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looking to buy a Christen Eagle

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I have been looking into Christen Eagles and they seem to be the best fit for me over all.
A little back ground: I purchased a Pitts Special this year (Love it !). In the past It had raced in Reno and the person I bought it from talked me into racing it (Greatest thing I could have ever done). I took my wife to some aerobatic competitions (just to help not compete)and to Reno, she loves it, the problem is that I can't fit her into the Pitts and to race in Reno the engine can't be larger than 360 ci.
Anyway, this year I want to compete in primary aerobatics AND race, she wants to go. I need a Biplane that fits the bill.
The question is:
1) Do you know of any other biplanes that would fit the mission better? if so, what one and why?
2) Do you or some you know have one for sale
3) What should I look for when considering to buy:
 

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Do they race 2 seaters in the biplane class? Do not think that I have seen one.

All of the Christen Eagles that I have seen run 200hp angle valve Lycos behind constant speed props. Biplane rules require 180hp (parallel valve engine) and fixed pitch.

Best of luck,

Wes
 
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Do they race 2 seaters in the biplane class? Do not think that I have seen one.

Best of luck,

Wes
Yep...

Been a handful of S2's in the past, a Skybolt raced last year.
Saw some Stardusters in the earlier races.
 

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I know slightly it's off topic but you had Warriors Creed on eBay...did it sell?
 
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The rules are up for changes by each class each year for the races, the Eagle fits because the engine is 360ci or smaller, I will be modifying and building the canopy for races (single seat configuration) she won't be the fastest but will do a good job of filling my mission, and yes I did sell Warriors Creed on ebay. Wish I would have got more and its hard to let her go but I must press on.
 

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There is one supposedly for sale at my airport that was built by hale Wallace and has all red with white eagle scheme it also has a Hartzell claw prop. I can try to dig up the guys contact if you want.
 
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Is the one place canopy really more efficient for speed ?
 

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There is one supposedly for sale at my airport that was built by hale Wallace and has all red with white eagle scheme it also has a Hartzell claw prop. I can try to dig up the guys contact if you want.
I be interested in his contact info. Could you pm it me. Thnx Bret- Mark
 

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I be interested in his contact info. Could you pm it me. Thnx Bret- Mark
If it's the Eagle I'm thinking of it has a 540 in it. Let us know how it works out though. Good luck in the search.
I'm still looking for a replacement for my S2-B and it sold two years ago. I just need someone to list their S1-11B or a good S2-B for sale.

RT
 

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Nope this eagle is a 4 cylinder angle valve lyco. Rear mounted governor. I not terribly sure if it is for sale or isn't for sale. I will try and find out.
 

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You'll need to read the rules carefully, unless they make a change, constant speed is not allowed. They might let you run as a filler but probably not for the money with a wiggly prop. You should have gotten the latest rules from Casey just recently. You can propose new rules up until Jan. 1.
Good luck.
Mark
 

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Last year a Pitts Model 12 raced, just not in Biplane. Raced in the lower levels of Sport Class....less restrictive than biplane and you can run just about any engine / prop combo you can think of...

The 4 cycle Eagle with the Claw has been on the market in the past. The claw is a one off cut down version to fit on the 360 4 banger....
 
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They will allow the prop if you wire it so you are not capable of changing it during the race
 
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The problem with the sport class is that they have so many glassair's and lancair's that you would end up racing just to stay out of last place.
 

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Similar discussions come up from time to time regarding the Biplane Class. Right now, parallel valve fixed pitch bipes are the only ones that are considered for the trophies.

As someone who is not involved with RARA, are there any serious discussion about expanding the class? In SARL, we have a few biplane oriented classes and biplanes are starting to show up more.

I know of a few S-2 and Eagle owners that would like to play at Reno, but don't feel they'd be welcome. Just curious if expanding the classes are being considered?
 

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They didn't have any problems with me coming down with my angle valve. You can't mess with the compression radio. Basically must be stock & fixed pitch.
 

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I think they are interested in keeping the class full, that said they will balk if you win with an airplane that doesn't meet their rules.
I was pretty sure the rule stated no constant speed props and parallel valve engines only. As always rules change.
Not trying to chase anyone away, just don't want anyone thinking any bipe fits the class.
There was discussion about checking displacements/tear downs this year.
Me being on the east coast really makes it tough to stay in it.
 
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I think they are interested in keeping the class full, that said they will balk if you win with an airplane that doesn't meet their rules.
I was pretty sure the rule stated no constant speed props and parallel valve engines only. As always rules change.
Not trying to chase anyone away, just don't want anyone thinking any bipe fits the class.
There was discussion about checking displacements/tear downs this year.
Me being on the east coast really makes it tough to stay in it.
You can of course get ahold of the RARA office and they can hook you up with the biplane class president
 

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