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Old 09-15-2018, 06:53 PM
MConner MConner is offline
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I have flown all three, the Callair has the best wing, the bird dog is fun to fly but comes in a distant third behind the Pawnee.
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Old 09-15-2018, 11:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Mel View Post
Yeah, but L-19 works pretty well too.
A long while back CrystalAire, CA had 3 Bird Dogs as tow planes.

A new owner found they were worth more to private owners as low cost war birds than as working tow planes. He sold them and bought Pawnees.

I'm sure the cost differential has only increased over the the years. I never did like the L-19 tows, for some reason the glider always got a potential wing down slamming from the propwash, more than the Pawnees. Perhaps it was from the higher stance?

As Bruce said earlier, the quickest tow plane was a 450 HP Stearman, the worse I had was a French Rallye.
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Old 09-28-2018, 01:47 PM
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Default wish we could tow with a 10..... :-)

Even given all the legal restrictions and having towed a lot with a C-182, it intrigued me to consider....I think besides all the rules, and possible cooling issues (which I think might be minor, maybe not) I see the RV10 rudder as the big issue. Would be quite the "extension bracket" to give the needed high tow clearance to avoid interfering with the 10's rudder movement. So as much as I too think it would be cool to tow a glider with an experimental...not yet, but maybe someday and perhaps with a better plane fitting the mission.

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