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Old Mar 21, 2012, 04:46 AM
The original Flying Pigs Sqd.
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Back in the 30's...(1930's)

Stumbled upon this little gem:
Gliding 1930 (9 min 19 sec)
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Old Mar 21, 2012, 08:54 AM
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Thanks for posting.
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Old Mar 21, 2012, 10:26 AM
Balsa Builder. With some foam.
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Really cool Sea Plane Glider. And a very nice 1930 girl flying it.
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Old Mar 21, 2012, 11:04 AM
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Thank's for sharing that I especially enjoyed it because I'm from L.I. In the early 70's I was a member of the Long Island Soaring Assoc. LISA. There are some serious cliff on the north shore of L.I. I'd like to slope soar them someday.
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Old Mar 21, 2012, 01:18 PM
more casual than stylish....
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I have the plans for the tow-line model. It's a Bowlus Paperwing, so called because it used built-up ribs with a paper shear layer covering on them. The real sailplane was- get this- a wingeron, with the entire tip rotating for roll control.
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Old Mar 21, 2012, 01:51 PM
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Every time I see those videos or pictures of old times aeromodelers a question comes to my mind:
- When did we stopped wearing a tie when going to the flying field?
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Old Mar 21, 2012, 03:41 PM
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Now that's a Boy Scouting activity. Full scale glider flying.
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Old Mar 21, 2012, 03:53 PM
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Hi Up

Thanks for posting the really cool early glider video, as i'am gathering info for my scratch built primary glider of my own design.

A little of this one and a little of that one to come up with just the right look for my 8' model, it will have full cable control's and built up wing ribs like the full size have.

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Old Mar 21, 2012, 04:03 PM
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thanks for sharing. Camera man did a very stable filming job.
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Old Mar 21, 2012, 04:07 PM
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Thanks for posting!
really enjoyed that - the seaplane glider is so cool, and with a young lady pilot, ultra cool!

Phil.
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Old Mar 21, 2012, 04:32 PM
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I only missed that era by 20 years!
But i'm glad to be where i'm at today, we've got some really neat stuff to play with now. And i'm glad scratchbuilding hasn't completely died!
Mike.
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Old Mar 21, 2012, 04:55 PM
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That is really cool UPS! The boat sounds like it has an aircraft engine in it

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Old Mar 24, 2012, 12:38 AM
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Thanks for sharing,nice vid for all the flying dreamers
regards
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Old Mar 24, 2012, 10:16 AM
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The video is great. Thanks for sharing it with us. But is also brings up some other issues:

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I only missed that era by 20 years! But i'm glad to be where i'm at today, we've got some really neat stuff to play with now. And i'm glad scratchbuilding hasn't completely died!
I agree, but the flip side is a little disappointing. Almost 80 years later, with lots of advanced (and cheaper) technology, yet exposure to aviation or RC flight is little better than in my grandparents' day.

What are any other youth organizations doing today like the above video? The Girl Scouts have no regular exposure to aviation, planes, or flight. There are occasional special camps every few years, but at the local level girls get no introduction to any of this. The Boy Scouts offer the aviation badge, but without exposure to model flight (or an airport) there is little to motivate them, and all full scale flights require gobs of insurance and sign-offs. For a host of reasons, public schools teach less today about flight and aviation than they ever did.

So if you have some time to spare —and if you fly sailplanes you have some— look up a local youth group and offer them something. Even just having the group come watch at a local RC club is more than what most kids get.
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Old Mar 25, 2012, 12:16 AM
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My avatar shows me trying to mimic an earlier time, but a very good friend of mine learned to fly a Curtiss(?) Primary in the mid-20s. His sage advice was, "You are about to stall if your pantlegs stop flapping..." Their tow vehicle was a 4-cylinder Stutz, the only car that could get the glider off in the length of field they had. They used to get gas money by challenging luxury car drivers that their Packard/Cadillac/Pierce/whatever could not tow up the glider. One run down the field, and the glider was only a few feet up... The wager was paid, the Stutz refuelled, and away they went!

Our Chanute-type was spruce and baling wire, covered in 6mil plastic. It eventually received a new coat of polyester, and now hangs in a museum, wrongly labelled as a "Chanute Replica", built by a guy I have never heard of, never mind anyone who participated in the designing, building, or flying of project.
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