Modern day "motorcycle of the air" aircraft class?

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  1. Nov 29, 2016 #1261

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    Disk wing or more technacally names Low Aspect Ratio's are really one of my favorites. I have a page about them. http://www.nestofdragons.net/weird-airplanes/low-aspect-ratio/
    I try to explain why they could be really good. Using them combined with Junker flaps would be really a nice test.
     
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    The pedals are a nice touch. :gig:
     
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    In my eyes a sit on top bird, should be easy to build, and be as flexible as possible for new layouts.
     
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    Yep, I really love your site. A removable disk parasol wing would give you a STOL beast that's easy to trailer.
     
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    Hmmm... something like this?
    parasol avionette.jpg

    With a Hummel 1/2VW maybe $5500 for materials and a weight of 250lbs. 23' wing, 3.5' chord would give similar performance to the original.
    Looks like something out of 'Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines'
     
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    I vote the first annual meet and greet birds of a feather get together for this tread, happen at the Glide-o-bike Airport.
     
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    What a great concept.... but I must say I do have a problem with the artist not showing the bathtub-sized lump of clay that would need to be stuck under the leading edge of that wing.

    On further thought, with that amount of decalage, and the clothing representing the era of steel bicycles, and Prather brand stick-on balance weights not having been invented yet, make that a Buick-size lump of clay.

    "911, what is your emergency?"
    " Help! I need the Wing Sweep Police here immediately... it's a matter of life and death!"
     
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    Forget the clay. I have a lawn mower motor that will balance the thing.
     
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    Never mind the fact that the front wheel can't steer when it's held by the wing struts.
     
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    You're going to die anyway, so it might as well happen on the ground.
     
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    >snork< :gig:
     
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    How many of you, however, as kids, would of thought your home made Glide-o-bike would of TOTALLY worked... you just need to pedal really hard, and hit that bike ramp you built in your back yard just right... and everything would be peaches and cream chiti-chiti-bang-bang flying car groovy after that. Same person, different date. :)

    If mother nature hadn't of invented flying, then kids certainly would have...
     
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    Every one of these guys, apparently:

    [video=youtube;gN-ZktmjIfE]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gN-ZktmjIfE[/video]
     
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    And then there's these guys, who actually did some of that evil "math" and ran the numbers:



    There's been a lot of talk on this site lately about how you "don't need to go to all that trouble" and how "engineers just like to over-complicate things with incomprehensible math" but the fact is, the odds of actual success go way up when you do.
     
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    Only to shorten the "runway". That horse has been beaten to death on this forum more than once.
     
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    I'm sure with the right trebuchet, I could get the Glide-o-bike airborne too :)

    Anyway, didn't want to hijack the thread, it was just a cute retro graphic I came across on the US hawks hang gliding site that fit this whole motorcycle air idea...
     
  19. Dec 13, 2016 #1279

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    Do plans exist for the Glide-O-Bike? Reading between the lines, it's always seemed to me like they were designed to be nothing more than a wheelie machine and as such would be a ball to have out at the airport for that short time after the barbecue, after the planes are put away, and just before it's too dark.
     
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    I ran across this one this morning. It's the Tiger Cub and I think I read that it was the precursor to the Sherwood Ranger. I'm not sure how you get in and out of it, but I could see a "sit on" version having real possibilities as a "flying scooter".

    mc.jpg

    623809.jpg ...folding wings

    g 02.jpg ...room for a passenger :gig:
     

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