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163. Paternal Seal of Approval

01/05/2015

Today we ran the engine a couple more times, for the benefit of Dad, who came along to give his seal of approval. Rick having been in the cockpit yesterday, it was my turn and then Theo’s.

I have to say that it was one of the most visceral experiences of my life, being in charge of such a living, breathing monster. The engine may be the same horsepower as my modern aircraft, but that gigantic propeller gives a simply astonishing amount of thrust. Stood by the side of the cockpit, it’s almost impossible to keep ones footing, even if you’re leaning forward at about 30 degrees. The noise is indescribable – there’s no possibility of communicating, even if you shout directly into someone’s ear, and the vibration and all-pervading smell of castor oil make it utterly immersive. You shouldn’t run a rotary on the ground for more than five minutes, and we kept it shorter than that, but it was a never-to-be forgotten moment.

I shall be needing a long shower tonight to get the castor oil out of everything!

Theo Willford with (in order) Ian, David and Rick Bremner

Theo Willford with (in order) Ian, David and Rick Bremner

Once again, the engine started as sweet as you like, first time every time and we are starting to get more familiar with the way the engine runs, and actually it’s giving us a lot of confidence. There are a couple of things we need to sort out, but in general we feel pretty confident about the whole business. We are looking forward to running it next time with the cowling on, and reducing the amount of oil being sprayed all over our beautiful pristine fabric, which is already starting to look lived in.

This afternoon we removed the wings and started work on the trailer to ensure everything fitted in as planned. The wings are already snugly located in the side doors, and tomorrow we’re going to get the fuselage snugged down.Then all we have to do is see if my car will tow it…

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3 Comments
  1. I have been silently following your project from the start. What an amazing thing! The spirit and determination of this venture is the stuff that gives hope and motivation to the rest of us. She is a beautiful thing and it is great to see the success and enjoyment after such effort. Congratulations and thanks for documenting it here!

    • Thank you so much. We are so lucky to have such a project and the means to take it on.
      We’re not there yet, and the more things we tick off the job list, the longer it seems to get…

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