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Skybolt Flying Wire Tension

Dan G

Nov 24, 2007
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New to forum. Have a Skybolt project and have installed the wings. hopefully for the last time. The question is regarding flying wire tension. Does anyone out there have information regarding correct tension for the flying/landing wires. All I have is Hale's building guide that says a 50lb. pull in the middle of the wire should yield 1 1/4" to 1 1/2" deflection. I would be curious to know what tension that equals in lbs. I do have access to a real tensiometer but it is marked for Stearman wires, not in lbs. I can cross reference if I know what tension I am looking for. As I have them currently adjusted, I am right at 1 3/8" on the landing wires, but about 1 3/4" on the flying wires. The wings are where I want them, and I hate to change anything if that tension will be OK. Any ideas? Thanks. Dan G.

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