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The Oriental

The Oriental

A rare combination of aerodynamics makes this machine suitable for the competition flyer and his sport colleague as well as junior builders. Contest record has been outstanding, and the author may have developed a classic. MAN’s “Wild Bill” feels this stunter deserves attention.

In the early days of my career in precision aerobatics (the mid 50’s), I was fortunate to be able to associate with two of the finest flyers and designers in the country, George Aldrich and Don Still. However, I got most of my help from Ralph (Bud) Tenny, well-known in indoor circles. Bud introduced me to contest flying, and I flew his design in combat for many years, placing third in the ’56 Nats with it. The reason I am mentioning these three ‘ gentlemen is because they played an important role in the design of the “Oriental.”

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Updated: July 15, 2015 — 4:46 PM

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