Ultralights and Amphibs
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Fall Fun on the Connecticut River.  Photo by wife Nancy used on the UL Calendar.
Flightstar Floatplane two-place ultalight trainer powered by a Rotax,
2-stroke 75-hp engine.  More civilized but less fun than the Quicksilver.
                       N 83 HC                

This is an all-aluminum experimental Zenair
CH-701 STOL.  This plane easily takes off and
lands in 100 feet.  But unlike the Quicksiver, it
has a respectable cruise speed of 90 mph.
(I actually FLEW this one to Florida).

Here (at right) it's on tundra tires.  I've just
landed on frozen Goose Pond - the same place
we tested the hovercraft a couple of years later.
This is the same plane on Czech Aircraft amphibious FLOATS emerging from the Connecticut River near Hanover.
"Twins on ice!"  My brother & I try out my new SeaWing
amphibious ultralight trike on frozen Goose Pond lake.

This plane started out as Quicksilver
Sprint II - which I built from a kit.  
Then, I added the strut bracing (to
replace the kingpost and cables) and
the inflatable
Full Lotus floats.  The
amphibious gear, complete with
retractable nosewheel, was adapted
from a Jim Lee design and is now
marketed by Vista Enterprises in
California under the Quicktrac name.

This plane took off at 25 mph and
had a top speed of 45.  At that speed
the wind in your face was quite
bearable and the view from the pilot's
seat unbeatable! A great
low-and-slow flyer but not much for
getting anywhere fast - driving was
usually faster!
Pontoons double as skis for winter flying in Vermont.  Full snowmobile gear helps pilot and passenger stay warm.
The Sea Mite was a folding-wing amphibious two-seat ultralight trainer built by J& J Ultralights in Live Oak, FL.  It's best feature
was a wing that could be folded like an umbrella in a matter of minutes allowing the craft to be stored in the garage or towed on a
trailer down the highway at 65 mph.  I took it to Florida that way several times.  Probably the most fun flying machine I ever had,
but it did involve learning a new flying techniique.  Without a tail or ailerons, all control is accomplished by moving the wing --
easy, except all controls motions are exactly the reverse of a standard 3-axis control plane - like the Quicksilver and Flightstar above.
No floats required for water landings in New Hampshire in the winter!
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Kit's flying machines
Back in 1968(!) I built a
Bensen B-8M Gyrocopter.  
It was powered by a 75 HP
McCullough drone engine
which weighed 75 LB.  
Starting was by
hand-propping.  Before I
crashed the thing (and
buried it), I made it onto
the cover of
Rotorcraft Flying
which, at that time, was
run by none other than
John Shuttleworth who
subsequently became
better known as Founder
and Editor of the
Earth News
.  (for full page
photo: (
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  I also worked on a
Hot-Air Airship
  For story and photos
click here
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