Wednesday, with help of a couple seasoned citizens, we hung the wings. Once we got started it took all of twenty minutes to get the ‘bullets’ in place.
Saturday, with the help of a couple of flying friends, we aligned the wings and placed the bolts.
Without any adjustment, only the ‘pre set’ per the manual, the dihedral was spot on. The distance from the alignment string to the spar was within 1/32” of 3” on both sides. I am constantly amazed at the precision with which this kit is manufactured.
The washout required two turns of the aft strut on both sides to bring both within a tenth of a degree of perfect.
A job that I had been anticipating with some degree of apprehension went well. We are on the final stretch.
Put in eleven hours on the Cub July 4. As fireworks were going off late that night I texted the DAR and told him I was getting close to done. Tuesday July 5 at 0700 I read an E Mail saying he would be there that afternoon to inspect. It was a crazy morning.
Long story short: all is well and 3737R now has an airworthiness certificate.
So it is about time to get started on the Jag D Type. . . .
That is how much fuel we consumed this past weekend flying the Cub for its first flights.
Amazing plane. Comparing our Cessena 172 to the Cub is a bit like comparing a minivan to a Jag D Type. Climbed out at 2000 feet per minute. When trimmed, tracked perfectly straight hands off controls. Docile stall characteristics. The glass panel provides a wealth of information. Flying low speed with windows open is a cool experience, even on a hot day. Looking forward to getting some more hours in the coming weeks.
Ryan came home from Detroit to participate in the initial flights.