hesham said:in the Les Ailes journal,Mr. Gaffey,ho created a twin boom light aircraft with Ford V-8
I was so sure I'd shared a photo of what was then a mysterious aircraft, but couldn't trace the topic despite my efforts. Our friend Tophe probably could have identified right away, since he mentions it in his Forked Ghosts and Catamarans du Ciel works, but he no longer visits this forum... Anyway, after three years of fruitless search, I happened one day on the page of a modeler who had built a nice 1:72 scale version of the elusive prototype!
Mr. Neil McGaffey from Inglewood, California, wanted to build a plane from out-of-the-shelf components: you would go to the auto parts store and get a couple of wheels, a dashboard, brakes, instruments, a seat, a big radiator, etc.
And so was born the McGaffey AV-8 Aviate (nothing new here, Mr. Harrier!). The engine was a Ford V-8. Landing lights were faired into the wheel pants. The hydraulic shock struts on the landing gear were McGaffey's own design. Wingspan was 34 ft. and wing area was 195.3 sq. ft.
I have never seen a photo of it in flight that could prove it was ever airborne, and though it probably was, it never received a Type Certificate or even a so-called Group 2 Memo approval.
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