Below is the report for my flight in the GT-400. The flight focused on getting familiar with the airplanes systems, and the report reflects that. We plan to do more quantitative performance and handling testing in the coming months.
Airplanes are cool,
Ralph Wise is a long time airplane designer and builder with nine airplanes to his credit. During Vietnam he was a Marine Fighter Pilot flying A-4s and F-4s. He started his first race plane project in 1971 when he was still active in the marines, building the modified Owl OR-65 (Race 22) in the living room of the house he was renting off base in Yuma. He raced the airplane and eventually built another Owl, this one a OR-68, race 7, that he named Wise Owl.
|Ralph's OR-65 Race 22|
|Formula racers, Aloha in #1, Race 5 Cassutt in #2, Ralph in Wise Owl in #3, and the Wagner now Miss U (link)|
|Ralph and the RW-500 in 1986 by Dan at AAFO (link)|
|The RW-500 on display at the Milestones of Flight Museum, Photo David Lednicer (link)|
|The GT-400 at the Mojave Experimental Flyin (link)|