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Old 09-28-2018, 02:41 PM
David Paule David Paule is offline
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Default Canopy-Opening Options

RV-3s have the choice of a slide-back or a tip-over canopy. On mine, I'm choosing the tipover version mostly to get rid of the viewing obstruction of the windshield frame - which to be honest, doesn't seem like a big deal, having sat in two now.

Still, it's nice to know that my RV-3B, old design as it is, is like the Boeing T-X advanced next-generation trainer in this way and in other ways.

There aren't that many points of similarity, besides pure good looks, but the T-X uses some components from other aircraft for cost savings. Kind of like the RV-4 parts used on the RV-3B, for example.

But there's at least one point on which I hope my RV-3B is different than the T-X. The T-X contract, at least initially, is for $813 million. I hope to fly my RV-3B for less.

On the other hand, I bet that the production T-X parts fit well.

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Old 09-28-2018, 06:33 PM
steve lenne steve lenne is offline
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Just put the little wheel at the back and you have expensive copy of the rv3.
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Old 09-28-2018, 09:31 PM
Tommy123 Tommy123 is offline
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That little wheel in the back you guys are so proud of doesn’t seem to be very popular with modern aircraft designers since 1940.
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Old 09-28-2018, 09:58 PM
gasman gasman is offline
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The jet transition had a real problem with it.
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