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NOTE: THESE PLANS WERE DRAWN AND OFFERED BY GRAHAM LEE ON REQUEST FROM HOMEBUILDERS WHO FOLLOWED HIS TUBE AND GUSSET CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUE. GRAHAM WAS NOT ABLE TO BUILD A PROTOTYPE , BUT AT THE TIME OFFERED THESE DRAWINGS WITH UNLIMITED AMOUNT OF HIS ADVICE TO POTENTIAL BUILDERS. I REGRET THAT I DONT HAVE ALL OF HIS EXPERTISE AND CANNOT OFFER SAME ADVICE. THIS SET OF DRAWINGS ARE FOR EXPERIENCED HOMEBUILDERS. (THANKS. MIKE LEE)
An earlier WW1 Design, one of the first to have a gun that fired through the propeller.
But ammunition being poor quality required deflector plates on the propeller to catch those slow to fire rounds.
This Shoulder wing design was faster than anything around at the time despite being wire braced and having an under cambered wing to give it a slower stall speed.
It is constructed just like the Nieuport, of tubes and gussets, but has the addition of 1/8 plywood formers and stringers to round out the fuselage.
Of course one could forego the formers and change the tail to produce a Pfalz (the German variant) We’ve added proper ailerons, as they did on the later models, and if you wish you can split the flying stabilator into stab and elevator. But it flew well either way.
Best Performance with Rotax or Hirth ~ 500cc 2.5 or 3:1 reduction. VW is possible, but performance will suffer appreciably in acceleration and climb due to short propeller diameter. Rotax 503 will swing a 72 X 33 or 68 X 34 and really perform. VW’s will swing 60 or 61 inch @ 3000 RPM with just over Half the thrust.
Wingspan: 23 ft 10 in
Wing Area: 117.5
Length: 19 ft 3 in
Height: ~6 ft
Weight Empty: ~275 lbs
Fuel Capacity: 12 Gal US
Stall Speed: Mid 30's MPH
Cruise: Mid 70's MPH
Top Speed: +100 MPH
Never Exceed (Vne): 115 MPH
Gross Weight: 600 lbs
G Force Factor: 5.7+ 2.8-