Some of you know that I have been looking for an airplane, for a LONG time. Being the stubborn, blonde, female, I wanted what I wanted, for a price that I was willing to pay. Not an easy thing to come across, believe me!! I wanted performance capabilities for travel, affordable operating costs, to just have fun locally, something I thought would hold its value, or possible appreciate, and I wanted it all at bargain basement prices.
Well, I walked into the right place at the right time, 2 weeks ago. This airplane had been sitting for a year. The guy who built it, built it for his son. His son passed away a year ago, and it had been flown once since, and that was to ferry it back to the builder, last June. The builder has medical issues that keeps him from being able to fly it, so it has sat in his fully enclosed hangar.
Now, we all know that machinery is better when it is run often, not sitting. So, an aircraft mechanic and I made a trek this past Friday to look this airplane over REALLY well. We pulled inspection panels, and looked at fittings and cables, etc. with a magnifying glass, and a good light source. Ran the engine up, and found a miss on the mag check. Turned out, with some running and increased RPM, the miss cleared, so we chalked that up to the bottom plugs being fouled. We removed the plugs to be sure, and looked everything over from the firewall forward. Test flew the airplane too! After a really long day, (over 9.5 hours) of tear it down, look inside, and put it back together, the plane was deemed structurally and mechanically sound. Then I made the owner an offer.
I am THRILLED to report, he accepted my offer!!!!
I wish that I had more photos, but I was so tired from traveling to the bird, the work, etc., that getting photos of me with the aircraft did not cross my mind that late. We had weather in the area, and had to time our test flights between bands of rain and storms that blew through. And I had a long trip home, by truck, as weather wasn't going to let us fly her out, and I really needed my truck home on Monday for work. I need to make an appointment to go back and get her, but here are a couple of pics of her nekkid, after we checked compression, and looked for leaks, etc. This was right before cowling her back up. (I did not know that she was going to become mine, at this point.)
Did I mention I am THRILLED?? I didn't sleep for the 2 nights previous, due to anticipation, and did not sleep Friday night, due to excitement. I thought I'd sleep like a rock last night, but storms blew through. I am massively sleep deprived!!! But that's OK. Once she is home, I can get some things done with her, and fly her around the home base area. Want to make sure there is no hiccup before getting too far from my mechanic, that has been great to walk me through what he is looking for and teaching me about this particular airplane from the maintenance and repair standpoint. (He has built 13 of these planes, so far!)
So, here is my new toy (tool?), and she is nekkid too. I guess that day, she was doing the nekkid rain dance!