One of my passions is piloting small aircraft. The freedom to move about in three dimensions is downright cathartic. The plane pictured above is a Waco biplane that was hand built in 1998 by craftspeople in Battle Creek, Michigan based on the original 1930s plans. Want to see it fly? Click on the video below!
See what it is like in the cockpit of this Waco biplane while doing loops rolls and spins! AFTER THE VIDEO PRESS 'ESCAPE' KEY TO GET BACK HERE.
The American Champion Super Decathlon is a fully aerobatic airplane capable of inverted flight and maneuvers up to 6 Gs. Many pilots have used it to learn aerobatics and compete at the sportsman and intermediate levels. It is responsive, predictable and forgiving. Below are a few short videos showing its aerobatic capabilities.
Aerobatics from the cowling of my Super Decathlon
Tom and Betty's Excellent Adventure
Courageous Crossfitters - this one to music!
Another favorite machine is this bright yellow Lockwood Aircam. This highly unusual plane features a giant wing, twin pusher prop engines, large off-field tires and a pilot seat cantilevered far forward for unobstructed pilot views. It was designed to film wildlife, flying low and slow over rugged terrain and landing where most planes cannot. You've probably seen National Geographic broadcasts that were filmed, in part, from a Lockwood Aircam.
In the two videos below, I fly a friend and his young daughter on a sightseeing tour over the desert. The first is the takeoff and the second is the landing - both seen from the rear most seat of this three seat aircraft.
Lockwood Aircam Takeoff
Lockwood Aircam Landing
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