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Old 12-29-2010, 08:48 PM
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Default Old airplanes versus Bold airplanes!

The old saying goes something like this:

There are old pilots, and there are bold pilots, there are no old, bold pilots.

Along those lines, what is the OLDEST airplane in your current stable you have in flyable condition? It does not have to be fully fitted for flight, but 100% airframe intact.

I'll start with my oldest ship that is still in the shop ready to fly.
When I was 17 (I'm 48 now), for my birthday my sister gave me a Pilot Harlequin balsa kit.

I had it built in a week. A 1 meter glider, rudder and elevator only. I flew that plane every weekend at Torrey Pines for 5 years solid, until I started playing around with power. I put a tow hook on it, and used it for many adventures including launching it from a hot air balloon! My 'Harley' is 31 years old!

As soon as it stops raining here, I'll set it out on the grass for a photo.

So, my oldest plane I still have in flyable condition is 31 years old.

Whaddya have?
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Old 12-29-2010, 09:15 PM
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Well, you didn't say if they had to be RC. Here's a rubber powered stick and tissue PT-19 my Dad and I built when I was 13. The original dope and tissue had deteriorated so I recovered it a couple of years ago and gave it a new paint job. This picture is before the wind screens were added. It's now 36 years old. I guess it might fly if I put a new rubber band in it although I won't take the chance.
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Old 12-29-2010, 09:29 PM
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I only got started 7 months ago. That plane - a Mini Super Cub - has been rebuilt to such an extent I'm not sure it counts, but it's still flying with the original fuse and tail.
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Old 12-29-2010, 09:29 PM
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Great thread Nitro!

You guys are awesome! Mine isn't anywhere near that old.

Mine is a ChubbyLady little foamie.
I built it in summer of 2007 It was my second rc plane ever.
Sometimes I like to bring her out just to fly low-n-slow.
The first picture she is brand new awaiting the maiden flight.
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Old 12-31-2010, 06:16 AM
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Only been in this black hole of a hobby for a couple of years now, the join date in my profile more or less coensides <Sp?> with the maiden of my first plane. It no longer exists, except for it's 6 x 3 pusher prop which now graces the motor shaft of my Easy Star. I have had the EZ for about three years now.
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Old 12-31-2010, 09:04 AM
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Hey now,
Let's see. Oldest r/c I built from a kit would be my Olly II, about thirty seven years old? Not zactly sure. Oldest bought new r/c model would be my Hobie Hawk sailplane. Both are ready to fly today and both get flown every year in the fall as the lift goes light. Oldest flying model of any kind is prolly my Baby Flite Streak now with a Norvel .061 glow originaly had a Golden Bee .049. Still flies well. I've had that one for fifty years now. Damn. I've gotten old...
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Old 12-31-2010, 01:59 PM
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Well I can't be sure of the age. The Balsa USA 1/4 scale cub must be between 20 and 25 years old.
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Old 01-01-2011, 02:41 PM
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The Dave Platt 1/4 scale Bucker Jungmeister in my avatar I built in 1985. It's still in one piece hanging up in my hangar. I keep thinking about getting it flying again but it needs a full recover and paint. Plus some mods to D section the wings to stiffen them up. Well maybe someday...

I also have a Pilot Lake amphibian that was built for me by an rc buddy in 1976 after I took him for a ride in my full size. I never tried to fly it because it is finished in my colors and N number.
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