|Posted by EAA Chapter 1611 on January 3, 2018 at 9:05 AM|
I was recently contacted by Michal Fithian after he received our chapter newsletter. He commented that there wasn't much in there regarding builders and building. Guilty as charged. I have been so focused on organizational, legal, tax and "event" ideas I forgot why I became interested in EAA in the first place.
Experimental aviation. Afterall, I am building a kit aircraft in my garage.
But I must say, after seeing the photos of Michal's build I would call myself an "assembler" as opposed to a builder.
Some of you may know of Michal and his craft as he keeps it at Old Orchard Airport. It is a full-sized replica of an Etrich Taube series F that is grandfather flew in 1912.
Take a look at some of the photos on his build website: http://taubebuilder.blogspot.com/
It must be a thrill for him to build and have the opportunity to fly an aircraft that his grandfather flew so early on in the age of aviation. The two photos below were taken 105 years apart. On the left is Feldpilot Robert Eyb in 1912. On the right is Michel Fithian-Eyb in 2017.
This series of photos shows some of the detail and intracies involved in creating this replica. It is incredible and it looks like beautiful workmanship.
It is as much a work of art, as it is aircraft. For me it brings a fresh understanding of why "flying machine" was a term used by so many at the time. It must have been amazing for the uninitiated to see this machine take off and fly.
Michal has offered to visit, speak and present to us at a chapter meeting this year. I'm really looking forward to it!