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Raceair

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A Mr. Zuber out in Oregon is listed as the last owner. I talked with him years ago on the phone, and he was in process of re-building her. Would like to have her back someday, as it was a family affair building 'Miss Blue', and now that my mom (Fantastic woodworker and fabric person) is gone, and my dad is ill, I would like to have my mini-museum full of airplanes from my past…..Back when the Seymore family sponsored a 'best Cassutt' award at Oshkosh, we won one year, I think in 1974 or 1975….Ed
 

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That's a pretty cool story Ed. I lost my dad as well, it's a dam hard thing.

Funny how as a person gets older things that are important are those moments in time and how we felt when the happened. What an awesome memory that must be.
 

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Yes, My mom and dad got to see me race the Cassutt we built. In later years, they quit flying, but the family airstrip today is still ours. Today aviation to me is more about the friends I have made, not the airplanes or flying them in general….Ed
 

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Yes, My mom and dad got to see me race the Cassutt we built. In later years, they quit flying, but the family airstrip today is still ours. Today aviation to me is more about the friends I have made, not the airplanes or flying them in general….Ed
You got it figured out!
 

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I can't remember the dark one, but the white one is Carl Pascarell, from Florida, and he has lots of Cassutt time….
I Googled that carl guy, sounds like he's had a few. Does the name Keoki Gray ring a bell? That name came up also.
 

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I love the acronym for Cassutt Racer Airshow Performer.

Eric Clutton was part of the original team in Wayne Ison's Tennessee Engineering and Manufacturing, test flying the proof-of-concept MiniMax. When they were coming up with a name, Eric suggested Tennessee Ultralight Research and Development, saying that they wouldn't even need to sell aircraft, just hats and t-shirts and bumperstickers. Wayne Ison was not impressed.
 

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I have built3 Cassutts. Fiown around 150 hours in them. My buddy Stan Whiting owned National Aeronatics for several years before selling it to Ib Hanson. So have alot of knowledge of them. I built a Cassutt with a tapered Wilson wing and designed a T-Tail for it. Sold it to a buddy who flew it about a huncred hours before bieng caught it IFR weather on a x-country flight to Fla. The airplane went straight in the ground at full throttle. The engine was 4' in the ground. He did not survive.IMG.jpgIMG_0002_NEW-2.jpg
 
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The wing does not block the forward view of the runway. On landing mine I use to hold 75 mph and hold the nose about 3" below the end of the runway on final could see everything in front of you. Very easy to fly, rolls out straight as a arrow on roll out A little movement of the stick does alot at 200 mph. about 10 minutes of flying and you are use to it. You fly it every minute you are in the air. A great little airplane.
 

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Rivets was a good name for Ray's airplane. It was fast. The one I did was a really nice looking and flying airplane. Rick my buddy took it to Oshkosh. The grass around the airplane was worn down to the dirt around the plane when the show was over. All my years at Oshkosh have never seen that before. He was in the process of drawing plans when he died. He called it Stinger . Rick said the top ground speed in calm air was 270 mph as shown on the installed loran unit. Don't know what prop he used but said it turned 3800 rpm.
 

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Jim Cavanagh did a article for one of the homebuilt air plane mag. And it was on the front cover about 6 months after the first flight. Most of it's life was spent based at Lee's Summit Mo. in our hanger. He flew it almost every day. Miss him.
Tom
 

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Thom, I am confused…'Rivets was a good name for Ray's airplane' Don't know who Ray is. 'Rivets' was a one off Goodyear era Midget, built by Bill Falck, of Warwick, N.Y., Rivets was never at the Oshkosh fly in. Bill was killed in Rivets when he flew into Lake Erie at the start of a Formula one race in the late '70's
 

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Thom, I am confused…'Rivets was a good name for Ray's airplane' Don't know who Ray is. 'Rivets' was a one off Goodyear era Midget, built by Bill Falck, of Warwick, N.Y., Rivets was never at the Oshkosh fly in. Bill was killed in Rivets when he flew into Lake Erie at the start of a Formula one race in the late '70's
Yep, Falck's plane was the one I was referring to (based on similar tail configuration). I have always admired the Rivets Special due to its unique look (and bright colors).
 
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