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Justin Daugherty
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#1 Posted: 11/23/2009 21:10:23

I have always loved the staggerwing and its my dream to own one. Then there was the recent article about the Griffon Lionheart and I have totally fallen in love with it! 

Its a modernized staggerwing that has great specs....unfortunatley, they are out of production, so my inquiry is for any additional information on the aircraft and any leads on unfinished kits, or flying ones for sale??  

are there any other similar designs available out there?

Thanks,


Justin



John McGinnis
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#2 Posted: 11/23/2009 23:39:14 Modified: 11/30/2009 10:48:14

Justin,

Nice taste. I drool every time I see that airplane.Lionheart.jpg

Although I am as interested in the answer as you are, I don't have any info for you. I'm writing because the mission of the Lionheart was a significant factor in the design of Synergy, an original aircraft being built to demonstrate a major aerodynamic breakthrough. Drop me a line with a private email if you'd like to see it.

 



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Justin Daugherty
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#3 Posted: 11/24/2009 19:03:02

i guess no one else drooled over this like we did....



Adam Smith
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#4 Posted: 11/24/2009 19:27:19

I drooled over it too!  Don't have a lot of info other than some guy has been forlornly posting an ad on Barnstormers asking if anyone can supply him plans.

Now John, you've certainly got my "interesting aircraft" radar buzzing now!  What can you share????!!!



Tom Sisk
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#5 Posted: 11/25/2009 12:46:24 Modified: 11/25/2009 12:46:58

I'm interested, but it's like being interested in a gold plated unicorn - want one as much as you want, but you ain't gonna find one. And if you do, you can't afford it. But they're beautiful. Absolutely beautiful.

 



John McGinnis
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#6 Posted: 11/25/2009 16:43:48

Adam,

Drop me a line with your email address and I'll send you a taste.

For others motivated to advance the cause, I welcome your interest as well, subject to limitations. We'll be fully public soon enough. For now I can address your questions on the Hangar Talk forum post below: Beyond Streamlining: Drag Reduction in the 21st century.

http://www.oshkosh365.org/ok365_DiscussionBoardTopic.aspx?id=1235&boardid=147&forumid=175&topicid=3339&page=1

Thank you!

-John



Duane Carriger
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#7 Posted: 7/3/2010 12:07:40

John,

I just found this amazing aircraft.

I have been interested in the canard style aircraft and came across this.

This looks to be the best of both worlds.

I, too, would be interested.

Kind Regards,

Duane Carriger

dcarriger@srcindy.com



Cory Gosso
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#8 Posted: 9/23/2010 20:39:43

Hi everyone,

I'm a newbie to the sight but have been fascinated with the lionheart for sometime.  I actually inquired about the kit and I was

told that they are no longer in production.  In all 5 kits were sold.  The owner of Griffon has one(the yellow one in all the pictures), there is one in a museum in cincinatti, a white one was for sale about a year and a half ago and the other 2 were crashed during take offs or landings I forget which one.  Both pilots were low timers with little to no experience with tail draggers. Supposedly to much airplane for novice pilots.  So all 5 are accounted for. 

I asked if they were thinking about starting up the kits again and she said they had no plans at that time and they were actually considering selling the molds to another company.  This was a year and a half ago.  I told them at that time it was a shame that they had discontinued the kit. 

Maybe if more people showed interest in the plane and actually contacted Griffon about it they would think a little harder about either selling the molds to a company that may do something with them or start manufacturing again.  I know I've bug them several times about it.

 



#9 Posted: 2/24/2011 01:57:09

Hi Gory

 

I see that your research and information has led to a quite strech.

Could you let me know if any further discussion has transpired between yourself and Lionheart.

 

Regards

Jacques

corpridj@telkomsa.net