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ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: Single fabric layer leading edges - BAD


Thread: Single fabric layer leading edges - BAD

Message: Single fabric layer leading edges - BAD

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From: "Kurt O. Haukohl" <TwoWing6 at>

Date: Tue, 06 May 1997 12:10:23 UTC



RE:  BAD Coverjobs - One layer on the Leading Edge is BAD

When you buy your Pitts upgrade, check for two layers of anything
on the leading edge.  Tape, overlap of fabric, and maybe even
three layers, like mine.  Your right, one small hole from a rock
or anything will open the wing up on those metal leading edges fast.

The one we saw could not hold the rib stitches either, and stripped
itself all the way back to cover an aileron!  The owner was over
a runway practicing at the time, and had his hand on the new plane
switch!!!  The event is described as an explosion.

Rarely, when you uncover a metal leading edge plane, is the fabric
still sticking to the metal; in fact it just falls off.  Aluminum
contracts and expands, and everything you paint with dissolves the
glue or whatever chemical holds it on.

If you see one of these planes flying around, give the owner some
leading edge tape as an emergency fix.  Then get him the uncle
Ray Stits book or an FAA manual.  This is a dangerous situation
not recommended by anyone.

Nice flying... maybe next time.


At 12:09 PM 5/5/97 -0400, you wrote:
>What the heck is goin on at the Pitts place?
>I want to dump my C model after watching this Stinker 
>thing fly but there is nothing out there!   Sounds like the
>fabric and paint is flying off everything they ever made too.  
>So guess I gotta build one for myself.  Are there any parts
>venders out there besides aviat who could help me get 
>started?  I cant weld worth a darn.  Who has wing kits?
>The Green Machine
>Kevin Bradley
>Gulfport, MS
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