View Full Version : bet you never saw insanity like this at an air show....

07-10-2005, 11:12 AM

this was my dad flying a clipped wing Piper J-3 Cub at an airshow in Alabama in 1973 assisting a seriously disturbed friend of his in a rather unique airshow routine. The guy would get my dad to fly at around 35 knts (this one could)while he crawled out and down a ladder and just dropped to the ground, tumbling like a football (in my dad's words). http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

this guy wore an old Knute Rockne style football helmet and did this on a regular basis. My dad refused to do this (being a professional pilot and civilian helicopter instructor for the ARmy at Ft. Rucker), saying it was absolute insanity. the guy put a guilt trip on my dad,saying he'd have to find some young guy to do it that wouldnt be nearly as profficient (my dad had tons of flight time in evreything from a Stearman to a T-37). http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-indifferent.gif

So, on a hot day with lousy density altitude, my dad got this thing down to 39 knts. Clodhopper climbs out and dad proceeds to take him down airshow center as he climbs down the ladder (after several practice sessions the previous day that went well). this time however, my dad noticed that the guys weight never left the plane (was always obvious when the guy dropped and dad could pull up). http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif

in the photo, you can see my dad in the back seat looking out to see what the h#ll is going on, since he didnt dare pull up till he was off the ladder.

as you can see, the guys foot got caught in the ladder for a few seconds, and my dad managed to keep him from getting killed for the time it took for him to get loose and tumble across the ground. Everyone thought the guy was dead meat, but he got up and shook himself off, then proceeded to the ambulance which took him to get some stitches in his head (old leather football helmets dont give much protection-just ask the Gipper). http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

07-10-2005, 11:19 AM
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07-10-2005, 11:22 AM
If ever there was a candidate for the Darwin Awards....

07-10-2005, 01:48 PM
It was a good show! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

07-10-2005, 02:31 PM
I fly a 1/4 scale Cub, wonder if I could a rat to renact this http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif.

07-10-2005, 02:53 PM
Cool http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

07-10-2005, 04:25 PM
Brilliant http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif


07-10-2005, 05:11 PM
U~2s would carry Soviet partisan leaders behind German lines at nite, fly at low level and the
Leaders would jump into a snow bank...and as far as I know, with no personal protection equipment.

07-10-2005, 06:22 PM
DITTO ON THE RAT! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif
I think a rat is smarter than that.
my dad also flew this plane at some shows landing on a car fitted with a "platform". it was two metal troughs attached to the car that were only a little wider than the wheels. i thought that would be a great misn for a flt sim. this masochism started when the guy was climbing back in one day in the previous version of the stunt, (which involved him climbing back in the J-3), and he accidentally fell off at low altitude. the crowd loved it.
when he saw my dad later, he told him:"y'know Jim, that didnt hurt too bad."

My dad occaisionally gave some aerobatic instruction to students in the guys Citaubria....one day in the middle of a netative G manuver, a coke bottle came out of nowhere and hit ol dad in the mouth (ouch). http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

he got the aircraft down rather quickly and confronted the gent about his housekeeping, using his extensive vocabulary of expletives....all his friend said was "sorry". this was back in the days of those heavy glass bottles. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_mad.gif

This guy could hve been russain i guess....kinda puts a little light on Oleg's car wreck, huh?

what i love about this photo is the dust trail the guys posterior is leaving, just barely touching the ground as dad gingerly holds just the right amount of altitude. priceless.

i guess it takes all kinds......(heh heh)

07-10-2005, 07:43 PM
Did an "N" number search on Avitop.com, and you might be interested to know that that J-3 is still registered out of Ocala Fla. Neat pic and story!!

07-10-2005, 07:54 PM
Never underestimate the resilience of someone with rocks in their head http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif
I really miss the old days when we could watch idiots try to kill themselves in bizarre ways before our very eyes, and when riding in the back of a ute (or 'pickup truck' for you USA guys) blasting away at everything with a shotgun was called 'innocent fun'.
I recall going to the local newsagent as a 12yr old and buying 22mm ammunition and shotgun shells- later my friends and i would ride out on our unregistered motorcycles with our guns strapped across our backs to the local forest and kill things. It didnt seem strange at the time.
I could imagine now that if i saw a group of four hooligans on bikes with firearms across their backs i would be calling the local cops and tv stations screaming about the 'fall of civilization as we know it'. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

07-10-2005, 10:08 PM
Kupper, cool, my dad will be interested in knowing that.

bd,i too remember when the USA was a constitutional republic. the fate of that guy is interestingly related to such.....

his name was henry mulette (spelling?), and the airshow above was at Dothan ala in 73, the closed field they opened for airshows. henry did this for a living, airshow stunts that is, and i remember seeing him at countless airshows in the 70s. he did a routine of a farmer in coveralls getting a free ride and "accidentally" taking off, flying like mad in that cub, yelling for jesus to save him, climbing out on the strut and flying the plane facing backwards wiht one hand in the cockpit. he even got a gorilla suit once, and was the first gorilla to get a plane ride....of course, it took off "accidentally" to. now that was pretty hilarious.

The FAA (fed aviation admin) got interested in this airshow when he dragged his b@tt...they asked my dad "why does he do this....thing?"
he could only answer..."i havent the slightest idea, other than the fact that he's totally bonkers-Im just trying to keep him alive as long as possible." They just nodded.

shortly after, they told him he had to crawl back in the airplane-no more cheek dragging, or tumbling to the ground. one day at an airshow at LaGrange GA, he and another pilot were at about 400 ft, when he told the pilot to slow down, and for some unknown reason, he climbed out on the strut....the pilot had not seen him do this at that altitude before...neither had my dad. suddenly the pilot turned around and henry was gone...he had lost his grip somehow, and 400 ft is a bit high to be doing that.

my dad has all sorts of great avaition stories adn photos (many taken by me). if you live in the south, he can be heard on Ludlow Porch's radio show almost daily, out of atlanta. he is known as wild bill on there.....which is confusing to me as his name is Jim.

he used to work for Bevo Howard, whose jungmiester biplane is hanging inverted in the new smithsonian bldg...i saw him pick up small banners inverted at 10 meters on many occaisons.I just wish i had been into cameras at a younger age....the stuff i saw. the above photo was taken by a spectator and given to my dad. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

07-10-2005, 10:47 PM
Great shot and story!

In this shot all passengers stay in their vehicles, but the style of flying is in the same vein. . . here is a typicalday at Metz:

http://www.fencecheck.com/forums/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=2507.0;id=15152;im age

Shot by Tyson V. Rininger, as posted over at Fencecheck.com

07-10-2005, 10:47 PM
LMAO, great stories mate http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

07-10-2005, 11:09 PM
cool guys. that platform above is kinda big compared to the one my old man was using, but i know i couldnt land on anything like that.

achilles,i sent you those misns today....it took your email adress this time...i dunno why it didnt the first time.

by the way, at that time there was an airport at Dothan that had several B17s used for agricultural spraying. i saw them a couple of times, screaming over the road spraying some of the fields around there. tehy all got sold to restorers and several are still flying completely restored. the army was also using 2 P51Ds as chase aircraft for the aborted AH-56 Cheyenne program. they were a frequent site as well.