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Old 22nd Mar 2012, 10:39
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Well spotted...yes, its a T-tail design
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Old 22nd Mar 2012, 10:48
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Looks too small to me, unless it had a large span.

....and that wheel is bugging me - can't fathom if it's a partially-retracting nosewheel or what.

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Old 22nd Mar 2012, 11:30
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Another thing - was it designed to be quick, because it certainly looks it.
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Old 22nd Mar 2012, 12:11
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Looks too small to me, unless it had a large span.
The tailplane span does not look unusually large in any pictures, although your reasoning may be sound and may have some relevence to another feature of this aircraft

and that wheel is bugging me - can't fathom if it's a partially-retracting nosewheel or what.
It is the nosewheel.

was it designed to be quick, because it certainly looks it.
Mmm, well it was not designed as a racer, but it is quick and has won speed (over set distance) records in its weight class which still stand today.
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Old 22nd Mar 2012, 12:19
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Thanks Ken.

and may have some relevence to another feature of this aircraft
Does that mean it also has a canard?
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Does that mean it also has a canard?
It does
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Old 22nd Mar 2012, 13:14
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Silly me - it had to be a Rutan.

The Model 81 Catbird.
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Old 22nd Mar 2012, 14:05
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The Model 81 Catbird.
That's the one David, the Rutan 81 Catbird Designed originally as a replacement for the Beech Bonanza in the late 80's, the one Catbird was put in to storage in the 90's and eventually restored last year to flying conditionn.

As for the records held, courtesy of wikipedia:
Catbird set two world records which as of February 2012[update] still stand. The first was in Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) class C-1b (land planes with takeoff weight of between 500 and 1000 kg) speed over a closed circuit of 2 000 km 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) without payload. For this record, set at Mojave piloted by Dick Rutan, a speed of 401.46 km/h (249.46 mph) was achieved. The second record was set in class C-1c (aircraft between 1000 and 1750 kg takeoff weight), over the same course but piloted by Mike Melvill, at a speed of 413.78 km/h (257.11 mph).[5]


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Old 22nd Mar 2012, 14:10
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Thanks Ken.

What with yesterdays' and todays' I've worn out my fingers and keyboard!

You now have a choice - another tripe or a weirdo.........
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Old 22nd Mar 2012, 14:39
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Let's go weirdo!
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Old 22nd Mar 2012, 14:42
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OK, coming up......

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Old 22nd Mar 2012, 14:52
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Some sort of microlight? Is there a prop somewhere - the design looks as though it should have a pusher, but there doesn't seem to be anywhere for it?
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Old 22nd Mar 2012, 15:06
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It is indeed a microlight - very microlight - 130kgs!!!!

Three engines - pullers.
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Three engines - pullers.
Wasn't expecting that! Must be lawnmower engines....Briggs & Stratton power?
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No mate - motorcycle engines!

The whole contraption was built from scratch.
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Old 22nd Mar 2012, 15:44
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Looks like its Chinese...a homebuild microlight by Ding Shilu?
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Thanks David. Something altogether faster.....

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Old 22nd Mar 2012, 16:01
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Found the pic - looking for the name.....

Is it the F16XL ?
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A derivative of a very common aircraft

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Is it the F16L ?
Mmm, close enough....it's actually the F-16XL.



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