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    Anyone know what happened to the motor? Burned piston? Can it be fixed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob View Post
    Anyone know what happened to the motor? Burned piston? Can it be fixed?
    That was stressful to watch. The engine didn't seize upon landing. He shut it off at will and it doesn't look like the thing was even that dirty. Did he use nitrous off of the chute? Seemed like it agitated an already smoky situation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob View Post
    Anyone know what happened to the motor? Burned piston? Can it be fixed?
    His engine was smoking right after takeoff. Seemed to get better but after the first lap it got really bad. By the time he pulled out on the back of the course it looked like air show smoke it was so thick. I really hope itís okay but not optimistic. Plane did look clean but it was tough to tell with the exhaust on the belly of the plane.

    He looked great coming down the chute and even got ahead of Andy temporarily on the back of the course. Then Andy poured it on and was back ahead in a flash. 30 looks and sounds ridiculously awesome.

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    He got a report on the radio coming into 4 on the first lap, ď39, your smoking bad now.Ē It was. It finally popped official around 5 next time by and he called mayday. He called 08 but then decided 14 was the better call. It appeared to be running regardless of the air show looking smoke. Kevin in 42 called mayday during 39s mayday. He pulled 08 no problem.
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    Man that is a lost smoke! Watching it on the replay. Wonder if he blew a turbo?



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    #39 broke the turbos. Working on getting replacements.
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    Was Jeff able to get it back together for todayís heat?

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    he is taking off now, he made it

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    Well that didn't last long. I wonder if that was the test flight? Will he be bumped to Silver now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob View Post
    he is taking off now, he made it

    I think youíre getting 39 and 42 mixed up. 39 didnít have turbos yet and never lined up muh less leave the ground. 42 did briefly take off. Iíve no idea why. He flew around a bit after hours. Sounded okay.
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