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I soloed a plane like shown below on March 30th, 1945.
I was sixteen years old at the time.
Model 8B (Silvaire),
Engine: 65 hp Lycoming,
Length: 20 feet,
Height: 5 feet, 10 inches,
Wingspan: 35 feet,
Gross Weight: 1200 pounds,
Useful Load: 535 pounds,
Max Speed: 115 mph,
Cruise Speed: 105 mph,
Range: 370 miles.
The photo on the left shows me landing on the beach at Mazatlan, Mexico after parasailing out over the Pacific Ocean. It was a fun trip while up but the landing was kinda scary. I was afraid my legs wouldn't hold me up upon landing --- but they did.
The photo above and on the right, shows Jim Grove, Jackie Taylor and me taking off on a trip down the Nantahala River in North Carolina. The river had some class 3 falls but, all in all, was an easy trip. The Ocoee River, near by, is a different stroy. It was used for recent Olympic kayaking events. Needless to say, I didn't attempt to run the Ocoee but Jim and Jackie did and had to abort before the end of the run --- just too rough.
All photos on this website are copyrighted, October 27, 2008, M. B. Linzel