Curmudgeon in Training (CIT)
- Apr 13, 2009
- Warren, VT USA
Wasn't it originally twin engine? And so the gull would be to get the props up high?First off, I'm only guessing here, so this may only be worth what you paid for it...
Gull wings - I don't know. Maybe he had no choice because it was named Ski-Gull. :gig:
It may have been done to reduce the chance of a wingtip catching the water if the wings dip, while still allowing a straight center section.
Rudder balance - I doubt of the whole understructure moves... there is a dark area in the photo that may mark a separation between moving and fixed portions. Also, if you draw an imaginary line downward extending the hinge line, it looks like there may be just as much submerged area aft of the line as there is ahead of it.
Wingtips - His Oshkosh presentation didn't show the bent up wingtips. Perhaps he decided he needed a little more dihedral effect and that was the simplest way to do it, plus it might give him the benefits that come from winglets.