ROLOFF/UNGER RLU-1 BREEZY – N59Y
Charley Roloff, Carl Unger, and Bob Liposky designed and constructed the Breezy in 1964. An instant success from the beginning, the Breezy made its first appearance at the EAA Fly-In at Rockford, Illinois in 1965. The new airplane created a sensation by giving rides from morning until night, with people always clamoring for more. For the designers, the Breezy clearly met its design criteria – a family fun airplane.
The Breezy used a set of Piper PA-12 wings and a factory new Continental C-90-8 engine with a special pusher crank. The original propeller was still being used after 800 hours and the engine was on only its second set of spark plugs. With an empty weight of 698 pounds, the prototype would consistently out perform other Breezys. Carl did much of the welding on the airplane himself. The ten gallon fuel tank, which Carl also made, lasted the entire time the Breezy was flying.
Carl flew the Breezy at fly-in demonstrations and recreationally for 25 years. Many thousands of people took rides with Carl in the Breezy, including an FAA Administrator, Sen. Barry Goldwater, actor Cliff Robertson, and the entire crew of the Concorde. People loved flying in the Breezy because it was elemental and safe and the flight provided a thrill unmatched by any other experience.
The Breezy was one of the most universally recognized aircraft to emerge from the EAA movement. Charley’s design and Carl’s construction proved to create a very popular airplane with the EAA crowd. More than 1000 sets of plans were sold to builders over the years, but there is no way of knowing how many were actually constructed and flown.
After 25 years, Carl decided to donate his prototype Breezy to the EAA AirVenture Museum. In October of 1990, Carl flew the famous red and white Breezy to Oshkosh and touched down for the last time on the runway at EAA’s Pioneer Airport.
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