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Re: Aircraft Down Nylstroom

Unread post by paulw » Sat May 11, 2019 11:06 am

In short what they say in English:

Sons parents came to visit him on farm.
He cleared the runway from animals.
Plane flew downwind and turned base, he could hear a problem with the engine not running as it should.
He grabbed a fire extinguisher and went to the plane which caught fire
He believed his parents would have passed away due to impact already and not the fire.

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Re: Aircraft Down Nylstroom

Unread post by FLYBOY OBD » Sat May 11, 2019 8:35 pm

Sjoe dis tragies.Ek het oom Jan leer ken deur Willie Hatz in 1990.Ek het laas met hom op Potties gepraat 2 terug.Thinus jammer vir jou verlies en julle familie in geheel.
Jou pa was/is ñ legend.
Baie stalkies wat ek gehoor het en een van my vlieg helde.
Willie ek voel net so hartseer en ek voel ook jou pyn.Sterkte vir jou.
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Re: Aircraft Down Nylstroom

Unread post by Kevern Brown » Sat May 11, 2019 9:02 pm

This is truly terrible news. My late Dad Robbie Brown and I visited Jan and Engela on many occasions at their place. We had many a dinner when they visited us in Shelly Beach KZN. I remember a fantastic evening at the Wild Coast sun casino. Jan and Engela are more than likely catching up with my Dad on a puffy cloud somewhere. Rest in Peace till we meet again. Kev
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Re: Aircraft Down Nylstroom

Unread post by flypiper » Sat May 11, 2019 10:44 pm

Ja Jan en Engela ,

Vlieg gaan jul 2 legendes mis Rus in Vrede.:
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Re: Aircraft Down Nylstroom

Unread post by Piet propeller » Mon May 13, 2019 11:26 am

Having had the privilege to know Jan and Engela for virtually all my life, I feel that this is a great time to remember Jan in his natural environment under great adventurous times. Jan, I shall always remember this true story you told me here sitting around the kitchen table, many, many, years ago.

A PROPELLER……A PROPELLER…..MY KINGDOM FOR A PROPELLER.
The thing with Jan is that he’s a very friendly guy. He would literally give one of his trousers, as well as a pair of, (if somewhat soiled), jockeys.
His second name is Kemp.
Jan Kemp to be exact.
Living in VOLKSRUST to be specific.
In the “ORANJE VRYSTAAT!!” for those geographical minded readers.
Down to earth, helpful, trustworthy old Jan. Fairly muscular, handsome some may call it, with telltale smiling wrinkles around the eyes. An upright outstanding citizen walking proud and tall.
Ever since childhood days Jan was fascinated by anything that could fly or was remotely connected
to flying be it paper, cardboard or a chicken falling off the local outhouse. If it flew, Jan was there jotting down the cause and effects.
In the end, Jan decided to build a VPZ (volksplane). But a VP with a difference. A VP with VOEMA!! A VP as no other in this universe.
………And he had to have a powerplant! A BIG powerplant! A powerplant with “VOEMA”. A plant with eyeball-flattening acceleration. And of course, a prop, a BIG prop, a prop that could raise the TITANIC!!...literally!
And so the story begins:-
Comes the day the VP is ready, GOLF 1800 fuel injection, belt driven reduction with BIG propeller installed, roaring lustily in the cold July air.
The pre-flight done, all systems go, Jan was up and away climbing like sulfur smelling gas out of a bathtub into the wide blue yonder.
Somewhere between Volksrust and Standerton Jan lost his propeller….. Yessiree…. Gone!!
Totally disappeared ou pel!!, “he said” . . . straight forward like a SCUD missile heading for Bangladesh!
Of course, the golf engine rpm’s went completely off the clock. . . plus ten percent! The only course of action was to cut the motor. Which he did . . . very, very, very, promptly.
Aaaah . . . absolute silence reigned in the cockpit, but for the strange smell originating, as far as his nose could tell, from somewhere between the seat and his flight suit! (. . . reminds me of the story about this guy in a microlite that had to land in a cow pasture . . . right in the middle of the largest cow patty in the history of mankind . . . but wait . . . that’s a totally different story.
Without any engine input (not to mention the obvious absence of a propeller) Jan did the best he could do. “Set up a lovely shallow glide”, the book reads. Fortunately, he had height, so that wasn’t any problem, plus, he had ample landing area as he was over some of the smoothest cornfields in the O.V.S.
With a cool, calm demeanor he circled this way and that way (BOY OH BOY THIS SMELL DOESN’T WANT TO GO AWAY!!!) but there’s a lovely field. . . aaah . . . just a little bit of left rudder . . . like so . . . Yes, okay . . . now let me see . . . HMMMMM . . . !!
“WHAABBA BAMBAA”! The VP lurches and shudders.
Pieces of cowling come flying by! “WHAT the DEVIL was THAT!?” Something is flittering in the wind . . . All is quiet once more. He wipes the sweat from his eyes with shaking hands. His knees keep on jumping uncontrollably on the rudder pedals. He feels the first symptoms of nausea combined with a creeping feeling of disorientation flow to his head. For a moment he hesitates. “Have to keep my wits about me”. The controls respond smoothly. All the air-operated instruments are functioning normally. A decision is called for and is mad expeditiously!
“I gotta get down quick!!”
A textbook approach and landing is executed. A minute’s silence with only a faint engine ticking noise passes while all muscles slowly relax, head rolling back to ease the strain, eyes closed. His hands slip slowly from the joystick.
Stiffly and with wobbling legs, he alights from the VP and makes his way to the business end of the engine . . . yep, sure enough, there where the propeller should be is only a shining smooth drive surface. The flange, bolts, nuts and crush plate have departed for better hunting grounds.
“Hells bells, . . . wonder where that lot went?”, he mutters. He slowly strolls around the cowl, methodically eyeballing the fuselage skin while running a practiced hand over the engine cover.
On closer inspection, he notices pieces of cowling missing. Cracks in the fiber stretch away in a crazy crisscross pattern. Something . . . who knows what . . . has struck the cowling whilst gliding down to mother earth!
Questions race through his mind. . . .Where is the propeller? . . . How did the prop come off?....Where is the drive-flange, bolts, nuts, and crush plate?
Surveying his immediate surroundings he comes to the conclusion that he will have to walk to a road and hitch a lift home. Having tied the VP down with bits and scraps of rope scavenged from under the seat, he glances furtively at the aircraft, heaves a final relieved sigh, takes a thumb rule bearing and heads north.
The next day Jan returned to his VP with a handful of helpers, a promise of “. . . five rand, for the one that finds my propeller” ringing in their ears. He went back home. Feeling dejected and totally out of sorts, the telephone call came as a welcome interruption:-
‘One of the searches found the propeller standing upright in a mealieland about one kilometer distant from the place where you have landed” the voice at the other end informed him, “ . . . better get over here . . ., have a look for yourself!”
So Jan climbed into his bakkie and went over there.
In the middle of a huge corn-field, standing upright, pointing an accusing finger at the sky-god, stood the propeller.
“Like it was planted there . . . for years and years. One would have thought it had grown there, had one not known better!”
Still fastened to the prop hub was the remnants of a drive system. Flange, bolts, washers, crush-plate and nuts, everything, wire locked in position!!
Jan returned home with the propeller clutched under his arm. He gently lay it down on the workbench. One of the blades had a nasty split from the tip of the blade through to the hub. “No salvaging this lot,” he mutters. Turning to the hub he inspects the assembly. Protruding from the drive flange is a circular sliver of metal. “Shouldn’t there be a fair amount of welding material right here at this position?
. . .This is the exact same spot where the flange joins the engine!!!”, he surmises.
Then it dawned on him.
Of course!!
The drive flange had been butt welded, then turned down on a lathe. All that held the flange in position was a 1mm weld fillet!!
That explains the circular sliver left there! Definitely not enough metal there to keep a rip-roaring propeller at bay!! They probably botched the welding and then decided to clean up their act by turning it down on the lathe!!! . . . NOBODY SAID A WORD . . . TOOK MY MONEY WITH A SMILE AND A HANDSHAKE!!”
Monday found Jan at the engineering works where the shoddy work was done. It took a lot of persuasion by the foreman to cool Jan down. (Try talking to a maniac swinging a 6ft prop around his head while bellowing his discontent at the unfortunate soul that had done the welding!!)
Having stated his case in no uncertain terms and leaving nobody in doubt of what ‘sleazy low-life’ they were, he returned home for closer scrutiny on the shabby remains of the prop. Cold shivers ripple up and down his spine. The tick in his eye takes a quantum leap. Could it be? This paint mark on the blade?
“Looks precisely like the VP’s paintwork!!”
Stepping out onto his driveway (The VP had been duly collected and deposited on the lawn in front of his home) eh found scuff marks on the fuselage of the VP.
You guessed it! The damage to the propeller corresponds exactly to the scuff marks on the cowling!
In the end, the only deduction Jan could make was that he had struck the propeller AFTER it had departed from his plane, whilst spiraling down on it’s a journey to earth.
One could theorize of what the odds are of having, first of all, lost one’s propeller and then of striking it, on the nose, in flight, while being in an intensely precarious situation. My guess is:- once only in the history of aviation past, present and for many a year to come!
Since then, Jan has had a new drive flange made, has purchased a new prop, and is enjoying his freedom of the skies over the Free State. He has never looked back on his experience, except for the odd look that develops on his face, sometimes, when hangar talks turn to the subject of propellers . . .

Jan, I have lost a great friend and will miss your tales and adventures tremendously... Rest in peace until we meet again
Piet and Bets de Necker
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Re: Aircraft Down Nylstroom

Unread post by Whirly » Mon May 13, 2019 11:32 am

Jan also did a forced landing in his ZU Arrow as well as one at Wonderboom in another aircraft (can't remember which one) after the prop also threw a blade.

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Unread post by Ugly Duckling » Mon May 13, 2019 11:51 am

Piet
Time to write a book =D>

Jan was affectionately known as Engine out or Mayday Kemp due to all the experimenting he did.

We will miss his larger than life personality and infectious smile.

Rest in peace Jan :(
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Unread post by Ugly Duckling » Mon May 13, 2019 11:52 am

Whirly wrote:
Mon May 13, 2019 11:32 am
Jan also did a forced landing in his ZU Arrow as well as one at Wonderboom in another aircraft (can't remember which one) after the prop also threw a blade.

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Re: Aircraft Down Nylstroom

Unread post by af1 » Mon May 13, 2019 9:08 pm

Whirly wrote:
Mon May 13, 2019 11:32 am
Jan also did a forced landing in his ZU Arrow as well as one at Wonderboom in another aircraft (can't remember which one) after the prop also threw a blade.

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I remember the one at Wonderboom. I was waiting in the queue for departure when the finalists showed off their planes. Jan crash landed just short of the runway.

A few years later, while flying back to Gauteng from Margate, me and a friend got caught in bad weather. We stopped in Volksrust and Jan and Engela welcomed us strangers into their home for the night, as if we knew them for a long time. Thanks Jan and Engela!
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Unread post by Stertsleper » Mon May 13, 2019 9:26 pm

Engela vertel my eenkeer na nog 'n noodlanding, land Oom Jan in die hospitaal vir een of ander operasie om vas te werk wat hy los geval het... met die wakker word na die narkose het oom Jan toe nou erge pyn waar hy voel niks met vlieg te doen kan hê nie. Engela kon darem redelik lig werp op die aardige pyne... Sy het die dokter oorreed om, terwyl oom Jan in elk geval op die operasie tafel is en narkose moet kry, hy sommer van die paar lastige aambeie ook moet ontslae raak... Ons gaan julle so baie mis.
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Unread post by Sideslip » Mon May 13, 2019 9:47 pm

During a Volksrust EAA weekend, Jan was telling a story about his forced landing in his Arrow (I think it was) many years ago. Before the days of cell phones. I hope I remember the story correctly:

He put the aircraft down with minimal damage in the middle of absolutely nowhere following an engine failure and was uninjured. He started walking towards the closest dorp but it was some distance away. Luckily a local rode past on his bicycle and Jan negotiated a price for the bike from its owner and made his way off to the dorp on his new ride.

He made it to the dorp, found a public phone and called Engela to explain the situation. Engela freaked out but Jan assured her he was 100% fine - not a scratch. Jan explained where the aircraft was and asked her to drive out to it and he would meet her there.

By the time Engela got to the forced landing site Jan was waiting there for her there but he was covered in blood. Engela freaked out again “you said you were 100% fine??”

Jan answered “I fell off my bicycle “
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Unread post by Spoke Eagle » Tue May 14, 2019 3:10 am

I was waiting for Jan at a Vereeniging flyinn with the Pietenpol the day he lost the prop!

A few years later there was the Condor at the first Groblersdal Sun 'n Fun. He had some brake issue upon landing and lost directional control. Managed to cut the motor before the Condor stood on its nose. Bent the one blade and the tailwheel assembly came unstuck.
Fortunately another legend, Gerrit Gast, was also there. Some might say unfortunately since their togetherness exponencially grew their practicallity!

Anyhow off to town they went to return with who knows what and two hours later the Condor was ready to fly home and be repaired properly.
Except for the prop. Jan promptly negotiated the use of the local Fire engine and on a hangar floor he held the prop while Gerrit directed the engine driver backwards and forwards flattining the bent blade. Prop back on the hub with less than 3mm of run out at the tips and off he went back to Volksrust.

Some of us may shake our heads in wonder and some in uncertainty. They were however from the early pioneering EAA days and the knowledge and love for things flying they shared with people like Mike Spence and Chalkie and such will sometimes not be understood by lookers on.

I had the privilage to see both of them, at different occasions, setting a magneto. Talking about Q angles and stuff that I still don't understand. Gerrit had the habit of holding the magneto and clicking the impulse to FEEL the spark. Then reset the Q angle and click, click then reset the points gap and click, click untill that thing threw a spark like a lightning bolt!

Which gets me back to a previous writer that mentioned incapacitation of the pilot before the impact. I have to agree since it seems they took the worst option after the engine snagged. I cannot for the life of me see Jan doing that out of free will. Speculation mode off.

I'm sad this morning for the trees being felled from our forrest. Godbless, Jan and Engela. Fly free. Our world is less spectacular for the loss of you.
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Re: Aircraft Down Nylstroom

Unread post by Iceberg » Tue May 14, 2019 7:45 am

I was reading through all the interesting stories and it made me wonder once more … what caused the crash?
Having done so many forced landings and dealing with so many issues, an engine failure should not have fazed him much.
Medical or structural failure??
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Unread post by Spoke Eagle » Wed May 15, 2019 12:24 pm

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Unread post by Whirly » Wed May 15, 2019 1:00 pm

Iceberg wrote:
Tue May 14, 2019 7:45 am
I was reading through all the interesting stories and it made me wonder once more … what caused the crash?
Having done so many forced landings and dealing with so many issues, an engine failure should not have fazed him much.
Medical or structural failure??
Having know Jan, and as he was a good stick and rudder man, I can only ask the same questions. :(

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