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EAA’s Attic - Stitches in Time (continued)

January 2004

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Heath Loop Glider (1929)—272V
Ed Heath built this one-of-a-kind biplane glider and reportedly looped it three times at 1,400 feet, becoming the first man ever to loop an engineless, heavier-than-air plane. The frame was built entirely out of square wood longerons and trusses and fastened with glued plywood gussets.


Heath Parasol—X300E
From the left side of the fuselage, the hole in this piece of fabric indicates where a leather grommet covered the rear wing strut attach point. Heath covered this particular model with plenty of advertising about the company’s products.


HV-1 Vertaplane—(1931)—X11384
Gerard Herrick designed this low-wing monoplane with an upper tapered wing attached to a gyroplane rotor mast. Built by Heath, the aircraft could convert in flight from fixed-wing to gyroplane mode. It flew successfully on November 6, 1931, but it crashed on a later test flight. Within two years, Herrick completed the HV-2, which is now in the National Air and Space Museum collection.


Heath Center Wing—10703
This Heath Center Wing, serial number 147, was called CB-4A for its 4-cylinder inline engine. It pre-dated the CNA-40 prototype (serial number 155) and was featured in a publicity photograph, alongside the low wing X10717 (serial number 148), believed to be the aircraft in which Ed Heath met his demise in early 1931.

Heath LNA-40 (1931)—NX11313
Merrill Lambert flew the LNA-40, #72, in the 1931 Cleveland National Air Race, placing third in the 5-mile free-for-all. On October 4, 1931, the aircraft made headlines when Duke Mueller landed it on a rooftop in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and on another occasion, atop a Chicago skyscraper.


American Eagle (1929)
This noble emblem is from a blue and yellow 1929 OX-5 powered American Eagle that crashed in Lewistown, Pennsylvania, in 1933, following a flat spin during flight instruction. The gentleman who donated it to EAA obtained it as a child, after he helped move the wreckage.


Lozenge Camouflage Fabric
In 1917 the German military developed this lozenge camouflage pattern to “hide” their aircraft from the Allies during World War I. There were two color patterns: the upper- and side-wing fabric sported purple, ochre, green, blue, and blue-green irregular-shaped polygons, while the bottom wing wore lighter colors of purple, yellow, lilac, blue, and blue-green polygons. Although it is not known which World War I aircraft this fabric swatch came from, it is one of a few surviving examples in the world.


Taylor J-2—NC19227
This large “2,” possibly from a wing, is from a Taylor J-2 that carried serial number 1627. Part of the Lorenzo collection, the swatch includes the date July 15, 1938, and Niles, Michigan, on the back, suggesting when and where the plane crashed.

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