This is my new ride. I call it a Quicksilver MXL+
It was somewhat "run down" when I bought it so, I had a former Quicksilver dealer buddy of mine named Steve Ewing update it for me.
Here are some of the things we did.
1. New Sails
2. Re-Build Engine
3. All New Cables
4. All New AN Bolts and Hardware
5. Expanded Tail Area for Larger Prop
6. 65" 2 blade Powerfin Prop
7. 2.6:1 Reduction Drive
8. New Nosewheel & Fork
9. Added CHT/EGT for Front Cylinder
10. New Tiny Tach
11. New Fairing
12. New Nose Tubes & Axle
These pictures were taken in June 2007 by Doug Moler. Doug is a retired Airline Captain who owns a Bonanza, C-150, C-172, an Ercoupe and an Airbike.
I handed him my pocket Nikon and he took these. I think he did a good job.
The sun was low in the west and I was trying to catch it as it intermittantly cut between the clouds to light up the yellow of the wings. This one was pretty good.
Moler was doing hand signals to try to get me to line up for a shot idea he had.
I couldn't figure what he was communicating so here I am cross-controlling to try to get the right wing up high like the airshow guys do with the 500 HP aerobatic planes. (they call it the "Knife Edge")
It wasn't working too well.
When I landed he explained he wanted some "swooping turn" stuff like the F-15 does at the airshows.
So. That is how we ended up with the pictures below.
This is one of my favorites.
I think of this one as my "Climbing to Intercept an Intruder" shot.
My friends Gary & Lana Foster have a real nice farm and ranch just outside of Abbyville, KS. I flew up there to visit them and landed in a cattle pasture near their house.
Even though the weathermen did not predict it, once aloft I had a 25 mph headwind. This yielded me about a 25 mph groundspeed for the trip. And, it was cold!
Here Gary (who was kind enough to get me some gas in town) helps me mix oil and then re-fuel for my trip back to Wichita.
Lana took these pix.
Here the engine is warmed up and I am ready to taxi. I am concerned that I may be over takeoff weight due to the additional pounds I am carrying from the huge breakfast Lana served me on arrival. It was delicious!
I shot this picture of their farm as I was leaving.
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