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  • #16
    Funny, you are right on that. Though I turn 58 in a couple of weeks, and thankfully still pretty lithe, I had a recent, slightly older, passenger who had a heck of a time getting his feet turned and through the front of the seat and door jamb area. It is a bit tight.
    Cheers,
    Marty


    TF #596
    1946 BC-12D N95258
    Former owner of:
    1946 BC-12D/N95275
    1943 L-2B/N3113S

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    • #17
      Last I saw this aircraft was derelict in Mexia TX in a hail shed ( saw it about 2014). It had flat tires and needed recover, but could possibly be flown out. I was looking at it for a project, but I have a flying Tcraft and too many other projects. It would be worth a trip to see if it is still there. Not far from Dallas. Never contacted the owner, but the plane looked abandoned.

      FAA REGISTRY

      N-Number Inquiry Results

      N82023 has Assigned/Multiple Records
      Data Updated each Federal Working Day at Midnight
      Aircraft Description

      Serial Number 2216 Status Valid
      Manufacturer Name TAYLORCRAFT Certificate Issue Date 07/21/1998
      Model F22A Expiration Date 11/30/2020
      Type Aircraft Fixed Wing Single-Engine Type Engine Reciprocating
      Pending Number Change None Dealer No
      Date Change Authorized None Mode S Code (base 8 / oct) 52631625
      MFR Year 1992 Mode S Code (base 16 / hex) AB3395
      Type Registration Individual Fractional Owner NO
      Registered Owner

      Name RODRIGUEZ RICHARD V
      Street 1912 AVENUE H APT 4C
      City BROOKLYN State NEW YORK
      County KINGS Zip Code 11230-7404
      Country UNITED STATES
      Airworthiness

      Engine Manufacturer LYCOMING Classification Standard
      Engine Model 0-235 SERIES Category Normal
      Utility
      A/W Date 09/18/1992 Exception Code No
      Mike Rice
      Aerolearn
      Online Aircraft Maintenance Courses
      BC12D N95910 Tale Dragon
      TF #855

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      • #18
        I've tried Marty's method but my knees don't like to bend to my chest when turning. As I mentioned above I stand on the lower gear from the plane front facing the door then step up on my right leg and turn 180 to scoot my butt in on the seat. I can then move back further in the cockpit and pull my legs in behind me no problem. Getting out is a short pullback from the left door to get the feet and legs out and on or beside the left tire or ski. Then slide out forwards toward the prop. Works on wheels, skis, and floats.

        Gary
        N36007 1941 BF12-65 STC'd as BC12D-4-85

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        • #19
          Gary,

          When standing on the lower gear you mean the actual gear, not the wheel or ski? I'm guessing your lower gear is not covered with fabric/paint. I would tear mine up if I did that. You can still use the back-in method, just scoot farther in before you pull your legs in.
          Cheers,
          Marty


          TF #596
          1946 BC-12D N95258
          Former owner of:
          1946 BC-12D/N95275
          1943 L-2B/N3113S

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          • #20
            I knew a fellow with a wooden leg that flew a T-Craft. He got in from the Right side and slid across.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by M Towsley View Post
              Gary,

              When standing on the lower gear you mean the actual gear, not the wheel or ski? I'm guessing your lower gear is not covered with fabric/paint. I would tear mine up if I did that. You can still use the back-in method, just scoot farther in before you pull your legs in.
              Yes my gear is uncovered and I can foot the Grove brake or top of the ski. I have 26" Airstreak tires so they are too tall for my knees. I bought a set of steps that are supposed to fasten to the upper rear gear attach. But due to previous repairs and welding those fittings are a bit wider than stock (and perhaps more robust?) so the steps are too narrow to fit without some modification. Either way from the front it's quite easy to step up, turn, bend, scoot in butt first, and slide without lots of knee bending or stress.

              Gary
              N36007 1941 BF12-65 STC'd as BC12D-4-85

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              • #22
                Originally posted by PA1195 View Post

                Yes my gear is uncovered and I can foot the Grove brake or top of the ski. I have 26" Airstreak tires so they are too tall for my knees. I bought a set of steps that are supposed to fasten to the upper rear gear attach. But due to previous repairs and welding those fittings are a bit wider than stock (and perhaps more robust?) so the steps are too narrow to fit without some modification. Either way from the front it's quite easy to step up, turn, bend, scoot in butt first, and slide without lots of knee bending or stress.

                Gary
                All of the Taylorcraft steps I have seen attack to the strut attachment not the upper gear attachment.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by 3Dreaming View Post

                  All of the Taylorcraft steps I have seen attack to the strut attachment not the upper gear attachment.
                  Technically yes they attach to the strut fitting ears that's subject to the AD not the gear ears, but I consider them as one welded unit.

                  https://www.taylorcraft.org/docs/TCR...SB2007-002.pdf

                  Gary
                  Last edited by PA1195; 01-05-2019, 14:40.
                  N36007 1941 BF12-65 STC'd as BC12D-4-85

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                  • #24
                    I'm still looking, and wanted to also mention that an L-2 project would now be higher on my list now that I'm re-investing time in another project of mine at www.lbirds.com
                    Ryan Short, CFI, Aerial Photographer
                    Former Taylorcraft BC-12D owner - hopefully future owner as well.
                    KRBD and KGPM - Dallas, TX
                    TexasTailwheel.com

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by RyanShort1 View Post
                      I'm still looking, and wanted to also mention that an L-2 project would now be higher on my list now that I'm re-investing time in another project of mine at www.lbirds.com
                      I have the ultimate L-2 project. The last one of the 4 YO-57 acceptance airplanes for the Army L-2 contract.

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by Ragwing nut View Post

                        I have the ultimate L-2 project. The last one of the 4 YO-57 acceptance airplanes for the Army L-2 contract.
                        I'm afraid to ask how much... but that would be the perfect kind of restoration project.
                        Ryan Short, CFI, Aerial Photographer
                        Former Taylorcraft BC-12D owner - hopefully future owner as well.
                        KRBD and KGPM - Dallas, TX
                        TexasTailwheel.com

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                        • #27
                          [QUOTE=Ragwing , just sent you a PM, gary

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                          • #28
                            [QUOTE=LostnSpace;n182044][QUOTE=Ragwing , just sent you a PM, gary

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                            • #29
                              I looked a a pretty sad airplane yesterday nearby. It's "intact" but really needs some hard TLC. Thing was that the owner wants $13.5 for it and it's not been in annual or had it's engine run for basically five years and the fabric is 1970 vintage.
                              Ryan Short, CFI, Aerial Photographer
                              Former Taylorcraft BC-12D owner - hopefully future owner as well.
                              KRBD and KGPM - Dallas, TX
                              TexasTailwheel.com

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                              • #30
                                As mentioned in the post before, I went to look at a project plane in Fort Worth. Pretty sad, but maybe someday it will fly again. I've got current pictures and the pictures in this post are flattering...

                                https://dallas.craigslist.org/ftw/rv...843506530.html

                                The good news is that in the meantime it looks like I may help out a CAF unit with an L-2!
                                Ryan Short, CFI, Aerial Photographer
                                Former Taylorcraft BC-12D owner - hopefully future owner as well.
                                KRBD and KGPM - Dallas, TX
                                TexasTailwheel.com

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