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Jasta 6 – More Morane

Posted by on Mar 8, 2007

More Morane…………….enjoy!     K.C.

[note: There were several pictures included here but have been lost to the internet]

Jasta 6 – “Fantasy of Flight”

Posted by on Mar 6, 2007

After resolving some photo issues we were able to get this post up. Last Friday Mike Harris, Bob Weiss and myself made a trip to Kermit Weeks’ Fantasy of Flight” in Polk City Fla. which is about 50 minutes west of Orlando. Our objective was to take detailed photos of the Fokker DVIII and the Morane AI. We were met in the employee entrance by a Mr. Ken Kellett who is the restorer who takes care of the “older” aircraft. After signing out visitor badges (we got in for free!) off we went into one of two hanger bays on the south side of the airfield (They have a grass strip at FoF). After passing a Focke Wulf  FW – 44 and a massive Sunderland flying boat there sat the DVIII at the front of the hanger. Next to it sat an airplane that flew in the “Flyboys” movie. I believe it was either a Sopwith or a Nieuport. Armed with digital cameras the three of went to work. Mr. Kellett was very gracious and extremely knowledgeable. Our conversations with him centered around the engine and construction of the plywood covered wing, which will be our biggest challenge. This DVIII  had a Gnome 160 HP rotary and Ken told us to stay away from them because they leak and foul up the airplane pretty good. He seemed to think our choice of engine (Rotec) was a good way to go.

Our photos centered around detailed parts such as attach points, running of cable and of course the cockpit. What we did notice that we did not know was the DVIII had a steerable tail skid. At least this one did and we have a picture of it that we’ll post. After some additional discussions concerning propellers, rigging and the like we went off to take a look at the Morane. It was tucked in between other airplanes in the back of the hanger next to a Stinson Trimotor, and a Morse Scout . The first thing that caught our eye and Ken immeadiately mentioned was the complicated wing bracing and flying wires. Much more involed than the DVIII. Odd in the fact that the Morane and the DVIII were designed and flew roughly at the same time, the spring of 1918. We took several pictures of the bracing for the folks in Kansas City to see and we’ll post those also. The other thing Ken pointed out about the Morane was that the fuselage tapered back to almost a point. Ken thought that that might be a bit of challenge also. After we finished with the Morane Ken had to return  to work and graciously gave us free rein to go and look at the rest of the airplanes. Of course we filled up the remaining space on the camera disks and we’ll post these at a later date when we get to sort thru them.

All in all a very worthwhile trip. Actually being next to one of these airplanes gives you much better appreciation of the times they flew in and the task that lies ahead.

Here are some pictures..enjoy……more to come…..Jasta 6

[note: There were several images included here but have been lost to the internet]

Note the ignition leads

Steerable Tail Skid

Bracing on Morane Wing

Bracing on Morane Wing

Jasta 6 – Rotec engines

Posted by on Mar 5, 2007

I too have been in touch with Jim at Rotec. He provided me most of the same information that I’ve seen on the blog. We have the R3800, including the VDO instrument package and mount, in our preliminary budget. Sign us up for one R3800!!! I might suggest that if we go the bulk engine buy route that we put one of the teams in charge of the buy so Rotec isn’t dealing with several different schools. This might eliminate the chance of generating any confusion and improve cooperation.

We went to Fantasy of Flight last Friday and got some decent shots of the DVIII and Morane (we were like kids in a candy store!!!). We’ll post another blog later today with some pictures and info.

K.C. – Jasta 6

The Kaiser’s Air Force – Update

Posted by on Feb 28, 2007

At present we have 26 students and 5 faculty interested and are chomping at the bit to get started! We have selected an engine (Rotec R3600) and found a source for machine guns (Repligun). Wheels, propeller, fabric etc.  are in work. Any suggestions would be welcome in this regard. We are awaiting plans so we can finalize our materials list and submit a final budget and hopefully cut metal very soon. My shop instructors are working on facilities needed and jigging that will be required. We’re also exploring what tools/tooling may be needed to complete the project.

Hopefully we will be going to Fantasy of Flight this Friday. We’ll be taking pictures of the DVIII and Morane that are in Kermit Weeks museum. The DVIII is flyable but we’re not sure about the Morane.I’ve posted some pictures of DVIIIs that are built or under construction. One is being built in a one car garage! Challenging to say the least!

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Machine Guns –

Posted by on Feb 23, 2007

FYI  If you haven’t already go to “Repligun” on Google. Very nice replicas of WW1 machine guns………K.C. – AMO