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The FReeper Foxhole - U S Army EOD Foxhole Fly-In - March 2nd, 2008
News from the Foxhole - Our personal blog ^ | March 2, 2008 | snippy about it

Posted on 03/02/2008 4:57:09 PM PST by snippy_about_it



Lord,

Keep our Troops forever in Your care

Give them victory over the enemy...

Grant them a safe and swift return...

Bless those who mourn the lost.

Amen.
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for all those serving their country at this time.



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FReeper U S Army EOD Flies In for a Visit








Today we were fortunate enough to have our first fly-in visitor to our place in South Carolina. U S Army EOD (aka Major York) flew his Quicksilver GT 400 in to a private field about 8 miles from our home. Of course we had advance notice he would be in around 12:30 or shortly thereafter. We mapped the field out on Google but had no address thinking we would be able to see the field from the road or something indicating the private field. We were wrong. We knew we were in the right area so after much discussion we finally park alongside a small rural road and looked to the sky. Waiting. We watched about 30 goats go through a barbwire fence to the other side of the road. Sam with his quick wit commented, "The grass is always greener on the other side of the road". LOL. No sign of our FRiend in the skies yet.

We began another discussion on where the field might be. My cell phone rings at about 12:45 and I answered, "Where are you"? Well, U S Army EOD was in a field somewhere but he didn't know the address either, he knew he was west of one highway and 3 miles south of a nearby town but didn't know for sure as he looked at his aerial map.


The Private Airfield


We headed toward the town and then turned around to head south 3 miles, basically back to where we were. Meanwhile Major York made it to the field owner's house but no one was home so he headed for the road. It was at that time that he gave us some description of the place and Sam recognized it and we picked up the Major about 2 minutes later. We had been at the South End of where we determined the field would be, we just couldn't see it from the roads.

All is well so we headed back to the runway and picked up EOD's supplies and headed to our Foxhole. Sarge and Scarlett behaved themselves with the Major much to our surprise and we were able to have a very nice visit. We sat out on the porch while Sam grilled up some steaks, made mashed potatoes, corn and rolls for a nice afternoon dinner. After dinner we sat out and talked some more.


Sam and USArmyEOD




I had my camera hoping to catch the landing but we missed that. I nearly forgot it when we were leaving but didn't so I have a few shots of the departure. Wheels up at about 5:18.


Wheels Up!



All Clear!


We had a nice visit and as we have always said, Foxhole FReepers are the best. We really enjoy getting to meet FReepers. Now if we could just all plan the same vacation from work we could have a really good "get together".

It is 6:23 and US Army EOD just called to say he was wheels down and putting her in the barn! He had a good flight home and it only took about an hour.


Off into the Sunset!


Thank you Major York for taking the time and expense of flying in to visit us. Please comment about your flight and visit and we hope you come back real soon.





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Sam gets a closer look at the engine



Wooten turns his plane around



Major York suits up



Up, up and away!





1 posted on 03/02/2008 4:57:13 PM PST by snippy_about_it
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To: PROCON; Berlin_Freeper; DieHard the Hunter; James Ewell Brown Stuart; alfa6; Allen H; ...



SARGE Says...
I Dug the Hole Now "FALL IN" to the FReeper Foxhole!




Good Sunday Evening Everyone.

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2 posted on 03/02/2008 4:58:50 PM PST by snippy_about_it (The FReeper Foxhole. America's history, America's soul.)
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To: snippy_about_it
WOO-HOO!!

My first FReeper Foxhole, do I win anything?!
3 posted on 03/02/2008 5:05:13 PM PST by PROCON (Dems=You can Fool Some of the People all of the Time--Abraham Lincoln)
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To: PROCON

You mean the prize wasn’t there when you came in? Just being part of the Foxhole is a prize, isn’t it? ;-)


4 posted on 03/02/2008 5:08:05 PM PST by snippy_about_it (The FReeper Foxhole. America's history, America's soul.)
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To: snippy_about_it

Really enjoyed the visit and it was great to finally meet you guys. After reviewing the photos I just can’t help but say, “What a swanky looking young aviator”.


5 posted on 03/02/2008 5:08:48 PM PST by U S Army EOD (Say Cheese.)
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To: snippy_about_it
It was nice meeting you USArmy EOD. You're the first person in a long, long time who didn't give me a blank stare when Avalon Hill and SSI came up in a conversation.

:-)

Thanks for an afternoon of interesting conversation and hopefully we can get together again soon.

6 posted on 03/02/2008 5:09:00 PM PST by SAMWolf (Huckabee & McCain say -- Those are my principles. If you don't like them I have others.)
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To: U S Army EOD

Sort of “Red Baronish”. You’ve got to grow that mustache!


7 posted on 03/02/2008 5:10:15 PM PST by snippy_about_it (The FReeper Foxhole. America's history, America's soul.)
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To: snippy_about_it
You mean the prize wasn’t there when you came in? Just being part of the Foxhole is a prize, isn’t it? ;-)

Yes...you've humbled me!/LOL

8 posted on 03/02/2008 5:10:15 PM PST by PROCON (Dems=You can Fool Some of the People all of the Time--Abraham Lincoln)
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To: U S Army EOD

LOL! My first thought when looking at the pictures was “The Red Baron meets his match”. ;-)


9 posted on 03/02/2008 5:11:04 PM PST by SAMWolf (Huckabee & McCain say -- Those are my principles. If you don't like them I have others.)
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To: SAMWolf; All

A quick note on the plane for all interested. It is a Quicksilver GT400, it has a Rotax 503 engine. she will cruise at about 65 mph, has a range of a little over 100 miles, will climb 1500 fpm, is radio equipped, has a Garmin 96C Sat Nav and so far I have had to replace the landing gear only once.

I found out the hard way that it doesn’t not land like a Cessna 172, chop the power a bit and flair the nose up and it instantly becomes a rock. Little power, little mass, and a lot of drag is not a good combination.


10 posted on 03/02/2008 5:21:28 PM PST by U S Army EOD (Say Cheese.)
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To: U S Army EOD

I was surprised at how quickly you went wheels up. I envisioned you going almost the length of the runway but you were up right quick.


11 posted on 03/02/2008 5:28:08 PM PST by snippy_about_it (The FReeper Foxhole. America's history, America's soul.)
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To: U S Army EOD; SAMWolf; snippy_about_it
Evening gents,

We're having an Oregon FReep in April, so if ya can make it....

12 posted on 03/02/2008 5:30:26 PM PST by PROCON (Dems=You can Fool Some of the People all of the Time--Abraham Lincoln)
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To: snippy_about_it

She will climb. On a hard surface, it will probably get off the gound in less than 60 feet or so.


13 posted on 03/02/2008 5:32:45 PM PST by U S Army EOD (Say Cheese.)
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To: PROCON

And how are you. If I flew out, it would take me until April to make it.


14 posted on 03/02/2008 5:35:38 PM PST by U S Army EOD (Say Cheese.)
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To: U S Army EOD
I'm fine!

Fuel 'er up, it's April 19th, location still to be determined, just aim towards Oregon!!

Coordinates to follow!!

15 posted on 03/02/2008 5:38:02 PM PST by PROCON (Dems=You can Fool Some of the People all of the Time--Abraham Lincoln)
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To: U S Army EOD
That looks like a hoot to fly. We’ve got a Lucky Lindy over here on the Big Island who has an UL similar to yours....except for the fairing around the pilot’s seat. Lot slower too. Clocked him at about 45 mph.
16 posted on 03/02/2008 5:48:30 PM PST by BIGLOOK (Keelhaul politicians. The Ship of State needs a good scrubbing!)
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To: BIGLOOK

Some people have put the HKS 60 hp, four cycle engine on the GT 400 and cruise at 90 mph. Although Quicksilver says Vne is 73 mph, they say they have tested it over 90 mph with no problem.

What is interesting about this one is the fact that it has a yoke and four position flaps. You don’t see many small aircraft like that. Even if you strip it down, you can’t get it down to the Ultralight weight, so it has to be N numbered.


17 posted on 03/02/2008 5:55:09 PM PST by U S Army EOD (Say Cheese.)
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To: SAMWolf
You're the first person in a long, long time who didn't give me a blank stare when Avalon Hill and SSI came up in a conversation.

Played a bit of Panzer General this afternoon after church.

18 posted on 03/02/2008 5:56:32 PM PST by PAR35
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To: PAR35
Played a bit of Panzer General this afternoon after church.

And I thought I was the only one with that game.
19 posted on 03/02/2008 6:23:02 PM PST by BIGLOOK (Keelhaul politicians. The Ship of State needs a good scrubbing!)
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To: snippy_about_it

A fine report from the field.

I would really have liked to have been there for this one.


20 posted on 03/02/2008 6:43:07 PM PST by KDD (Freedom begins between the ears. -- Edward Abbey)
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To: snippy_about_it

((HUGS))Good morning, Snippy and everyone at the Freeper Foxhole.


21 posted on 03/03/2008 2:56:13 AM PST by E.G.C.
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To: PAR35

Haven’t played that one in a while, I’ve been going through the missions in “Ghost Recon”


22 posted on 03/03/2008 4:00:35 AM PST by SAMWolf (Huckabee & McCain say -- Those are my principles. If you don't like them I have others.)
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To: E.G.C.

Morning E.G.C. Looks like our nice weather ends today. Predicting about an inch of rain tomorrow.


23 posted on 03/03/2008 4:02:44 AM PST by SAMWolf (Huckabee & McCain say -- Those are my principles. If you don't like them I have others.)
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To: snippy_about_it; SAMWolf
It's great to see a Foxhole up today!

Boy, does the mention of those war games bring back some memories . . . .

We had a typical spring Colorado weekend. Spectacular Saturday with sun and temps in the 70's, and snow on Sunday!

24 posted on 03/03/2008 9:06:22 AM PST by colorado tanker
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To: snippy_about_it; U S Army EOD; SAMWolf

I’ve looked, and looked. I don’t see the bomb bay. ;-(


25 posted on 03/03/2008 10:28:36 AM PST by Professional Engineer (www.pinupsforvets.com)
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To: Professional Engineer

Just a carton or two of eggs out the door works just like a cluster bomb.


26 posted on 03/03/2008 1:25:17 PM PST by U S Army EOD (Say Cheese.)
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To: U S Army EOD

I don’t ever want you to meet Hubby. You’ll give him ideas. LOL. JK.JK.

Cool plane!


27 posted on 03/03/2008 2:19:13 PM PST by Samwise (The problem is that a vote for McCain is a vote for McCain.)
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To: PAR35

Hi PAR35.


28 posted on 03/03/2008 3:14:09 PM PST by snippy_about_it (The FReeper Foxhole. America's history, America's soul.)
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To: KDD
Well it was loosely planned and since he had to fly in good weather it was short notice for the actual fly-in but luckily our schedules allowed it!
29 posted on 03/03/2008 3:15:56 PM PST by snippy_about_it (The FReeper Foxhole. America's history, America's soul.)
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To: E.G.C.

(((Hugs back at you)))


30 posted on 03/03/2008 3:16:27 PM PST by snippy_about_it (The FReeper Foxhole. America's history, America's soul.)
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To: colorado tanker

All we need to see more Foxholes is more time. We’ve got to learn how to do short ones and that’s not easy!

We had a couple good days of weather in the 70’s, luckily now snow on the way but we will have rain and high winds.


31 posted on 03/03/2008 3:18:24 PM PST by snippy_about_it (The FReeper Foxhole. America's history, America's soul.)
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To: Professional Engineer

LOL. Sam and EOD were discussing mounting a quad 50 on it, naturally.


32 posted on 03/03/2008 3:19:40 PM PST by snippy_about_it (The FReeper Foxhole. America's history, America's soul.)
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To: Samwise; U S Army EOD

I was thinking if it was mine I’d get a parachute. Not for me as I probably wouldn’t fly high enough for it to work but could we build one just for the plane?


33 posted on 03/03/2008 3:21:51 PM PST by snippy_about_it (The FReeper Foxhole. America's history, America's soul.)
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To: snippy_about_it

I had a ballistic parachute on it at one time but it was so complicated on how it had to work, that I took it off. I had absolutely no confidence in it. I might go to a persoanal parachute in the future for that one last chance. Remember the big flock of buzzards I landed through? They could really mess up a wing strut or control surface on it.


34 posted on 03/03/2008 3:34:39 PM PST by U S Army EOD (Say Cheese.)
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To: snippy_about_it; Professional Engineer; U S Army EOD
Sam and EOD were discussing mounting a quad 50 on it, naturally

I suspect if you cut loose with a quad 50, you could make it go backwards.

I don't think I'd want to fly in one of those. Now, if I ever strike it rich, I might want one of those miniature autogyros.

35 posted on 03/03/2008 5:00:50 PM PST by PAR35
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To: BIGLOOK; SAMWolf

I like those turned based hex games. I’m more into strategy than reflexes.


36 posted on 03/03/2008 5:02:59 PM PST by PAR35
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To: snippy_about_it

It’s been snowing all evening here.

Just over an inch accumulated at Castle Sparksalot.


37 posted on 03/03/2008 6:59:14 PM PST by Professional Engineer (www.pinupsforvets.com)
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To: U S Army EOD
Just a carton or two of eggs out the door works just like a cluster bomb.

Hey, that'd be fun!

38 posted on 03/03/2008 6:59:58 PM PST by Professional Engineer (www.pinupsforvets.com)
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LOL. Sam and EOD were discussing mounting a quad 50 on it, naturally.

The barrels probably weigh more than the airframe.

39 posted on 03/03/2008 7:01:19 PM PST by Professional Engineer (www.pinupsforvets.com)
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To: Professional Engineer

Let me know where you live.


40 posted on 03/03/2008 8:19:29 PM PST by U S Army EOD (Say Cheese.)
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Any one bring the Flag yet?
WOW, neat you guys had company.
Love the pictures, thanks much.

41 posted on 03/04/2008 8:32:16 AM PST by Soaring Feather (I soar- 'cause I can....)
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To: Soaring Feather

I think I will put an American flag on the right side of the cockpit.


42 posted on 03/04/2008 9:25:49 AM PST by U S Army EOD (Say Cheese.)
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To: U S Army EOD

Ah yes, excellent idea! Real neat plane you have. ;0)


43 posted on 03/04/2008 9:51:30 AM PST by Soaring Feather (I soar- 'cause I can....)
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To: Soaring Feather
Thanks, I hope to keep it structurally looking just like it is.
44 posted on 03/04/2008 9:56:50 AM PST by U S Army EOD (Say Cheese.)
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To: U S Army EOD

Right now in my state you would not be flying around, it snowing and cold!

I don’t know about structure and such, I just know I love to fly-on huge jets, the bigger and faster, the better!


45 posted on 03/04/2008 10:01:53 AM PST by Soaring Feather (I soar- 'cause I can....)
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Let me know where you live.

Near Indianapolis. ;-)

46 posted on 03/04/2008 10:51:33 AM PST by Professional Engineer (www.pinupsforvets.com)
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To: Professional Engineer

Heeeeyyyyyyy!


47 posted on 03/04/2008 10:55:33 AM PST by Samwise (The problem is that a vote for McCain is a vote for McCain.)
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To: Professional Engineer

Its going to take a lot of eggs.


48 posted on 03/04/2008 11:01:54 AM PST by U S Army EOD (Say Cheese.)
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To: Soaring Feather
When it is below freezing, I put on my “Unknown Aviator” outfit, complete with the ski-mask.
49 posted on 03/04/2008 11:05:05 AM PST by U S Army EOD (Say Cheese.)
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To: U S Army EOD

LOL, I bet it keeps you warm, too. ;0)


50 posted on 03/04/2008 1:11:45 PM PST by Soaring Feather (I soar- 'cause I can....)
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