Saturday, 26 Jul 2003
Aircraft Spruce launches Wittman Buttercup kits
Plans for the Tailwind have been around for decades, but it has only been in the past year that plans, and materials packages have emerged for the Buttercup. One has to wonder why it took so long. Buttercup, a two-seat, side-by-side monoplane, is powered by an 85 hp engine and has a 150 mph top speed. It can be slowed down to fly in the 38-40 mph range, with positive control. The key to the slow speed is an ingenious leading edge slat that is coupled to the flaps in a manner similar to today's airliners.
Steve only made one copy of Buttercup, but he flew it far and wide: from Alaska to Bermuda, from Florida to Oregon. Had it not been for WWII, Fairchild planned to put the design into production as a four-place, they called Big X. They built a prototype with a 130 hp Franklin, but the war ended any possibility of production.
Buttercup uses deceptively simple, traditional construction methods: a steel tube fuselage and wooden wing structures that are covered with fabric. A mild-mannered taildragger, the Buttercup offers excellent short field operating capability and a vast flying speed range.
LuceAir, which markets Buttercup plans, has appointed Aircraft Spruce as an exclusive distributor of Buttercup kits, which are available now. For more information on Buttercup contact LuceAir at +1 585 637 5768 or visit their website at http://www.luceair.com To contact Aircraft Spruce about complete or partial materials packages, phone 01462 441995 or visit http://www.aircraftspruce.com
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