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Look out for more flight pics which are on the way ... see above for EAA publication on this beaut plane!
read about how this magnificent plane took shape....
the 31st Day of August 2003 the project starts with this email from Phil:
the Fisher Celebrity and the R2800 are an ideal fit an order for the engine
soon followed; and as we were interested in tracking Phil's progress we
requested photographs to track the project's progress - Phil obliged with
Dec 2003 Phil writes: A large package was delivered to my shop
yesterday - and it was better than Christmas morning! As you can
see from the attached photos, the R2800 made the trip uneventfully, and
I was astonished at the beauty of the engine. This engine would look as
a centerpiece on the wall of my living room! The workmanship is absolutely
beautiful! Needless to say, I am having a great time showing it off
to my builder friends. As you can see from the photos - the engine is
still in the crate, and will probably stay there for a while until my
project gets further along. To further illustrate the quality
of your workmanship, you can see the engine mount loosely attached to
the firewall. Judging purely from the size of the propellor - I
think this engine/propellor combination is going to move this little airplane
quite smartly through the air!
January 2004 Phil writes : Your new website updates look great
to me. I am very pleased to have my project as part of the site, and I
look forward to keeping you posted on progress. Actually, I have been
able to put some serious time in during our holidays, and I have enclosed
a few updated pictures of the emerging fuselage. Note that I have attached
the tail feathers so it is beginning to look like an airplane. I have
also permanently attached the engine frame with AN6 bolts - so it now
stands ready to accept that beautiful engine.
..I am in the stages of rigging now, and then preparing the structure
for cover. I expect that I may attach the engine and run all of the wiring
and plumbing before cover, and then disassemble to cover and finish. I
will keep you posted with pictures.