Tuesday, January 16, 2018
My Icarus V was scratch built in early 1970's. It was day and night working on the project for probably a year. I flew hanglider once off a long sloping hill in McKnight Park across the I 94 freeway from 3M Corporation. I added en engine and took off from the Lake Elmo airport crashed it. I rebuilt and recovered it with a new paint scheme you see here hanging on wall. I have a broad based interest in aviation. As you can see in the photo there are R/C airplanes hanging up. My first R/C, a 1930s Trixter Beam and smaller balsa model I built from a kit. My Tin Mistress, a 1946 Ercoupe has the 65HP Continental engine off for painting and also allowing me to polish the firewall. That's tedious work but worth it making it an award winner Ercoupe at Oshkosh and other National Airshows.
The two Icarus V wings are hanging up on back wall (looks like art) with a second new paint design after recovering from the last crash. Lot's of painting; lot's of newspaper and tape and personal touch. A new gold hang cage can be seen lower left behind the propane heater awaiting assembly for future weekend powered hanglider flight. With all you see in this picture - where is the time to fly? It's too cold to fly and it looks like there is snow on the ground. My Dad will be back soon from flying one of his Beechcraft Bananzas. I'll open the frig. have a beer and think about where to focus my interest in this hobby. I am too old and fat to foot launch the Icarus V so my 2020 project is to make the IcarusV into a Drone Ultralight with the capability to lift vertically, hover and fly.
Flying R/C models since early 1960's, Hangliding started in 1972 and bought Ercoupe in 1974
Sunday, January 14, 2018
Using R/C Technology at first for proof of concept. First test flights will be at local AMA sanctioned model airplane field using RC propulsion system from a EFlite XVert VTOL electronics.
HANG GLIDERS - 1974
First saw Icarus V hang glider in Popular Science 1974
Icarus II Designed by Taurus Kiceniuk
Icarus II migrated into the EasyRiser by Larry Mauro and John Moody made it famous at Oshkosh.
Below is a picture of my Icarus V in the early 1970s. I pulled my 1946 Ercoupe out of the hangar to build the Icarus V by scratch from plans I bought from Tarus Kiceniuk. I was interested in very low and slow flight to re-live some of the feelings I read about from the Wright Brothers. I read and re-read an article in 1974 Popular Science Magazine on fixed wing hang gliders and decided to build Icarus V hang glider which at the time was state of the art. It resembles its predecessor the Icarus II, what most people know as the Easy Riser. Pilot controls pitch by shifting body weight on parallel bars. Lateral control is actuated by twist grips.
Photo 1 Construction of airframe. Photo 2 is completed aircraft with original paint scheme at 1st Powered Hanglider Meet in Marilla, MI.. These powered hangliders were not yet called ultralights because anybody could fly them without a licence. If you look very close I did have an FAA N number (N93675) on the wing tips and for the hell of it I put the word EXPERIMENTAL since I've been an EAA member since 1974.