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Old 08-26-2009, 01:55 PM
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Default First Flight RV-8 and Prop Contrail


Last Friday at 0700hrs, N451BZ took to the air for the first time. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that she flew in good trim. The temperature and dewpoint had nearly converged which resulted in the visible prop contrail. I flew for about 20 minutes while keeping a close watch on the engine temps and pressures. The landing was probably my last good one for a long time...

I'm going to spill the beans for all of my VAF head shrinks to comment on...
In spite of the perfect first flight, I did not have the famous RV Grin at the end of my flight. I felt sort of empty inside, much like I did right after I was handed my diploma at The Citadel after four years of military college...
It feels strange to have moved on beyond the build and to the flying.
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Old 08-26-2009, 02:07 PM
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Congratulations!

Great picture too! You should send a high res one to that guy making the RV coffee table book.
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Old 08-26-2009, 02:12 PM
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Default First Flight

Congrats Don!

Can't wait to see you introduce the -8 to the "SC Breakfast Club". The workmanship on this aircraft is outstanding.

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Old 08-26-2009, 02:22 PM
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I'm going to spill the beans for all of my VAF head shrinks to comment on...
In spite of the perfect first flight, I did not have the famous RV Grin at the end of my flight. I felt sort of empty inside, much like I did right after I was handed my diploma at The Citadel after four years of military college...
It feels strange to have moved on beyond the build and to the flying.
You and your plane have moved on to a different stage in your relationship.

You have been a doting servant of your plane for a very long time, its your planes turn to serve you.

You wont be doing as much for your plane, you will be doing more with your plane, and then a new relationship will start to grow and become more fulfilling.

Your plane will not realize any of this, but you will.

There, that's my best and sincere shot at being an RV whisperer.

BTW, I saw the picture, she sure is beautiful.
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Old 08-26-2009, 03:52 PM
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Congratulations Don - on the first flight, a beautiful airplane ... and a really neat photo!

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Old 08-26-2009, 04:07 PM
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what a great shot!!! love that pic!

congrats on a successful first flight!!
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Old 08-26-2009, 05:03 PM
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Default First flight

Don,

Just a quick note of congratulations. I had the pleasure of meeting you and your dad several years ago at KCUB (if memory serves correctly) at a Palmetto fly-in. I thought it was a bit unusual to have three Don Alexanders in attendance, all RV builders at a single small (about 100 people) fly-in. So from one Don Alexander to another, you did well and I'm looking forward to my first flight - hopefully in 2010.

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Old 08-26-2009, 05:40 PM
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Congrats Don! Great picture also. I kind of know what you mean about feeling moving from building to flying. However, if you are like the rest of builders, you will be sort of doing both for awhile. There will be adjustments, fixes, modifications, inspections, etc. for some time. Consider it a way to ween yourself off of building and into flying.
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Old 08-26-2009, 05:41 PM
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My best wishes Don! The picture is excellent and will be a good addition to RV Coffee Book. Please send a copy to Bruce Sturgill.
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Old 08-27-2009, 05:23 AM
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Very cool plane, and pic.

As for that empty feeling....I had that as well.

So I just started building another one.

Welcome to the Flying RV club!!!!!

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