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Old 05-27-2019, 12:58 PM
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Did a plane just crash in Palm City?? Plane was circling low, then my daughter heard a bunch of sirens.
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Old 05-27-2019, 01:05 PM
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Yea, just happened of Berry road, at the old Bonny B ranch. Appears everyone walked/limped away.
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Old 05-27-2019, 06:43 PM
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Piper cub. No serious injuries.
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Old 05-27-2019, 06:48 PM
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Not as expensive as Rupp wrecking his Mustang at Naked Lady .
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Old 05-27-2019, 06:51 PM
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Not as expensive as Rupp wrecking his Mustang at Naked Lady .
Cough..that was expensive, and unfortunate. Too far for fire dept. to get there, it seems. At least we've got "old crow" still here at Witham.
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I understand Rupp was a good pilot . Apparently when he lost his engine he kept the starter spinning the prop to reduce drag but he still came up short of the runway and though the plane was lost he had the presence of mind to do that with the pressure on ... and survive . I got curious and looked " Samurai " up .

History: 45-11453 N59038 "Samurai Mustang"
1963: N5479V
1966: Bolivia FAB 511
1977: C-GXUP, Arny Carnegie, Edmonton Alberta
1978: N59038, George Roberts
1978: N6310T, George Roberts
1982: Whittington Brothers, Fort Lauderdale FL - rebuilt Fort Collins CO
1985: May - first flight
1985: N551MR, Mickey Rupp - adopted 44-74832 "Old Crow"
1993: racing mods, debut at Reno Air Races as "Samurai"
1996: Feb 12, landing accident and fire, Stuart FL - heavy damage
1997: Racing parts sold to Vlado Lenoch: scoop, wing tips, short ailerons, thick dorsal, canopy
2001: Lenoch sold coolant door and thicker dorsal to Stu Eberhardt (Merlins Magic), scoop, wing tips, short ailerons to Brent Hisey (Miss America).



Rupp also had an 80' or so Sporty named Samurai - Willis or Jim Smith I think .

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Old 05-28-2019, 04:40 AM
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Interesting..thanks. Seems Mickey got started in snowmobiles or something. Willis and Jim Smith are literally across the street from each other.
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Old 05-28-2019, 07:28 PM
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Old 05-29-2019, 06:11 AM
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That will buff out just fine!

Nice airplane!
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Old 05-29-2019, 07:07 AM
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Turns out it was my buddys neighbor at his hanger. Good pilot. I've seen the plane numerous times. Nice little cub.
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Between the repair costs , the pilot's wife and pilot seeing GOD you could probably get a good deal on it . Picture is a good argument for amateur pilots sticking with aircraft with 40 mph landing speeds . I've been up in a similar aircraft - top speed was around 80 mph - it was a blast flying very low ( sometimes 20' ) over Okeechobee cattle fields for miles and miles with the doors off . We would climb to clear trees then back down on the deck , talk about feeling like Peter Pan .
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He knew where he was gonna land. Flew over the site, turned around, landed. Hit the tree on purpose. No worse than a wreck in car racing. Get right back in and fly/drive again. He did everything correctly, so why should he be scared? Landed smoothly with a dead motor.

I've flown in a cub also...slow speed from a grass strip. Unfortunately, the same pilot (very good pilot) had a fatal failure flying a different airplane. Cub stall speed is real low. I've also been in a plane which aerodynamically stalled. We were only a foot or so off the ground landing, but a flight stall (not engine) is immediate and happens with no warning. Luckily, just a kinda hard landing.
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