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#1 phillip57 Oct 16, 2012 07:32 PM

Spirit of St. Louis - from enlarged Flyline plans.
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Have had the desire to do Spirit of St. Louis for some time. Having seen the replica in the Smithsonian last summer solidified my resolve. I bought the Flyline kit from a friend, and chose to enlarge the plans x 2, ws at 68." She'll be built light, Roughly guessing about 5 lbs. AUW.
The wing is flat bottomed. Would there be an advantage to building it undercambered? Would there be a disadvantage?

#2 Pat Daily Oct 16, 2012 07:44 PM

I would use the airfoil as is. Not even sure if the Spirit had an undercambered airfoil. Flyline planes are noted for being good fliers.

#3 phillip57 Oct 16, 2012 08:07 PM

The replica in the Smithsonian has a flat bottom airfoil. Pics of the original indicated an undercamber, so I was wondering.

#4 Bill Smudge Oct 16, 2012 10:25 PM

I'll be watching for sure, got a Guillows kit a few days ago and hope to build sometime in the future. 68 inches should be a great flyer, with out a doubt at 5 pounds...


#5 phillip57 Oct 16, 2012 11:13 PM

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Thanks Bill, I could be a bit optimistic with the 5 Lb. estimate, who knows? Probably learn something along the way.

#6 phillip57 Oct 16, 2012 11:15 PM


Originally Posted by phillip57 (Post 23020827)
The replica in the Smithsonian has a flat bottom airfoil. Pics of the original indicated an undercamber, so I was wondering.

Don't know what I was thinkng.... looking at the pics now, can't find a trace of an undercamber!

#7 Chompwat Oct 17, 2012 12:05 PM

No rest then Phil! Straight into the next build. This should be interesting? What will you be using for the power plant?

#8 Pat Daily Oct 17, 2012 12:49 PM

The Spirit in the Smithsonian is the original one--Young Paul Garber, in 1927 a young employee of the Smithsonian, sent a telegram to Paris while Lindbergh was still flying towards France requesting the Spirit for the Smithsonian--he boldness was rewarded when Lindy donated the Spirit. Paul was the guest speaker at a DC Maxecuter Christmas banquet back in the 70s and told us the story.

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#9 phillip57 Oct 17, 2012 02:07 PM

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I thought the Parisiennes ripped the original to pieces... I snapped many pics of the Spirit for future reference. Thanks for the link!

Gavin I don't know yet what the motor will be. Something in the neighborhood of 500 watts, 3 or 4S.

#10 Pat Daily Oct 17, 2012 04:26 PM

The orgininal Spirit was damaged some by the crowd in Paris when it landed, but she was shipped back to the US. Watch the movie with Jimmy Stewart playing Lindbergh. The Paris Police got the plane into a hangar and away from the crowd.

#11 phillip57 Oct 17, 2012 05:26 PM

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We watched the film many many years ago, have to watch it again.

#12 gupi Oct 17, 2012 11:57 PM

This looks like very interesting build! I'll be watching!

#13 phillip57 Oct 17, 2012 11:58 PM

Great to have you along Gupi.

#14 Pat Daily Oct 18, 2012 10:20 AM

Same here! Good Luck with it.

#15 phillip57 Oct 18, 2012 10:48 AM

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Pat, I love your Velie Monocoupe build, this is along the same lines.

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