Monday, September 1, 2008
With Six, You Get Aileron Roll
Join this six-pack of Cubbies on a low-and-slow cross-country jaunt, and hone up on your
|"Uh oh,” crackles Rand Siegfried’s voice over the intercom. “There goes A.D.D. again.” He chuckles, “I think we’ll have to do something about that.” And just like that, the sky drops away and we’re in a brain-floating dive in pursuit of Bob Elliott’s Legend Cub.|
Darin Hart, sponsor, trip leader and cofounder of Legend Aircraft, leads the pilgrimage every year from the factory in Sulphur Springs, Texas, to the Sun ’n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland, Fla. His Legend Cub (www.legend.aero) has been a solid success since he first made this flight in 2005 with the prototype—and promptly sold 16 at the show.
Tale Of The Tail
I had flown an earlier leg with Oran Boyett in Tweetie, a company ship. Boyett, who teaches Legend Cub customers to fly, had some valuable taildragger tips. “One fundamental thing to remember,” he said as we left Texas, “is to not let the tail go first.” Taildraggers can get into trouble quickly for one simple reason: The center of gravity is behind the main wheels. When a taildragger starts rolling, the mass of the tail wants to swap ends with the nose. Imagine throwing a dart, feathers first. The pointy end flips 180 degrees. In a taildragger, that flip is called a groundloop.
|This red, white and blue Cub belongs to Floyd and Trisha Ridgely.|