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1935 Fike Model C NC13390

W.J. Fike designed and built this open cockpit parasol aircraft in 1935. A one-of-a-kind aircraft, like most early homebuilts, it defines pure function. There is no streamlining or other frills, just a basic airplane. The design resembles the Aeronca C-2, also known for simplicity and functionality. The engine appears to be a home built, it uses “Harley 74” cylinder heads and valve train parts. The model C’s tail surfaces are rather large, and the wings thick, but the plane handled well and was easy to fly. Fike claimed that you could go anywhere in the plane, just not fast. This was the first of several aircraft that W.J. Fike designed and built for himself.

Donated by: W.J. Fike, Anchorage, AK

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