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Sep 21, 2020, 06:38 PM
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1929 Church Midwing by Classic Models

The original Church was built in 1928 and 1929, by Jim Church of Chicago. He used basic Heath Parasol parts, ie the wings, body and tail. His plane was powered with the famous Henderson motorcycle engine. In 1929, Jim entered the Church in the Cleveland Air Races in the 100 cu in class. The Church, piloted by Freddie Lund, test pilot for Waco, lead the race for five laps before a burned valve forced it from the race. The airplane performed so well, Jim started kitting his modifications for the Heath. He also sold the complete plane and parts to potential builders.

General Characteristics

Length: 16 ft 9 in (5.11 m)
Wingspan: 26 ft 8 in (8.13 m)
Wing area: 110 ft2 (10 m2)
Empty weight: 367 lb (166 kg)
Gross weight: 584 lb (265 kg)
Fuel capacity: 4.5 Gal (17 L)
Powerplant: 1 Heath-Henderson B-4 Inline 4 cylinder, 27 hp (20 kW)


Maximum speed: 78 kn (90 mph, 140 km/h)
Cruise speed: 61 kn (70 mph, 110 km/h)
Stall speed: 24 kn (28 mph, 45 km/h)

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Sep 27, 2020, 03:01 PM
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my grandfather knew him
Sep 27, 2020, 03:07 PM
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Originally Posted by slam555
my grandfather knew him
Cool and what an era that was with aviation!

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