Re: Question on Canards and Main Wings
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Many know I am Death on the subject of "modifications". But I just now came onto some historical information that all of you may not know.
Sept. 2020 Air and Space mag explores "Racing's Fastest Biplane" noting that in 1981 at the behest of Danny Mortensen Burt Rutan created
the Amsoil/Racer that "could almost be considered a tandem-wing design." Not just "almost" but it looked like a Quickie on steroids.
In the 1982 championship race, Mortensen finished second at 209.2 mph (winner's speed was 209.4). In 1983 Mortensen didn't compete in the championship
race because he "had demolished the lovely Amsoil/Rutan racer in a prior heat when he dodged an impending mid-air with Sorceress. His raceplane
hit the ground at more than 200 mph. Because Rutan had designed the cockpit to withstand a 22-G impact, Mortensen miraculously walked
away with only minor injuries".
And now you know the rest of the story.
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