Wednesday, December 27, 2006
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Thursday, July 27, 2006
Boeing Persistent Munition Technology Demonstrator Achieves Autonomous Flight
The Boeing Persistent Munition Technology Demonstrator (PMTD), a test bed for future unmanned aerial vehicles, flew autonomously for the first time during a test in April at Vandalia Municipal Airport, Ill.
Comment by Pete: Hey is that an OS .46FX I see?
Friday, July 21, 2006
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Sunday, July 16, 2006
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
I last saw him at the Fort Lauderdale Air Show a couple of weeks ago. He looked really happy with his new girlfriend. Everybody knew Benji, he was sort of a legend in the flying field. It was funny how every time he was going to test fly one of his homemade craft all the other pilots landed their airplanes to give him the full airspace and enjoy the show. Benji drowned in Amelia Earhart Park yesterday trying to recover his remote control boat in the lake. He died doing what he loved. He was only 31 and leaves behind two children. Rest in Peace my friend.
Benji' favorite phrases:
"It will fly!" Looking at his latest invention.
"But of course!" When you asked him if he knew how to fix/do something.
"They sold you/him a dream"
"Praaaaaaaaa!" As he described a vehicle crashing recounting flight operations for the day.
"What a bag!" When he saw somebody elses plane crash and turn into a bag of sticks.
"It's bat guano" Used to describe a piece of shit hardware or device.
"I'm a genius in box" Describing his mechanical abilities.
This is the article of the accident as reported in the Miami Herald.
A man drowned in Hialeah, trying to save a remote control boat
By ANDREA TORRES atorres@MiamiHerald.com
A 31-year-old man drowned Monday evening as he attempted to rescue a motorized, remote control boat in a lake at Hialeah's Amelia Earhart Park, 401 East 65th St. The man was using a raft to paddle into the middle of the lake to get the disabled boat, but the other boats didn't stop the race. One accidentally rammed the raft, puncturing it and causing it to deflate, said Jesse Casales, a spokesman for Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.
The man did not know how to swim, Casales said. A few friends jumped in to rescue him, to no avail, as his fiancée and the man's baby daughter looked on. Divers recovered the man's body Monday night. His identity has not been released.
Thursday, May 25, 2006
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Sunday, May 21, 2006
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
The two daring pilots. These dudes survived many crashes. The last one was killed on the Mirage crash in Tamiami Park. It's remains could not be identified. I think Benji named them Lt. Taco and Buzz...
Remember the two little pilots that Benji would put in all his homebuilt planes? They came from that T-34. I think I have a photo of it somewhere. William I don't think you were a member of the club yet. This was very early on. Or maybe you were I can't recall.
Monday, May 15, 2006
It was conveniently located near a Taco Bell and other major fast food outlets, where voracious post flight apetites could be replenished at minimal cost. The Flyers were also on a first name basis with the local Dominos pizza when after hours construction projects were underway. Conveniently located only minutes away from several illegal flying fields discovered and squatted on by our field survey team Benji "The Guano Man" and William aka "Launch Pad" or "El Infidelo". The last discovered field christened "Aurora Field" in Hialeah Gardens, now with multiple runways, is still an active field logging hundreds of hours of flight time each month. This is the only remaining field from which many flyers from beginner to advanced, proudly take their machines to the air without fear of being kicked out. In fact this field is coming up on it's 3rd year anniversary as a non-commissioned gettho field.
Sunday, May 14, 2006
Friday, May 12, 2006
The air show was a lot of fun, especially the Blue Angels, and the Heritage flight. Something special about watching a p-51 fly side by side with newer generation F-16 and F-15. And to thin, that not in the too distant future, these planes will be the heritage ones, huh? Maybe in 10 years the F-14 will be the heritage plane as it is being retired. That would be astounding. We also had a lot of other Fly-By's that were quite interesting. You can see for yourself inthe link provided Below. These are bagger Pete's pictures of the airshow.
As usual we started the day pimped out with an awesome setup(two canopies, 3 coolers, barbequed food, sandwiches, all kinds of drinks, in summary, the works. However, as the day went by, and not to dissapoint ourselves with our usual problems, my twenty dollar canopy started trying to join the planesin the air, and fly away. I spent 1/2 of the show trying to tie it down, only to have the stakes pull out form under the sand every 10 minutes. Eventually, in true ghetto flyers style, I pulled about 10 twines fomr the canopy to a nearby fence. It looked like hell, and made it hard to walk in and out, but the canopy held.
Well, you can go see th epictures now. I will be posting later about more awesome things I did last weekend with Guano Man. Unfortunately bagger Pete was too busy taken care of his nephews(and later driving back to the other side of the world where he now lives) to join the fun. Will talk about that one later.
Check it out
Thursday, May 11, 2006
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
Soon we will have other members joining the blog, who have lost of pictures that we can all tell stories about(hell, the pictures themselves are a story half the time).
For now, be safe, have fun, and no matter what the conditions are fly fly fly.
Remember, It'll Fly.