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BBerson

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It's interesting to review the early EAA mission statement from 1954. In the same October 1954 issue an article about Tom Cassutt's new design said: "he had no previous design or airplane building experience".
Note the words, " Home Engineering".
 

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The December 1954 issue has an article by Richard Schreder, "How to Design and Build Your Own Airplane" .
 

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The December 1954 issue has an article by Richard Schreder, "How to Design and Build Your Own Airplane" .
As much as I chuckle (or cringe) at some of the cobbled together ideas from some of the older articles and books, they are more often not very useful. I'd love to get a chance to read that one.

I wish the magazine were still about homebuilding aside from those who are constructing a "quick build" kit. More engineering, less eye candy.
 

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These are available to EAA members online. Schreder's stuff is very direct. Maybe three pages that will get into airfoil selection and performance. Cassutt is an interesting case. In an interview In an old Air Progress he talked about passing college equivalence tests in the military to get into pilot training and he got into design issues expressing amazement at how heavy some homebuilts were.
 

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BB, that is awesome. Next year, I'm printing that up on a poster about 3'x3', laminating it, and posting it on the bulletin board wall at HBHQ. It reminds me of this...

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I went to Dick’s talks about his designs at the early Oshkosh conventions. I always learned something, and always enjoyed them.

One year he had a new design there (HP-18 ?) and was explaining the aluminum bonded to PVC foam ribs wing construction. An onlooker asked about the strength. Dick proceeded to walk up the wing from the tip to the fuselage.


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I went to Dick’s talks about his designs at the early Oshkosh conventions. I always learned something, and always enjoyed them.

One year he had a new design there (HP-18 ?) and was explaining the aluminum bonded to PVC foam ribs wing construction. An onlooker asked about the strength. Dick proceeded to walk up the wing from the tip to the fuselage.


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if he weighed 200 lb and the semi-span was 20 ft, that is a moment of only 48000 in-lb.
 

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His foam wing ribs were 4" apart for no oil canning in flight. Much like the Cri-Cri.
He did report one skin separation. I recall at the forum he said "my daughter was hooking up the tow rope and noticed the skin was debonded"
 

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... I recall at the forum he said "my daughter was hooking up the tow rope and noticed the skin was debonded"
I was 19 or 20, waiting for the start of Dick’s presentation in an open-sided tent, when a young girl came in and sat beside me. I asked her if she was there to hear the presentation. She was. We chatted for a few minutes, then I asked her if she knew the proper pronunciation of Dick’s last name. (I’m from Georgia, and I didn’t have a clue as to the pronunciation.). She pronounced it for me, and I asked he how she knew it. “He’s my father.”


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