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  • #31
    Originally posted by Stephanie Belser View Post

    The other guys give the Cubs a head-start?
    Well (chuckle), at that blistering cruise airspeed they sure should'a!

    (Strange feeling hit me just now after writing that, I was confronted with a vision of Harry Alton wagging his finger in my fzce saying - "Now Randy, you stay out of this!")

    best, randy (small gathering at BP today)

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    • #32
      Originally posted by Mase Taylor View Post
      My very first airplane ride was in the front seat of Uncle Art's J-3.
      Try'na recall, IIRC while single piloting one, we could sit up front in the Supercubs (PA-18s), in the J-3's we had to sit in back?

      best,randy

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      • #33
        Originally posted by Randy Sohn View Post
        Try'na recall, IIRC while single piloting one, we could sit up front in the Supercubs (PA-18s), in the J-3's we had to sit in back?
        Hi Randy,
        Yup, pretty much with some exceptions. Some J-3s with additional tanks in the wings can but don’t have to be soloed from the front. PA-11s, and 18s front seat solo.

        As you likely know most biplanes are set up rear seat solo. However I just came across an exception: the Fleet biplanes. Don’t know if all or just some. Something about tending tail heavy and spin recovery considerations.

        Regards,
        Tom Charlton (a rear seat kind’a guy)

        "The aeroplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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        • #34
          Originally posted by Tom Charlton View Post
          (a rear seat kind’a guy)
          Yeah, I always thought it kinda funky to fly from the rear and watch a ghostly pilot moving the controls -- and there was a turnbuckle just above your forehead that moved when you applied aileron.

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          • #35
            Originally posted by Ralph Jones View Post
            . . . moving the controls -- and there was a turnbuckle just above your forehead that moved when you applied aileron.
            The beauty of the Cub in showing kids how airplane flight controls work. Ya move this stick to the right and it pulls this here cable. Cable goes around this here pulley and that pulley and pulls on that thing on the aileron. When you’re flying you can actually –feel- the air going past the airplane with your hands.

            Looking forward to getting three grandchildren, of a friend, in the Cub in the next week or so. Gonna be more than a ride, Gonna be more like a –fun- first flying lesson.

            Such an honor and privilege to be able to do this sort’a thing.

            Regards,
            Tom Charlton
            "The aeroplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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            • #36
              [QUOTE=Tom Charlton;n5155]Such an honor and privilege to be able to do this sort’a thing./QUOTE]

              Concur!

              best, randy

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