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  1. Graeme

    Graeme Well-Known Member

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    No, not the pliers - it was windy outside when I took the snap and i didn't want the page to flip. :|

    It's from a children's book I bought for 50c at an opportunity shop. Nothing much in the caption other than it's a homebuilt from the USA cira 1979. It's driving me nuts!

    Anyone seen it before? Name?

    Cheers!

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    A Wing And A Prayer. :shock: AWAAP for short. That does not look safe to me. And I apologize, that's not the name. Just the first thing that came to mind. Sorry.:oops:
     
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    Looks like something from the movie "the wonderful men and their flying machines" or something like that.
     
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    Not much to it that's for sure...
     
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    could be an early version of the airbike....will dig around and see what i can find out.
     
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    Looks alot like a Santos-Dumont Demoiselle.

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    it is probably a homebuilt design that never went mainstream. when part 103 was introduced in the early 80s a lot of builders made stuff like this to fly....some people who had no business designing and building did. but that is part of the charm of UL ac...no inspection necessary ( tho you are a fool if you dont have someone check yor work ). some companies took off...like cgs hawk, challenger, fisher, minimax, etc. but i know guys who drafted up j3 look alikes...and built them from scratch. think this is an example of just that.
     
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    THanks guys.

    A few similarities Chris, but it's the balsa looking "cutout" of a fuselage that intrigues me!

    Here's a better pic of it...

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    I can see that now. More two dimensional than 3 dimensional. I thought the Dumont was close. There were many different Demoiselles that he built. This might be a plan of his that someone recreated.
     
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    Solved! - but not by me.

    The 1968 replica or the Bellanca 1911 monoplane...

    Bellanca

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    Cheers!
     
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    DANG!!! good find! maybe i should have paid closer attention to the nostalgic garb the pilot was wearing.....
     
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    Mystery solved!
     
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    [email protected]!! Funny thing - I was watching the movie "Those Daring Young Men in their Flying Machines" yesterday and one was an almost exact replica of this!
     
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    That's a great movie!
     
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    Take to the air just a few feet behind a rotating blade with almost nothing to protect you, what could go wrong? Those guys must have had almost no sense of danger.
     
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    I'm sure the majority of these guys were probably scared of the contraption they were trying to fly, but this was the golden age of adventure and the fame and glory of success was their goal. Few achieved that, sadly and many ended up as an obituary and small footnote in the history of flight.
     
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