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Dave Thatcher's CX5 Flies for the First Time

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    Dave Thatcher's new two-place design, the CX5, flew for the first time on December 17 at Jack Edwards Airport, Gulf Shores, Alabama.
December 18, 2013 - The greatly anticipated first flight of Dave Thatcher's latest creation, the two-place CX5 N14GB, took place on Tuesday, December 17, at Jack Edwards Airport in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

According to test pilot Dr. Glen Bradley, EAA 164271, it's quite an airplane. "Dave hit a home run with the CX4 and I told him today he has now hit two clean out of the park," he wrote in his pilot report to an online news group.

Thatcher, 81, EAA 654626, of Pensacola, Florida, gained wide acclaim for the single-place CX4, for which more than 500 plan sets have been sold. Bradley declared in the PIREP, "One can tell right away the two planes are brothers. Not only do they look alike, they fly very similarly."

The CX5 measures 18 feet in length with a 28-foot wingspan, has an empty weight of 721 pounds with a useful load of 579 pounds, and is powered by an 85-hp Volkswagen engine. Cruise speed is 125 mph, and plans will be available following completion of the 40-hour flight test period. Read the full PIREP.
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