Osprey 2 – Aircraft of the month

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The Osprey 2 is a 2 place side by side sea plane featuring wood construction and was created by the same designer (George Pereira) of the GP-4 (see previous Aircraft of the month article)

This aircraft first flew in 1973 with over 500 examples built

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osprey_Osprey_2

They have one on display at the EAA museum in Oshkosh Wi, the EAA web site has sport aviation articles going back to 1970.

https://www.eaa.org/eaa/aircraft-building/kits-and-plans/m—q/periera-osprey-i-and-ii

Plans and Parts are still available for anyone looking to build one at:

https://www.ospreyaircraft.com/osprey.htm

While i was not able to find any RC aircraft of the Osprey, there are quite a few that have a bit of a resemblance on Outerzone

Laddie Mikulasko Designer of all kinds of RC aircraft with several Seaplane options has the Laker, a 70″ model from 1979

https://outerzone.co.uk/plan_details.asp?ID=7402

Ken Willard another well known RC aircraft designer has a few options as well

Likely best known for the Seamaster 40 & 120, ACE RC produced kits from the late 80′ and had ARF options as well:

Seamaster 40: https://outerzone.co.uk/plan_details.asp?ID=10212

Seamaster 120: https://outerzone.co.uk/plan_details.asp?ID=10817

I won a Seamaster 40 ARF at an auction back in the mid 2000’s not a bad performer but a higher power motor like a 60 or a modern electric setup is really needed for best performance.

As a side note the Anderson Kingfisher is also a similar homebuilt to the Osprey however not as many have been completed. I did a article on the Kingfisher in march 2020

Spartan Executive – Aircraft of the Month

The Spartan Executive is one of my Favorite Vintage aircraft, there where only under 40 of them built between 1936 to 1940.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spartan_Executive

There is usually one or two of them that show up to Airventure or Sun-N-Fun each year.

Back when I was at ERAU I designed a Spartan Executive inspired modern aircraft on Catia powered by a M-14P Radial Engine:

Hallmark has a nice Christmas Tree Ornament that can also be a good desk model of the Spartan Executive:

Wings of Texaco has a larger model of the aircraft:

Current RC options are limited, outerzone has 1 plan and its actually from 1938 about half way through the production run of the actual aircraft.

https://outerzone.co.uk/plan_details.asp?ID=599




LCKA in Australia has a 93″ Plan at:
https://lcka.com.au/product/spartan-7w-executive-15-plans-jb/

& the Laser cut kit: https://lcka.com.au/product/spartan-7w-executive-15-laser-parts-kit-jb/

With global shipping challenges this may be a difficult product to get into the states however for readers down under it’s a good option.

Of course with modern CAD systems, a ton of images of the aircraft it would be an easy job for a modern 3D printer to make a very detailed RC version. The Anycubic Chiron is an excellent large format 3D printer for PLA, LW-PLA, ABS and other filaments. I did a write up of this printer almost a year ago: https://gouldaero.com/2021/01/06/anycubic-chiron-3d-printer-product-of-the-month/

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Jetson One Manned Multi Rotor – Video Share

The Jetson One Manned Multi Rotor (X8 configuration) looks like one of the more likely multi rotors to go mainstream in the new market of manned aviation. Electric flight propulsion favors smaller & lighter platforms. Each new jump in battery technology will only make it better.

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DR-107 One Design – Aircraft of the Month

The One Design was created to make a high performance acrobatic aircraft on a low budget. It was designed to get the most out of a O-360 Lycoming motor. The Wiki page has a brief overview of the aircraft at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rihn_DR-107_One_Design

YouTube has a bunch of videos on this aircraft, here are a few

This video has a real good 3D cad overview of the structure

You can get the Plans and Materials for the One Design from Aircraft Spruce: https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/kitspages/onedesign.php

The EAA has a few dozen articles that cover this aircraft and they can be found here: https://www.eaa.org/eaa/aircraft-building/kits-and-plans/r—s/rihn-dr-107-and-dr-109

Finished ready to fly examples can be found on Barnstormers for $50K+: https://www.barnstormers.com/category-15896-Aerobatic–One-Design.html

For those looking for an RC version Outerzone has a 72″ span plans from RCM: https://outerzone.co.uk/plan_details.asp?ID=10576

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Super Decathlon – Aircraft of the month

Back in the early 2000’s I got to do Acrobatic Training in a Super Decathlon at KPRC Prescott AZ. This aircraft is one of the best entries into Acrobatics & Tail Wheels, gaining more confidence and capability as a pilot.

The Decathlon started Production in 1972 and is a derivative of a Citabria.

Prices range from 50 to over 200K depending on year, condition etc.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Champion_Decathlon

There are some RC Options available. Great Planes made a 64″ kit that you may be able to find on eBay or a large hobby shop like Graves in Orlando FL. Outerzone has the plans for it at:

https://outerzone.co.uk/plan_details.asp?ID=10203

Osprey GP-4 – Aircraft of the Month

The GP-4 is one of those aircraft you see at an airshow that really makes you pay attention. Being around Experimental Aircraft since the early 90’s the common impression from the “general public” is something that is crude, slapped together and unsafe. The GP-4 is a dramatic example of refinement for something that is plans built, with a Aerodynamic shape, style and finish that puts production aircraft at 4X the cost to shame.

EAA w/ Sport Aviation info: https://www.eaa.org/eaa/aircraft-building/kits-and-plans/d—g/gp-4

Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osprey_GP-4

Company: https://www.ospreyaircraft.com/

Here are some photos I took at Airventure 03 & 06

From what I have found there are no available Plans, Kits or Downloads for the GP-4, however with modern tech like 3d scanning iPhones, Powerful Cad Software and 3D printers it would not be too difficult to create a RC version of this impressive Aircraft.

H-4 Hercules – Spruce Goose – Aircraft of the Month

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I recently got to see a very interesting documentary on moving the H4 Spruce Goose from California to Oregon on YouTube. I got to see this unique aircraft at the Evergreen Aviation Museum just outside of Portland Oregon, on a few days off from a company trip in 2014. https://www.evergreenmuseum.org/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evergreen_Aviation_%26_Space_Museum. If your into historic aircraft this Museum is one of the best in the country with the Smithsonian NASM in Washington DC, USAF Museum in Dayton Ohio & the EAA Museum in Oshkosh Wisconsin as peers and is well with the drive alone from any of the surrounding states.

When you see it in person its difficult to get the whole aircraft in one shot with out a wide angle lense

Much of the structure is actually laminated wood with grain direction for optimized strength and is a pre curser to modern composite aircraft structures. They have a few displays of some details of the construction methods along with a scale model of the aircraft under construction.

An ominous shot from a rear quarter view with a ME-262 and a FW-190 showing what this war bird would have been up against if it would have been operational in the war.

My personal thoughts on the aircraft with the context of seeing the 2004 movie the aviator and a few documentaries on Hughes is its a mix of a technology path finder paving the way to large aircraft structures and systems while being a tragedy for Hughes personal aviation career. He was never the same after this project.

Aircraft like his racer and XF-11 had fairly quick development times however the H4 flew 2 years after the end of the war it was supposed to support. Because the project was under a government contract with government funding it Aircraft like the Grumman albatross and Martin Mars Evolutionary and nature compared to the revolutionary H4. However this difference was not taken into account for the oversight, visibility and pressure.

This aircraft serves as a cautionary tale for any company or individual taking on a “huge leap task” with out proper technology development and stepping stones setup at the beginning. Crawl, walk, run marathon or sprint. This is hubris that has effected my self and have seen first hand at companies I’ve worked for.