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Discussion in 'Hangar Flying' started by BJC, Dec 15, 2019.
That was my guess as well. That’s the impression I got immediately. At the very first glance, it just screamed Radial Rocket!
That was my guess too. A really nice upholstered and detailed RV-3B.
The prototype Radial Rocket. Note the propeller blade; a clear indication of an engine other than a Continental or Lycoming. It exudes “classic speedster” designs sculpted in glass.
OK, there are a couple of yoos guys on here that can't play, cause you already know. Any BiPlane Forum guys are excluded.
What is this one?
edit; I'll add a hint. Only 2 ever built, and as far as I know this is the only one flying, well not quite yet.
Well if I’m excluded, I’m blabbing
Always loved the Rocket. If I ever get my Glasair finished, I might just start looking into a rocket project.
I don't know what it is.
One of a kind. Twin engine, Briggs power.
I love you man.
That is a lot like what I want to do only three engines instead of two. Couldn't of found a better example.
The first one is an Aviafiber Canard 2FL foot-launched sailplane. The one blane.c likes so much is Sandy Hudson's E-E-2. Husdon had also previously built a design with three even smaller engines, the Hudson Tri-Motor, by adding direct-drive go-kart engines to a Schweizer sailplane.
Here's one for you and I could certainly see something similar flying with an industrial engine and redrive.
The man is a genius!
We just need to get together and figure a simple way to put three engines on FRED, you know over a beer or two.
Happy to meet for a beer, I'll pass on the trimotor project. I need to build a plane with just one engine first. ;-)
I ran into Sandy one day at the Hickory, NC airport. He excused himself to the facilities and I stayed out with the plane. One of the ramp guys commented on the impending demise of Sandy and The Thing. When Sandy returned I asked him, in a somewhat loud voice, "How long have you been building and flying these Things?"
Scratched his chin and said, "I dunno... maybe perhaps somethin' around 40 years."
Sandy had four bladed props... well, really two props bolted together. As I helped him buckle in (he always needed help) I noticed two blades shorter than the others on both sides and asked him about it. "Some guy was helping me get situated and put my jacket on the deck behind me. Before I could yell 'no' it got sucked into the prop and broke off an end. I sawed the other end so I could fly home and it ran so much better I did same thing to the other side." That, folks, is homebuilding!!
Saw Sandy on a Saturday at the Statesville, NC fly-in. Like a proud new papa he introduced me to his son, a councilman (IIRC) in Winston-Salem. Next day, Sanders Hudson III died in The Thing.
I can't remember how long before Sandy Jr died. Budd Davisson penned an article about him and reflected what we all felt... that the old fella died of nothing more than a broken heart.
Forgive the long post... and if you guys already knew this. He was one cool dude and one of many I miss a bunch.
Edited to add: Yeah, can't slip much of anything past Matthew!!
Now if we could make a really clean version of the Thing's motor installation, we could have a cheap ultralight motorglider. No need for redrives. That's a tall order, though. How hard would it be to make a Briggs spin the other way?
BTW, I think I may have seen pictures of that yellow thing with no fairing, but the name escapes me.
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