The Polen Special was then designed around a Piper Comanche engine and cowling, which also had design issues with engine canting and required cowling modifications for a single engine installation. Up, up vertical and then, as the nose approached the inverted position, the airplane let me know I'd been heavy handed by unceremoniously doing a half-snap into a right side up position Darryl was not inclined to chase little white balls around the links, or up the corporate ladder. Eventually, I found it took hardly any stick pressure to loop. This all came as a surprise because I expected it to come down much, much faster. The ailerons and elevators use push-pull tubes, with cable control for the rudders.
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It's so clean that it just doesn't want to stop running, even on the ground, and I know for a fact I had no more than 65 mph on touchdown. Each rivet is countersunk and seated with such care that a fingernail, should you have the nerve to run one across the skin, wouldn't catch on a single edge. Two sets of retractable landing gear were built and tested, but were sold to other homebuilders. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. As the gear cycled up, a finely machined round spool on the floor ahead of the stick rapidly rotated degrees, and I reached down to force the lever on its top behind a pin, thereby locking the gear securely up. Because of the direct linkage to the tail wheel no springs there's no delay at all to rudder pedal inputs. This all came as a surprise because I expected it to come down much, much faster.
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Pages with citations lacking titles. Turning out of the pattern, I suddenly felt intense heat on the side of my head and I jerked around half expecting to see flame swirling down one side of the fuselage. I looked around to see if anybody had seen my foul-up I could always claim it was an intentional Immelmann , and tried again. Finally, at about 60 mph IAS, with almost no buffet at all, the wing said it had had enough and quit flying all at once.
Description: Instead, my eyes were stabbed by the white-hot reflection of the sun on a wing panel. This craft was the Grand Champion Homebuilt at Oshkosh for two years running. The nose drops down in level flight to give a shimmering view of polished panels and the effect is one of flying in a very nose down attitude. Responsibility be damned, I already loved the airplane. At something over fpm, I was upstairs in no time.