Military Hardware, Gear and Equipment => Aerial Equipment => Topic started by: Koen on 26 November 2009, 18:20:17



Title: 81-Year-Old takes a flight in his homemade WW Fighter II
Post by: Koen on 26 November 2009, 18:20:17
http://www.automotto.org/entry/81-year-old-takes-a-flight-in-his-homemade-ww-fighter-ii/ (http://www.automotto.org/entry/81-year-old-takes-a-flight-in-his-homemade-ww-fighter-ii/)

81 year old Jim O’Hara, a retired college professor, made 2/3 scale P-38 fighter replica and successfully completed its maiden cross-country trip with his wife. Jim O’Hara learned to fly around 21 years ago and after six years, he started building replica of World War II Fighter with his wife.

He accumulated information from various sources about the P-38 and executed them rightly with the computer aided design program.

For his amazing adventure he took his wife with him and designed special small jump seat behind the pilot.


Title: Re: 81-Year-Old takes a flight in his homemade WW Fighter II
Post by: MontyB on 27 November 2009, 06:43:02
For all the "Coolness" factor involved in this project I still have to ask myself why would you take all that time to build a 2/3 scale replica instead of a life size replica.


Title: Re: 81-Year-Old takes a flight in his homemade WW Fighter II
Post by: Rattler on 27 November 2009, 07:04:06
I guess a beaurocratic reason is behind that decision?

Rattler


Title: Re: 81-Year-Old takes a flight in his homemade WW Fighter II
Post by: Tanker on 27 November 2009, 18:26:19
Perhaps more than 1/3 cheaper than the real thing?


Title: Re: 81-Year-Old takes a flight in his homemade WW Fighter II
Post by: MontyB on 28 November 2009, 21:47:08
Yeah I can understand the "neat" part of being able to build this thing but in reality all he has made is a model.


Title: Re: 81-Year-Old takes a flight in his homemade WW Fighter II
Post by: FACman on 28 November 2009, 21:57:47
He has taken modeling to a new high with this one.


Title: Re: 81-Year-Old takes a flight in his homemade WW Fighter II
Post by: KG AirborneBob on 30 November 2009, 02:59:30
there would be a engine requirement that would price a 1:1 scale out of this world.