Swine Flew (oz11242)
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Swine Flew (Swine Flu). Radio control sport model. Twin engined, twin-boom design.
Quote: "Yes, that's right, this plane is named 'The Swine Flew.' If you'll look at the fuselage or engine pod side view and stretch your imagination, you'll note its resemblance to that of a pig's body; in fact, the profile's similarity to that barn-yard critter was so great that I initially called my design the 'Flying Pig.' How did the Flying Pig get renamed the Swine Flew? Well, there's an obvious and simple answer to that question.
Once I had the little critter built, I couldn't wait for a calm day for a test flight. Off to the ball park we went, Dan Lockhart, my witty friend (even a bit corny at times, myself, and the Flying Pig. The wind was blowing between 25 and 30 mph, not the best conditions for a test flight, but I was all revved up to fly, and not about to be grounded by a little wind. There comes a time, at least for me, when curiosity, enthusiam, and anticipalion overcome good judgment. This was one such time.
We decided to test-fly on front engine only, a TD .051 with a 5 x 3 Cox gray prop. The rear prop was removed to re-duce drag. With the front engine scream-ing like a TD should, Dan launched 'piggy wiggy' into the wind. As soon as she left his hand, we both knew we had a winner. The little pig poked its nose into the blasting wind and climbed out. Aileron trim felt good. Down-trim was added to help penetrate the wind. I remembered by old single-channel days of rudder-only escapement flying, when down-trim didn't exist. I was sure glad to have it today. A ground-gaining battle against nature was in progress. Actually, it was too windy to be flying, but she was up there in the air, and I was on the ground praying she'd run out of gas. It seemed like an eternity before the little TD drank up that one-ounce tank. She was about one hundred feet downwind and two hundred feet up when the engine quit, I decided not to make a go-round, but to maintain heading for a while, then have her dive to gain airspeed, get below the surrounding trees and power lines, pull out, and land HOT. The plan worked. Dan and I walked over to the plane. We both drew a deep breath, and he exclaimed: The Swine Flew! What more can I say?
If flying a safe, fast Half-A twin is your bag, the Swine Flew is for you. Here's how to get one together fast.
CONSTRUCTION: ENGINE POD. Build this push/ pull module first, and I'll guarantee you'll be revved up enough to finish the rest in short order. Fabricate the bulkheads and sides as shown on the plans. Score outside of pod sides along B2 and B3 to make bends to firewall easier..."
Swine Flew, MAN, October 1978.
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User commentsThis one is worth a build if only for the story :-)
Miguel Morao - 10/06/2019
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