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Old 08-17-2020, 12:20 PM   #61
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Lindberg's claim to fame (and fortune) was the prize (put up by a newspaper) for being the first to fly non-stop New York to Paris. Flying solo was his idea, it was not required for the prize.



Did some research: The prize was $25,000, put up up by a hotel owner named Orteig, not a newspaper. Going non-stop was the only rule. A lot of attempts were made by tri-motor planes with 3 and 4 man crews. Some failed due to hissy fits and cat fights among crew members and sponsors. Others crashed. Lindberg went solo with a single engine plane to save weight for more fuel. He also went without a radio and parachute to save weight, but did have an inflatable raft.
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Old 08-17-2020, 12:57 PM   #62
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OMG it must be a disease....lol. My father in his youth in WV bought an arm surplus Jenney JN-4 in the early 30's and the grass field he flew it out of is STILL in use today. I flew control line model airplanes all my life and still do occasionaly. I always wanted to get my pilots license but being red/green color blind would probably have prevented it but I still have the urge. About 10 years ago I ALMOST bought an ultra-light plane from a club member at that field in WV but at 67 then I thought better of it. Who knows what tomorrow brings. It is also ironic that two years ago we took off from Florida in our MH and went west to California, up the Coast to Oregon, then back to New England to visit out kids. We whent over the Tehachapi loop! What an experience with a 42' MH towing a Ford Explorer!! Gonna go take a ride in my 29 Roadster....lol.
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Old 09-24-2020, 05:26 AM   #63
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I see a few posts about Piper Cubs. I learned in a metal spar J3 with an A65, later C85.
But regardless,
A friend has a J2 powered by a Continental single ignition 37 HP. Not much of a climber on a warm day. Wouldn't want to see 2 people in it.
I understand the first Cub, which may have been a Taylorcraft, was powered by a 28 hp engine. It was said to be underpowered, and that be an understatement, and the engine was replaced by a 37 or 38 hp engine. That was then said to be overpowered. Now that wasn't an understatement.

I had a 150 hp. My observation or experience was- the more gas you fed it didn't relate to more airspeed. I learned in a 90 hp Cub. A lot less fuel burn for a comparable airspeed to the 150hp model.
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Old 09-26-2020, 02:19 PM   #64
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With apologies to you Katy.

Hi Katy. I apologies for taking so long to respond to your question about Gordon Taylor, who yes was knighted becoming Sir Gordon Taylor.
Originally declined by the Australian Air Force as a pilot he travelled to England and was accepted by the Royal Air Force returning to Australia when the war ended.
I had heard and read of the co pilot who flew with Australian aviator Sir Ross Kingsford-Smith who, in flight, climbed out on the strut and drained oil from a failed engine into a thermos flask and transferred it to the second engine which was overheating. I didnít know the fellows name but it was indeed Gordon Taylor.
I canít tell you much more apart from quoting from Wikipedia so I have provided the link below so as you can check it out. Yes, he was an aviator of notoriety and it is worth a read.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gordon_Taylor_(aviator)
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His book "The Sky Beyond" is a good read.
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