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  • Hangar Mate: 1929 Curtiss Robin

    For the past year and a half, our Taylorcraft N95598 has shared the hangar at Tick Hill Airfield (XA47) with this grand old Curtiss Robin which set the world's Endurance Record in 1929, flying 420 hours without landing. This weekend we got them out together and flew together and found they are a pretty even airspeed match.



    Terry Bowden, formerly TF # 351
    CERTIFIED AERONAUTICAL PRODUCTS, LLC
    Consultant D.E.R. Powerplant inst'l & Engines
    Vintage D.E.R. Structures, Electrical, & Mechanical Systems
    BC12D, s/n 7898, N95598
    weblog: Barnstmr's Random Aeronautics
    barnstmr@aol.com

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    Re: Hangar Mate: 1929 Curtiss Robin

    You've got to love a Robin!! We've got one here in the valley, although he doesn't spend much time flying it anymore.
    John
    I'm so far behind, I think I'm ahead

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    • #3
      Re: Hangar Mate: 1929 Curtiss Robin

      How does it handle compared to the Taylorcraft? I have always thought it would make a neat replica starting point. Not much chance of ever OWNING a real one, but a reduced scale one with two seats would be a blast.

      Hank

      If it was a nice handling plane!

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      • #4
        Re: Hangar Mate: 1929 Curtiss Robin

        Hank.
        It flies great like a big cub but worse visibility. Floats and floats way more than a Taylorcraft B. The most striking and memorable part is thhe unique sound, smell, and feel of the Challenger engine. Very stable but controls are quite slow to respond.
        Terry Bowden, formerly TF # 351
        CERTIFIED AERONAUTICAL PRODUCTS, LLC
        Consultant D.E.R. Powerplant inst'l & Engines
        Vintage D.E.R. Structures, Electrical, & Mechanical Systems
        BC12D, s/n 7898, N95598
        weblog: Barnstmr's Random Aeronautics
        barnstmr@aol.com

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        • #5
          Re: Hangar Mate: 1929 Curtiss Robin

          Hi Terry,
          Two great looking airplanes! Just sitting in the Robin you have at Deer Pasture was like taking a trip back in time-would love to see that one fly sometime!
          Last edited by Buell Powell; 08-10-2015, 06:18.
          Buell Powell TF#476
          1941 BC12-65 NC29748
          1946 Fairchild 24 NC81330

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          • #6
            Re: Hangar Mate: 1929 Curtiss Robin

            Who cares about viability, control response and floating? We fly Taylorcrafts. ;-)
            I was kind of thinking of the OX-5 version, also known for some "interesting" aromas.
            Hank



            Originally posted by barnstmr View Post
            Hank.
            It flies great like a big cub but worse visibility. Floats and floats way more than a Taylorcraft B. The most striking and memorable part is thhe unique sound, smell, and feel of the Challenger engine. Very stable but controls are quite slow to respond.

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