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EIPPER/BURGHER QUICKSILVER MX-1

A Quicksilver MX-1 had a true three-axis flight control system which allowed it to achieve unique maneuverability. The side-mounted joy stick controlled the rudder and elevator movement and pedal-operated, wing-mounted spoilerons delivered a quick roll rate and allowed for steep, low-airspeed descents. The frame of the MX-1 is sturdy and the pilot’s seat is contoured for proper support and richly padded for comfort during longer flights.

The Quicksilver on display in the AirVenture Museum was owned by Peter Burgher, who completed a record breaking flight in the ultralight. During the summer of 1981, Peter decided he wanted to fly his MX-1 from his home in Utica, Michigan to St. Petersburg, Florida, a north-south trip that had never been attempted in an ultralight.

Peter began his flight at Berz-Macomb Airport in Utica, Michigan on July 24, 1982. The ground crew consisted of Gordon Sorenson and Ira Breneman. Gordon was the official NAA (National Aeronautic Association) observer who drove the communications car and kept an educated eye on the safety of the whole operation. Ira drove the second car which hauled a glider trailer containing a complete spare airplane plus some extra parts and fuel.

To get ready for the journey, Peter made a few modifications to the MX. He clipped the wings about five feet to gain increased airspeed, better gas mileage, and better handling in turbulence. Additional fuel tank space was installed to bring the total up to 11.5 gallons. Using special small jets in the carburetor, Peter was able to reduce the gas consumption to average 2.6 gph. The Quicksilver was powered by a Cuyuna engine.

With the help of his ground crew, Peter was able to complete his record breaking trip. Peter made 26 scheduled landings and just two unscheduled landings. The original plan was for the trip to take seven days; however, the record run was made in five and a half days, doing even better than planned. According to Peter, the main success factors were the selection of the aircraft, the full year of planning, the excellent ground crew, and just plain luck.

In October of 1983, Peter donated his record breaking Quicksilver MX-1 to the AirVenture Museum.

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