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ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: News release/Team Aircraft at '96 WAC


Thread: News release/Team Aircraft at '96 WAC

Message: News release/Team Aircraft at '96 WAC

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From: cks at (Carlys Sjoholm)

Date: Wed, 10 Apr 1996 13:27:02 UTC




Oshkosh, WI - The high-tech aircraft flown by the U.S. Aerobatic Team
pilots are among the most sophisticated and competitive in the world.
These specialized planes are designed for one purpose only: world class
Unlimited aerobatic competition.  The Team's nine monoplanes and one
highly-modified biplane will go head-to-head with planes flown by pilots
from 19 other countries this August at the 1996 World Aerobatic
Championships in Oklahoma City.

Each U.S. Team pilot owns, maintains, and flies his or her own competition
airplane.  Half of the Team's ten aircraft are Extra 300 series monoplanes
designed and built in Germany by Walter Extra.  Mike Goulian (current U.S.
National Champion), Phil Knight, John Lillberg, and Patty Wagstaff fly
single place Extra 300Ss, while Ellen Dean competes in the two seat 300L.
These lightweight, agile planes have steel tube frames and carbon fiber
skins.  The wings are also carbon fiber.

Linda Meyers Morrissey and Matt Chapman fly the CAP 231 and CAP 231 EX,
respectively.  Their fuselages are constructed of wood frames and skins.
The CAP 231 wings are also wood, but the EX has carbon fiber wings.  Made
in France by Avions Mudry, CAP EXs won the last two WACs.  Only six EXs
were built and Matt's is the only one in this country.

Debby Rihn-Harvey and Diane Hakala both fly custom, one-off American-built
monoplanes.  The Texas Hurricane was designed and built by Debby's late
husband, Dr. Eoin Harvey.  It's a smaller and lighter plane than the other
mono wings, and is constructed of chromoly steel tube frame and carbon
fiber skin and wings.  Diane's Staudacher S300D is her second competition
aircraft designed by Jon Staudacher.  It's steel tube frame is covered with
aluminum and fabric.  The wings are wood and carbon fiber.

Making it's grand entry into the world aerobatics arena, Robert Armstrong
will fly the Aviat Aircraft S-1-11B biplane.  A highly-modified version of
the Super Stinker designed by Curtis Pitts, the S-1-11B was created to win
in international competition, and it was customized to fit Robert
precisely.  Chances are that this will be the only biplane at the WAC,
since monoplanes have taken over as the silhouette of choice,
internationally speaking.

All ten team aircraft are powered by Lycoming IO-540 engines, each
producing at least 300 hp.  Such high horsepower is a critical factor for
remaining competitive in the Unlimited world today.

The 1996 WAC is slated for August 18 - 30 at Clarence E. Page Airport near
Oklahoma City.  Typically held in a European country, this marks the first
time the WAC has been held in the United States in 16 years.

Major corporate funding for the U.S. Aerobatic Team is provided by Shell
Oil Company, makers of Aeroshell aviation lubricants.  Individual
contributions in support of the U.S. Aerobatic Team may be directed to:
U.S. Aerobatic Foundation, P.O. Box 3086, Oshkosh, WI  54903-3086.


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