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The reduction gearing appears to employ a bicycle-type sprocket gear mounted on top of the cylinders, with an intermediate gear

near the bottom but off to the side. "Fred" is having its Scott Aero engine run in at this point. Note the neat

cowling and the thick wing section.

British Featherweight
"Fred" is a strange name for any airplane, much less a petite ultra-light design powered by an engine of minimum horsepower. The little ship is an experimental flying runabout, designed and built by Erie Glutton, EAA 28652 of 92 Newlands St., Sheltan, in Stoke on-Trent, Staffordshire, England. "Fred" appears to have a thick airfoil section similar to the Luton "Minor", and there are other similarities to the "Minor", although it does not necessarily follow that it was intended to be so. A two-cylinder upright Triumph 500 cc. motorcycle engine was first fitted, driving a 5 ft. 6 in. propeller through a chain driven reduction gear. A long exhaust pipe curved down and under the airplane, but even with the enormous propeller the ship would not taxi out of the rough stuff. Operation on smoother ground was fairly

satisfactory except that the chain system was not trustworthy.


Later on, the Triumph was removed and replaced with a Scott Aero two-stroke twin, which was also unreliable, although it presented a cleaner configuration. It was originally installed in a "Flying Flea." At the present time, further experimentation is being done, and a Lawrance radial auxiliary power unit is being fitted.

(Forrest ENrotr Photos)

Two airplane- projects under construction confront John M. Hickey, EAA 38234, of 998 Colne, St. Paul, Minn. He is
shown with the completed and covered fuselage of his

a 70 hp Le Blond engine is geing sought for it. The other


project is a Ramsey "Flying Bathtub" in a single ignition

engine, and at this point the fuselage weight is only 72 Ibs.


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"Fly Baby"; the wing is presently under construction and