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Posted by AA5BY | Sep 29, 2014 @ 09:48 AM | 1,755 Views
The Travel Air 6000 was a six passenger early airline plane. Powered by a radial engine, it had good climbi rate but was relatively slow given the wing struts and fixed undercarriage with large wheels for grass strips.

Because of the limited passenger space and its slowness, it didn't stay in service very long, being replaced by Ford Tri Motors and in time the DC-3.

Surplus to the airlines, they found a niche serving mountain valleys because of the exceptionally good climb rate enabling them climb quickly out of a valley and over mountain ridges. Many were equipped with floats and serviced mountain lakes. They also represented the last of the wood spar era.

My interest in modeling a Travel Air 6000 began during an air show at a local small airfield. One had been restored and rides were available. I didn't ride in it that day, but its lines impressed me and the thought occurred that it would be a good RC build.

Six months later, it was there again, and this time the pilot offered a ride and I actually got some stick time. It was a hoot to fly a plane eighty years old and following the flight, the thought of building a model was given more serious thought.

There wasn't much available for plans. The plane had been build many years back when memories of it were yet alive, but nothing current with the latest plan found using an escapement radio. The plan was drawn in the early sixties.

The wingspan was 48" so I ordered the plan doubled to 96" for a...Continue Reading
Posted by AA5BY | Feb 04, 2014 @ 11:27 AM | 2,386 Views
Several years ago, a guy came to the field selling surplus stuff and I bought ($5) a set of balsa covered foam cored wings NIB. They evidently had been bought from a wing maker to rebuild a model that never got rebuilt.

The panels were forty inches. I determined to use them to construct a self design. My favorite era is thirties through the WW-II era so a thirties looking open cockpit sport plane was envisioned, sketched, drawn and scratch built.

Construction and Flight
  • Conception - spring of 2011
  • Drawing - summer of 2011
  • Acquring wood and hardware and final drawings - late summer and fall 2011
  • Buiding - January - April 2012
  • Maiden - early May 2012
  • Flown - often for fifteen months until mishap during summer 2013
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Wingspan 96"
Power 35cc gas
Weight 16.75 lbs.

Video of maiden
Sport35.mpg (8 min 5 sec)


Build log
http://pages.suddenlink.net/arlyn/bigred.html

The Crash

Normally, flaps were used for landing and a fast idle was mixed with the flaps which worked very well with any headwind but lacking a headwind, I'd suffered a lengthy landing and determined to go back up and do better and chose to land without the flaps/fast idle. There was a cross wind in my face that I failed asses as a danger and slowed too much on base leg and stalled when turning onto final. The plane is salvageable and needs the front section, wing tips and rudder repaired.
Posted by AA5BY | Feb 03, 2014 @ 09:57 AM | 2,243 Views
We all have one... and mine starts with man's primate struggle to survive. He learned quickly that behavior was critical. Destructive behavior lowered the odds. He labeled that kind of behavior sin and taught his children to avoid. The dichotomy between good and evil was born out of the challenge to survive and live a quality life.

Teaching aids of stories and myths were created. They evolved into religions and given various authority figures (gods). The stories and gods served the various tribes in the quest to survive by providing order, identity, unity, entertainment, consolation when needed, assurance, comfort, hope, maps to guide them toward the future, and much more.

That so many various tribes and cultures had their unique narratives and gods, evidences a human pattern of thought and creative expression. Of course, each will be tempted to claim that his is better or the only true reality.

In our modern mobile world, our neighbors are global and we are challenged to respect and find peace with them rather than war about which religion is true. It might be helpful to accept that they all are alternate realities.