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    i think they're the 'prettiest' pioneer era aircraft

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    that would be sooo much fun to fly
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    He's in a turn.

    Gutsy move, for a Bleriot.

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    I saw one of those take off up at Rheinbeck a couple of years ago. He only flew the length of the field, and not over ten feet off the ground because there was a slight breeze. Even that looked like fun.

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    Oldest design, perhaps, but the plane in the pic was built last year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Ledger View Post
    I saw one of those take off up at Rheinbeck a couple of years ago. He only flew the length of the field, and not over ten feet off the ground because there was a slight breeze. Even that looked like fun.

    Rhinebeck and Shuttleworth are both on my 'bucket list'. Rhinebeck might actually happen this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Hadfield View Post
    He's in a turn.

    Gutsy move, for a Bleriot.
    wing warping eh? i take you find ailerons preferable?
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    To address your question Paul; do you know which is the actual oldest airplane still flyable/flying?

    Last couple times at Brodhead, there was at least one finished Bleriot and another under construction. Owls Head also flys a Bleriot although none of these use the original engine design that I'm aware of. Calling flying any of these wing warping planes fun to fly is probably a bit of a stretch. Oldest designed plane I've flown in is a 1928 Pietenpol with a 1919 Ford model A engine.
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    I don't know anything for sure tom, i believe the aircraft in the rhinebeck video, Bleriot #56 is the oldest airworthy aircraft in the world, built in 1909

    check out this blackburn built in 1912, what a difference three years makes. . .

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    I think the Shuttleworth Trust's 1909 Bleriot might be the oldest aircraft/engine combination still flying. It still has the original three cylinder W layout Anzani as used on the Channel crossing. All pretty original with a continuous history. I will try and follow with a link.
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkJymMK33Zk
    It is certainly the oldest Bleriot still flying with it's original 1909 engine.
    The YouTube vid has the usual ignorant comments. These morons never cease to amaze!
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    Do those planes still require mouth guards... lots of pilots lost a buncha teeth on hard landings in them.
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    But is it a grandad's axe scenario, ? the shaft has been renewed five times and its on its third head....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    Rhinebeck and Shuttleworth are both on my 'bucket list'. Rhinebeck might actually happen this year.
    I haven’t been to Rhinebeck since I was a little kid. When are we going?

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    The Shuttleworth Bleriot is three weeks older than the Old Rhineback Bleriot, according to Wiki.
    Still the original engine, and I believe about 80% of the wooden airframe is original.

    PS: It was one of the planes I used to dust when I was a volunteer at Old Warden about 30 years ago.
    Plus my first girlfriend was Kay Shuttleworth, a distant relation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StevenBauer View Post
    I haven’t been to Rhinebeck since I was a little kid. When are we going?
    what's the date of their big show?
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    The holy trinity, Shuttleworth, Goodwood, & The Little Trains Of Wales.

    Mane it a quartet. Add the London To Brighton Run.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    what's the date of their big show?
    Used to be in October!

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    Rhinebeck’s not Far from the Museum Tidbit was donated to. Maybe we could arrange a charter for an afternoon...

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    picking up airlie on the way?
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    Hariett Quimby, by far the most attractive Bleriot pilot.
    first woman to solo across the english channel
    she died at age thirty seven when for unknown reasons she and her passenger were pitched out the seats of their open cockpit aircraft and fell to their deaths from 3,000 feet, her airplane made a lazy uncontrolled descent and glided to a gentle stop in a muddy corn field.

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    So about 1979 or so I was hanging out at the Haverhill, ma airport, waiting for the weather to clear. I was still in high school, working off flying lessons as a line boy.

    The ceiling was about 800’ or so. I heard an odd engine noise. It got closer and louder then over the hill came an aircraft similar to the one in the OP. The guy needed gas. He was scud running making his way up to Maine’s owl’s head museum. I sold him a few gallons and off he went.

    2 years ago I’m at air venture and I see a similar aircraft with the pilot. I tell him the story. He gets this funny look on his face, scratch’s his head, thinks for a moment, then says: “I think that might have been me”.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Lathrop View Post
    Owls Head also flys a Bleriot although none of these use the original engine design that I'm aware of.
    Owls Head is a fantastic place. I've only been there once, but I really want to go back.

    By the way, even the oldest of these planes is a lot like the USS Constitution - there isn't much original about it.

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    Wing warping sometimes works. But it depends on a lot of wooden parts working together as the designer intended, and sometimes they don't. Sometimes the wing distorts in a way not expected, and the turn, or correction, doesn't happen.

    A friend of mine test-flew the one in Montreal a few years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CWSmith View Post
    Owls Head is a fantastic place. I've only been there once, but I really want to go back.

    By the way, even the oldest of these planes is a lot like the USS Constitution - there isn't much original about it.
    I've been to Owls Head twice but the second time the museum was just coming off a classic car show and sale and much was not available to the public. The good news is that the maintenance hanger of most museums is often available for a few to visit. This can be more rewarding for getting close to and gaining information on the aircraft being worked on. My son has moved to Georgetown, ME so Owls Head will be easier to reach.

    Very old, classic and otherwise important aircraft are located in many museums all over the developed world for those that have interest. Boating museums are much more limited in number as well as quality of their exhibits.
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    The cool thing about Owls Head Transportation Museum is all the exhibits are working and they demonstrate them to the public. They have one of those cool reproductions of the original Benz cars and they fired it up and drove it around last time I visited.



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    Rhinebeck is well worth the trip! I do have to get up to Owl's Head though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StevenBauer View Post
    Rhinebeck’s not Far from the Museum Tidbit was donated to. Maybe we could arrange a charter for an afternoon...
    Id come too, if y’all would take me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C. Ross View Post
    Id come too, if y’all would take me.
    This is shaping up nicely.

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    http://oldrhinebeck.org/events/

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    Quote Originally Posted by StevenBauer View Post
    I haven’t been to Rhinebeck since I was a little kid. When are we going?
    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    what's the date of their big show?
    Quote Originally Posted by StevenBauer View Post
    Rhinebeck’s not Far from the Museum Tidbit was donated to. Maybe we could arrange a charter for an afternoon...
    Quote Originally Posted by Garret View Post
    Rhinebeck is well worth the trip! I do have to get up to Owl's Head though.
    Quote Originally Posted by C. Ross View Post
    Id come too, if y’all would take me.
    Still liking the idea of a trip to Rhinebeck. I just found this pic from the last time I was there. My mom took us there for the day from Garden City, Long Island. She’s wearing the shades and I’m just above her on the tank in the cap.

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    Makes me think of the Omaka WW1 museum.



    Well worth a visit if you're in this country.

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    Not air craft, but the oldest, human, lighter-than-air experience is that of an ordinary person stepping over a rattlesnake.



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    Quote Originally Posted by StevenBauer View Post
    Still liking the idea of a trip to Rhinebeck. I just found this pic from the last time I was there. My mom took us there for the day from Garden City, Long Island. She’s wearing the shades and I’m just above her on the tank in the cap.

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    I haven’t been to Rhinebeck since I was a little kid. When are we going?
    Ditto.

    That place is awesome.

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