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D_limiter

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Ok, so I might have gone down a rabbit hole after getting inspired by Pop's JMR special, and Fritz's rear fuselage on his Ranger. Here are some resources I found about Geodetic Design. It's gotten me thinking about slow, light airplanes like ultralights, or reworking the fuselage on a Ragwing Stork.

Geodetic Aircraft Structure by Keith Powell (Very useful construction information)
Geodetic Aircraft Design - History and Vickers information
Geodetics - More general history
Cygnet and some Fisher planes use geodetic construction.
Image of Player CT-6A fuselage and tail.
Why are geodesic airframes no longer produced?
A History of Full Scale Testing of Aircraft Structuers at the National Aeronautical Establishment - Brief mention of the geodetic Hurricane wing
Development of Geodetic Composite Aircraft Structures
Stress, strain and displacement analysis of geodetic and conventional fuselage structure for future passenger aircraft - Research paper behind a paywall.
MIT and NASA engineers demonstrate a new kind of airplane wing - Speculative article on adaptive lattices

And of course, there are a number of good discussions on the forum here. Feel free to add anything I missed.
 

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There is a small aircraft historical society in Oregon that has a geodetic fuselage hanging their building. I can't remember if it is Player's Plaything or one of the other's mentioned in Powells article. If close it would be a good resource to study. Look up Oregon Outlaws.
 

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I didn't know that, thanks! I have their DVD on homebuilding history.
 

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Harry Thalman and Earl Player built geodetic aircraft at the same time. Both were featured by EAA in the magazine. I think the Player special was donated to the EAA. I have Harry's replacement aircraft he was building when he crashed and was killed. REGARDS.................CURTThalman-T4.jpg
 

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Thanks, D_limiter, for pulling together a great list of resources. FWIW, I was very disappointed to see the Player Sport very sad and neglected in one of the hangars at Oshkosh back in 2012. I hear that it was being restored, I hope that is the case.

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It is being restored, but it is also a display of restoration for the Oshkosh show. There is no rush. If they restore it too fast they will have to come up with something else.
 

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Curt, please share more about the airplane when you have a chance.
 

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There is a small aircraft historical society in Oregon that has a geodetic fuselage hanging their building. I can't remember if it is Player's Plaything or one of the other's mentioned in Powells article. If close it would be a good resource to study. Look up Oregon Outlaws.
Earl Players bird is somewhere in OshKosh
 

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I have always seen the Player in the AeroPlane Workshop building every time. I don’t think it gets worked on except during the show. They have always been working on the wings. I think they were covering one last year. Probably take another four years to get through the other wing. The fuselage is going to be a big project for a volunteer crew.
 

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A previous post mentioned that Dean Sigler gave a presentation called Geodetic Airplanes and Outlaw Airmen. I reached out to Mr. Sigler and he was kind enough to share his presentation with me. It has interesting history and great pictures.
 
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