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10-04-2016 07:26 PM  8 months agoPost 1
shawmcky

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Watch at YouTube

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10-04-2016 08:45 PM  8 months agoPost 2
gmcullan

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Wonderfully insane!

Gerry Cullan,
Gaui 200, 255; T-Rex 250, 450 SE & SA, Mini-Titan, Blade 450

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10-05-2016 03:33 AM  8 months agoPost 3
Gearhead

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wow, unreal

but it's only a one seater

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10-05-2016 03:41 PM  8 months agoPost 4
TruckRacer

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Beautiful but I doubt it will ever fly. A true labor of love and craftsmanship for the builder but it will probably just become a dusty relic in the back of a museum somewhere when he passes.

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10-06-2016 06:35 PM  8 months agoPost 5
RM3

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this guy said he came up with the idea while having a beer with friends...

wait a minute...this guy actually had friends?

BTW...anybody see a door to get that puppy out of there?

awesome, but yeah, he wont fly it, but it makes him happy and thats what counts i guess.

showing a preference will only get you into trouble, 90% of everything is crap...

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10-06-2016 08:28 PM  8 months agoPost 6
DVS

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this guy said he came up with the idea while having a beer with friends...

wait a minute...this guy actually had friends?

BTW...anybody see a door to get that puppy out of there?


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10-06-2016 08:57 PM  8 months agoPost 7
RM3

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thanks for posting that.

now Im really jealous... not only does he have an awesome shop... it has freaking doors that open out to a personal flying field.

showing a preference will only get you into trouble, 90% of everything is crap...

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10-06-2016 11:30 PM  8 months agoPost 8
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This project came to my attention a while ago... I searched and searched for the latest status. Found it on the Facebook page from a couple of weeks ago. This should save you a bit of searching.
We are happy to share with you all that the Bally Bomber started all four Hirth engines on Sat., Sept. 24.for the first time. What a wonderful sound. On Monday, Oct 3, the Bomber taxied up and down the Bally Strip several times. Hope to make an appointment for Fed. inspection soon. Looking forward to maiden flight.
http://www.theballybomber.com/index.html

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10-07-2016 12:39 AM  8 months agoPost 9
RM3

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seeing that would be really cool.

flying it at airshows may pay back some of those bills too!

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10-08-2016 10:22 AM  8 months agoPost 10
shawmcky

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https://www.facebook.com/BallyBombe...60983267252957/

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10-08-2016 06:33 PM  8 months agoPost 11
outhouse

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They have it running and moving.

Should fly soon

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10-08-2016 10:00 PM  8 months agoPost 12
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That would be a very big challenge to fly, even for a very experienced pilot. You'd really need a real test pilot.

Lets see, a completely untested airframe in every aspect of the word. Then there are the 4 engines to manage with the potential of an engine out and a complete unknown of how the plane would handle in that condition.

It would take someone with very large jewels to test that plane ..... or someone with a complete lack of concern for life and limb. I hope all goes well if and when it takes to the air but my guess flights will be somewhat like the legendary Spruce Goose never leaving ground effect and the safety of a very close by runway.

I could certainly be wrong though .....

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10-08-2016 11:52 PM  8 months agoPost 13
xcellgasman101

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I could certainly be wrong though
Yep what if the wright bros didn't try to fly?? It can and will be done in stages, so many hours of engine run ups, taxing, then getting the tail up, to finially just getting off the ground, then fly the plane!! It's just that easy!! With FAA over looking it all with documentation!! XGM/VGM

John Crotts
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10-09-2016 02:26 AM  8 months agoPost 14
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So many of the "one off", complex homebuilt designs have very tragic endings and the vast majority are single engine. Many are replicas of past designs, often 30's era race planes, etc. 4 engines bring a bit of safety into the mix but add incredible complexity and pilot work load along with the ability to power you all the way to the crash site when something goes wrong.

I'll be watching with interest.

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10-09-2016 02:37 AM  8 months agoPost 15
outhouse

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That would be a very big challenge to fly,
I think it will fly easily and like a dream.

They were work horses and could be beat to crap and shot up and still fly. Provided the guy did a half decent job it should be pie.

Id fly it in a heart beat, would love the salt flats to test it with low level straight flights and landings. After an hour of play id be ready to inspect and gain altitude.

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10-09-2016 03:20 AM  8 months agoPost 16
TruckRacer

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Maybe you should volunteer for the job. He might take you up on the offer.

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10-09-2016 10:31 PM  8 months agoPost 17
nitro fun

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Brings a new meaning to hold my beer and watch this..

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10-09-2016 10:55 PM  8 months agoPost 18
outhouse

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watch this..
Famous last words.

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10-10-2016 09:30 PM  8 months agoPost 19
Heli_Splatter

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4 engines make it safer

I don't think that this plane will be terribly difficult to fly. Chances of loosing two engines on same side would be remote unless FW190s are nearby.

Having some power on port and starboard would be easier to fly than losing power on a twin. He should be able to determine failing engine rather easily with electronics.

No matter, I wish him the best.

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10-10-2016 10:18 PM  8 months agoPost 20
TruckRacer

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One thing the plane has going for it in a big way is it's huge tail surfaces. These will greatly stabilize the plane in all fight routines and minimize the effects of an engine out should it happen. At best though, the first few flights will not be relaxed occasions either for the pilot or his ground observers. Remember, even though the plane looks like a B-17, it is a completely untested design. Even relatively simple, single engine passenger planes such as the Cirrus had horrible testing phases when unexpected events showed their ugly heads. A complex, 4 engine anything isn't to be taken lightly. I would even worry about structural resonance from the (4) engines. But then, maybe I get concerned about more things than I should.

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