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The B47-D

I found the plans for the B47-D in an old issue of a 1957 Model Airplane News that I had in my files.  I enlarged the plans until it was big enough to handle two OS Max .15 engines.  The plans called for using 1/8" balsa to use as formers and planking.  I had to use some poetic license with engine nacelles because of the original design was way so small and would not accommodate both engine and fuel tank.  I also found that the original wheels would not let the required props to clear the ground.  So the model looks a lot taller than the original model.


This model was the first that I tried having a swept wing and elevator so I had to design a special control horn arraignment that would work correctly.


I have included a photo of the first ground crew that started the engines for the first flight.





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Don Gosney (in light blue shirt) and Ed Shearer (Dark Shirt) took control of the model and all I could do was take pictures.  I have a video of the first flight and I hope one day we can get it posted here on the website.


I actually flew the plane three times, almost.  On the third flight the inboard engine quit when the plane was about 4 feet off the ground.  The plane immediately made a left hand turn and dove into the cement runway.  I have some pictures of the repairs that are shown below.



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Construction Pictures

Rebuild Pictures

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This video was taken when Don Gozney was with us.   He has since passed, but his spirit still lingers with us at the field.   I know that everyone who knew him still feels his presence there.

Those who see this video will also remember that Don was strictly “old school” because he could not get the self starter to work properly and had to rely on the his finger to get the engines started.   We miss you Don.