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Post  Kim on Sat Nov 25, 2017 6:28 am

Just stumbled across this photo of Ken Willard presenting his endurance model to the Smithsonian Museum in 1964.  His record-setting flight was in April 1958.
I hadn't heard of this before, and will now be on the watch for it in any 1958 magazines I come across, and will scan and post it here if I find it.

Wonder if this plane is still viewable at the Smithsonian?

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Post  getback on Sat Nov 25, 2017 7:59 am

Cool Kim !! there is the breathless with out the Big in it at outerzone https://outerzone.co.uk/plan_details.asp?ID=5842 it only 40" though , the one he is holding looks 50-60" to me ? Boy he put out a lot of planes .. !! Thanksgiving Dinner I Love This Forum!
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Post  Kim on Sat Nov 25, 2017 8:28 am

getback wrote: Boy he put out a lot of planes .. !!  Thanksgiving Dinner  I Love This Forum!

Yeah...so many of these guys cranked out designs like a factory! There's ALWAYS something new to learn about their exploits !
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Post  balogh on Sat Nov 25, 2017 1:40 pm

It flew 5 hours and 29 minutes...any information about what engine powered this plane? A TD051 - if not too small for the purpose  - would need at least 50 ounces of fuel to run so long...oooops just remember TD-s were born only 3 years after this 1958 flight..
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Post  batjac on Sat Nov 25, 2017 2:33 pm

Well, that this "Big Breathless" made its endurance flight the year after the "Breathless" was published would indicate he just scaled it up slightly for more wing area to carry the fuel and flew it on as small an engine as he could to get 5 hours out of it. He probably made sure to fly on a day with great thermals.

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