2012 Articles

Lost in Oscar Hotel

November 2012   In “Lost in Oscar Hotel,” J-3 pilot and author Gordon Murray chronicles “the first, longest, slowest and most peculiar flight to Wright Brothers Airport ever made in an antique airplane.” The flight was a real world record—albeit a strange one. Yet, it was won alongside an accounting of odd discoveries; beautifully captured images by master photographer, Gary Harwood; and the spinning of flying tales. “Lost in Oscar Hotel” reveals a hidden universe of people involved in that other kind of flying...

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Flight Test Assessment: Piper PA-22 Colt

October 2012 With 150 hp (the original had just 108 hp) Piper’s rag-and-tube nosewheel classic is a “no-worries airplane” Frank Rothera would be the first to admit that his Piper Colt has a look that is.... well, let’s say striking. “The paint scheme was the previous owner’s,” he says. “And I didn’t feel like changing it, since all the fabric and paint work had just been done when I bought the airplane.” It seems that the previous owner was a sales representative for...

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The Impressive M-Class

September 2012  With 150 hp (the original had just 108 hp) Piper’s rag-and-tube nosewheel classic is a “no-worries airplane” The M-Class series of aircraft first began as a glimmer in Piper’s eye in 1977. Piper management had set a goal of increasing its 26 percent market share to a full 50 percent. To reach this goal Piper would need to outsell its competitors—by a lot. Piper executives knew they’d have to develop a brand-new product to meet the challenge. The market segment identified...

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Downturn Buster: PA-15 Piper Vagabond

August 2012   Considering that Piper produced this quick-and-cheap two-seater after going bankrupt, it is surprisingly good.     When the American economy went into reverse in 1947, Piper could not have been more wrong-footed. It had a huge inventory, a massive factory with too many workers and went bankrupt. Out of necessity came a little wonder, though—the Piper Vagabond (PA-15). It was designed to be inexpensive and quick to build, to use up the stock of part-built Cubs and Super Cubs,...

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The Restoration of ’61 Tango, Part II

July 2012 I ordered an Ashby fiberglass glareshield from Aircraft Spruce along with right and left windshields halves from Great Lakes Aero Products. (Yes, I decided to replace the right side windshield as well.) FAA regulations require the supervision of an A&P mechanic for the replacement of the aircraft windshield, so I enlisted the services of my A&P father. He has been involved in almost everything that I have done to 61 Tango. Unlike the side windows, the windshield is removed from the...

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Avionics Bucket List, Part II

April 2012   The Avionics Bucket List series is written to provide Piper Flyer readers with information from my observations and research about some of what is available in avionics. My hope is that with a step-by-step plan, aircraft owners will not choke writing one giant check for all the items on the list at one time. They will have a path to follow.   2020 will be here soon. Eight years is not much time to plan for major avionics changes, notably the...

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The Continental Tiara

December 2012  When Continental Motors became part of Teledyne in 1971, engineers had already been at work for several years on the first all-new General Aviation engine to be developed in decades, the Tiara. The powerplant had relatively small displacement but a good horsepower-to-cubic-inches ratio because it developed its power at high rpms. The engine’s unique feature was Hydra-Torque drive, a patented system that could be hydraulically locked so the camshaft drove the propeller directly, providing a 0.5 speed reduction. Its singular advantage,...

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Piper Aircraft Timeline

Written by  Roger Pepperell
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November 2012


1925-1926  North Star Aerial Corp. founded at Rochester, N.Y. by Clarence Gilbert and Gordon Taylor using a restored Curtiss Jenny

1928  Moved to Bradford, Penn. and formed the Taylor Brothers Aircraft Co. (TBAC)

1928  William Thomas Piper Sr., an oil man, joins the TBAC Board of Directors

1928-1930  TBAC produces the side-by-side A-2, B-2, C-2 Chummy aircraft

1930  D-1 glider made

1930  TBAC bankrupt, W.T. Piper Sr. purchases assets and renames it Taylor Aircraft Co. with C.G. Taylor as Chief Engineer; 50-50 ownership

12 Sept 1930  E-2 attempts to get airborne with Tiger Kitten engine supplied by the Light Manufacturing and Foundry Co.
                        The engine engenders the name “Cub”

23 Sept 1930  E-2 Cub flies with pilot Bud Havens, Salmson engine

March 1931  First E-2 Cub with Continental A40 engine

1931  E-2 production commences. Also F-2, G-2 and H-2

1931  Walter Jamoneau joins Taylor Aircraft Co.

1935  J-2 Cub designed by W. Jamoneau whilst C.G. Taylor is away ill

December 1935  W.T. Piper Sr. and C.G. Taylor split, Piper buys out Taylor’s half;
                  C.G. Taylor sets up Taylor-Young Co. in Ohio (later Taylorcraft)

March 1937  Bradford factory burned to the ground

June 1937  Taylor Aircraft Co. moves to an abandoned silk mill at Lock Haven, Penn.

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