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Photo ID: 1011152
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Model: Taylorcraft B Registration: NC21222
Year: 1938 Serial Number: 1012
Engine(s): Continental A-65, 65-HP Owner: Jim & Wanda Leighton,
Orrington, ME
Location: Moosehead Lake
Greenville, ME
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken
Date: 2003, September Present Registration: Same Present Owner (FAA info):
Notes: 10/4/03 - The twelfth Taylorcraft B built and the oldest one flying, was born September 6, 1938 at the Taylor-Young factory in Alliance, Ohio. Built as a BF with a 50-HP Franklin, NC21222 but has been souped up with a 65-Continental. It does nicely on Edo 1320's. Unlike the Aeronca and other aircraft of that day, the "B" has metal wing ribs instead of wood.

Jim has been flying since 1961 and Wanda since 1989 and both enjoy this aircraft. I saw it at the 2003 International Seaplane Fly-In at Moosehead Lake, Greenville, Maine in September, 2003.
 

Photo ID: 1011153
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Notes: Jim and Wanda both competed in the take-off contest. These are conducted with two aircraft in a horsepower range, side by side in two lanes. The first one out of the water wins*. Well, Jim took his contest by beating a Taylorcraft BC-12D with an O-235, 115-HP Lycoming. And Wanda out-finessed a 90-horse Taylorcraft B. So now what does one do since they can't compete against each other for the final winner because they both used the same airplane? They shared the trophy.

*Almost true. You have to get out and stay out.
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken
 

Photo ID: 1011154
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Notes: This is not a very complicated flying machine! Except for the engine conversion, which included a closed cowl, the aircraft is stock including round (not oval) control wheels and the original panel. Maybe next year I can get some interior shots.
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken
 
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