• The Biplane Forum is a large global active community of biplane builders, owners and pilots. From Pitts to Skybolts, to older barnstormers, all types are welcome. In addition to our active community, our content boasts exhaustive technical information which is often sought after for projects and maintenance. This information has accumulated over the 12+ years the forum has been in existence.

    The Biplane Forum is a private community. Subscriptions are only $29.95/year to gain access to this great community and unmatched source of information not found anywhere else on the web. We are also a great resource for non biplane users, since many GA aircraft are built the same way (fabric and tube construction).

Christen Eagle II for sale

AirbusLegacy

New Member
Joined
May 13, 2016
Messages
4
Reaction score
0
My friend, Randy Clark, a former Blue Angel owned this airplane and recently passed away.

I'm helping his widow sell the airplane.

Attached is the Eagle spec sheet from when it was purchased. Last annual was August and it had about 812 hours. Low time plane. No damage history. Always hangared. Very light aerobatics – no competition. “Full feather paint” – white body.

Eagle.jpg

We are looking for offers. The airplane is hangared at Palomar Airport, Carlsbad, CA (KCRQ).

Please contact me: Erik Larson
[email protected]
(619) 301-7475 (cell)
 

freerangequark

Mostly harmless.
Lifetime Supporter
Joined
May 24, 2012
Messages
1,708
Reaction score
458
Per forum rules, please post a price.

Thanks!
 

Skid

Member
Joined
Apr 30, 2016
Messages
15
Reaction score
2
I would love the chance to come down and see it but unfortunately the timing is is not good. I would still love to see some pictures!! I doubt it will last long!! Good luck!!
 

AirbusLegacy

New Member
Joined
May 13, 2016
Messages
4
Reaction score
0
Sorry about the lack of price, I didn't
know that rule.
The price, I guess, will be somewhat determined by what we find in the logbooks with regard to the crank (solid or not) and some various other items.
The logs and pictures should be available in about a week.
I'm just trying to help my friend's widow find a good home for the airplane.
I'm a Lancair Legacy owner but don't know a lot about the Eagle.
Any help or advice would be GREATLY appreciated!
Erik Larson

asw20[email protected]
(619) 301-7475 (cell)
 

Flybipe

Well-Known Member
Lifetime Supporter
Joined
Aug 20, 2007
Messages
461
Reaction score
248
All Eagles have a "hollow" crank because they run a constant speed prop. You may have a light flange crank, which can be identified by lightening holes drilled between the prop mounting holes. The light flange crank / two bladed metal Hartzell prop combo was well known to have problems by the early/mid 80's so unless the builder was really trying to save money, it is more likely than not that it has a heavy flange crank...

Look at the prop logs and see if you can determine which hub is on the prop. An -A suffix part number on the hub needs to be replaced. A -B suffix hub has no recurring inspection required where as if your hub has no suffix (or a - E), it requires a repetitive inspection every 50 hours which requires removal of the prop to do.

If the kit was ordered after about 1984 it probably had the beefed up support tubes for the lower longeron and radiused gear mounting plates from the factory but likely it was an early 80's kit that was finished in 1985 so look in the logs to see if has had a gear mod/lower longeron mod made. This involves replacing several small vertical support tubes with larger diameter tubes and installing a plug-welded inner "sleeve" tube inside the lower longerons. The gear mounting plates should have a gentle radius where they clamp the fuselage frame.

Also look for any log book entries indicating compression ribs have been modified or filled with epoxy and flox. Again, if it was an early 80's kit, it would have come from the factory with the hollow compression ribs. If no indication exists, at least check the tension on the drag / anti-drag wires through the inspection hole. Slack tension in the wires indicates problems with the compression ribs, which requires removing fabric to fix.

None of these mods are deal breakers for a gently flown Eagle if they haven't been done but will effect price. Most Eagles of this vintage seem to be in the $55-$65K range. If you have a light flange hub without the gear mod and no indication of whether the compression ribs have been filled, you'd likely be at the low end of the spectrum or lower.

Finally, unless it was re-covered since that spec sheet was done, you've got 31+ year old fabric. There are plenty of aircraft out there flying around with fabric that old or older, but it needs to be considered when pricing the plane.

I remember this Eagle at Screaming Eagle years ago when they were brokering it. It was a pretty nice example at the time....
 
Last edited:

AirbusLegacy

New Member
Joined
May 13, 2016
Messages
4
Reaction score
0
Thank you SO much for the detailed
response..... an incredible resource and help!

Erik
 

lanceav8r

Well-Known Member
Joined
Mar 7, 2012
Messages
668
Reaction score
116
Here are the Pictures Erik.
 
Last edited:

cashflyer

Well-Known Member
Joined
Aug 10, 2011
Messages
1,326
Reaction score
404
Look at the prop logs and see if you can determine which hub is on the prop. An -A suffix part number on the hub needs to be replaced. A -B suffix hub has no recurring inspection required where as if your hub has no suffix (or a - E), it requires a repetitive inspection every 50 hours which requires removal of the prop to do.
A 1985 should have come with a NON-suffix hub.

hub.jpg
 

mfliin

Registered Users
Joined
Apr 2, 2013
Messages
48
Reaction score
12
Update for thread: This aircraft was sold.
 

Latest posts

Top