During my search of the backroads of N. California for abandoned or derelict cars, trucks, tractors, etc., I suppose it was inevitable that I would eventually trip over an old airplane. I have no idea what this thing is. Wood frame, fabric covering, 2 cyl in-line aircooled German engine. Oly XA2
I only had one frame left on the film. Gotta go back for a better look!
This one looks very interesting ! Is this a do-it-yourself construction ? What is a fabric covering ( i am not able to translate this word ) ? As i see, that the plane is for sale, i guess you will come back with a trailer and a pocket full of money
It may have built to comply with FAA ultralight rules in order to bypass the need for a pilot license. There are limits on overall weight, maximum speed, maximum stall speed, etc. My friend's dad built a plane like that about 20 years ago. It was a replica of a Piper Cub. To keep the weight down, it was only about half the size of the real airplane. The plane would fit in a 2 car garage without taking the wings off. His engine was a VW Beetle engine sawed in half to make it 2 cylinders. The fabric covering is cloth, like cotton or muslin sheeting. After the airplane is covered, the cloth is painted to make the fabric more durable and air tight. Back in the early days, all airplanes were built that way.
Some guys have all the luck. I have never run across anything this interesting on our local back roads. I did a quick google of 2cylinder parasol aircraft and did not spot any that looked like your find. If you ever discover what it is let us know.
Thank you all for looking. I believe that it is a partially completed homebuild, but I think it is to big and heavy to qualify as an ultralight. The engine looks very similar to a Rotax, but the markings and nomenclature are German. The aircraft not much smaller than a fullsized Cub. It has 3-axis controls, or what is left of them. Stick and rudder pedals are missing, as is the instrument panel. The fabric is rotten and loose. The framework that is visible is splintery (is that a word? and badly weather-beaten. I think it may be an attempt to replicate a WWI fighter. I seem to recall reading about a parasol-winged French aeroplane used very early in that conflict. Mik, I think I will pass on this one! ;D Roy
Bob, I think you got it. I first saw the aircraft in my rear view mirror as I overshot a road where I wanted to turn. The trademark Fokker "comma" tail is what caught my eye first. The Fokker EV looks very similar. Maybe that explains the German engine, eh? Roy
PS Bob, is the shape of the rudder an early attempt at aerodynamic balancing?
Last Edit: Nov 2, 2009 20:21:01 GMT -5 by olroy2044
Looks like it might have been made using those mail-order plans that used to be advertised in the back of magazines like Popular Mechanics. There were always ads for plans to build hovercraft, jet-engine go-carts, sailboats, etc. I always wondered if anybody really built any of those things.
This thing is in a wash in my area of Arizona. It is pummeled with rock from the rare times the wash has water moving in it. As in most areas of rural America, it is obvious people around here enjoy their guns.
Drako, what a picture !, my son is currently desperately searching for a beetle bodywork, i think this one is for free Here is a picture (taken with a Rolleiflex 6x6) from the austrian rural area: Some funny guy tried to bury his beetle ( don`t know why ).
And another weird austrian fellow forgott his Silver Shadow with open side windows and consequential moss-covered seats in the field. He should rename his car " Rust Shadow".