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"TO CLOUD BASE AND BEYOND!"

Postby Chris McKeon » Wed Nov 16, 2022 1:59 pm

well Currently I am immersed with the reality that I have to move. Yes, right Here in the S-F East Bay Area town of Brentwood California. I really do not know where This Predator Pilot will be Roosting in the Future, But I am checking My Options. There are places that I could not Live. For I could not take My Beloved Predator with Me. I mean how well would an Apartment Building be able to accommodate a Predator? There is a quite Real Possibility that When My Sister takes My Mother Home to Cazadero California. I might head up there with My Sister and My Mother toi live for a while at My Mother's House. Heck My Mother has lived with Me at My House for around Ten Years. Why should I not live up at my Mothers for a Few Years? That old saying comes to Mind when I think about My going to Live at My Mother's House, Moving there from My House; "What goes around, Comes around".

STAYING ON SUBJECT FLYING:

Well this Spring My Friend John Heiney will come up North. John will Perform an IRAN on My Predator. I also intend on Flying His North Wing T Two. I just want to say; That My next Flight. The First Flight in Thirteen Years as of March Twenty Eight next Year. While to many of You know <y last Flight ended quite Badly. The very next Flight that I will majke should on the surface the Flight should hardly bear taking notice. But even if \ I go to the Coast, Launch and Fly say for say fifty Feet. That Flight will blow away any Flight that I have ever made. Yes I will be a Goon. I will be a "GOON" I will be so happy and proud to be a Dune Goon. Yes I will indeed be Honored, Proud, thankful, even honored to be known as; A Flying Goon.

I am so looking forward to Flying again, you Guys have positively no idea to Me anyways this will be!

I mentioned in a Previous Post how one of the Doctors who had given Me care while was in a Comma, said to My Sister; "He will Never Walk again". I have no idea as to what He would say as to if I would or would not Fly Again.
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Re: "TO CLOUD BASE AND BEYOND!"

Postby Craig Muhonen » Thu Nov 24, 2022 10:59 am

Happy Thanksgiving to all.
and I share,
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Re: "TO CLOUD BASE AND BEYOND!"

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Thu Nov 24, 2022 11:14 am

Craig Muhonen wrote:Happy Thanksgiving to all.


Happy Thanksgiving to you too Craig!!!
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Re: "TO CLOUD BASE AND BEYOND!"

Postby JoeF » Thu Nov 24, 2022 9:26 pm

Much thanks for the gift of Bob Kuczewski ... bridge to flying friendships ...

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Re: "TO CLOUD BASE AND BEYOND!"

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Fri Nov 25, 2022 1:02 am

JoeF wrote:Much thanks for the gift of Bob Kuczewski ... bridge to flying friendships ...



Thanks for that very informative video. I did not know that we are a "kettle" of hawks!!

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The video also led me to look into the various Hawk species. Our mascot is a red tailed hawk which is know as " Buteo jamaicensis". I wasn't sure how that fit into the family "Accipitridae" as mentioned in the video. After a little searching, I found these web sites:

https://www.birdforum.net/threads/buteo ... nce.33930/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/Taxonomy/B ... 6259&lvl=3

The first site is a forum (similar to our forum here) with these posts:

egret3 (Well-known member) wrote:Please .. anyone

how do I tell the difference
between accipiter and buteo

John Cantelo (Well-known member) wrote:
Essentially buteos are more birds of open spaces that largely (but not exclusively) feed on ground dwelling animals. Hence they have relatively long broad wings and a relatively short tail. This allows them to soar efficiently so they can spy their prey.

Accipters have shorter rounder wings and a longer tail. They tend (orginally at least) to be forest dwellers and this form of wing/tails allows them to chase prey through woodland in a way which buteos would find difficult.

Harriers belong to another group - 'circus' which as the name suggests tens to circle low over open country to catch prey. They're more likely to catch birds which probably explains the longer tail as compared to buteos.

I hope this helps,
John


The second site is a taxonomy of species from the NIH:

  • Accipitridae
    • Accipitrinae
      • Accipiter
      • Aegypius
      • Aquila
      • Aviceda
      • Busarellus
      • Butastur
      • Buteo (hawks)
        • Buteo jamaicensis (red-tailed hawk)

Walking the family tree (according to Wikipedia) gives:

"Animals are multicellular, eukaryotic organisms in the biological kingdom Animalia. With few exceptions, animals consume organic material, breathe oxygen, are able to move, can reproduce sexually, and go through an ontogenetic stage in which their body consists of a hollow sphere of cells, the blastula, during embryonic development. Over 1.5 million living animal species have been described—of which around 1 million are insects—but it has been estimated there are over 7 million animal species in total. Animals range in length from 8.5 micrometres (0.00033 in) to 33.6 metres (110 ft). They have complex interactions with each other and their environments, forming intricate food webs. The scientific study of animals is known as zoology."

"A chordate is an animal of the phylum Chordata. All chordates possess, at some point during their larval or adulthood stages, five synapomorphies, or primary characteristics, that distinguish them from all other taxa."

"Birds are a group of warm-blooded vertebrates constituting the class Aves (/ˈeɪviːz/), characterised by feathers, toothless beaked jaws, the laying of hard-shelled eggs, a high metabolic rate, a four-chambered heart, and a strong yet lightweight skeleton."

"Telluraves (also called land birds or core landbirds) is a recently defined clade of birds defined by their arboreality."

"Accipitrimorphae is a clade of birds of prey that include the orders Cathartiformes (New World vultures) and Accipitriformes (diurnal birds of prey such as eagles, hawks, osprey and secretarybird)."

"The Accipitriformes (from Latin accipiter/accipitri- "hawk", and New Latin -formes "having the form of") are an order of birds that includes most of the diurnal birds of prey, including hawks, eagles, vultures, and kites, but not falcons."

"Accipitridae is one of the three families within the order Accipitriformes, and is a family of small to large birds with strongly hooked bills and variable morphology based on diet."

"The Accipitrinae are the subfamily of the Accipitridae often known as the "true" hawks, including all members of Accipiter and the closely related genera Microspizias, Erythrotriorchis, and Megatriorchis."

"Buteo is a genus of medium to fairly large, wide-ranging raptors with a robust body and broad wings."

"The red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) is a bird of prey that breeds throughout most of North America, from the interior of Alaska and northern Canada to as far south as Panama and the West Indies. It is one of the most common members within the genus of Buteo in North America or worldwide."
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Re: "TO CLOUD BASE AND BEYOND!"

Postby Chris McKeon » Fri Nov 25, 2022 9:31 am

You do not know Me. Well except for say John, Joe Spinney, Micky, and a couple of others mome of You Southern California Pilots, You Guys really do not know what kind of a Guy that I am. Well I am an Post Pound Predator Pilot. Who before I POnded. I was a pretty Good Predator Pilot. If any of You doubt My stating that I Flew My Predator well, why don't You the next time that You see John ask John about how well I Flew. I am confident that John will give His thoughts as to How well that I Fly a thumbs up. Yes I did Fly well, But that was 12 Years ago. the Pounding that I took on March 28th 2010, almost Killed Me. But As the saying goes; "Close but no Cigar".

So here I am, chomping at the Bit to Fly again. I am as Bob has said to Me; "I just love to Fly" So none of You really understand just how bad I was regarding My Injuries. But I think of it as ab horrible deal, My hitting the Ground that Hard! The Human Body has limits regarding just How many G's that it can absorb, Before as The brain is subjected to a Heavy G-load. It begins undergoing a shearing of Brain Axons. You Guys know that Program on TV. Called "I Survived" I really should be on that Show. Because in spite of My recovery being a non possibility. I did indeed did survive. My being a 100 Percent recovered is still a way off,. But I am undergoing the Process of regaining a 100 Percent recovery, Yea Baby!
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