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Old 02-22-2004, 01:11 PM   #21
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Old 02-22-2004, 07:27 PM   #22
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Used to work for Bradley Air Service At Carp Ont. As apprentice mech. We had a Stearman cropduster to tow the banner over the Ottaws Ex. Had an arrester hook with a releasable hook. Each letter had a bamboo pole on the front about the size of your pinky finger withe a weight on the bottom. Letters clipped together like the clips on a dog leash. Two boards about 1/2 by 4 and 5 ft long with a V notch cut in the top and hammered in the ground. Banner laid out with the stakes on the downwind end. Didn'always work the first time. He'd come roaring down and hit one of the stakes with the wheel. Run out,put the rope back up again. come roaring down egain. didn't pull up fast enough. pulled the banner over itself, went up with this ball of letters. Dropped the banner and unravelled it. Third try, hooked the banner, pull up, full throttle at a 45 degree angle. sucess at last. These had the 450 hp PW Wasp so no lack of power. Wish I could do it over!. Gord.
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Old 02-22-2004, 09:58 PM   #23
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The Guys down here in Florida do a lot of banner towing. I see it at most fly-ins in the area. Jim Hofner owner of the hobby store in Sebrinf actually has 2 banners. the first one me tows brhind the plane from take off and the 2nd is rolled up and stored in a "bomb bay" He makes several passes with the first one, drops it and then releases the second one, then drops it before landing. He uses a 1/3 scale cub a a tug. Very impressive. I may even have a video or two if i look hard enough.
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