Sunday, December 29, 2013

Benoist Replica Nomination

Photo: Kermit Weeks (link)
Mojave Experimental Fly-in
Award Nomination

Title: Benoist Replica Nomination
Experimenter: Kermit Weeks, Ken Kellett, Steve Littin
Category: Design/Build/Test
Aircraft: N1913B
Date: 2012 -  2013
Contact:
Author: Elliot Seguin

Argument:  Kermit Weeks is not one to turn down an aggressive airplane project.  He and his team of professionals in Polk City, Florida have been attacking their replica of a Benoist flying boat, which was used in the creation of the world's first heavier-than-air airline service in 1913.  The team's attention to detail has driven them to build a replica engine from scratch of the 478 CI 6 cylinder 2 stroke 75 hp engine.  Not to mention the entire aircraft including the huge wood center hull that forms the fuselage of the airplane.  All this multi-disciplinary work has been done on a very aggressive timeline, with video and photo updates available every couple days on Kermit's Facebook page (link).  Ken Kellett video (link),  Engine video (link).

Photo: Kermit Weeks (link)
Photo: Kermit Weeks (link)
Photo: Kermit Weeks (link)

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