I'm looking for plans or a kit to build a model of the plane I first flew in.
Back in the late '40's I took my first airplane ride in a fabric covered tail
dragger. It was two place, tandem seating, hand propped, no electrical, stick
and rudder and was a blast to fly even at 65 mph. What I remember most was the
wings (no flaps of course), but where they fastened to the fuselage they were
prominently "notched". That is the trailing edge did not go all the way to the
fuselage, but stopped about 1 ft from the fuse and continued at about a 45
degree angle forward to where they joined the fuselage.
The wing was very similar to the Luscombe Silvaire, but this was not all
aluminum and not side by side seating.
The plane was definitely not new, could have been anywhere from five to fifteen
years old at the time. Anybody have an idea what that plane would have been?
I did a google search on the Interstate Cadet and it is similar to the plane I
flew in except the Cadet doesn't appear to have the "notched" trailing edge
where the wing joins the fuselage. Thanks for the reply, I hadn't thought of
the Interstate Cadet before.
Well, the plane I flew, teh wing was definitely attached to the fuselage. The
best way I could describe it would be a two placem, tandem seat, tube and fabric
Luscombe Silvaire.... except it wasn't a Luscombe. Thanks for the info though.
The searched have been interesting.
Just had another thought. Luscombe built a number of tandem seat
aircraft using the Silvaire wings and other parts. They were called the
T8F and were designed for agricultural sprayers and as a possible
military liason design.
Mayhaps this is the aircraft you are thinking about.
I don't really know. I was about 13 at the time and was more interested in the
ride than finding out about the airplane. I would say, though, that it was less
than that of a Piper Cub. About the only thing I remember about the engine was
that it was cowled and a flat opposed configuration.
The pictures I found of the Auster all showed an inverted four cylinder power
plant. The plane I'm looking for had a flat opposed four cylinder (heck it
might have been two cylinders... it was cowled and I didn't look in the cowl, or
at least don't remember).
The only Max Holste 152 pictures I found had a radial engine and twin tail so
that wouldn't apply here either. But thanks for the help and ideas.
All the people in this group have been really helpful and I appreciate that.
That pretty much marks it as a US design - most UK designs used inline 4's.
And a european aircraft would be unlikely in the US.
Mmm. There is another Max Holste from which that one was developed. I
think there is only one picture on the net tho.