When the P&W Twin Wasp just isn't enough

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When the P&W Twin Wasp just isn't enough

Postby Stealer » Sun Sep 06, 2009 9:05 am

Well someone seemed to think so.....

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Re: When the P&W Twin Wasp just isn't enough

Postby MrWidgeon » Sun Sep 06, 2009 10:37 am

Nice shot of the old Bird Innovator.
The real reason the 2 extra engines were added wasn't for more speed, though they did add some, they were used to increase the engine out performance.
They also gave an added bonus by generating more airflow across the wing to increase lift at low speed.
Unfortunatly the airplane has since been converted back to stock configuration.
I saw this airplane many years ago in New Orleans when Dr. Bird brought it through trying to sell the idea to Pan Air Corp. (Pan Air was a PBY overhaul specialist) and other operators in the area.
It came back through in the 70s to have some work done there.
I was working for Pan Air at the time, but didn't have a chance to go through it.
It was only there for a couple days.
(Pan Air had 4 hangars, it was at Pan Air West and I worked out of the Aero hangars, halfway across the airport)
Some other registrations for the airplane include N81RD and N5PY (there are several others).
In water flying attitude is everything
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Re: When the P&W Twin Wasp just isn't enough

Postby Stealer » Sun Sep 06, 2009 1:07 pm

Here's a picture of the "Super Cat" with her Curtiss-Wright R 2600-20 Engines:

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Her full specs are available here:

http://www.superthree.com/specification_sheet.htm
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