Yak-related fun at Moontown

Thanks to my dad for taking these pictures and letting me put them up here.



Well, this was entirely too much fun. I got a chance to ride in the back seat of Gordie Seuell's Yak-52. I'm ashamed to admit that I have not done anything even remotely related to aerobatics before now, so all of this (including the spins) were an entirely new experience.

Gordie demonstrated a spin, a couple aileron rolls, loops, cloverleafs, a chandelle, a Cuban 8, and a barrel roll. Then he gave me a chance to try aileron rolls and loops. I was able to manage passable versions of these by the end of our session. Sort of. Of course, the day wouldn't have been complete without a few low passes followed by an aileron roll.

Before this, the decision to build an -7 (instead of a -9) was just based on my guess that I'd probably like aerobatics. This was a big confirmation of that guess . . . I'm glad the RV mission profile is so versatile as to manage both cross-country and aerobatics in the same airplane.


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Yak-52
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Yak takeoff
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Starduster Too
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Starduster Too takeoff
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Yak low pass
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Citabria
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Glider landing
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Another Yak takeoff
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Another Yak low pass - somewhat lower than the first low pass.
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Maybe it's just me, but these low passes seem to be getting lower.
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Sitting on the ramp getting gas.
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