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 from New Mexico sojourn, 1973

reality part 1Ultralight Design from 1973

featuring hybrid organic/mechanical landing gear and birdlike flare-stall landing characteristics

Details of interest:


Pilot "wears" balloon wheels attached to sleeves which can slide inward (for retracting) or outward (for landing) along axle when, in the latter case, axle is pulled back and allowed to drop beneath airframe.  Pilot's shoes are secured within footplates welded to sleeves; because these sleeves can rotate as well as slide along axle, the  rear-curving heel of the footplates extends downward as a braking skid when pilot raises toes close to vertical.


As in the short-fuselage U-control "combat" model airplanes of the '50s, the elevator and "flaps" rotate in opposite directions, allowing for almost birdlike "flare and drop" landings.  Rudder and aileron control remains conventional.


 The two long outrigger skids, made from flexible fiberglass or carbon-fiber-enhanced material, help keep the propeller and delicate tail assembly out of the dirt, as well as some of the weight off the pilot's legs during takeoff and landing.


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The following drawing and designs were done in the first years after becoming a believer in Messiah Yeshua.

Soldier of the Cross (self-portrait), 1978


Roll-your-own Moto-ministry concept. (Or, the hippie's not dead yet!)  Note: dark wedges in upper drawing represent windows. - 1978.


The Leviathan Trailer.  This was a move toward practicality?  - 1979.


Another fantasy for an all-weather motorcycle: the Wintawocket, 1981.


Do-able at last!  In 1979 I had actually purchased a used crew cab on which to mount my original camper, with this idea for a modified "horse-trailer" behind.  See detail below.

Cramped quarters, but with sheepherder's wood stove and spare bunk, road ready!


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Link to a friend's art: 


While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.


Copyright 2001 STORMWATCH all rights reserved. 
Revised: March 21, 2007.

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