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Old 11-01-2010, 11:32 PM
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I am looking for information about the F1 Wild Turkey, 3 view drawings or photograps to start the process of getting a Q40 aprove. I couldn´t find anything on the net about this racing airplane.

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Old 11-02-2010, 09:42 AM
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Marco,

I would double check the rules and make sure you have a contstant taper root to tip.

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http://www.windcanyonbooks.com/books.php?pid=15&cat=1

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Dan, Gary thank you, I can start with that.

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Here is a thread with the interesting story of the full scale airplanes history. It was really unique among F1 planes due to the monocoque aluminum construction.

http://www.aafo.com/hangartalk/showt...ht=wild+turkey
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The Wild Turkey was an interesting design. It was designed that way to get around a wording in the rules of Formula One racing which allows the designer to count the area covered by the fuselage as part of the required 66 sq.ft. wetted area but disallows counting "fairings" that start at less than 25% of the semi span. By creating this unique planform, John Parker was able to achieve a relatively high aspect ratio wing while still minimizing the TOTAL wetted area of the complete airplane by hiding the maximum amount possible under the fuselage.

According to the stories that I heard from IF1 pilots, the wake behind it was quite strong which indicates a strong vortex coming off of the "kink". The Wild Turkey was just in front of Fred Wofford in "Proud Bird" at the '79 Reno race when Fred crashed and was killed right after takeoff, at the scatter pylon. There is conjecture that the combination of the wake from Wild Turkey, plus the tip ailerons and aft c.g. of Proud Bird may have contributed to Fred's death. We will never really know. Last I saw, Wild Turkey was hanging from the ceiling at the EAA museum in Oshkosh, WI.
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