power, or he was grossly overloaded for the conditions, or perhaps a bit of both. Either way, I'll bet it was the most expensive thirty seconds of his lif. He's damned lucky it didn't cost him his life and that of his family.
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Old 06-16-2009, 12:30 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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The floats took all of the impact like they're supposed to do in a crash. If he had wheels on, we'd be reading on his death.
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Old 06-16-2009, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Southeast Alaska
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Hey rotor.... how is your boating ?

Kenmore Air.....Beaver central

alaskandave : photos : Dehavilland Beaver Aircraft....- powered by SmugMug
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