Hello all, Well things have been going pretty well, slight delay however as our EAA chapter has been asked by the Wisconsin Aviation hall of Fame to build a 1/4 scale model of the 1909 Curtis Gold Bug, this airplane was the first private aircraft owned in the US and was purchased and flown in November of 1909 in Beloit, WI by Arthur P. Warner. Mr. Warner purchased the airplane from a display at a major retail store in NY and had it shipped to Beloit. When it arrived it was packaged in a crate in pieces somewhat like we get kits. However, there were NO instructions as to how to put it together, Mr. Warned did in fact put it together and also had to teach himself to fly it. He was the 11th american to fly an aircraft. I will try to include a coup;e of photos of the project under construction.

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Comment by Phillip Owens on April 29, 2009 at 3:54pm
Dear Thomas, I agree it may be fun but after buildng the quarter scale without any actual drawings of the 1909 model there are a lot of questions yet to be answered. We had to work from 1911 drawings and there are significant differences in the two, going back to vague photos of the period to analyze some parts was a challenge.
Comment by Thomas Richardson on April 27, 2009 at 6:46pm
Wow ,I am thinking full scale would be fun!

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