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Dec 19 2012

Falling in Love with a Cassutt

Steve Weaver in the early 1970’s, with what is clearly a Citabria, NOT a Cassutt, as it is incorrectly labeled on the In Flight USA website from which I “borrowed” it.

The following is an excerpt from an article written by Steve Weaver for In Flight USA.

“Down went the nose and the airspeed quickly accelerated to over two hundred. I pulled the stick back and the G forces built as the nose came up, through the horizon and on up, up until the wings were exactly parallel to the ground and the nose exactly vertical. At that moment I pushed the stick to the right and the airplane rotated. Unfortunately at the same time I also inadvertently added a bit of forward stick and negative G force. Instantly I saw the propeller stop dead, as the fuel stopped flowing to the carburetor, the engine quit and the airplane tumbled out of the vertical plane. Without an inverted fuel system this engine would not run without positive gravity on the airplane and I had just taken that away.

My first thought was only that I had blown the maneuver and would have to try it again. My second thought, following closely on the heels of the first, was, ‘Oh crap, I don’t have a starter!!!'”

Clearly you enjoy aviation, which is why you’re on this website.  Read Steve’s full article by clicking on the link below.

Steve Weaver’s “Falling in Love with a Cassutt” article.

Hey, Steve…  GREAT article. -WB

 

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