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Old 10-20-2017, 04:03 PM   #1
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Landed at Mexia goofing off. Looks like a airplane graveyard out here.


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Old 10-20-2017, 04:46 PM   #2
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That's very nearly a triplane, with those little stub wings in front. Interesting design.


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Old 10-20-2017, 05:31 PM   #3
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Reminds me of the Super Petrel.

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Old 10-20-2017, 05:36 PM   #4
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Many if not most small amphibious aircraft to me seem compromised to the point of being both a poor water craft and poor land plane. If you could fold it up and drive it, it would be a Sh**** car too.

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I've never been there, but am a fan of airplane graveyards, what else is there?
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It's a Sea Hawker, a kit design from about 20 years ago. The "Stub Wings" are actually sponsons to keep water from splashing into the prop.

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Next time you are hopping airports, stop by 73F just east of TSTC. I am the second house on the north end.
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Next time you are hopping airports, stop by 73F just east of TSTC. I am the second house on the north end.
Maybe I will fly the J-3 over soon
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One of them Seahawks (as it was called from the beginning) was built in Sweden a long time ago, around 1987 or so. As cool as it looks, it simply did not fly very well.

On the maiden flight, it showed a curious yaw tendency which lead the test pilot to suspect a rudder cable broke or something. He was about to divert to a bigger airport to have a rescue team at hand when the yaw thing suddenly cleared up.

The rest if the test flights were plagued with the yaw and different versions of remedies for it. Vortex generators on the rear of the front top fuselage, vanes to direct the air on to the vertical fin, extra fins mounted on the stab, etc.

It never handled right and got the nickname Death Hawk. Apparenty they tried a water landing with it, which went fine. The take off was another matter.

It was probably left to rot after that. I don’t know if there are any of these safely flying, and if so, what the cure for the instability was.

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Did a search. The design is pretty scary. One accident with ATP pilot aircraft became un controllable after take off, crashed and burned.... Design rights sold, sold again and again.....

Wishful thinking maybe not a good basis for the purchase of an aircraft design?

But I guess I agree, kinda cool. Maybe actually worth something, as a tax write off....if you could find a museum to take it
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The Seahawk started life at my home base Mojave (KMHV) I remember they were trying to make Oshkosh and couldn't due to problems so they sawed it in two so it would fit in the trailer. We dubbed it the Sawhawk!
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Should be hanging in a restaurant.
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I have a friend, now passed, that built and flew one for years. He also built a paddle wheel powers tug boat and a barge that he had a crane on. He would pick the Hawk out of the water, stow it on the barge and head down river.. That boat, barge, and plane, made many trips from Dubuque, IA. to the Tall Stacks festival in Cincinnati, OH. He also lost one wing one time and with full opposite aileron, full rudder, making turns only one direction he was able to land it at Albertus airport KFEP. It still exists but nobody will fly it. He was one of a kind!

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Here is an image of Ike's personal aircraft carrier; that he also built. You can just see the hoisting affair across just over the door. He was a special person, if your interested Google Ike Hastings and you will see more including a segment that the History channel did years ago. He was a good pilot but not real good at maintance and worse at cleaning so visiting him was always an adventure. The last time I saw him alive he had stopped at the house looking for my dad, another old boat builder, to show off his new air horn for the bigger paddle boat he was building. It was just over a hundred foot long and the air horn was a three gang about 5' long, I was instantly envious. He got to pilot the last paddle boat, his 24th hand built boat, for a few years before he lost his health.


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An epilogue is the bipe may end up on a pole in front of his nephew's resterant. That restaurant has a chopper style motorcycle up on a post now and a 1956 Chevy sitting below with a 6' chicken sticking out of the roof of the car.
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Larry,

How he was cool !

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Larry,
Thanks for the reminder.
Ike was my hero. When i was working i had the photo of his rig on my wall with a part of his description something about him being retired but his wife was still working.
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He was a corker, he always had young beautiful women hanging around him on most of his junkets. His wife hated the river so she hardly ever went boating with him. But she would just crimp his style anyway. He was already a womanizer when I met him back in the 60's. He sold that first paddle wheeler boat to the Audubon Society. They only had it for a couple of years before they figured out it took way more talent than they had access to, to pilot it and keep it running.


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