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The Tlush Mite
the May 1938 Air Trails
Designed by Francis Tlush
Original span 50 inches
The Mark II Mite 72. Part of vertical fin removed and attached to the rudder, dihedral increased to 7°.
was acceptable control in this configuration but I still felt like I
was herding the airplane instead of flying it, and the structural
qualities of the rudder were questionable.
wing was again sawed in two and dihedral was increased to 9°. The
airplane now has very nice control response and is very stable if left
alone. It has a very
low rate of sink, and stays aloft in very weak thermals. Compared to the Boxcar or San Josč which have thinner airfoils it has less ability to penetrate into the wind.
Mite Mark III with 9° dihedral.
photo of similar composition to the previous one from the Air
Trails article of Frank Tlush and the original Mite. Compare the two,
I think the dihedral angle is very close to the same. Thanks to Mike Frint for manning the camera (for the first photo, ha ha)
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