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(Nov 12, 2010)
Few days ago, I flew to Cleveland to visit the factory and meet with the people from Titan. There's nothing like touching the thing to feel it's "aura". Let say that I was impressed in many ways; The T-51 is an impressive piece of engineering having thin, very thin body parts yet being able to hold two big guys (...) up in the sky at nearly 200 mph !!!
I must admit, it took me a while to publish this article because I wasn't sure how to write it. I'm quite happy with the visit but I'm also a bit disappointed. Don't get me wrong here; if you're about to invest 100 gran on a piece of technology, better pay a visit to the factory. And I'm glad I did because I've met great people, passionate and dedicated, who would really do the extra mile to make you feel at home. My point is I thought I would get a longer demo ride than I did... That's it. Other than that, it was a great experience.
I will spare you the details of every foot steps I've made around the shop but I must say that the work they do in the welding shop is quite fascinating. Why? Because he's (sorry buddy I forgot your name ) welding out the frame components with a surgical precision.
On the left you can see N751TX with which I had a ride in. It looks like I took this picture out of a WEB site but no; this is mine. During the DEMO ride, Bill was piloting and I was sitting in the back. I'm not small but Bill isn't either so for those not sure if the T-51 can accommodate big guys, DON'T WORRY.! You better be HUGE to not fit in !!!
That day, I was very fortunate to have perhaps one of the most beautiful weather you could think of for such a ride. Sky was clear, the winds were calm and the excitement was at it's climax. I couldn't hope of better conditions than that. The ride was short but intense !!! After only few minutes and thoughtful instructions from Bill, I engaged a full roll from the co-pilot seat !! That was something.! And when you pull on the stick, trust me, +3 Gs is an interesting experience as well. Knowing that the T-51 could sustain +6, I could only imagine how difficult (painful ??) it could be weighting 1,250 lbs !!!!!
To finish that, I'd like to thank all the people at Titan for their time and attention they generously gave me that day. A special thank to Megan who's greeting you when you push the door in.
"Now, let's go back to work and earn that money so you can buy out your kit boy,..."