GP-5 First Flight
sky with Dave at the controls. After a 15 year gestation and
three owners, the first flight went well. Look for the plane around
the pylons at Reno soon!This marks Dave's 34th prototype flight.
The same week as the first flight, the Unlimited Air Racing rules
were changed to require the minimum weight of the aircraft to
be 4500 pounds. The GP weighs about 1,000 pounds. Since
this is not a kit airplane, it can not currently fly in Sport Class.
George Pereira, designer, congratulations George Backovich,
the proud owner of the GP-5 after a successful first flight.
Meteor RT-14 Logs First Flight at Chino
With Dave Morss at the controls, the Wathen Foundation’s replica
of the Turner RT-14 Meteor made its first flight at Chino,
California, on Thursday, December 12, 2002. Tom Wathen said
the airplane flew for 15 minutes, and that Golden-Era racer
indicated 170 mph with its Pratt & Whitney R-1830, producing just
17 inches of manifold pressure at about 30 percent power. Morss
attempted the Meteor’s first flight about a month ago, Wathen
said, but the “engine sneezed just after the wheels left the runway,
so Dave put it right back on Chino’s Runway 26 Left, which is nice
and long and wide.” Morss used the same runway for the first
flight, and while the engine ran smoothly, it ran hot. “We have to
let more air out of the cowling,” Wathen said.
Airport, which the Wathen Foundation saved from developers a little
more than two years ago, but work to address the cooling needs and
other bugs, such as the inability to get more than 10 degrees of flaps,
will take place at Chino’s Planes of Fame. With a 25-foot wing and an
empty weight better than 3,000 pounds, then engineers said with full
flaps the 1000-hp racer should land at 115 mph, Wathen said, which
makes the airplane “too hot for Flabob” and its short runway.
Morss called the RT-14 a “real rocket ship,” Wathen said. He added that
the replica marked Morss’s 325th first flight, and his 30th first flight of a
prototype aircraft. Owned and flown by legendary race pilot Roscoe
Turner, the original RT-14 is in the collection of the Smithsonian National
Air & Space Museum and competed in the National Air Races from 1937
to 1939, placing first in 1938 and ’39.
September 13, 2001 (Redmond, OR) – In January of this year,
Lancair International announced they would fly a turbine engine
powered Lancair IV. This dream is now a reality. On July 9, 2001,
test pilot Dave Morss flew the first factory Lancair IV powered by a
750-hp Walter 601E turboprop engine. The Lancair IV/IV-P is a
four-place, retractable, all composite aircraft that has been in
service since 1993.
There is no feeling like raw power. When I worked for Air
Ambulance, I loved doing new pilot training in the Lear 20 series.
There’s no other civilian plane that will give you that push back in
the seat, 6,000 fpm, nose-to-the-sky feeling of a light Lear.
Well, now there is... and it’s called the Thunder Mustang. Mere
numbers don’t describe the feeling you get when you push the
power up on this plane. Truthfully, it kind of snuck up on me, too.
During the first taxi tests and several early flights, the power was
brought in slowly. On each subsequent flight, I brought it in a little
faster until, finally, I was just letting off the brakes and firewalling it.
But it wasn’t until I saw a video of the first public flight that I
realized my take-off rolls were about seven seconds and initial
climbs at about 40 degree angles.
In 1984, I started a company to test prototype
aircraft and do first flights on kit built aircraft.
Over the last six years there has been a real
change in the methods and technology in the
experimental movement. In years past, it was
not unusual to argue with a KR2 builder to
replace the wing bolts with AN hardware and
have him complain about the extra cost
involved with AN versus hardware bolts.
TF-51 First Flight Salinas, CA 2/20/08
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