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Old 12-22-2014, 09:12 AM
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My apologies; I wasn't trying to put anyone down. I was merely sharing my small amount of knowledge and experience about something that seemed sexy and cool at first but after having to maintain it year after year, deal with the additional costs, and on top of it all have to worry about it each and every time you are ready to land.

I wasn't trying to offend anyone. By all means, build away - We love to see cool planes
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Old 12-22-2014, 09:45 AM
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My apologies; I wasn't trying to put anyone down. I was merely sharing my small amount of knowledge and experience about something that seemed sexy and cool at first but after having to maintain it year after year, deal with the additional costs, and on top of it all have to worry about it each and every time you are ready to land.

I wasn't trying to offend anyone. By all means, build away - We love to see cool planes

Retracts definitely have their place and having spent most of my life flying airplanes that cruise far in excess of maximum gear extension speed, needed.
RV's were originally designed for builders on a budget, Wittman gear works well for the mission.

My F-16N buddy Trout scratch-built a set of wings for his RV4 fuselage with his own laminar flow design and retracts he manufactured in his business machine shop. Like Forrest Gump said "he's smart"...
They're 90% done but languishing (dusty) while he finishes his SNJ project.

Here's a picture...
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Old 12-23-2014, 09:57 AM
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..that's friggin' cool! Experimental to be sure. What a neat project.
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Old 12-24-2014, 06:22 AM
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A real P-51-like wheel well door. Is he going to paint the inside of it green?

I'm glad people experiment this way: we wouldn't know whether or not retracts improve performance until it was done.
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Old 12-31-2014, 11:11 AM
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Retracts definitely have their place and having spent most of my life flying airplanes that cruise far in excess of maximum gear extension speed, needed.
Amen, brother!

As an Aero Engineer-type I think the real interesting part will be seeing what performance he gains with that laminar flow wing!
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Old 12-31-2014, 05:48 PM
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Welcome Dan.
Where in CO?
There are a few of us building around the Denver area. Send me an e-mail if you would like to be included.
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Old 07-25-2015, 05:49 PM
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Too true, all who think it a trite expression. The plane that opened this thread belongs to a friend, who is now trailering it back home from OSH after he landed gear up at OSH on Monday evening.

It's his story to tell and I'll reveal nothing further about his identity or the incident.

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Old 07-26-2015, 10:59 PM
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Looks clean but the lack of a tail wheel looks like a photo shop retractable.

If it's for real, that was the most expensive RV ever built.

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Old 07-27-2015, 08:36 AM
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Looks clean but the lack of a tail wheel looks like a photo shop retractable.
The -6 photo is a photoshop... But both the red RV at the head of the story and the German one mentioned had retractable tailwheels.
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