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Old 09-14-2012, 12:32 AM
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Quick reply before hitting the sackaroo. Was going to try to post more details, but after manning-up to taxi as the Silver heat alternate this morning (Bronze heat winner normally does that, but he was the Pace pilot for this Silver heat, so the honor fell to me), then having my starter solenoid be bad, a long maintenance day began. During the solenoid replacement, we noticed that my oil cooler mounting ears had failed (a double-wide on the rear baffle). I had really beefed up that area in the new baffles I built this winter, and it looks like I succesfully moved the failure point to the ears on the cooler. So I guess sometimes solenoids fail for a reason, eh! New cooler on, with .063 angle doublers riveted to the ears for strength. Really appreciate Bob's help and that of my crew chief WC Raven Tommy Ishii in getting that done. All buttoned up, and ready to rumble tomorrow (well, hoping the cooler doesn't rumble any more! ).

It has been very fun so far! Four RVs and a Rocket in Sport Class this year (Mark Frederick's F1, Steve Senegal's Super 8, Tim Cone's 8, Dave Casey's 3, and my Super 6). More and more friends are coming by to say hi, and its going to be a great weekend ahead, so please do come visit us at the Sport Class Hangar!

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We had a good day in the Sport Bronze group (Our Pilot Bob Mills refers to them as the Bronze Gods). Bob Axsom
A VERY tongue-in-cheek comment! When the "class" of the class has 100 plus mph on ya (or 150 in the case of Jeff Lavelle), you find ways to have a little fun on the side!

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My cable is at home that connects my camera to the computer. Someone else is going to have to fill that void I'm affraid.

Bob Axsom
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Bob,
See if you can get one of those camera thingys from Rocket.
At least you should get a good smile.

Be Safe out there.
I'm bringing one for ya tomorrow outta my drawer full of such things Bob!

Cheers! (And wish us luck!)(And see ya at the R-Cubed BBQ!)

Bob
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Old 09-14-2012, 02:51 AM
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Default Day 6

This was supposed to be an off day for Race 43 but the Gods of Chance smiled on it with a series of events that revealed problems that would have been devastating had they occurred tomorrow during a scheduled Sport Bronze race day.

I changed the oil and filter in the Blue Bird in Bob Mills' normal hangar so I didn't even know there was a problem, well two actually, until well into afternoon. Bob and his Crew Chief Tommy Ishii had replaced the starter solenoid and were working on the replacement of the oil cooler when I showed up for a routine check-in before going to the hotel. I stayed and offered token help until the oil cooler was replaced. It was starting to get dark but they still had to go back out across the "No Prop Turn Line" test run the engine and test for leaks. From Bob Mills' post above I assume it all went well.

All the time during the day the races and the show were going on for the paying fans. I never saw the stands on the front side so I don't know anything about how the show is going on or how it is being reacted to by the public. On Sport Class Bronze race day we we get to spend time in an area affectionately known as the race crew holding pen and get to see a race. This is after we spot the plane (Bob Mills' RV Super 6 AKA Race 43) on the ramp in an assigned order. We go to the pen, the racers start at a specified time and taxi to the assigned runway. After takeoff they form up on a pace plane and make a flying start like the Unlimited Class.

Tomorrow is race day again for the the boys in Bronze and the competition will be tough. I will be keeping my eyes on the Radial Rocket that was pressing Bob hard early in Heat Race 1C. I think Race #43 has a margin on the rest of the entries but the winner of Heat 1C, Race #22 a Glasair II-S and the Radial Rocket will be tough.







I recognized Earnie Butcher from this VAF community among many of Bob Mills friends and other fans that stopped by to see him and his gleaming red airplane. His crew Chief Tommy Ishii Spent many hours waxing it to add to it's general appeal.


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Old 09-15-2012, 01:01 AM
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Default Reno 2012 Day 7

Breakfast at 0630 at the Home Town Caf? in Lemmon Valley behind the Shell Station. In four days of trying to connect with the SARL racers there I finally made it. There is a story there but I?ll just leave it hanging for folks like Mike Thompson to stew on. Good food, large portions surrounded by racers and fans. I sat at the end of a long table that I suspect was arranged for the racers that eat there every morning. I was a few minutes late and I sat at the end across from a gentleman called Ollie Crawford. He told me only his mother called him Oliver. I learned that he lives in San Antonio, Texas and I mentioned that I was stationed at Lackland AFB there in February of 1954. He asked if I took Basic Training there and I said yes. He told me that he took Basic in 1943. I asked if he was a pilot and he said yes he was. I asked what he flew and he said P-40s. Now, younger folks that have the insatiable love of airplanes may have a fuzzy notion of a P-40 in shape and size but to school boys like me during WWII the Curtis P-40 was the first fighter we ever knew and it was special. I told him I saw the movie ?God is My Copilot? and I read the book ? I think it was the first one I ever read. The Flying Tigers and Robert L. Scott were the essence of fighter pilots and the legends that surround them. Ollie slowly pulled his hat out of his lap and showed me the Flying Tiger identification. He asked if I had heard of Tex Hill and I said I had. He told me of some political situation that prevented Tex Hill from getting medals he was recommended for and his (Ollie?s) effort to correct that situation including communicating directly with Robert L. Scott to get his eye witness confirmation of the heroic feats of Tex Hill. Now Ollie Crawford is working to get an Air & Space Museum established in San Antonio. Later in the day Ollie was in the Crew Holding Pen for the Sport Silver race right up against the rail nearest the taxiway in the sun. I was back against the hangar wall in the shade as our pilot Bob Mills was the alternate for the Sport Silver Race. Watching him and his son as Alan taxied by in his Lancair Legacy with his arm sticking out under the canopy holding a small American Flag was a touching moment, an observation of two patriots.

At 10:00 it was time for the Bronze Sports class to race. Bob Mills and his Crew Chief Tommy Ishii had worked into the night to get #43 ready to participate and it was ready with a new starter solenoid and oil cooler. The race was similar to yesterday?s race in that the Radial Rocket pressed him early but faded after the first couple of laps. He finished 2nd after the Glasair #22 and a little ahead of the Radial Rocket #105.

Then we got some disappointing news when Mark Fredrick called a Mayday at the start of the Silver Sports class and landed safely but out of the race and out of the rest of the races at Reno this year as well with elevator and trim tab damage.

To provide a secure place for Mark?s airplane the Axsom Blue Bird got evicted out of Bob Mills? hangar but it found a temporary home in the Sport Class Hangar. Don?t tell anyone that we are mere pretenders. Well go ahead, I?ve taken the photographs already and all I have to do is post them on the internet to prove that for one brief shining moment Race #71 was resident with the Sport Bronze Class racers in Reno.



I saw SARL racer David Adams in the Gold and Silver Sport Class hangar this afternoon talking to Alan Crawford so more are coming each day. Tomorrow we race again and we think #43 is ready for the task.

Bob Axsom

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Old 09-15-2012, 02:18 PM
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Then we got some disappointing news when Mark Fredrick called a Mayday at the start of the Silver Sports class and landed safely but out of the race and out of the rest of the races at Reno this year as well with elevator and trim tab damage.
Bob, I have some suspicions about this one, but do have any more info?
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Old 09-15-2012, 07:00 PM
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The FAA is checking everything carefully as you would expect in such a high visibility and very sensitive environment. He just flew it back to the airport and started providing access to everything the FAA folks asked for.

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Old 09-15-2012, 09:30 PM
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Thanks Bob--I have an elevator for Mark if he needs a replacement to get home. Tell him to drop me a line if he needs it.
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Old 09-15-2012, 11:32 PM
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Default 2012 Reno Air Races Day 8 from Race #43 crew perspective

Today was Saturday, the next to last day of racing and Bob Mills the magnificent in Race #43 held off Radial Rocket #105 for one more time to finish 2nd in the Sport Bronze class for the third time in a row. Once again Race 105 was a little high and outside as if ready to pounce on Bob but Bob held his ground and after three laps the margin was starting to open up again. If you were on the crew for #105 it was probably not so great but we liked it … A LOT! When the Sport Silver class race was run, Race 43 was once again the alternate that was not required. After we spotted the plane on the start grid and Bob Mills taxied out to the runway and back again we were done for the day. I sat by the Blue Bird and met a lot of nice people until around 4 pm then I went to the hotel. I passed Radial Rocket #105 as I walked out of the hangar, its cowl was off and serious faced experts were gathered around. I have a hunch tomorrow’s race will be even tougher than today.

I met Paul Dye and Louise, Dan Beatle and his wife Pat that I hadn’t seen for over 20 years, Lars Peterson, Dale Walter and his son Kevin, Paulo Iscold from Brazil, Jim Smith from Wichita, Craig Catto the propeller man and many more. Paul Dye gave me an "Official Commemorative Medallion Celebrating the Historic Space Shuttle Program." It contains metal flown on a Space Shuttle Mission. On the back side it says “Mission Complete Columbia *Challenger*Discovery*Atlantis*Endeavour” and shows the shuttle in various mission settings. I worked on 5 projects that flew on Columbia and Endeavour and they were all successful thanks to the NASA Mission Control team at JSC.

Well, tomorrow is the last day of the 2012 Reno Air Races and it will be time to head home. I haven’t done a thing yet to prepare so after I complete this update I will start checking weather forecasts and planning the trip. I probably will just reverse the trip coming here but if Mark Fredrick needs a ride I will return via Taylor, Texas.

Had dinner with Red Hamilton and Marilyn again and talked about the upcoming engine work on the Blue Bird after the race season is over. Look out next year SARL racers.

The complete Reno Air Race results can be found at http://Reports.AirRace.org.

Bob Axsom

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Old 09-16-2012, 12:28 AM
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Well Bob, I am magnificently washing my flight suit and savoring a magnificent time at the R3 BBQ, as well as a Stead BBQ and a SWA BBQ...all great parties. Lots of great RV folks at the BBQ, and many came by to visit between races heats today in the Sport Class hangar as well. We're all hoping to see more friends tomorrow.

Early go tomorrow, for the Bronze (nice, cool, smooth air...all good!) 4 RVs in that race! We've been having good, clean, fun racing so far, so please wish us luck!!

There have been some fun races throughout the week. The RV-8 (Tim) and RV-3 (Dave) dueled it out one day, and Tim and Steve (RV-S8) had a nice duel today. Pete in the Radial Rocket is right there, and I'll tell ya what...a Radial Rocket casts a big shadow when he's sitting over your shoulder! Sport Silver provided perhaps the best race of the week today, with 2 Lancairs chasing a Glassair for 6 laps to a photo finish. I think it was the Glassair by a spinner...literally!

Hoping to see more of the RV family tomorrow!!

With respect to Mark's aircraft damage, request we respect the investigative process, with no speculation. NTSB has collected EFIS, GPS, photo, and video data, and we'll get some good info, as well as some valuable engineering analyisis, through the process. Truly up to Mark to release and discuss that when appropriate. He handled the situation well, flew professionally, and kept his cool throughout. Job well done. Paul, will pass your offer along to Mark, though he'll likely see it here as well.

Nice reports Bob! Glad you are having fun!

Cheers,
Bob
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Old 09-16-2012, 08:13 PM
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Default Reno 2012 Day 9

The Sports Bronze Class Race was run early today we positioned Race #43 in the
number two spot in the Racing grid on the ramp. When all was said and done it
was a heck of a race between Bob Mills and his RV-Super 6 and the Radial Rocket
of Peter Malone from Sikeston, Missouri for 2nd place and Tim Cone in his RV-8



and David Casey in his RV-3 for 6th place. Bob and Tim won those races that
weren't on the program but they were oh so close. In the four races our team of
Tommy (Turbo) Ishii Crew Chief, Brian Adams & Bob Axsom Crew and Bob Mills
Pilot/owner/dedicated worker kept trying to reduce drag anyway we could with wax
and tape and Bob Mills kept flying Rocket 6 a little faster each race. He had
to because so did Peter Malone and he didn't slowly fade in the last race. They
were together to the very end running hard and neither yielding.

Even though I fixated on 43 and 105, I could not ignore the race going on
between the Tim Cone in his white and pink RV-8 promoting Breast Cancer
awareness and David Casey in his highly polished silver and red "RV-3 that could."
You may recall that there was serious concern on the part of the Race #89 team
about being able to make the 200 mph qualifying speed for the race. In this race
he passed Race #18 and led until the last possible instant without winning. From
our view point in the crew holding pen we could not tell who crossed the finish
line first but Tim came on hard and barely won their private race in the end.

As a race team crew member your perspective is totally different at Reno. I
hadn't been here for a while and when we came here before we tied our Piper
Archer II down at the main airport and watched the big show as interested
spectators in 1985 and 1987. Back then every race and show was watched with
interest but now except for SARL racers Ernie Sutter (1st in Sport Silver), Alan
Crawford (4th in Sport Silver) and Lynn Farnsworth (Sport Gold) the airplanes,
the crowds, etc. were just background. I was honored to work with such a good
and successful team - a once in a lifetime experience that I will not forget.
Thanks Bob, Tommy and Brian you're the best.





Now my rental car is turned in Brian gave me a ride from the Enterprise drop off
at the main Reno Airport back to the hotel and Bob is going to pick me up at the
hotel in the morning and take me to Stead Field where my airplane is hangared.
Hopefully, everything will go well on the flight home tomorrow. I will have a
couple of days to get my grass cut and prepare the plane for its race at Pagosa
Springs next Saturday.

THE END

Bob Axsom

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Old 09-16-2012, 08:53 PM
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Thumbs up Good work, Bob

Thanks for taking the time to be a reporter as well as a crew member. Having been there two times, I have a good feeling for the locations as well as the thrill of watching the races.
Have a safe trip home.
P.S. Kermit Weeks has been posting some photos and some videos on his Facebook page.
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