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David L. Downey

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I knew Jim Kern very well and was around back inthe day when that plane was developed. never flew one but got to sit in one with the engine running! Amazing job making it look and feel right!
Jim died quite a few years ago when he was gifted an air combat flight in Florida and the plane lost a wing during the flight.
His composite work and mold making were second to none.
 

Victor Bravo

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The first Taylorcraft I ever bought was sold to me by a guy named Stan, who was a partner of Jim Kern (or perhaps an employee) at TASK Research. He was a very big heavy guy, and it was quite the chore to squeeze both of us into a pre-war T-craft. He had to fly it from Santa Paula over to the next airport (Camarillo, CA, longer runway) to check me out in the airplane. It was late 1987 or early 1988.
 

Yellowhammer

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I knew Jim Kern very well and was around back inthe day when that plane was developed. never flew one but got to sit in one with the engine running! Amazing job making it look and feel right!
Jim died quite a few years ago when he was gifted an air combat flight in Florida and the plane lost a wing during the flight.
His composite work and mold making were second to none.
That is horrible news. What a way to have to go. Truly sad! Thanks for sharing that with us!
 

TXFlyGuy

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The FEW people (Fighter Escort Wings) went belly up (like so many kit company's) so future support, parts, etc., would be nearly impossible to obtain. It's a cool looking replica, however. At 2/3's scale, just a little small for my taste.

There are a handful of them flying.
 

Saville

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So what was supposed to be the internal fuselage structure?

I wonder if there are FEW kits scattered around that were purchased but never finished.
 

Victor Bravo

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Is the Pope Catholic?
Yes, and he had this great idea to form a great big church for people who liked airplanes. His Pope-mobile was a VW bug with the roof chopped off... Used to drive around this big airport every year and bless people with a bottle of Kessler in his hand and a "kindly word".

Gimme that old time religion... :)
 

Saville

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So does anyone happen to know what made up the internal structure of the kit plane under discussion?

Was it tubular steel? Wood? aluminum bulkheads?
 
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