Super Sky Lancer. Control line team racer model.
Quote: "Prettiest by far, and most real looking control-liners are proto and team-race jobs. This .29er excels in both events. Super Sky Lancer, by Edward Harp and Joseph Nedela.
The Super Sky Lancer is the result of a long line of ships. The first Sky Lancer was a hot 1/2A job. Number 10, the first 'Super', has proved itself by logging hundreds of miles in three years of racing, and has had to fly only one consolation race (snagged some taut lines taking off after a pit stop in a heat race). It has two firsts in Proto, even though it is basically a team racer. Best qualifying time has been 106 mph. The 140-lap 10-mile feature race has been flown in 7:50. Two pit stops were required. The Super Sky Lancer flies 48-50 laps at 93 mph and does 98-106 mph for 35 laps, using Super Sonic 1000 fuel.
Through experience, many features were built into the later versions to ensure trouble free operation and desirable flight characteristics. Symmetrical wing sections had a tendency to drop the ship out of the air, making spot landing more difficult. Built up wings saved little weight and had a floating tendency due to extra thickness.
Vibration and oil seepage are the deadliest enemies of a plane that is intended to fly a grueling 20 miles an afternoon many times during the flying season.
The plane is completely sealed from the firewall back, including a sealed-in tank that has caused no trouble. Vibration is dampened and kept to a minimum by using the shortest engine mount overhang, and by embedding the upper mount into the top fuselage block. The lower mount is secured by the cowl blocks.
A 'side-winder' was decided on early in the series - the reason is obvious to anyone who has flooded an inverted engine. The apple-cheek cowls appear to be excess frontal area, but the performance did not suffer. The long fuselage length is also a departure from the usual team racer. The long moment arm helps it stay in any groove. It's a smooth flying, easy to handle ship.
A pressure tank is used - sometimes at a disadvantage. Speed and mileage are definitely increased and starting is easier. You must decide if it is worth the disadvantages. Once started, you can't add fuel to tank, and run the risk of using too much fuel on the ground. The extra 'plumbing' also requires a little more time on pit stops. The pressure take off jet is a 4-40 bolt with head removed, and a 1/32 hole drilled through its length. One end is soldered..."
Super Sky Lancer, MAN, June 1959.
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