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  •  There was a lot the video did not show. (3+ / 0-)

    It was a whole day of activity like a three ring circus.  A number of pilot/owners brought partly built replica projects in trucks and on trailers. Beautiful workmanship.

    There were several engines set up on stands, including a Le Rhône 9C, Gnome, and Clerget 9Z. It has been a long time, and I can't remember everything I saw. Fully functional, fully restored and looked as if they just rolled out of the factory.  All they would have had to do was hang them on an airplane, put oil in them and good to go.

    Frank was quite well off.  He invented the green dot on Delco batteries that tells you the condition of the battery.  He owned a plastic manufacturing company that make most of the plastic one-time-use stuff in your hospital.  Everything from syringes to incubation sets.   A renaissance man.  Poet, pilot, philosopher,inventor,  historian, teacher and philanthropist.  He paid travel and lodging for all the plane owners and pilots who came to the air shows to fly.  People came from all over North America to make it a success. Real guy, worked hard and played hard, drove a modest car and got his hair cut at the same little barbershop he used when he was poor.  

    Not all wealthy people are trolls.  Comparing Frank Ryder with another rich guy like Mitt Romney is no comparison. Frank was friendly and patient, and never treated any question about airplanes as a "dumb question."  I have seen him stop in the middle of a serious restoration project to answer some young kid's questions about the planes or equipment.  As for guns, he had at least one Lewis gun off an SE-5a on display under glass, complete with drum magazine.  Apparently he had all the paperwork to make it legal for him to own it.  

    The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand. - Sun Tzu

    by Otteray Scribe on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 10:32:01 PM PST

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