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dook 6th Apr 2020 18:21

Thank you FV.

I don't wish this to be a two horse race so I invite OH.

treadigraph 6th Apr 2020 20:29

Have a bash at this...

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/pprune....c728d4fb40.jpg

I reckon the pilot might be recognisable!

dook 6th Apr 2020 20:58

Reminiscent of the Practavia Sprite but the front is wrong.

treadigraph 6th Apr 2020 22:21

Warm - not the final form of this US one-off.

India Four Two 7th Apr 2020 00:03

Those years of reading Flying have paid off! I recognized it immediately - Pete Garrison's Melmoth. Do I get extra marks for naming the pilot?

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/pprune....08cbdd50b7.jpg

Treaders' photo is of the early version, when it had a conventional stabilizer and an aluminium turtle-deck.

Melmoth met a sorry end and Pete had a lucky escape at Orange County Airport:
https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/pprune....a1bbf85c93.jpg

The career of Melmoth 1 ended, after nine years and 2,000 hours, at what is now John Wayne Airport in Orange County. I was holding short of the right runway waiting for takeoff clearance when a Cessna landing on the left went out of control and plowed through me. Both planes were totaled, but no one was hurt.

FlightlessParrot 7th Apr 2020 02:06


Originally Posted by fauteuil volant (Post 10741694)
SNIP
my own research, which appears on another forum, concerning the Itford competition (q.v. http://sussexhistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=2277.15). If it interests anyone, there is a good deal on that forum concerning early gliding in Sussex and the county's pre-war gliding clubs.

Alas, when I click that link I get 403 Forbidden, as also when I try to sneak up on the site by different routes. Windows 10, Firefox, accessing from NZ. Doesn't work with Chrome, either.

Tarq57 7th Apr 2020 02:58

Accessing the Sussexhistoryforum site no problem, here, also in NZ.

treadigraph 7th Apr 2020 06:43


Originally Posted by India Four Two (Post 10742000)
Those years of reading Flying have paid off! I recognized it immediately - Pete Garrison's Melmoth. Do I get extra marks for naming the pilot?

Treaders' photo is of the early version, when it had a conventional stabilizer and an aluminium turtle-deck.

Melmoth met a sorry end and Pete had a lucky escape at Orange County Airport:

Extra marks I42 - it is indeed Peter Garrison's Melmoth N2MU, designed around the Practavia Sprite with which he was involved when working for Pilot in the UK.

In 1975 when I was already quite smitten with small aeroplanes and pretty good at recognising most types, a T-tailed, tip-tanked object went zotting across the small patch of sky visible from our sitting room window - nothing in the books like it. A pic of it at Biggin Hill appeared in Air Pictorial later on, ahhhhh!

Garrison bought it over the Atlantic non-stop I think as long distance flying was its goal and he and his wife had some longer adventures across and around the Pacific. James Gilbert and, I think, Manx Kelly had a go at Booker. Following the accident in 1982 Garrison was already thinking about Melmoth II, a redesigned and much improved version of the concept which has been flying for some time and with which he is still tinkering.

You have control!

DownWest 7th Apr 2020 07:20

Funnily enough, Melmouth came up in conversation the other day. I too spotted it right off. Garrison was asked about the best clothes to wear for long distance flying. He said probably a skirt, except for stepping down on arrival..
DW

fauteuil volant 7th Apr 2020 08:04


Originally Posted by FlightlessParrot (Post 10742052)
Alas, when I click that link I get 403 Forbidden, as also when I try to sneak up on the site by different routes. Windows 10, Firefox, accessing from NZ. Doesn't work with Chrome, either.

Sorry, FP. I can't explain that. I have no problems using firefox and chrome - but I'm only acessing it from France, rather than the other side of the world!

dook 7th Apr 2020 09:24

I can access the sussexhistory forum but get messages saying there are images which I cannot access or download.

fauteuil volant 7th Apr 2020 12:05


Originally Posted by dook (Post 10742321)
I can access the sussexhistory forum but get messages saying there are images which I cannot access or download.

You have to be a registered user to access attachments to posts. The reason for this is that it goes some way to obstructing those who want to reap a harvest but don't want to sow any seed!

dook 7th Apr 2020 12:11

That's what I thought.

India Four Two 7th Apr 2020 16:35

treaders,

Thank you. I knew that Pete had been in England, but I didn't know what he did while he was there. I'm envious that you saw Melmoth.

It was designed for long range flights - 580 litre fuel capacity and a range of 3400 miles! He flew Gander to Shannon non-stop in 1975 and then Cold Bay, Alaska to Hokkaido in 1976. Having done a flight, two-up in a Stinson 108, to Oshkosh and back (~2000 nm, 11 hours each way, with frequent stops) and a three-hour solo flight through the Rockies, I can't imagine spending half a day in Melmoth's cockpit.

He has a great website about the construction of Melmoth 2, which includes pictures of Melmoth (1):

Melmoth1 pictures

The site also contains a great blog on the construction of Melmoth 2, starting in 2002 and still being added to as recently as last month. A fascinating read, which I haven't finished yet. It has much self-deprecating humour:


Progress on the intercooler project, which began two years ago, has sped up markedly. One of the reasons for this -- not, I'm sure, a very sensible one -- is that I would like to get the system finished, along with the oil cooler ducting to the new hot-air cloaca on top of the cowling, so that the plane is at least complete, if not clean, in case I contract COVID-19 and die.
Slouching toward airworthiness
Read from the bottom up.

It's beautifully written, as befits someone with an English degree from Harvard. How often do you read a homebuilt blog with a title referring to a Greek nymph, that refers to the poetry of A.E. Housman?


The Tangles of Neaera's Hair

The mountains, like the shoulders of indifferent giants, remind me that The Roman and his troubles now / Are ashes under Uricon.
Here's something just as speedy but a bit more roomy:

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/pprune....3902c271a0.jpg




fauteuil volant 7th Apr 2020 17:13

I'd say that's an Airspeed Envoy.

India Four Two 7th Apr 2020 17:45

fv,

I can see why you might say that, but you would be wrong! ;)

dook 7th Apr 2020 17:52

The nose glazing looks more like some versions of the Blenheim, but I am not convinced.

India Four Two 7th Apr 2020 17:57

dook,

I suggest you remain unconvinced.

dook 7th Apr 2020 18:20

Remain unconvinced ?

How about a Caproni Ca.310 Libeccio.

dook 7th Apr 2020 18:28

Closest I can get.

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/pprune....a1eed880a2.jpg


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