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Andy Werback's Skybolt Project : While waiting for an engine...

01 - 26 - 2015

We waited and waited for the TNIO-360 for the Legacy FG. Took 11 months. Idle minds are not good, so after a ride in Brian DalPorto's Marquart MA-5 biplane, wheels started to turn. There are several amateur built biplane plans available, and the Skybolt seemed like a good choice (many built, great reputation, easy to fly), especially for someone with no tail-dragger time, and almost no acro experience. And, open cockpit was really a lot of fun. Thanks, Brian!! So, a partially completed Skybolt was available in New Hampshire. Road trip! Turns out that the seller had built 2 Skybolts, this was his 3rd. Plus, he was involved in the New Great Lakes. To say his workmanship was excellent would be an understatement.

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We arrived at John and Jane's house in New Hampshire. Garage is packed with Skybolt stuff!

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We spent some time inspecting - fuselage, tail, all major welding was nicely done

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And the parts had been cleaned and epoxy coated. Really nice.

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John had a few other interesting projects - large RC models, so he's probably still pretty busy

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Lots of balsa keeps a guy happy

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We eventually got it all loaded in a 26' Budget truck and started a 7 day ride back to San Jose

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Everything fit just fine... until we got to the hangar at Reid Hillview...


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