Interesting trivia, VB.
Makes me curious as to which, if any, professional engineers / designers had a role in other E-AB aircraft.
Steve Wood, Cessna Aircraft engineer, did the Sky Pup.
The Sonex and some other Monnett aircraft were designed by Pete Buck, from Lockheed Skunk Works.
The Owl Racer Formula One aircraft were designed by George Owl, a professional aircraft designer.
The Hollman Stallion E-AB was designed by Martin Hollman, a professional aircraft designer.
The Cri-Cri, Luciole, and BanBi were designed by Michel Colomban who was one of the designers or engineers on Concorde IIRC.
I seem to remember Chris Heintz of Zenair was also on the Concorde??? (can anyone authenticate?)
The Cosmic Wind Goodyear racers were designed by engineer and test pilot Tony LeVier, with "help" from a bunch of WW2 vintage Lockheed engineers.
The Wee Bee and Honey Bee were designed by a team of WW2 vintage Convair engineers
The Volksplane was designed by Bud Evans, who I believe was a Convair engineer (Fritz, authentiicate?)
The Backstrom Plank gliders were from Al Backstrom, who was an FAA aircraft engineer.
The Salvay Skyhopper (E-AB grandfather of the Varga Kachina) was designed by Gene Salvay, one of the designers on the B-25 and later the initial concept designer of the OV-10 for North American.
The Thorp T-18 was from John Thorp, who designed the Piper Cherokee (with Fred Weick)
The Questair Venture was designed by the guy who designed the Malibu for Piper.
Anyone and everyone else, chime in. This list could get interesting!
Today I told my wife that I am the smartest man in the world, and (unlike all the other days) she did not take a frying pan and hit me in the head. So using the scientific principle of Calculatus Eliminatus, today for a very brief instant I must be the smartest man in the world, and I will kindly share some of my astronomical brilliance with you:
Don't f*** with it.
Mike Sandlin, or someone else who he knows, has very likely examined the structure of this glider in some detail. I don't know Mike personally very well but I have met one or two of the people who he flies hang gliders with on weekends, and I have a fair idea of who those people are between Monday and Friday. I feel confident in saying there are no "useless" parts in the GOAT wing.
Useless parts cost money, time, and weight. The GOAT was specifically built to not waste any of those things. There are more brain cells in the GOAT design than you can see looking from the outside. It's not the first time that has happened on a DIY low performance glider:
The Volmer Jensen VJ-23, the first "rigid wing" hang glider that was advertised in Popular Mechanics and every DIY magazine for amateur hobbyists... was actually designed by the same guy who designed the wing on the SR-71, Irv Culver.
The Prue Primary glider, which looked like (and was as sexy as) the Brooklyn Bridge, was designed by the guy who built much of the U-2's and SR-71s, Irv Prue.
The "Hippie", an early rigid wing primary glider with a fuselage that that looked like a bundle of bamboo poles and a nose that looked like a goldfish, was designed by one of the world's best competition sailplane designers of the day, Eugen Hanle.
The Sail-Wing glider of 1923, which looked for all the world like the illegitimate (and ungainly) child of an umbrella and a kite, was designed by the same man who designed the most successful and capable combat aircraft of World War 1, Reinhold Platz.
There are many many more examples that I can't think of right now, both powered and unpowered aircraft. The big point I'm making is that you (and I, and most everyone else here on HBA) would be in way over their head adding or removing structural parts from even a simple-looking glider like the GOAT.
Don't f*** with it
OK, my wife just walked in and reminded me I'm not the smartest guy in the world. I have a painful, frying pan sized lump on my head. My moment of genius has passed. But for one shining moment I was smart enough to save a guy's life. You're welcome.
(edit) The Hippie was designed by Frau Ursula Hanle, Eugen's wife or widow.
I knew of several of those. Van also is an engineer.
Anyone know of others?