... From: Phil Dobson To: Sent: Thursday, January 01, 2004 7:59 AM Subject: [ham-hist] UnusualMessage 1 of 1 , Jan 1, 2004View Source
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From: "Phil Dobson" <dobson25@...>
Sent: Thursday, January 01, 2004 7:59 AM
Subject: [ham-hist] Unusual Heathkit - Kits!
In the recemt Heathkitcent Quarter Century Wireless Journal, I found an
interesting article (and picture). To my surprise Edward Heath also sold an
easy to own and fly aeroplane in the 1920s and 30s. It was available -
prebuilt - from their Chicago factory for $975. A kit was also available
for 199.00 (without engine).
According to the article, it was powered by a 4 cylinder Heath-Henderson
modified motorcycle engine burning 2.4 gallons per hour and flying at 70
miles per hour, with a range of 215 miles. The plane pictured in the
article is hanging from the ceiling of the Virginia Aviation Museum located
at the Richmond International Airport in Richmond, VA. The article gives
the web address of www.vam.smv.org
Which got me to thinking. What other unexpected projects/kits did the
Heathkit company make available to the public? I am most familiar with
their electronic kits, but if they dabbled in airplanes, I'm wondering what
else they might have dabbled in. Anyone around who knows?