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Wood for Wings: Building with nature's composite

5/1/2000 12:00:00 AM By Mike DiFrisco (originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, May 2000)

When people who are not in the know hear that airplanes have wooden components, their first mental image is of a really old airplane. This is an unfair image.

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Building With Wood Part 1

12/1/1998 12:00:00 AM By Ron Alexander (originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, December 1998)

From the very beginning of aviation wood has been used in aircraft construction. Early aircraft designers and builders often used ash or hickory.

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Aircraft Woodwork Basics

9/1/1996 12:00:00 AM By Tony Bingelis (originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, September 1996)

Recently, my computer allowed me to stumble onto some online chitchat about homebuilt aircraft, wood, glues, designs to build and stuff like that. I was interested, and quite pleased to find the stuff because I seldom have much control over what my computer decides to do.

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About Building Wood Fuselages

5/1/1996 12:00:00 AM By Tony Bingelis (originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, May 1996)

It is a fact. Most wood aircraft can be built cheaper than metal or composite kit aircraft . . . and with relative ease, too, for a number of reasons:

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Wood Wings

1/1/1996 12:00:00 AM By Tony Bingelis (originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, January 1996)

Aviation magazines these days seem to be crammed with articles exuberantly extolling the virtues of one "quick-build" composite homebuilt after another, paying special homage to any newly launched extra-powerful and glamorous speedster. You get the impression that they are the "in thing" these days, and are being built by almost everybody. Not so.

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Making Wood Wing Ribs

2/1/1994 12:00:00 AM By Tony Bingelis (originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, February 1994)

An article entitled "Why Not Build A Wood Airplane" appeared in the May 1991 issue of SPORT AVIATION. The idea of building a simple, inexpensive wood airplane appealed to so many readers that hundreds of you (yes, hundreds!) wrote to the referenced sources for more information and plans . . . for the Fly Baby, the VP-1, and the Pietenpol Aircamper (a 1930’s design), in particular.

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Plywood Skinning Part 2

6/1/1987 12:00:00 AM By Tony Bingelis (originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, June 1987)

Gluing the plywood skins to the aircraft structure will seem anticlimactic after having made the rather extensive preparations detailed last month.

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Plywood Skinning Part 1

5/1/1987 12:00:00 AM By Tony Bingelis (originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, May 1987)

Skinning a wing, or some other part of an aircraft structure, is really not difficult. It is, however, a very work intensive process that involves a number of preparatory steps. Carry out these preparatory steps properly, and you can generally be assured of excellent results.

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Laminating and Bending Wood

6/1/1986 12:00:00 AM By Tony Bingelis (originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, June 1986)

A laminated wood component is a marvel of lightness and strength and it will conform to the required shape better than a similar bend made in a solid wood piece.

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