Monthly Archives: April 2011
The Mynah Bird HD2 went to work early today after an unusual, late-April Snowfall in St. Cloud that amounted to a beautiful Spring morning. The calm sky revealed a fluffy, bleach-white snow that covered nearly everything, and allowed for a crisp HD video image in the low-light minutes just after daybreak. Even at extremely low altitudes, the Mynah Bird found small clouds drifting between it and the Mississippi River, as the cold and humid air created a varied and low cloud cieling. In the light snowfall, the taps of impacting snow and ice on the camera lense sent a crackle through the aircraft’s sound recorder. By noon today, most of this snow coverage had completely melted, and the land appeared as normal for an April day in Central Minnesota: with green grass awaking to the sun as though nothing had even happened. Yet, only hours before, the inches of white fluff sucked the MBHD2 beneath a wintry cover of snow, even after a nearly perfect landing approach. To view a flight video from this morning, click this link to Youtube >> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXWzHSxNB_M << Special thanks to www.WJON.com for forwarding this coverage. View a special news presentation of this event from the Radio Pilot News Service here >> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7StpffjrLA The image posted above is a frame grab from the HD video of The Mynah Bird HD2, or on assignment known as “Sky Flash One”.
Last Friday evening my father and I accompanied my sister’s husband, Craig Swan, to Flemming Field in St.Paul where his Citabria is hangered. It’s a restoration project for Craig who is used to flying much larger aircraft, since he pilots a Boeing 747 for a living. This airplane was purchased in California and transported overland to Mn nearly completely dissassembled. Friday evening was spent attaching a wing and other parts to get a more complete feel for how the aircraft will be pieced back together as the restoration moves forward. View a short film of the assembly process of the Citabria: >>> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqROtgw-cJA <<<