The EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) was founded in 1953 by a group of individuals in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, who were interested in building their own airplanes. Through the decades, the organization expanded its mission to include antiques, classics, warbirds, aerobatic aircraft, ultralights, helicoptors and contemporary manufactured aircraft. The organization is comprised of chapters located throughout the United States.
One of these chapters, EAA Chapter 231, decided to build a replica of the famous Primary Glider which first flew in 1929 and was used for the first flights for thousands of pilots in Germany following World War I. In the 1930s Waco Aircraft Company built and sold its own version of the Primary Glider before demand dried up for the glider.
This beautiful aircraft has a wingspan of 32 feet and weighs 150 pounds. With a 14:1 glide ratio the glider would be towed for a few hundred feet with a tow line and after attaining some altitude and a speed of about 30 mph the tow line is released and the glider flies away.
The replica built by EAA Chapter 231 was built from some simple plans and sketches, and hand selected Douglas Fir from a local lumber yard was used in construction of the aircraft. Close attention to detail and careful craftsmanship produced a beautiful replica and an exciting conclusion to the project on April 19th this year with three successful test flights.
Despite the continuing advances in aviation and aerospace we are blessed by those intrepid aviators who seek to preserve our ties to the past. I have included several photographs of this lovely craft for you to enjoy.
Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch!