Yankee Flea oz9743


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Submitted to Outerzone: 21/01/2018
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Yankee Flea - Free flight sport model for Cox .020 power.

Quote: "Free flight model serves as prototype for home-built lifghtplane! Design corrects old Flying Flea errors. Hobby Helpers has working-size plans.

Back in 1934 at the Paris Air Show a young Frenchman named Henri Mignet introduced a cute little plane that amazed the flying world with its simplicity and performance. Power came from a motorcycle engine. Its fuselage was a plywood box from which sprouted sharply dihedralled wings. With pilot and a full tank of fuel aboard it weighed less than a circus fat lady.

The plane had no ailerons or ele-vators. There were no foot pedals. The only flight control was a 'stick' which tilted the main wing about its center of pressure to raise or lower the nose. When the stick was moved sideways an enormous rudder produced a yaw which the bent-up wings immediately translated into a nicely banked turn. On the ground it taxied with ease - steered by a pair of small wheels that looked like an oversize film spool at-tached to the bottom of the rudder.

Its initial appearance was followed by spectacular performances at Continental air meets. A daring over-water hop across the Irish Sea endeared it to the British. Mignet's plans were poured over by almost everyone who had ever dreamed of building a plane in his cellar. The little plane's French name Pou du Ciel (Sky Louse) was quickly transliterated by admiring Anglo-Saxons, and we came to know it as the Flying Flea.

When the Flying Flea reached the USA it was test-hopped by no less an aviation notable than Clyde Pangborn. His comments, after a brief flight, were negative and darkly prophetic. He complained that the stick pressure needed to hold the nose up was excessive and that he nearly broke his arm keeping it from diving in. He was far from impressed. He considered the Flea dangerous..."

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Update 06/02/2018: added article, thanks to RFJ.

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Yankee Flea  
by Roy Clough
from American Modeller
January 1963 
24in span
Tags: IC F/F
all formers complete :)
got article :)


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