Posted: 12/2/2010 12:19:50
Hello Mitchell Wing enthusiasts. Help is needed to complete
the materials list for the plans-built Mitchell B-10 and U-2 airplanes. EAA Light Plane World ran a news story about
Wicks aircraft offering materials kits for them based on an old press release but
there is a problem.
As it turns out Wicks never received the complete materials
list including wheels, hardware etc. We
are informed that Richard Avalon has passed away, (not recently) so Wicks may
have to rely on previous builders to help.
They have already received calls from persons interested. Scott at Wicks (618-654-7447) says they need
help to identify part numbers from their hardware catalog that would be
appropriate. He also said they would gladly host a meeting with a few people to
pull it all together. If you can help
save these designs for posterity, please contact Wicks Aircraft Supply.
Here is the original story.
Wicks Aircraft Offers Mitchell kits
Posted: 12/12/2010 18:30:56
Glad to see interest in the Mitchell Wings. The B-10 was my pick to build and fly back in the day when there were literally dozens of choices. I pulled out my old plans, but they have faded badly. I believe Richard Avalon's widow is still selling plans for the B-10 and U-2 on the U.S. Pacific web site.
Posted: 12/12/2010 19:51:36
Hi Richard I thought about you and your white B-10 when I wrote the news story. I think I remember you flew your Rotax 277 powered Mitchell to Oshkosh from western Illinois. You said it was difficult to land it on paved runways in the summer because it keeps reacting to lift when you want to stop flying. Last I heard you had a Luscombe.
Posted: 12/13/2010 20:15:07
Yeah, Dan, 300 miles each way, back when a 60 mile "cross-country" ultralight flight was a big deal. I'll always be grateful to you for inspecting my B-10 at Oshkosh and suggesting that I put some safety wire on my muffler. Two bolts did come loose about 10 miles from home. Put it down in a nice field, tightened the bolts, took off and flew it on in. Could have been nasty if the muffler would have come completely loose and fallen through the prop... So, in case I haven't said it before, "Thank you very much, Sir." After 8 years and 800+ hours, the "Luscalight" and I parted company. I wasn't home much and didn't want it to become a "hangar queen". Sold it to a young guy who wanted to be a cropduster and needed to build taildragger time. Last I knew it was living happily in North Carolina. I'm now rebuilding a Challenger ll.