Air Pictorial 1957-08
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Many model building techniques went into the building of this Cassutt "Special" racer. Only a few years old, it is fast becoming one of the top contenders in the racing field. Like most of the midget racers, it too is powered by an 85 h.p. Continental engine. The wing tips are carved from solid balsa.
"Li'l Varmint" is a two-seat Wittman W-8 "Tailwind" constructed from plans by S. J. Wittman. The builder of "Li'l Varmint" had no flying experience, and took flying lessons during the time he was constructing the aircraft. It is powered by a 90-h.p. Continental engine and can approach 200 m.p.h. in level flight.
Always a delight is the sporty little "Knight Twister", in this case the Anderson and Babcock version, sometimes referred to as the Sundelin " Knight Twister". This one is perhaps the best known of its type and its construction and finish is superior to most. The long nose holds only an 85-h.p. Continental engine, set far out to balance the structure. The streamlined "I" struts shown in the photograph have been replaced with "N" struts.
This modified Pietenpol L.S. "Air Camper" is one of the few remaining of its type still flying. It sports a fully-cowled 65-h.p. Lycoming engine, wingtip plates, dual instrumentation and has two-way radio.
The Pack & Associates D's "Johnny Reb" is one of two aircraft designed and constructed by the same owner. It is used for sport flying and racing, and with its thin wing and clean lines is capable of high speeds.
Starting out from what many people considered a weird looking contraption, the Falck "Rivets" has evolved into one of the fastest and most challenging of the midget racers. It has sharply swept-wings and a "T" tail. Power is supplied by an 85-h.p. Continental engine.
"Shoestring", which won the 1951 Continental Trophy Race, is often compared to a scale model aeroplane. Design and workmanship is of the finest quality and it lacks nothing in performance. It is owned by Aero Industries of New York.
The Townsend "Thunderbird", a two-place, cantilever monoplane utilises the outer wing panels ofa Vultee BT-13, as well as the latter's tail surfaces, which are cut down. A 245-h.p. Jacobs R-755-9 engine provides the power which gives the aircraft a top speed of 200 m.p.h.
Mr. Horace Sackett of Michigan took his Piper Cub and rebuilt it into this low-wing, single-seat, tricycle undercarriage aircraft, which is now known as the Sackett J-1 "Special". Still retaining its 65-h.p. Lycoming engine, it far outperforms the Cub from which it was developed. It also retains its original registration number.
Designed for aerobatics, this snappy little Robinson MDR-1 (modified) "Special" is of all-metal construction and uses cutdown Luscombe wing panels. Many other Luscombe parts were used in this aircraft, and it is powered by a 115-h.p. Lycoming engine. Despite its powerful engine it is an extremely small aeroplane.
The Long-Johnson "Mammy", the third of the "Midget Mustang" line, is constructed entirely of metal. The design is available in kit form, and although powered by only an 85-h.p. engine, is capable of 200 m.p.h.
There are many amateur flyers who prefer to resurrect an old type from the junk pile and rebuild it to their own ideas. Such was the case with this Great Lakes 2T-1A. It is now powered by a modern 185-h.p. Continental E-185 engine, seats one and is fully aerobatic. The original aircraft was first manufactured in 1932.