Gerhard standing beside the fuselage

Building Concordia-The Fuselage

10 responses

  1. Frank Paynter
    paynterf
    February 11, 2011

    Wow – I am totally awed by the dedication to soaring perfection demonstrated by DB and his team. Thank you for sharing the story and the photos!

    The tailwheel housing looks *huge* – I know it can't be very large, but there's no scale in this photo, and my mind keeps trying to tell me it is about 10" in diameter ;-)

    Frank (TA)

    • Tony Condon
      February 12, 2011

      haha frank I thought that was for the main gear until i read the caption!

    • Dick Butler
      February 12, 2011

      Frank, the tail wheel is a 210-65 (8 inches in dia) which is standard for most of the open class sailplanes. Loads on the tailwheel are directly proportional to the length of the tail boom per CS-22 and can become rather large with a hard landing. Open class sailplanes with a long tail boom like Concordia require such a mighty tail wheel to handle these loads. dick

      • Frank Paynter
        paynterf
        February 13, 2011

        Dick,

        Thanks for the prompt reply, and for letting me regain a sense of sanity ;-). Just one more on the infinite list of things to worry about when designing and constructing such an awesome flying machine. I hope they have room for this thing in the Smithsonian! ;-)

        Frank(TA)

  2. Brad Hill
    February 22, 2011

    very interesting process there!

    Brad

  3. David Mulders
    May 20, 2011

    Fascinating Read

    How is the hole in the fuselage closed up after the inner skin and controls are installed.??

    Thanks

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