Midwest P-63 King Cobra & Cosmic Wind - These two planes were my mainstay's in Alaska. Boy! The crazy stories they
generated - like the day the Cosmic Wind got wrapped around phone lines. Broke off the tail, but only took about a day to get
it back in the air. You might note that the P-63 is in Russian markings. Of the many thousands of full-size P-63's that were
built, most (95%) went to Russia to serve as "tank busters". I thought the plane's history was reason enough to put it in the
"proper" markings. These two were really a lot of fun to fly.
|Geez, I must be getting old or something - I'm the last living member of that group.
Anyway, the five C/L planes on this page were my mainstays while stationed at Elmendorf AFB, Anchorage Alaska. Unfortunately, none are
still in service - either retired or destroyed.
Fourney Aerocoupe - Also given to me by Paul, the Aerocoupe was originally designed by Hal DeBolt (see the Champs
pages) for R/C. I converted it to C/L and put a Fox .15 throttle engine on it. Great flier but it didn't like to come down,
even with the engine on idle - the wing has that much lift. I had to literally fly it onto the ground to land it. Very slow
and stable machine.
Reconverted to R/C, she's a wonderfully gentle sport flier. Still working the Fox .15, I use a 8x4 prop with 4-channel
radio (using 3, elevator, ailerons & throttle) and she's nearly scale in her flying characteristics. Hands-off T/O's are long
and low, flying and landing is gentle and slow. She's the perfect "Sunday" flier with a top speed of maybe 40 mph,
MAYBE!! One added bonus is that when I originally built her, it was for CL so she's all one piece. Field prep time is about
Midwest ME-109 - My "109" was given to me by a friend (Paul Eaton) up in Anchorage. It was originally built with a
Enya-.35RC engine and with that throttle available, I flew her as a "carrier" plane. She was tough as nails, but also did
decent basic aerobatics.
P-82 Twin-Mustang - The Twin-Mustang was an experiment, pure and simple, one that worked out decently but not what
you'd call Great. It started life as a Top Flite P-51 profile plane with a Fox-.35 and 6-oz Perfect metal CL tank.
Unbeknownst to me, the right wing had just a bit of warp in it and on about the 3rd flight it turned in at me, crossed over
my head at about 10' altitude and hit the ground - breaking off that right wing and right landing gear.
I took a second kit that I had, did a bit of hemming and hawing, and used the original plane with the 2nd kit to make a
Twin-Mustang. In this pic you see the original fuse and wing on the left, the second kit made the center and right side. At
the same time, I replaced the original fuel tank with a pair of 6-oz "clunk" tanks, added a second Fox-.35 and flew the bird
for close to 3 years. Last I saw of her, she was hanging in the LHS in Anchorage.
She was incredibly fast at first, and not very maneuverable. Howled like a banshee (Fox .35's with NO mufflers tend to do
that). I eventually replaced the original 10x6 props with a pair of 3-blade 9x4's and she settled right down. A bit of lead
in the tail brought her CG to just behind the main spar and she became quite the basic aerobat. Loved the sound of those 2
|This plane was over 30 years old when I finally retired her.