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Spins, Loops, and Immelmans with Col Rich Graham

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My friend Richard Graham and I finally got around to going out and having some fun with spins in my RV7A. Although he and I had done all kinds of other aerobatic maneuvers in my RV, we'd never gotten around to spins. And given that back in the day, Rich was a Spin Demonstration Pilot in the Air Force, we couldn't let that oversight go uncorrected. On this flight we also did a some loops, along with letting Rich have fun trying Immelmans.

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RV-7A Aerobatics with CloudAhoy and Adam Baker - Part 2

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On a hot 95 degree October day I finally got the chance to have another aerobatics lesson with Adam Baker. By the time we got into the second half of the lesson, the heat was taking its toll on my ability to focus. I found myself struggling with the maneuvers that I've done many times before.

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RV-7A Aerobatics with CloudAhoy and Adam Baker - Part 1

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On a hot 95 degree October day I finally got the chance to have another aerobatics lesson with Adam Baker. Adam is a local air show performer, a great instructor, and a lot of fun to fly with. In this video we have an exciting addition; it's the inclusion of real-time, on-screen telemetry data provided via the CloudAhoy app that's synced with the video.

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Vans RV-7A Aerobatic Practice with Hank

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As part of my plan to learn aerobatics and eventually reach my goal of being able to do them on my own, I felt it was now time to ween myself from my two current acro instructors, Rich and Adam. They've done a great job in giving me the fundamentals! I set the bar of my next achievement on continuing to practice aerobatic maneuvers I've learned, but now with an instructor who's not an instructor trained in teaching acro.

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F-16 Viper: 0 to 15,000 feet in 45 Seconds

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The General Dynamics (now Lockheed Martin) F-16 Fighting Falcon made its first flight back in 1974, that's over 40 years ago! Yet it is still a combat workhorse fighter of the United States Air Force. It has only a single engine, but that engine has a thrust-to-weight ratio greater than 1. What that means is the Falcon can climb AND accelerate while going vertical.  The Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-200 afterburner turbofan can produce over 23,000 lbs of thrust, which exceeds the planes empty weight of 18,900 lbs.

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RV-7A Immelmanns and Loops with Rich (former SR-71 Blackbird pilot)

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In some of my earlier videos flying aerobatics with my friend Rich Graham, we'd talked about doing Immelmann turns but had never really experimented with them. Some questions from pilots who had watched those, particularly questions regarding ending up in an inverted spin if it goes wrong, enticed me to get back up with Rich and give some a try. During the flight, we also experimented with different entry speeds on Loops to see if there was a change of falling-off at the top when the airspeed got too low. 

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