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    Default What's up with Blue Thunder 2?

    What's up with Blue Thunder 2?

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    Default Re: What's up with Blue Thunder 2?

    Quote Originally Posted by tim View Post
    What's up with Blue Thunder 2?
    Mayday yesterday, didn't get fixed, no qual time, full field, probably can't race, sucks...
    *My Air Race Site*

    Reno from '99 to '17

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    Quote Originally Posted by GRNDP51 View Post
    Mayday yesterday, didn't get fixed, no qual time, full field, probably can't race, sucks...

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    Stopped by the hangar, they are out for the year. Still don't know what's wrong with it. Said they were starting to prepare for next year.

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    There was a prop over-speed on Blue II as John was taking off to qualify on 9/12. The over-speed caused an engine failure, which started a fire that damaged various electrical components. John made a 180 and deadsticked it back in hot, without any damage to the airframe.

    The task of putting in a new engine and rewiring much of the firewall forward was deemed too much to accomplish in the 24 hours or so that were available (but it was considered).

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    Default Re: What's up with Blue Thunder 2?

    What causes "prop over-speed"?
    remember the Oogahonk!

    old school enthusiast of Civiltary Warbirds

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lon Moer View Post
    What causes "prop over-speed"?
    I believe there were prop governor issues.

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    Below is video of the flight. Issues start a second before liftoff, and get worse from there.

    https://youtu.be/qlaGLWHBYCI
    Last edited by W J Pearce; 09-14-2017 at 09:04 AM.

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    Default Re: What's up with Blue Thunder 2?

    Can really feel for the team and John, what a heart break.

    Watching the troubles start while over Swan lake, made me think that having a Search and Rescue boat on the lake was a good idea.

    Thanks for sharing this video and your insight.

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