The aircraft of WW I have been replicated many times in the nine decades since that conflict ended. However, only a few have been faithful clones using the original engines, which most often were rotary types where the engine actually turned with the propeller and the crankshaft stood still. In our February 2000 issue, Gene DeMarco, then with Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome and one of their most active pilots, gave readers a blow-by-blow account of what it was like to handle all that rotating mass on a kite-like airplane with no throttle (they had a kill switch so it was all or nothing) and how to deal with the problems involved in maintaining an engine that was nearly a century old. It’s good reading! Click Here to download the full article.
Feb 12, 2010 No Comments