Anderson Kingfisher – Aircraft of the Month

 

For those interested in a cabin class 2 seat home built amphibian the Anderson Kingfisher “EA-1” is worth checking out. The over all configuration is similar to Grumman sea planes from the 40’s (G-44, G-21, HU-16).

I’ve seen them at Oshkosh & Sun-N-Fun before and they look like a real solid design. This one looks like its the one from Sun-N-Fun behind the 4 expo buildings and next to the large pond. (credit to Adrian Share from Air-Britain).

The first flight was in April 1969 and a few hundred kits have been sold.

To help expedite the build, the kingfisher uses Piper cub wings.

Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anderson_Kingfisher

EAA: https://www.eaa.org/eaa/aircraft-building/kits-and-plans/h—l/kingfisher

The aircraft has a popular Face Book following: https://www.facebook.com/andersonkingfisher/

Kits / Plans:

Warner Aviation, Inc.
Thunderhill Aerodrome
Rt. 4, Box 401
Covington, LA 70433

Wing kits (J-3 Cub type) are available:
Carlson Aircraft
60642 S.R. 14
PO Box 88
East Palestine, OH 44413

For those wanting to learn more about American sea planes this book may be worth checking out:

It’s available in Paperback & Kindle.

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One of my favorite self designed RC aircraft had some kingfisher influence is this plane called the barracuda (built in 2003). It has over a 7′ WS and is powered by a Tower Hobbies .61 2 cycle engine. Uses 6 TS-53 Futaba style servos and is fully covered in Monokote with a conventional truss frame / 1/32″ ply fuselage  & foam / balsa wings / tail. It’s a great flyer but an even better display model.

 

The Kingfisher is a popular RC Aircraft as well, owing the same simple configuration as the full size original, here are some RC options:

108″ Wing span RCM plan from 1990 by Dennis Tapsfield

https://outerzone.co.uk/plan_details.asp?ID=6038

&

72″ Span from Champion Models, 1983

https://outerzone.co.uk/plan_details.asp?ID=11867

Christen Eagle – Aircraft of the month

One of my favorite Acrobatic Biplanes is the Christen Eagle, I first got to see the eagle in action with the eagles acrobatic flight team consisting of Tom Poberezny, Charlie Hillard & Gene Soucy in the early 90’s at Oshkosh.

The Eagle was designed to compete with the Legendary Pitts Special in the late 70’s

Wikipedia:

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

For those interested in a Kit or Plans:

Aviat, Inc.
Box 1240
672 S. Washington
Afton, WY 83111

Telephone: 307-886-3151
Fax: 307-886-9674

Website: http://www.aviataircraft.com

EAA Resources:

https://www.eaa.org/eaa/aircraft-building/kits-and-plans/00—c/christen-eagle

 

RC aircraft on Outerzone:

50″ Span, 1980 Publication date, .40 – .60 glow power

https://outerzone.co.uk/plan_details.asp?ID=4560

 

62″ Span,

https://outerzone.co.uk/plan_details.asp?ID=6164

Corby Starlet CJ-1 – Aircraft of the Month

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

Like the PL-12 Airtruk, the Starlet was designed and built in Australia

The Corby Starlet was one of the big inspirations for the SP-500, The bare basics simplicity of this aircraft was quite attractive. Unfortunately you have to be quite short and light to fit in one.

While there are quite a few flying in Australia, there are not too many in the USA.

3 view of the Starlet

If your interested in a set of plans for this plane the contact info from ACS is:

CSN
1335 Robinhood Lane S.
Lakeland, FL 33813
Email: CorbyStarlet@gmail.com
Phone: (863) 644-8426

additional resources from Aircraft Spruce “ACS”

https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/kitspages/corby.php

For the RC pilots there are some options:

Kit from “RC-Builder”

Corby Starlet

Outerzone UK plan:

This is the only one available on Outerzone as a micro scale but it could easily be scaled up.

https://outerzone.co.uk/plan_details.asp?ID=2157

 

 

Wilga PZL-104 – Aircraft of the month

This aircraft of the month is the Wilga

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PZL-104_Wilga

Like the J-1B Don Quixote, the Wilga was made in Poland with some very creative engineering.

While not as common of a Bush Plane as a “Cub” its a very capable machine, packed with unique design features.

Designed in the early 60’s it was originally powered by Ivchenko AI-14 Radial Engine Produced in the Ukrain

The Wilga 2000 was a late 90’s / early 2000’s IO-540 Lycoming powered version.

The first time I saw one in person was at Oshkosh 06′

No modern story of the Wilga would be complete with out coverage of the Draco Wilga a P&W PT6A Turbo prop powered monster bush plane created by Mike Patey.

If your into Homebuilt aircraft construction and flying I would highly recommend you check out Mike’s YouTube Channel.

For the RC / scratch builder group Outerzone has 2 options for plans

55″ electric powered version from 2005

There is also a 36″ free flight version from 1973 that could easily be converted to Electric / RC

 

 

 

Dyke Delta – Aircraft of the month

The Dyke Delta was designed and built by John Dyke and first flew in 1966.

They do show up often at Airventure and SNF to help breakup the conformity of RV’s.

An excellent write up on the history of the aircraft can be found on the EAA web site, written by Alan White

https://www.eaa.org/eaa/eaa-chapters/chaptergram-articles/2016-07-the-rest-of-the-story-dyke-delta-n1aw

 

The structure is mostly 4130  welded steel tube

EAA Chapter 27 in Meriden Connecticut has a good collection of construction photos (including the photo above)

https://www.eaa27.org/index.php?p=planes&a=maher

For the RC community, legendary RC aircraft deisgner Laddie Mikulasko created a set of plans that can be found on Outerzone.

https://outerzone.co.uk/plan_details.asp?ID=6415

PL-12 Airtruk – Aircraft of the month

Quite the unusual aircraft and almost exclusively only found in Australia & New Zealand as an Ag Plane. It was manufactured by the Transavia Corporation from 1966 – 1993 with 118 examples built.

The common way anyone in the US or Europe would likely know about this aircraft is from 1985’s Mad Max Beyond Thunder Dome piloted by Jedediah (played by Bruce Spence). For the longest time I thought something this Bizarre was just made up with some real good special effects, but no its real.

Very interesting to see what people and companies will cook up when not bound by local technical Dogma.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transavia_PL-12_Airtruk

RC models are very rare (nothing yet on Outerzone) but some custom one offs can be found, one of the few kits available is from Laser Design Services and can be found at:

http://store.laser-design-services.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=210

 

 

SNS 7 Hyperbipe – Aircraft of the Month

Sorrell Negative Stagger, Model 7 (SNS 7) was first introduced in 1973 and combined serious Biplane Acrobatic performance combined with a unique side by side cabin seating unlike other Acrobatic Biplanes like the Pitts, Star Duster, Ultimate Bipe & the Christen Eagle.
Controlling interest in the Hyperbipe is now with Tunderbird Aviation LLC

 

Every now an then they come up for sale on barn stormers and other online aircraft brokers.
Sun N Fun / Lakeland has one on display:
 
For RC scratch builders, Outerzone has some free PDF plans
1978, 42″ Span, by Frank Massa / Master Kit
Also from 1978, 57″ Span, by Phil Moore / Radio Modeller