It was a beautiful spring day in my neck of the woods today and I managed to do the two hour endurance flight as required in the test flying program. The tank capacity is 8 imperial gallons and I had about one gallon left after exactly 2 hours. Fun to fly it is but two hours seems quite long enough to be sat in it so I'm not wishing for more endurance.
I did the first land away in it today too, visited Rendcomb, an original WW1 airfield. My friend Mike took it for his second spin from Rendcomb, he just loves it and kept performing low fly-bys for the small gathering.
I buzzed my photographer friend on the way home this evening, attached...Keep building guys, it's worth it.
Two nice pictures from Rupert, showing cowling detail, and an atmospheric evening shot at the strip.Lynn
Here are the latest pictures of Rupert Wasey, flying his Flitzer Z-21 Roundtail.
This is one happy guy. I love the colour co-ordinated blue goggle frames, Rupert.
Here's Rupert prop-hanging in 'IW as he overhauls the photographer, Piers, in a 'powerchute', which has a maximum speeed of 20 mph., hence the high AOA at 40 mph IAS.
Rupert says that later air-to-airs will be taken using a compatable aeroplane for more 'normal' pictures.
The images are shown with their entire backgrounds to show CAVU conditions comparatively rare to this country.
Today was the day that Anna Walker flew the final test flight for Permit issue on Rupert's Z-21, G-ERIW.
The weather was changeable and the wind strength increased with the passage of some big cu-nims, to the extent that the landing was challenging, with a strong ninety-degree crosswind, but Anna coped well, and the tests were satisfactorily completed.
The sight and sound of the little biplane growling across a splendid skyscape of dramatically-lit cloud provided a theme of classical beauty. I hope to see many such sights in time to come.
I attach a couple of pictures taken before and after the event.
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