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    Bally's Bomber update

    I thought for sure this was posted here already, but seems I can't find it if it was.

    Update on Bally's bomber from EAA :
    On Monday, Nov 14, 2016, Jack Bally`s scale replica B-17 took to the air for the first time, completing a short flight from its home field to a local airport for continued flight tests. It has been a 17-year journey for Jack. We hope to see videos and photos posted soon.

    Somewhere near Dixon, IL there is a man with a very big grin on his face.

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    http://www.theballybomber.com
    https://www.facebook.com/BallyBomber/

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    I am extremely impressed with the dedication he put into seeing this project through completion! What an amazing feat!

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    That is awesome. I can't imagine the dedication and $$$ it has taken to get it off the ground!

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    I can't seem to find any video of the flight. I'd love to see it in the air.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PerryB View Post
    I can't seem to find any video of the flight. I'd love to see it in the air.
    Perry, we are all waiting. As far as I can tell they have not posted any flight video yet. Just announced that it flew.
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    If you’ve not seen it, they just posted some more videos of Bally’s Bomber - edit - was able to capture direct links on the computer and paste them down below.

    https://www.facebook.com/BallyBomber...jL6PPw&fref=nf


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    Quote Originally Posted by Farmboy View Post
    If you’ve not seenHere's they just posted some more videos of Bally’s Bomber - I’d post the videos here but haven’t been able to copy direct links.

    https://www.facebook.com/BallyBomber...jL6PPw&fref=nf


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    Not sure if it’s just me but the landing looked a little sporty.....or a lot. Whoever’s the 1/4 scale pilot is, they did a good job. I almost pooped myself before the flare

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    Video

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    I give this guy immeasurable amounts of credit for what he accomplished. To scale up from a set of RC plans and build a 1/3 scale 4 engine B-17G replica of the real thing takes that one-in-a-million guy. That and the 18 years he's worked on it hand crafting ever part.

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    Is it wrong to say he could have used some help on his panel?

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    Gotta love those F-30 Hirth engines. They have torque and a growl like no other 2-stroke. I used just one to power a small bipe, 95hp. These are running direct with small props, even with the derating and prop ineffciencies, bet its a fun ride. Wonder if these have the new Hirth feedback injection, it monitors EGT real time. I think he bought them some time ago.
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    Quick note, seems Bally is planning on taking the bomber to Oshkosh.


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    https://youtu.be/Uuq8rad3H-M


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    Well, this is interesting.

    Seems Bally's Bomber is now for sale.
    http://courtesyaircraft.com/aircraft...-bomber-b-17g/

    Very curious to see what it's worth to a buyer. Although I will say, if you've flown it 55 hours, wouldn't the weight & balance and speeds be pretty much nailed down?!?
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    That would be fun to fly for a while. I think that I heard a few months ago that his plane was to sell it after it was done. $250,000 was mentioned. The whole exercise was to build it. This certainly was a project well done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Farmboy View Post
    Well, this is interesting.
    Very curious to see what it's worth to a buyer. Although I will say, if you've flown it 55 hours, wouldn't the weight & balance and speeds be pretty much nailed down?!?
    Being that the plane was originally flying before any DAR had inspected it I would question if it actually has 55Hrs on it or if it has ever truly been developed. He might be hoping for $250K but in reality might not see over $30K for it at best.

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