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Sep 11, 2019, 01:59 PM
Culper Junior
Looks a bit like my dream airplane, a Smyth Sidewinder. I bought plans to build but life sidetracked me.

https://www.google.com/search?q=smyth%20sidewinder
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Sep 11, 2019, 06:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Bell47G2
Look’s like a quick one. Especially if manufactured by Swearingen.
Homebuilt.

EJ
Sep 11, 2019, 08:28 PM
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Sep 11, 2019, 11:53 PM
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Piper PT-1 Only one built.
Sep 12, 2019, 01:08 AM
AeroDan
Is this at the Piper plant or the EAA HQ?
Sep 12, 2019, 08:59 AM
Culper Junior
You got it George.
Bell, I don’t know, just lifted it from google. Looks like EAA to me.
Sep 12, 2019, 10:27 AM
AeroDan
A RARE gem!!! From what I understand, it’s the FIRST low-wing/retractable from Piper.
Sep 12, 2019, 10:33 AM
Culper Junior
Back in the late 70’s or so it was at Piper in Lock Haven for the summer. My wife and I went up and I have a bunch of 35mm slides of it.
Sep 12, 2019, 11:52 AM
AeroDan
It’s a nice, straightforward design. Too bad it wasn’t put into production. It look’s like a fun, weekender plane for hopping little cross-countries. Reminds me of a Culver Cadet, for some reason.
Sep 12, 2019, 04:12 PM
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I always thought the Culver Cadet looked too small. I agree that this Piper would have been a nice little weedender plane. Too bad it didn't go into production. I wonder how well it flew.

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It’s a nice, straightforward design. Too bad it wasn’t put into production. It look’s like a fun, weekender plane for hopping little cross-countries. Reminds me of a Culver Cadet, for some reason.
Sep 13, 2019, 11:05 AM
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Looked too small? They are DEFINTELY small! However Al Mooney was into designing small aircraft, at the time. Later Mite was/is small too. But like his Cadet, is HUGE on ramp appeal.

PT-1 is sort of cute...maybe, but not a stellar looker.
Sep 13, 2019, 11:35 AM
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I seem to recall reading somewhere that Al Mooney wasn't a large man and you can generally extract more performance from a given powerplant by keeping the plane small, light and aerodynamically clean. Mooney's designs were all of those.
Sep 19, 2019, 12:55 AM
AeroDan
Especially with the way all Mooney Aircraft control-surface trailing edges are slanted forward.
Sep 20, 2019, 07:15 AM
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Sep 21, 2019, 12:30 PM
Terrain! Terrain!
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Trella T-106


This kinda dumpy little thing is a Trella T-106, designed and built in the U.S. in 1949. Of all metal construction it was powered by an 85hp Continental, had a span of 34ft and seated two. Cruising at 102 mph it had a range of 400 mi, an impressively low stall speed of 42 mph and reportedly handled well. Neat little airplane.


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