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T1940_luscombe_8chis is a 1940 Luscombe 8C that I owned in the late ’80’s.  It had the original dash, and a rather unique engine set up. The engine was a fuel injected Continental 75 h.p..  It had a little mechanical  wobble pump that  gave a shot of fuel to each cylinder in turn.  Did not have a carb heat control.  Worked pretty good, but was a real ornery thing to get started.  It had no electrical system, so had to be hand propped, and you basically had to flood the engine with the primer (prime until you see it leaking!) then open the throttle a smidgeon (make sure the thing was well tied down, or someone was on the brakes) and  spin it through.  Most of the time it worked!  The plane flew beauti- fully,  but had to sell it when we moved out here in the country.  My 1200 foot runway was not enough to begin to get it slowed down.  What you never wanted to do in a Luscombe was put on the brakes!! That’s why they were so inefficient.  I sold it to a fellow from the South East and he subsequently put an O-200 intake manifold and carburetor on it.

1959_forney_f1This is a 1959 Forney F-1 (yes, it was built by the Forney welder people!).  It came from Boulder City, Nv.  Ray Woods (an early Montana aviation pioneer  who ranched north of Great Falls, and was the original Ercoupe dealer in Montana) purchased it and I flew it back for him from Nevada to Woods’ Ranch.  When Ray passed away I bought the plane and kept it at the airport in Great Falls.  I learned to fly in an Ercoupe (a 1946 moder C with rudder pedals and a C-85) and enjoyed the Forney.  It had no rudder pedals, and a 90 h.p. engine.  Unfortunately, it was also unable to land at Flying M Paints, so sold it to a fellow from Illinois.

kitfoxparkedThis is my current “keep-at-home” airplane. It is a 1991 KitFox model I/II built by Gary Kjelsrud.  It has a liquid cooled Rotax 582 engine with an Ivo-prop in-air adjustable propeller.  It is registered as an experimental aircraft and carries two people  along with 21 gallons of fuel.  It will take off and land very easily from the runway here.  It cruises at about 70-75 mph and lands at 35.  Although it doesn’t much care for the wind because of the light wing loading, it will handle a 90 degree cross wind at 20 mph (not for the faint of heart!).

Totally ignoring the issue which caused the Forney to be sold, I now have, in addition to my KitFox, an Ercoupe.  It lives at the airport, along with the KitFox most of the time.



bobs'firestarfirestarThis was my first airplane at Flying  M Paints.  It is a Kolb Firestar powered by a Rotax 447.  A single place ultralite, built by Gary Kjelsrud, it carried 5 gallons of gas, cruised at about 55 mph and landed at about 25.  It had a tendency to nose over if you forgot to hold full up elevator during the take off run……very embarrassing.. Gail had to come out and pull the tail back to the ground a couple of times.  I sold this plane when I purchased the KitFox.  Yes, it really does fly.  Flew pretty darn well, in fact.  But carried only one person, so was unable to take Gail up with me.  Thus, the sale of this and the purchase of the Kitfox.


Gary Crowder owns this N-3 Pup..  It is a single seat, Rotax powered Piper Cub look-a-like and flies very well.

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