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Aviation History, Technology, and Trivia

Aviation History, Technology, and Trivia

about 30 years ago, my son was was working on his A&P at the Denver Opportunity School. They had an Ercoupe that was originally built with no rudder pedals but had been modified with rudder pedals.The plane was being sold to someone that needed to have it put back to the original condition. Part of my son's work at the school was for him and another student to do the work on it. Quite a workout for them.
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I'm not sure about the current record, but in 1986 a man named Robert Harris set a world sailplane altitude record of 49,009 feet in a Grob 102 sailplane. He was using mountain waves to attain this altitude, and the outside temperature was -65 degrees F. when he decided to return to the airport. Can you imagine how brittle the fiberglass structure of that airplane was at that temperature? This particular sailplane now hangs in the National Air and Space Museum.

Thermals---I need thermals!
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OK, where in the world is tow Dog?[br][br]

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Since the photo is upside wrong, I'd guess Australia. Sling some drop tanks on the Pilatus to make that flight across the Pacific? Totally paved strip? Are you below sea level?

Thermals---I need thermals!
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Looks like Superstition Air-park in Phoenix?
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Close, it's the Coachella Valley Radio Control Club's field at Thermal,CA. Just click on the photo, it will right itself.

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Here's another photo of the field.[br][br]

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What plane is this? [br][br][br][br][br][br]
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Good question, is it British?

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Is it by chance a heath parasol
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Aviation History, Technology, and Trivia


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Is that a Sabin built model?

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Aviation History, Technology, and Trivia

mriceflinter said

 Is it by chance a heath parasol
Yes it is! It's the one I was going to give away, but it was just so cool I had to keep it and fly it.

Tippodriver said

Is that a Sabin built model?
Not built, but I finished it up and got it flying. I did make some things though. Like: A cool scale rib and a scarf for Pierre. (The pilot.)

Pilatuspc12 said

Good question, is it British?
No actually it's Chicagoan. Designed by Ed Heath. [br][br][br][br][br][br]
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Nice, Sabin. Is that a Tritle kit? Randy

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No, Pat only makes electrics. It was actually built in the 70's (I think, based on the gear it had.) from these plans: hyperlink url
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