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The first homebuilt in my family. Photos and story from Sport Aviation, May 1968.
Working from his own design, Donald L. Reid, EAA 215, of R. 4, Box 114, Charlottesville, Va., created the Reid RB-1 "Snapper", N-1290F.
Don, who is an associate professor at the University of Virginia, teaches thermodynamics in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His interest in aircraft is a hobby which he has enjoyed before he learned to fly in 1942 in the CPTP.
Of steel tube/wood wing/fabric cover construction, the "Snapper" is rather nicely proportioned and trim. Struts are used rather than landing wires.
Five years and about $1,800.00 were spent on the project, which is 16 ft. long and spans 16 1/2 ft. Empty weight is 570 Ibs., and gross weight is 975 Ibs.
The Continental A-65 engine was initially acquired in four bushel baskets. The worn parts were all replaced, and the engine was completely reassembled.
Trim tabs were necessary on the elevators after the first flight brought out a nose-down tendency. Current cruise speed is in the neighborhood of 100 mph, but this is expected to increase by 20 percent with the addition of smaller wheels, wheel pants, and a full pressure cowl.
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