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Roberts Engine

Earning Our Wings the Old-Fashioned Way… by Making Them!

Either our wood shop is getting a lot smaller, or Ken and the rest of the gang are rocking on the Benoist build. We hit a milestone this week as we hung the starboard wings for the first time. Here, the gang all pitch in to hang the upper: With both the starboard wings up, … Continue reading »

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Progress Update

We’re sorry about not posting for a bit. We’ve been rolling out a new website that is a vast improvement over our old one. We were going to move the blog of there eventually, but that’s taking longer than we thought, and you guys deserve an update, so here we go! We had a meeting yesterday on … Continue reading »

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Engine Update

Here’s a video of our visit to see the progress of our Roberts engine being built by Steve Littin in Ohio. It’s a six-cylinder 2-cycle water-cooled engine that produces 75 hp.

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Benoist 2014 Engine Update

The Benoist project we’re building to recreate the 100th anniversary of the first scheduled airplane airline flight by Tony Jannus uses a six-cylinder two-cycle 75hp Roberts engine. We know of only seven in the world and there are none to be purchased. This is one of two 4-cylinder 50hp Roberts engines I found and acquired. … Continue reading »

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The Lark of Duluth

Recently, Kermit and the crew visited Duluth, MN to check up on the progress of the “Lark of Duluth” project being built by the Duluth Aviation Institute. This Benoist is a replica of the forerunner of the Benoist we’re building for the 100th Anniversary flight of the first scheduled airplane airline service on January 1st, 2014 … Continue reading »

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We’d like 75 Horses Please

Our reproduction of the Benoist for the Benoist 2014 project will be as accurate as we can make it, right down to the power plant. Why is that important? Fantasy of Flight owner Kermit Weeks explains: “Most people that reproduce old airplanes only go half the distance to do it right and end up installing a modern … Continue reading »

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After Concept Comes Research

 Building a long-gone aircraft can only begin after many questions have been asked and a fair number have also been answered. Therefore, before the first piece of wood is measured and cut, hundreds of hours of research have to be done. Fantasy of Flight’s intrepid Benoist research sleuths Kermit Weeks and Ken Kellett hit the … Continue reading »

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