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Old 05-06-2014, 07:59 PM
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Talking William Boyd and his Hopalong

Part 67.


William Boyd is doing good and still producing series. He invited us (Glen and I) to his private jet port 12VA for casting. Weather was perfect as usual. A little beating was expected from the surface to 11K. I snacked somewhere in the woods of PA and launched on 2.5 hour leg to VA.





Hour 1.












Hour 2.






Hour 2 1/4








After hour 2 and a half in moderate + chop my head was shaking and teeth clanking. If somebody saw me at that time would have easily thought I escaped from an institution... Somewhere here is the jetport. Anybody on the frequency? Hopalong? Russki abeam the ball!







Bill responded on the radio and literally guided me through. Here we go on a slice of paradise. Sometimes it feels nicer to be on the ground.







Taxi!






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Old 05-06-2014, 08:01 PM
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Will be continued...
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Old 05-06-2014, 11:09 PM
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Stormy is a nice guy and has a great field too boot!
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Old 05-06-2014, 11:43 PM
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Vlad, I was just down the ridge from you on Sunday in Blacksburg. We took off around noon to head back to Wisconsin after visiting our daughter. I know what you mean by chop. My wife did not enjoy the rough air over the mountains. We had to climb to 8500 ft to find smooth air and then had a very strong headwind. We did not find clean smooth air at a lower altitude until we were over Indiana. I heard on the news yesterday that a commercial flight coming out of the NE heading to Florida hit turbulance at 15,000 ft that injured several passengers that same afternoon.
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Old 05-07-2014, 05:06 AM
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My 2hr trip to Bill's paradise included 1.5 hours of some of the least pleasant flying since I purchased my RV.

My 1hr at Hop Along was some of the most pleasant time made possible by my RV.

The Beatles would say the Bill and his family live in "the house on the hill". It provides for some fun photography. Here is the action figure of Vlad and the limited edition Devastator toy.



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Old 05-07-2014, 05:14 AM
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Part 67.


William Boyd is doing good and still producing series. He invited us (Glen and I) to his private jet port 12VA for casting. Weather was perfect as usual. A little beating was expected from the surface to 11K. I snacked somewhere in the woods of PA and launched on 2.5 hour leg to VA.



Hey Vlad......from the angle of this picture....it looks like you must have flown to 12VA via the southern hemisphere? Or REALLY BAD turbulence during photo shot I had to lay down next to my computer to look at the picture
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Old 05-07-2014, 05:22 AM
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Here is the action figure of Vlad and the limited edition Devastator toy.



Glen,

I like the photo of "toy". When I first looked at the original post prior to reading it, I looked at the photo and thought it was a toy....a model of your RV that you set in the grass to give it the effect of being a "real" airplane. Cool

Too bad Vlad didn't have a fork and knife in his hand....that would have been a REAL ACTION shot
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I think Vlad is going to need an engine overhaul very soon, as much as he flies that airplane
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Old 05-07-2014, 10:56 AM
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to Hopalong Cassidy, but enjoyed having the "extras" come out for casting call last Sunday. If William Boyd were still alive and filming singing westerns, I think we'd have found two "red shirts" for future episodes We need a "Natasha" to go with "Boris" so there's still at least one opening

Fly-ins and river float adventures with BBQ have been done many times at 12VA, and I believe will be again. My new bride, the Saucy Wench, seems very keen on the idea. Need to give her a few more weeks to whip me and the home place into presentable shape and we should be good to go.

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Old 05-07-2014, 11:00 AM
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Glen,

I like the photo of "toy". When I first looked at the original post prior to reading it, I looked at the photo and thought it was a toy....a model of your RV that you set in the grass to give it the effect of being a "real" airplane. Cool

Too bad Vlad didn't have a fork and knife in his hand....that would have been a REAL ACTION shot
What the Vlad action figure needs is a Mosin Nagant. I saw him prone out several times on the runway, and he didn't fool me that it had anything to do with photography. Think "Enemy at the Gates."
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