Crew Report - 31 Jul 12

July 31, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Oshkosh 2012 report: 

The lead news for this report is that the Reno National Championship Air Races are on for September 12 -16th.


Saturday, July 21 Fred Roscher with Jim Adams in Miss. Picabo and Mike Cummings and myself in Blue Thunder II depart Stead at 00 dark for AirVenture. The annual event that is the Mecca for airplane-oriented people.

The Oshkosh experience was quite successful for us meeting with our sponsors that were vendors at the event and making contact with potential new sponsors.

One of interesting things about the Oshkosh experience is seeing all the new products that are coming out from the airframe, electronics, and engine manufacturers. Andy Chiavetta was there with his LSA. Red Aircraft had a new 500HP diesel V-12 engine on display advertising a specific fuel consumption of .37Lb/Hr/Hp, and ECI is back in the performance business marketing pistons, rods and crankshafts from AC Corporation. I was very impressed with the commercial division of L3 Corps introduction of their new avionics.


Our parking spots at AirVenture were on the east end of Phillips 66 Plaza next the Reno Air Racing display area. This location gave the RARA, Blue and Picabo crews front row seats for the air show each day. 

The night air show on Saturday July 28th was very impressive and worth the extra effort to see it. The aircraft with the pyrotechnics were the most impressive.


Our departure from Oshkosh Sunday July 29th was delayed about an hour due to the need for Blue to get a jump start from one of the EAAs ground power units.


After 5 hrs 42 minutes of flight time and 8 hrs 17 min. of elapsed time from first take off to last landing at Stead, Blue Thunder II is safely tucked in the hangar. With slightly mort flight time, Miss Picabo, with Fred and Jim on board, were safe back at the Picabo base at Vacaville, CA.


Twenty four hours after returning from Oshkosh, and with the help of George Giboney, the engine was out of Blue and preparations for the Air Races are underway. One upgrade for the races is a new oil tank which I hope will give us a little better oil control, reduced flow restriction and possibly a little more oil cooling. More information of the oil tank modifications and the results of the mods will be forthcoming after the races. 


The Blue Crew, Jan and I wish to remind all our fans, sponsors and Thunder Mustang owners, builders and race supporters are invited to the American Air Racing hangar for the open house we call Thunderstorm 2012.

See you at the races.

John Parker


Tags: Engine 12023 Reno Air Races 2012 Oshkosh 2012 Thunderstorm 2012
Category: Crew Reports

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