First. Marty, I have been looking for you. In my research I knew you were involved in the building of the Little Birds. I will attempt to contact you with a direct email after writing this post. I will keep this post as short as possible.
Second. None of the LBs went to Ohio. I own ALL 3 little birds, spare parts with molds to manufacture and have them here at my home in Missouri. Retrieving these airplanes was quite an adventure. I made 3 trips to Indiana to haul them back to the Kansas City area. The prototype LB #1 is in horrible condition as it had been mostly eaten by racoons. It had folding wings at one time, but the wing was made non folding by a solid rear spar. Remember, it was a prototype and it seems changes were being done all the time. LB #2 looks to be mostly flyable except for a broken main gear leg. I don't know how it was broke and neither did Milts daughter. She acted surprised that it was broke. The main gear legs on LB2 and 3 look to be a 1X4 oak board! LB #3 looked flyable when I bought it. I took the wing covering off and found some things in the leading edge I don't like. With the leading edge upgraded a bit and new covering, I think it will be fine. I did get an extra set of LB3 elevons and think I will install them on this plane.
All 3 LB's are cruedly built. They were intended to be flying test beds. Modification "scars" are visible in places. LB#1 is steel tube fuse with wood wings. LB#2 and #3 are about 65% fiberglass with wood for the main structure in the wings.
Everyone asks me my plans for the planes. I would like to fly LB#3 myself, evaluate the plane and go from there. I do have a job that requires a lot from me making it hard to work on the planes. I also have a hobby of Vintage micro cars that takes up a lot of time. Too many toys and not enough play time seems to be the problem.
The photo of the airplane hanging at the airport in Indiana is the two seat ARUP S4 replica model. I talked to the guy a couple of times who built it. He also built the missle replica hanging near the plane. One fact that I think is interesting is the original ARUPs door was on the bottom of the plane. It was unique for sure. The little birds are entered by climbing over the front of the wing similar to a minimax.
Here is an interesting Youtube of the original ARUP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nxz1UF67EQI
Anyone wanting to talk directly out of forum may write me.
Kevin Golden. Tinyauto@aol.com