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LOVING/WAYNE WR-1 RACER “Love” – N351C

In the June 1954 edition of the EXPERIMENTER (now known as SPORT AVIATION), there appeared a half-page story of a remarkable flight by a remarkable man. Neal Loving flew his homebuilt midget racer the “Love” from Detroit, MI to Kingston, Jamaica in the British West Indies. The flight covered 2200 miles, 215 of those miles flown over open water. His flight was held in high regard as a salute to the homebuilder and to experimental aircraft.

The most outstanding feature of the WR-1 is its inverted gull wing and its fully enclosed landing gear mounted at the point where the wing sections join together to form the gull. This enables one complete fairing to enclose the landing gear and wheel, in what amounts to a large wheel pant.

The fuselage is of welded steel tubing and fabric covered, and the wings are plywood covered. A Continental C-85 engine provides the horsepower. During the flight to Jamaica, his ground speed was 127.5 mph. The plane has a very elaborate instrument panel including such things as ball-bank indicator, manifold pressure, cylinder temperature, accelerometer, stall warning indicator, radio receiver and a very novel electric lap counter. The aircraft was built in 1950.

This aircraft was donated to the EAA AirVenture Museum by Neal Loving.

loving_wayne Loving/Wayne WR-1

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