Mark Jones' Lost Spinner
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Today, during my third flight, my spinner separated from my airplane while I was cruising 135mph at about 2500'. This event was witnessed by Joe Weber who was flying his KR off my left wing tip at the time. I was very thankful he was there to inspect my plane for damage while in flight immediately after it happened. It was very comforting for him to tell me he could see no physical damage to the tail feathers. Luckily, the prop threw the spinner up and over the top of my plane.  The contributing factor to this failure was that I did not have a front spinner bulkhead. I learned my lesson and will not fly without installing a front bulkhead on my spinner. The only damage to the plane was the small scratch you can see on the prop. The engine did not skip a beat when this happened nor did it vibrate or run rough.