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    Mystery airplane buzzes sailing club

    This past week we were vacationing at a local reservoir with our sailng club. One early morning, I spied a plane very low on the horizon, and before any of us could get our cameras out, he passed by so low, and so close, we swore he'd be trimming masts if he got an itch. Later in the day he came back, and we had our cameras ready for it, but the pilot didn't get nearly as close.

    Does anyone know what make & model he was flying? It's painted like a WWII warhawk, but I'm pretty sure that's not it.





    I'd like to find it, so I can get more reference pictures online for a sketch to show how I saw things then.
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    Looks like an older Cessna to me.

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    I found no matches when I looked up Cessnas, but I'll keep trying.

    I found a database for plan views here, but... well, it's HUGE! http://richard.ferriere.free.fr/3vues/A-3vues.html
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    My pilot friend/co-worker thinks it is a Grumman Tiger.

    EDIT:

    He wants to change his answer...

    He says it is a Grumman of some kind. Maybe Tiger, Cheeta, but he thinks it is a Grumman AA1A.

    http://www.grumman.net/gallery/N9438L/N9438L-2.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lil Stinkpot View Post
    he passed by so low, and so close, we swore he'd be trimming masts if he got an itch.
    This one could trim the leaves of someones Sarracenia:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOagt-_aswU

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    Cherokee Piper?


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    Flying triangle?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dashman View Post
    My pilot friend/co-worker thinks it is a Grumman Tiger.

    EDIT:

    He wants to change his answer...

    He says it is a Grumman of some kind. Maybe Tiger, Cheeta, but he thinks it is a Grumman AA1A.

    http://www.grumman.net/gallery/N9438L/N9438L-2.jpg
    BINGO!

    Dashman wins a plate of virtual brownies. Thank you very much.

    What I'm going to do with the info, besides tell the other guys, is go find some reference photos, and make a sketch of what I saw from my point of view during the bolder passes. It'll turn out nice, I hope.




    Quote Originally Posted by jesse
    This one could trim the leaves of someones Sarracenia:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOagt-_aswU
    Yowza!
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