Redhawk 101

Redbird's Redhawk features instructional text right on the fuselage.

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Redbird's Skyhawk project, which it calls the "Redhawk," takes an existing Skyhawk and makes it like a new training airplane, with a Centurion 2.0 turbodiesel engine, new flat-panel avionics, a new comfy but utilitarian interior, an airframe overhaul and new paint. As part of the project, the first Redhawk got a fanciful paint scheme with lessons about the different components. That way even hanging around the airplane is a lesson. Read more about the Skyhawk project here. (Photography by Robert Goyer)
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**The idea is for the airplane to do some of the teaching itself. Fun and fanciful it is: RedHawk 101. **
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**The most noteworthy feature of the RedHawk is the Centurion 2.0 diesel engine, now owned and sold by Continental Motors. **
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**No explanation required. **
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Well, it does sound better than "fuselage number."
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**Especially if it's spinning. **
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**Sextant not included. **
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**Unless you're in knife-edge flight, that is. **
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The nav antenna is apparently connected to . . . the beacon?
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**But a little application can give a nice lift, too. **
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**French roll device. **
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**It's nice to have a direction in life. **
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Do British PICs fly from this seat?
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**But don't leave the dog in there on layovers. **
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**Useful info. Step up and smell the kerosene. **
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**Physics humor. **
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**Activates automatically when you crash, or wash the plane. **
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**You tie up the plane with the tie down loop, which is up. **
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**In case you wondered how "tube" was pronounced. Sounds French. **
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**If it's bright, you just found the light. **
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**Under-placarded. This should have a foot-high JET-A ONLY sign. ** Read more about Redbird's Skyhawk project here.