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    ANYONE FAMILIAR WITH THE MITCHELL WING U2?

    I am starting to build a Mitchell Wing U2 and wondering if anyone can tell me if this is a very hard plane to build and how safe it is when flying? Stable, handling basic turbulence etc.

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    Re: ANYONE FAMILIAR WITH THE MITCHELL WING U2?

    It's supposed to be a nice flying plane, though I have no direct experience. There are a couple in my area... I don't know the pilots personally but I see them at local fly-ins.

    Here is a link to a multi page website detailing the restoration of a Mitchell Wing (missing, unfortunately, the final chapters).

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    Re: ANYONE FAMILIAR WITH THE MITCHELL WING U2?

    There is a yahoo group devoted to the U-2 that has some pretty good info in the archives. Those that have flown them seem to have little negative to say. "Hard to build" is a relative thing. In my opinion it isn't, but the plans, as most did from that era, leave a bit to the builders imagination.
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    Re: ANYONE FAMILIAR WITH THE MITCHELL WING U2?

    Quote Originally Posted by ryan18081976 View Post
    I am starting to build a Mitchell Wing U2 and wondering if anyone can tell me if this is a very hard plane to build and how safe it is when flying? Stable, handling basic turbulence etc.
    Hi I have a U2 in my garage if you want to see it let me know! I am in Bellingham Wa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by U2 Builder View Post
    Hi I have a U2 in my garage if you want to see it let me know! I am in Bellingham Wa.
    That's a nice thing to have in the garage. Beats my washer and dryer, hands down. Do you still have it? I would really like to see one in person. I am a couple hours South of you in Renton.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hot Wings View Post
    There is a yahoo group devoted to the U-2 that has some pretty good info in the archives.
    I second Hot Wings advice, go here and raid the archive. Also U2 Builder's offer is priceless! There's not much that compares to having the actual airplane in front of you to give you a feel for what it'll be like to build, except maybe tearing one down to the naked wood (ask me how I know).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Norman View Post
    except maybe tearing one down to the naked wood (ask me how I know).
    Ok, I'll ask. Are you saying the U2 is a difficult build?

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    No, I'm saying that I'm helping to repair one and we had to completely disassemble the thing. The parts that were built according to Mitchell's plans are very solid in spite of some details looking rather flimsy. The only structural problem I've heard of is that the landing gear beats the spar pretty badly but there are mods suggested for that in the yahoo group archive. The wing is a bunch of sticks and glue just like a model airplane except for the nose ribs which are foam hot wire cut in place. Pretty neat time saver for the nose ribs. There are just a few wooden nose ribs which serve as the hot wire guides.
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    Re: ANYONE FAMILIAR WITH THE MITCHELL WING U2?

    That's interesting information, thanks. It looks like U2Builder is inactive, too bad. How long have you been involved in the repair, and how much longer do you think it will take?

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    Re: ANYONE FAMILIAR WITH THE MITCHELL WING U2?

    Picked it up last June. We expected a simple repair job but inspection showed that the original builder had made some ill-advised modifications to the pod which necessitated a complete rebuild of that part. It's going slowly because we only have a few hours per week that we can work on it.
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    Re: ANYONE FAMILIAR WITH THE MITCHELL WING U2?

    One last question, Norman - Can the U2 accommodate taller pilots? If not, could the cell be modded (hopefully not a mod that leads to a complete rebuild....) to make more leg room?

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    It can be stretched. In fact the one we're working on was stretched but not properly. The seat should be attached to the spar so the steel frame just supports the nose gear and pod. Getting extra leg room isn't a problem but elbow room might be a bit harder because rib zero is the cockpit side walls.
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    Re: ANYONE FAMILIAR WITH THE MITCHELL WING U2?

    Norman, thanks. Sounds promising. Maybe the fuselage could be widened somewhat, 2-4 in.? And thanks for pointing to the yahoo group. A lot of good information there.

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