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Florian
09-20-2016, 03:15 AM
I find the performance of John "Dusty" Dowd in the small Yak-11 "Lylia" this year quite remarkable - 376mph average speed out of a R-1830 powered Yak-11 is really interesting. Back in 2012 Will Whiteside was able to get 395mph out of Steadfast but equipped with the R-2000 engine and several modifications.
I'm really interested to know how the sound of the Yak-11 was at the last race on Sunday.

Best regards,
Florian

wingman
09-20-2016, 08:15 AM
Dusty Dowd is a very special character. He raced extensively in Formula 1 back, I think, in the 1980s, and is still a legend for his ability to get speed out of a regular Cassutt by attention to detail. Many other airplanes in the class were made significantly faster by tips from Dusty. He still Has Cassutts around -- when my late friend Gary Austin wanted to fulfill a dream and go racing he borrowed or leased a lovely and immaculate yellow and white bird from Dusty. Dusty currently is the owner of the sort of P-51A "Polar Bear", which is in major restoration.

Dusty Dowd has deep roots in racing.

He posted a bit here after Reno last year. It would be nice if he came around here again to talk about his 2016 experience, as well as his progress on Polar Bear.

Neal

Fence Sence
09-20-2016, 08:59 AM
Dusty smoked the rest of the Silver field. That little a Yak was hummin'! Are you sure it's only an 1830? I haven't looked into it myself but I'll take your word for it, Florian. It sounded happy and seemed to run beautifully all week.

N22252
09-20-2016, 09:42 AM
Dusty smoked the rest of the Silver field. That little a Yak was hummin'! Are you sure it's only an 1830? I haven't looked into it myself but I'll take your word for it, Florian. It sounded happy and seemed to run beautifully all week.


Everybody's favorite announcer called it a 1340:dunno:

Reever
09-20-2016, 11:10 AM
Everybody's favorite announcer called it a 1340:dunno:

Well, everybody makes mistakes, but this is one that the announcers keep making. Two years ago they were all messed up on the Sanders Sea Furys. I know that's an interesting combo, but go to the pits and take notes.

RAD2LTR
09-20-2016, 11:17 AM
A couple shots of race 92 that I took on Saturday.
https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/14358681_10211175073719254_6101461839199420375_n.j pg?oh=b98f94e09053a8de4c6699cae3027b79&oe=583A125D
https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/14370274_10211166523225497_6748192253743951470_n.j pg?oh=b968f56f0f9c6cac3e725419baf15ba4&oe=586B4C95

He was really moving all week. He flies a beautiful line and the results show it. He may not have a ton of horsepower but he knows how to make the most of it.

Will

FlyKidChris
09-20-2016, 11:37 AM
Dusty and his Yak-11 were very impressive this year. I hope to see more next year.

Florian
09-20-2016, 12:59 PM
I really like this forum and the interesting background discussions. With the information from Neal about Dustys history the good performance he pulled out of the small Yak is more understandeable for me.
Nick, the R-1830 Twin Wasp information I found on several internet sites dated 2015. But maybe Dusty himself can bring some light into the discussion if he finds this threat and if he is willing to share some details about the engine and the airframe :thumbsup:
On the good pictures from Will I can also see that a larger spinner is installed this year (looks nearly as large in diameter as the spinner from Steadfast).

Best regards,
Florian

GRNDP51
09-20-2016, 05:39 PM
I really like this forum and the interesting background discussions. With the information from Neal about Dustys history the good performance he pulled out of the small Yak is more understandeable for me.
Nick, the R-1830 Twin Wasp information I found on several internet sites dated 2015. But maybe Dusty himself can bring some light into the discussion if he finds this threat and if he is willing to share some details about the engine and the airframe :thumbsup:
On the good pictures from Will I can also see that a larger spinner is installed this year (looks nearly as large in diameter as the spinner from Steadfast).

Best regards,
Florian

From Dusty in the off season, he said that he was going to do all he could without putting the 2000 in it, I imagine he stuck with his word :thumbsup:

Idaho_cowpony
09-20-2016, 05:51 PM
It was really great watching the little Yak tear it up.

Is a wing job, full-blown fuselage mod, 2800, and race trailer really worth it for an extra 74mph?

- Joseph

wingman
09-20-2016, 06:08 PM
Is a wing job, full-blown fuselage mod, 2800, and race trailer really worth it for an extra 74mph?

- Joseph

Are you going to have twice as much fun after all that? Are you going to be able to fly your bird the rest of the year just for pleasure? I still will always enjoy stockish Warbirds working the pylons.

RAD2LTR
09-20-2016, 07:07 PM
https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7751/29787869486_1df2dd6689_b.jpg

Will

Dusty
09-20-2016, 07:15 PM
HI GUYS.........
JUST GOT HOME YESTERDAY AFTERNOON AND SPRAYED GRASSHOPPERS ALL MORNING THAT ARE EATING UP THE BABY WHEAT PLANTS. I PROMISE AS SOON AS I GET BACK TO REALITY I WILL TELL THE STORY, BUT IT WILL TAKE SOME TEXTS TO DO SO. TWO THINGS TO LEAVE YOU WITH FOR A FEW DAYS....WITHOUT THE HELP OF THE SEMI-RETIRED "RARE BEAR" CREW FROM EZELL AVIATION AND THE ROUND ENGINE MAN OF ESTEEM, JEFF ABBOTT, THE YAK WOULD NEVER HAVE MADE IT OFF THE GROUND. SO, MY NEXT YAK T-SHIRT WILL SAY....." IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO RACE A YAK". ONE MORE THING....TO ALL THE PHOTOGS OUT THERE.....YOU PROVIDE AN ABSOLUTELY ASTOUNDINGLY IMPORTANT SERVICE TO THE RACERS WITH YOUR BEAUTIFUL DETAILED PICTURES THAT SHOW A MULTITUDE OF AERODYNAMIC ANOMOLIES THAT WE NEED TO WORK ON AS WELL AS POSSIBLY SOME STRUCTURAL THINGS THAT NEED TO BE ADDRESSED. KEEP IT UP AND WE REALLLY REALLY APPRECIATE IT. APOLOGISE AGAIN FOR THE CAPS...... :o
VERY SINCERELY,
DUSTY

wingman
09-20-2016, 07:26 PM
Don't worry about the caps, Dusty. It's the words we care about. Thanks for thinking about the fans. A lot of people really enjoyed seeing you and your airplane running ahead of the Mustangs this year.

Neal

AAFO_WSagar
09-20-2016, 11:07 PM
I find the performance of John "Dusty" Dowd in the small Yak-11 "Lylia" this year quite remarkable - 376mph average speed out of a R-1830 powered Yak-11 is really interesting. Back in 2012 Will Whiteside was able to get 395mph out of Steadfast but equipped with the R-2000 engine and several modifications.
I'm really interested to know how the sound of the Yak-11 was at the last race on Sunday.

Best regards,
FlorianBoy Oh Howdy Dusty Dowd! WHAT an IMPRESSIVE showing!

I tried to get as many shots as I could of him and the plane, I've just gotten back to my home and probably won't be able to dig much tonight... I work one day a week, it was SUPPOSED to be TODAY but I did not have the stamina to drive all the way back to my little corner of the Pacific Northwest in one shot.. So, tomorrow is "day job stuff"

I will do my best to get ONE up tonight!

PS: I probably come into these threads arse backwards because I read them via email that shows latest post first, so if I state a "Captain Obvious" due to not reading things from the bottom up... PLEASE FORGIVE ME! I've got 84 messages in the digest to read/respond

Love you guys!

Idaho_cowpony
09-21-2016, 08:39 AM
Looked great from Pylon 2

http://www.fsxairsports.com/teasers/dustyyak1.jpg

- Joseph

Big_Jim
09-21-2016, 08:51 AM
Okay, Dusty....where's the racing Bearcat?

wingman
09-21-2016, 08:56 AM
Dusty's Bearcats are all gone, aren't they?

Hey Joseph -- that is an excellent photograph!

Neal

wingman
09-21-2016, 08:58 AM
Interesting canopy on that Yak.

Big_Jim
09-21-2016, 09:01 AM
Dusty's Bearcats are all gone, aren't they?

Neal

I think so, yes. But man...for so long I kept hanging on to that hope that 'the promised one' would show up on the ramp, surprising us all.

wingman
09-21-2016, 09:38 AM
Me too, actually. The thought of a Dowd prepared and modified Bearcat had me going, too.

GRNDP51
09-21-2016, 09:53 AM
Dusty relayed to me that the Bearcats are now Texas Flying Legends and Ezell is working on them. The first will likely be finished pretty soon and they're both supposed to be the BEST bearcat restorations ever done. The same will be with Polar Bear, if you like restorations like Berlin Express, Polar Bear will exceed the quality of that restoration :thumbsup:

Big_Jim
09-21-2016, 09:56 AM
Dusty relayed to me that the Bearcats are now Texas Flying Legends and Ezell is working on them. The first will likely be finished pretty soon and they're both supposed to be the BEST bearcat restorations ever done. The same will be with Polar Bear, if you like restorations like Berlin Express, Polar Bear will exceed the quality of that restoration :thumbsup:

If anyone saw the Reno 2016 poster that I did that was on display on the Voodoo trailer during the week, the cartoon of Dusty's Yak said something to the effect of "If you squint your eyes hard enough it kind of LOOKS like a racing Bearcat...."

ZacYates
09-21-2016, 05:25 PM
Interesting canopy on that Yak.
Is that the standard -11 canopy?

wingman
09-21-2016, 05:44 PM
I don't really know. My first thought was that it looks lower, and prominently has a single piece curved windscreen, which I did not remember. In looking at this excellent website, however, http://www.yakuk.com/yak-11-flight-test/ it seems like each canopy is different. I guess we'll have to ask Dusty when he returns.

Neal

RAD2LTR
09-24-2016, 09:51 AM
https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8407/29888194405_afc9c0af18_b.jpg

Will

Florian
09-24-2016, 02:36 PM
That's a really nice photo :thumbsup:

ZacYates
09-24-2016, 08:12 PM
Very nice!

Neal - I didn't even see the windscreen was frameless!

CJAM427
10-01-2016, 05:51 PM
Better late than never right?

https://c8.staticflickr.com/9/8268/29949507951_aeecbcc430_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/MCx4hK)Yak Attack (https://flic.kr/p/MCx4hK) by Connor Madison (https://www.flickr.com/photos/132319375@N04/), on Flickr

https://c3.staticflickr.com/6/5764/29405191514_6e8f84d30d_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/LNrhYA)Yak Home Pylon (https://flic.kr/p/LNrhYA) by Connor Madison (https://www.flickr.com/photos/132319375@N04/), on Flickr

https://c1.staticflickr.com/6/5170/29405268064_73318542db_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/LNrFJq)Yak Taxi (https://flic.kr/p/LNrFJq) by Connor Madison (https://www.flickr.com/photos/132319375@N04/), on Flickr

https://c5.staticflickr.com/6/5344/30001855676_f89068c1ee_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/MHamrJ)Yak on the Hillside (https://flic.kr/p/MHamrJ) by Connor Madison (https://www.flickr.com/photos/132319375@N04/), on Flickr

Dusty
10-10-2016, 08:55 PM
HI GUYS......
SPRAYING HAS SLOWED DOWN A TAD, SO THOUGHT I'D TRY TO ANSWER SOME QUESTIONS ON THIS THREAD, SO MADE A LIST AND WILL HAVE A RUN AT IT.........
THERE WERE SOME VERY HUMBLING COMMENTS ABOUT MY "ROOTS IN RACING" ...... I WENT TO MY FIRST RACE IN FULTON, NY IN 1958 WITH MY UNCLE, BILL FALCK, AND "RIVETS" . THERE WAS A TERRIBLE HANGAR FIRE AT WARWICK AIRPORT THE DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS OF 1957, AND FULTON WAS THE FIRST POST-FIRE SHOWING. BECAUSE OF MY AGE AND SIZE, UNCLE WILLIE INSTRUCTED ME AT BUCKING RIVETS AND I REMEMBER BEING SENT DOWN THE NARROWING FUSELAGE TO BUCK THE RIVETS ON THE METALIZED VERTICAL FIN. SO, YOU COULD SAY THAT I GREW UP WITH "RIVETS" AND HELPED WORK ON IT AND LEARN FROM MY UNCLE THE IDEA THAT DETAILS MAKE THE MACHINE FASTER. TO FAST FORWARD A FEW YEARS......I GUESS IT WAS IN THE SUMMER OF 1970, WILLIE WANTED ME TO FLY RIVETS. IT WAS SET UP FOR ME TO FLY NICK JONES' "MOTHER HOLIDAY" AND JOHNNY THOMSONS' "SNOOPY", BOTH CASSUTTS, AT A WILSON NC RACE, BUT THAT ALL WENT AWRY AND SO THE VERY FIRST EXPERIMENTAL AIRPLANE I EVER FLEW WAS "RIVETS". I HAVE A VIDEO OF THE FLIGHT AND THE EARLY "P.I.0." THAT I EXPERIENCED ON TAKEOFF. IT WAS A FAR CRY FROM FLYING THE CUB DUSTER THAT I HAD MOST OF MY TIME IN, AND ALTHOUGH I GOT IT DOWN OK, IT WAS A FAR CRY FROM A TEXTBOOK FLIGHT. HAD I THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO IT OVER AGAIN, I'D DEFINITELY OPT FOR THE CASSUTT FIRST....
THE ONLY OTHER PEOPLE TO EVER FLY "RIVETS" WERE CASSUTT AND WITTMAN. WITT CAME TO KANSAS IN 1976 AND LET ME FLY HIS OLDS-POWERED TAILWIND. WHILE HE WAS HERE, HE AND DOROTHY WATCHED THE VIDEO OF MY FLIGHT AND WITT TOLD ME THAT IT WAS THE WORST FLYING AIRPLANE HE'D EVER FLOWN AND AFTER FLYING IT, HE COULDN'T IMAGINE HOW WILLIE FLEW IT IN RACING. I, APPARENTLY, "ESCAPED WID ME LOIF".....
I ALSO HAD THE BENEFIT OF BEING AROUND TOM CASSUTT WHEN I WAS GROWING UP AS HE SPENT A LOT OF TIME AT WARWICK WITH MY UNCLE. HE TAUGHT ME THE IMPORTANCE OF A "WATER TIGHT" BAFFLE SYSTEM AND THE IMPORTANCE OF WORKING FOR SPEED FROM THE SPINNER AFT, AERODYNAMICALLY. TOM SAID THAT "RIVETS" HAD THE CLOSEST THING TO A "ZERO COOLING DRAG" THAT COULD BE ACCOMPLISHED ALSO, TOM AND STEVE WITTMAN BOTH TAUGHT ME THE IMPORTANCE OF REMOVING ANY EXCESS WEIGHT OFF THE MACHINE, WHICH I GET LAUGHED AT TODAY BY MY CREW SOMETIMES, BUT I LOVE TO MAKE THINGS LIGHT......
SO, WHEN WILLIE AND "RIVETS" WENT IN THE LAKE AT CLEVELAND IN 1977, I HAD BOUGHT A CASSUTT AND STARTED MODIFYING IT, MY PRIMARY GOAL BEING TO RACE WITH MY UNCLE. THAT BEING IMPOSSIBLE, I TOOK A COUPLE YEARS TO GET IT READY TO RACE AND QUALIFIED IT AT CLEVELAND IN 1979, FIFTY YEARS AFTER THE FIRST CLEVELAND AIR RACE. MY SPEED WAS 216 SOMETHING THEN AND BY 1982-3-ISH I BROKE THE QUALIFIYING RECORD AT RENO WITH 235-SOMETHING AND HELD IT FOR ONE DAY. ANYWAY, THE SPEED INCREASE WAS ALL DONE WITH COOLING DRAG AND "CROPDUSTER" AERODYNAMICS RATHER THAN ENGINE WORK. SOME OF THE GUYS I WAS RACING AGAINST WERE SPENDING MORE MONEY ON THEIR CUSTOM CAMSHAFTS THAN I WAS ON THE WHOLE ENGINE.
ANYWAY, ENOUGH RAMBLING ABOUT THE PAST, BUT MAYBE WHEN I QUIT THE UNLIMITED, I'LL REBUILD "ILLUSION" AND SEE IF I CAN GET BACK UP TO 3RD IN THE GOLD AGAOM :o
MORE YAK STUFF TOMORROW NIGHT.......STAY TUNED FOR THE NEXT BORING MISSLE.....
REGARDS, DUSTY

wingman
10-10-2016, 09:23 PM
Thanks for the background, Dusty. A lot there I didn't know or had forgotten. I remember now your relationship with the revered Mr. Falck. I've read a lot over the years of his battles with Cote as Ray worked out going fast in Shoestring. What I've never heard about was you knowing both Tom Cassutt AND Steve Wittman. What a set of teachers! Those guys invented the whole concept of winning races by hard work and attention to detail (and attention to lightness!) rather than by just applying lots of money. I can see more now how you ended up with the skills you have.

Please do come back and talk some more...

Neal

shadow
10-11-2016, 06:18 PM
I love reading these stories! Fantastic stuff, looking forward to your next installment!

Dusty
10-11-2016, 09:06 PM
SORRY GUYS........I SPENT AN HOUR ANSWERING YOUR QUESTIONS AND HIT "PREVIEW POST" AND LOST EVERYTHING. ANYBODY KNOW WHY??
WILL HAVE ANOTHER RUN AT IT TOMORROW NIGHT. GOTTA SPRAY GRASSHOPPERS IN THE MORNING AND TIME TO HIT THE HAY......
DUSTY

AAFO_WSagar
10-11-2016, 11:37 PM
SORRY GUYS........I SPENT AN HOUR ANSWERING YOUR QUESTIONS AND HIT "PREVIEW POST" AND LOST EVERYTHING. ANYBODY KNOW WHY??
WILL HAVE ANOTHER RUN AT IT TOMORROW NIGHT. GOTTA SPRAY GRASSHOPPERS IN THE MORNING AND TIME TO HIT THE HAY......
DUSTYHey Dusty, I too absolutely LOVE reading your stuff!

I apologize for you losing your post, I've had that happen too, more than once! Both here and in emails, etc..

In this particular case, not sure what happened but when you preview the post, it will show you what the post will look like in the "fold" before you.. you have to scroll down to get back to the editable version and then push the post/publish button. If you go away from the page thinking that it's published, it's gone.. DON'T feel bad! I own and manage this board's software, I'm completely aware of how it works and I've done the exact same thing well more than once!!!!!

So happy to have you here Dusty!!!!!

Chad Veich
10-12-2016, 01:25 AM
As a dyed-in-the-wool Yak-11 fanatic I am LOVING this thread. Thank you very much Dusty for dropping in and sharing your experience. I will be waiting patiently (or not!) for your next installment. Anything you want to share in regards to racing in general and the Yak in particular will be VERY MUCH appreciated.

And thanks to Wayne for such a great board!

PS - Regarding the loss of your last post, I have had the same happen many times. Not necessarily here at AAFO but on various boards that I frequent. It has reached the point that any time I compose a long reply I will copy and paste it to a Word document before hitting the "Post" button. That way I have a back up just in case the worst happens.

Desertdawg
10-20-2016, 06:49 AM
Heres some nice pics on Ezell's website

http://www.ezellaviation.com/rare-bear.html

Matt58
10-20-2016, 04:19 PM
Not trying to de-rail the thread so I will be quick, but looking at all the pics on Ezell's site, their work is simply flawless!!! So amazing seeing their attention to detail and metal work!

Dusty
10-28-2016, 07:50 AM
Ok, I spent ANOTHER hour typing last night and hit "post" and it's not
Come up. ???

IcePaq
10-29-2016, 08:06 PM
Dusty............once you have a post typed, you can click the right mouse button in the box where you typed and it will bring up a small list..........the bottom one says "select all" and it will select all the text.

Right click again on the blued text and you will have the option to "copy"............but don't hit any letters once it is blued or it will disappear..........just the right mouse button to bring up the options.

This will save the text in your memory.

If you post and it disappears, you can come back to the topic and click "reply" again.

Once you are in, you can right click in the empty space and you will get the option to "paste".

Your text should reappear.

It's best not to preview if it gives problems but to simply click "submit reply" since you can edit it afterward to correct any mistakes.

steadhead
01-02-2017, 10:41 AM
Thank you for the information in these threads. I loved watching the Yak-11 #92 last year, it was great to see! (from a fans point of view) Hope to see the crew ad plane this year. Reno 2017.

all the best,

Ron

Shawn Aro
03-11-2017, 10:52 PM
just a few of my photos and one by my dad Shawn:cool:;)