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Skybolt History Article

Bobby

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Hello All,


I thought some of you might be interested in this early article about the Skybolt. It is from the June 1972 issue of Air Progress. This was my introduction to the Skybolt. I read and re-read this article and sent off for the plans. I still have them, although I bought an updated set when I decided to start building this year.


I have uploaded the 4 page article, one page at a time to keep the size within the limits for uploads:


uploads/20060902_205330_AP-Skybolt-p1.pdf


uploads/20060902_210701_AP-Skybolt-p2.pdf


uploads/20060902_210845_AP-Skybolt-p3.pdf


uploads/20060902_211055_AP-Skybolt-p4.pdf


I met with LaMar Steen in 1974, and he suggested I modify the plans (back then) to make the gear legs about 2.5 in. longer so it would land in full stall. I noticed the new plans have incorporateda similarchange. During my visit Mr. Steen took me for a short ride and did a barrel roll. It was this ride that sold me on the Skybolt, I just had a few distractions that kept me from building it earlier (like college, wife, kids, their college, etc.). Here is a photo I kept from September 1974:


20060903_200250_skybolt-6-0.jpg





Enjoy,
BobbyEdited by: Bobby
 

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