Click to return to Steen Aero Lab Homepage  
 
The empty top half of the glass is just a redundant backup for the other half.
 
Go to printable version 
 
  Our Aircraft:
 
    Steen Skybolt
Pitts Model 14
Pitts S1
Knight Twister

 
  Products:  
    ONLINE STORE

Products Home
Bruntons Brace Wires
     About Bruntons
MT Props
Hoffmann Props
     Request Prop Quote
Vendenyev M14 Engines
Laminated Wing Spars
Laminated Leading Edges
Canopies
Motor Mounts
Wing Kits & Wing Jigs
Three-Section Wings
Piloti Shoes
VedaloHD Sunglasses
     Styles
     FAA Report on Sunglasses

 
  Builders:  
    Builder F.A.Q.
Construction
   Photos

Articles
Project Gallery
Submit Photos
Project Logs

 
  Resources:  
  News
Event Reports
Email List
Testimonials
Non-US Distributors
Links
Scale Models
Biplane Lore
About This Site
Website Updates
About Us
Contact / Visit Us

 
   

 
Event Report
Event Reports - EAA AirVenture 2004

Tuesday, July 27 - Opening Day
EAA AirVenture 2004
Created: 07/13/2004
Updated: 08/11/2004
Link(s): N/A
 
Article by Steen Staff
 
Tuesday (Opening Day) was very busy, as usual. Fortunately, we did find some time to look at the flight line. As anyone who's been to Oshkosh knows, it's impossible for one person to see it all in a week, let alone in a part of a day. There are fascinating things to see and experience everywhere you go!


Click to view full image
Our good friend Steve Culp of Culp's Specialties brought one of his new Sopwith Pups. He built 12 of them at once! This beast is powered by a 360 hp Vendenyev M14P (note the huge prop which spins "backwards".) The original Pup had only an 80hp LeRhone rotary!  
Click to view full image
Another view of the Pup. The airframe can handle +/- 10 G once all the streamlined flying wires are installed! Weight is 2400 lbs, cruise should be around 150 mph and the climb rate is expected to be 4500 fpm!  
Click to view full image
Please do not taunt the biplanes!  
Click to view full image
All of Steve's planes demonstrate exceptional workmanship. EAA has a good article about Steve's Sopwith posted here.  
Click to view full image
Word is that Snoopy himself is planning to flight-test the Pup soon.  
Click to view full image
The Pup's Steel struts are painted convincingly to look like wood struts.  
Click to view full image
The Pup's ailerons.  
Click to view full image
The "Red Baron's-Eye View" of the Pup.  
Click to view full image
A view over the nose.  
Click to view full image
This beautiful machine is a Goodyear F2G Super Corsair owned by Bob Odegaard of Kindred, North Dakota. It won in the 1947 Cleveland Air Races.  
Click to view full image
The Super Corsair looks fast from any angle. It should... max speeds are towards 500 mph and it can reach 30,000 feet in four minutes!  
Click to view full image
This is the only flying Super Corsair in the world. The F2G was designed to intercept Kamikazes in the waning days of WWII, and only 10 were built.  
Click to view full image
As usual, the Steen/Shapes Group tents were crowded with interested folks.  
Click to view full image
Fiberglass component guru Sam James and his lovely wife Patty came by to say hi. Sam does top-notch work.  
Click to view full image
Steve Jones returned this year with his nice Skybolt.  
Click to view full image
We can't even begin to describe this... umm... airplan... er, helicop... umm... flying machine?  
Click to view full image
Paul and John Goetsch hold up a C-5A.  
Click to view full image
How planes are born? The C-5A dwarfs Pete Clinton's Skybolt.  
Click to view full image
A well-done Pitts Model 12.  
Click to view full image
Another good-looking "Macho Stinker" Model 12.  

Other entries in this series:
     We're heading up to Wisconsin!    July 21, 2004
     Skybolt Flight - Melbourne to Oshkosh    July 22, 2004
     Travelling to Oshkosh    July 23, 2004
     Pre-Show Setup    July 26, 2004
      » Tuesday, July 27 - Opening Day    July 27, 2004
     Wednesday, July 28    July 28, 2004
     Thursday, July 29    July 29, 2004
     Friday, July 30    July 30, 2004
     Saturday, July 31    July 31, 2004
     Sunday, August 1    August 1, 2004
     Monday, August 2    August 2, 2004
     Skybolt - Return Trip    August 2, 2004

If you have any additions or corrections to this item, please let us know.

Go to Event Reports archives

 
  Steen Aero Lab      1451 Clearmont Street NE   Palm Bay, FL 32905 USA     
Phone: (321) 725-4160      Fax: (321) 725-3058      Contact Us