A Golden Eagle Returns to the Skies!
A Note from Bill Rasmussen - May 25, 2004
The 1929 Golden Eagle Chief NC68N flew last night for
thirty minutes. All went well with a lot of
apprehension on my part. The weather was perfect with
a five mile an hour wind right down 11 our 6000 ft
runway. It is a very docile airplane and tracks right
down the runway. The big rudder has more
effectiveness than the tail wheel and thus takes
smaller inputs after the tail comes up.
I climbed out at 70 miles an hour and flew above the airport. During
that time several people up flying had to join up and
give us a wave. I did some turns, slow flight and a
stall. All went well and none of the bad things I had
envisioned the last couple of weeks happened. In the
end we made a nice landing on the grass and it rumbled
to a stop. For a moment it was 1929 all over again. I
feel sad Bobbi Trout wasn't around to see it and give
me pointers on what I did wrong.
Read Bill's story about his Golden Eagle
and its connection to Bobbi Trout.