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Postby Chris L » Thu Jul 24, 2008 6:25 pm

1) Randy Thompson O-200 overhaul.

2) Alaska Bushwheels 26 inch Airstreak tires.

3) Alaska's "Lost Coast", over 250 miles of beach and mountains between Cordova and Yakutat.

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Postby Randy Thompson » Thu Jul 24, 2008 7:41 pm

Wow! What a beautiful place to fly! Thanks Chris.
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Postby Rich Cutter » Thu Jul 24, 2008 8:01 pm

I will add these photos to my photo book that I take along with me, I have it so when people ask me why I fly they can see. Some day I would love to fly up to Alaska. Now I have too... and soon...

These photos are worth 10,000 words, times 10,000.

Thanks so much for sharing them... :D
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Postby Aerowerk » Thu Jul 24, 2008 10:56 pm

Now that is cool.

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Postby Virgil Warren » Thu Jul 24, 2008 11:25 pm

Beautiful pics! Hope some make it into the 09 calendar.
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Postby flyingdakota » Fri Jul 25, 2008 1:36 am

Nice Pictures! Thank you for sharing! I think I'll leave for Alaska Tomorrow!
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Postby nyxon » Fri Jul 25, 2008 5:00 am

Makes Illinois look even flatter!

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Postby Michel Charette » Fri Jul 25, 2008 7:58 am

Oh yes !!!!

VERY inspiring pictures. With many of my friends Oshkosh bound today, I needed that to cheer me up !

Thanks for sharing !
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Postby a64pilot » Fri Jul 25, 2008 10:03 am

How about posting the picture over at www.backcountrypilot.org I think they would enjoy it as well.
How do you like the 26"'s, how much do they slow you down?
Just looked at your pictures again, what kind of exhaust is on that O-200?
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Postby ed blevins » Fri Jul 25, 2008 10:50 am

Those are some great pictures! That is the largest "inclinometer" I have ever seen in a small plane.
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Postby Chris L » Fri Jul 25, 2008 12:36 pm

Thanks for the compliments, but really it is Alaska's beauty that makes for great pictures and inspiration.
The tires are amazing; I should have done them long ago, and not for the great floatation, but for the softness. By comparison, my old goodyear 8.50's felt like caveman stone wheels. The Airstreaks make bumpy, rocky landing areas feel like the smoothest grass strips. The softness is so much kinder on the airframe, it is really hard to explain.
Of course the floatation is nice too; most of the time my scott 3200 was up to the axle, and sometimes even up past the leaf spring in the sand. Not so good for the bearings! But even with it that soft, the Airstreaks float and roll easily.
They may have slowed me down a bit, but I still have to throttle back a lot to cruise in the bottom of the yellow. I need to get a flatter prop; I have the older 100a model McCauley at 69-50. I haven't experimented too much, but I can just barely redline in straight and level at about 130-135 mph even with the big tires, with low elevations and 65-70 degree air. I really believe Randy Thompson built me a special engine, and in the last 100 rpms to redline it really pulls.
The last two pictures are from a flight up and over the icefield. The big snowy mountain is Mt. Saint Elias (18,008 ft). The same distance away off the other wing was Mt. Logan (19,551 ft). Starting on the beach, 31 minutes of fast climb (85-90 mph) with a very heavy load gave the 9000+ ft, just about right to go over the Seward Glacier inbetween the two on a very calm evening. A passage that is humbling in any airplane, very much so in the 140.
The inclinometer is big, kind of looks like it would be more at home in an AN-2. A few of my friends have the same one in their cubs.
The exhaust is the 1946 straight pipes.
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Postby LaComette » Wed Jul 30, 2008 10:01 pm

Chris, WOW,WOW,WOW, too cool. you the man. Envious yours Captn Ted
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Postby Michael Grommet » Wed Aug 06, 2008 4:37 pm

chris,
Cant' wait to do that stuff.. building tail wheel time until I'm confident. Anything special for getting the big tires on?..... is it "legal?" Need extra parts etc?
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Postby Chris L » Thu Aug 07, 2008 8:54 pm

Hi Mike,
The Cessna 120/140 is NOT on the approved model list (AML) for the Airstreak STC. They ARE on the AML for the normal Alaska Bushwheel tires, but the Airstreaks are lighter by 10 pounds and cost $700 less.
I had to get a "field approval" or 337 for the installation, and that process took a bite out of the $700 savings. The lighter weight is nice, however.
I think the Bushwheel people are going to add the 120/140 to the AML, but they have a few pots on the fire right now and it may take some more requests to make the changes.
As far as installation, it was easier than tires with tubes. I already had the Cleveland brakes, which are sort-of-kind-of required on the STC ("heavy duty brakes must be installed"). I found no need to go to double puck brakes. I can still skid the tires, and thats more than enough for me.
By the way, the increased angle of attack with the tail on the ground puts more weight back there, and I can brake much harder before the tail comes up now.
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Postby Michael Grommet » Fri Aug 08, 2008 5:04 pm

Chris,
Thanks for the info...... I've got some property in Idaho that I'm dying to land on...... I need much more tailwheel time though...
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Postby MBDiagMan » Fri Apr 29, 2011 2:36 pm

How expensive are the Alaska Bush Wheels? I am wondering if they would be worthwhile for my proposed grass strip. It might be that I could simply land in the pasture without grading a strip and then cultivating grass.

Never mind, I answered my own question. On their website it appears that the 26's are $2,700 a pair. Hmm.... I wonder if the wheel pants will fit over them? :D

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Postby Ed Grossheim » Fri Apr 29, 2011 7:37 pm

SWEET!!! Thanks for sharing!
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Postby pmgrandnord » Fri Apr 29, 2011 8:40 pm

Hey Doc,

that model is the Airstreaks at 2000$ and if i see well... they got the STC for the 140 in 2009. ;-)

This is a big WOW !

Thanks Bruce

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Postby Dale Radeleff » Fri Apr 29, 2011 11:32 pm

pmgrandnord wrote:...that model is the Airstreaks at 2000$ ...


Is that by the EACH or for a pair?
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Postby Chris L » Fri Apr 29, 2011 11:54 pm

money CAN buy you love....
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Postby pmgrandnord » Sat Apr 30, 2011 1:24 am

Dale Radeleff wrote:
pmgrandnord wrote:...that model is the Airstreaks at 2000$ ...


Is that by the EACH or for a pair?


Pair ;-)

http://www.alaskanbushwheel.com/index.p ... &Itemid=58

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Postby flydude » Sat Apr 30, 2011 3:32 am

In the immortal words of Borat, Wowoweewa!
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Postby Mike Gourd » Sat Apr 30, 2011 8:50 am

Nice!
Great photos!
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Postby Dale Radeleff » Sat Apr 30, 2011 4:26 pm

Jim Tweto on Flying Wild Alaska mentioned that his Tundra tires were worth $4000.00 that's why I asked :shock:
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Postby John C » Sat Apr 30, 2011 6:49 pm

Dale Radeleff wrote:his Tundra tires were worth $4000.00 t


Worth $4000 or cost $4000? ;)

('Course if you're flying Alaska for money they might be priceless...)
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