Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Tango Long Range Modification Nomination

Title: Tango Long Range Modification
Experimenters:  Justin Gillen
Category: Design/Build/Test
Aircraft: N131RG
Author: Elliot Seguin

Argument:  Over the summer I asked Justin to chase Wasabi back to Oshkosh for the airshow.  The mission required making the flight non-stop and hauling the support equipment Wasabi would require when it got there.  In order to make the flight non-stop Justin's 320 powered Tango would need another ~20 gallons of gas assuming he could get the fuel burn down a bit.  Justin built a combination passenger seat / fuel tank for the gas, and installed a P mag to help with fuel burn.  The result Justin was able to make the flight non-stop allowing for an arrival during the airshow at Oshkosh.  The 1500 mile flight took 10.5 hours, and six aircraft did it in formation.

Justin on Oxygen just East of the Rockies Photo: Moventure

The TangoTimeMachine over Soledad Photo: Moventure

The fuel tank / passenger seat without the lid Photo: Moventure

Fuel tank volume check Photo: Moventure
Fuel tank fabrication Photo: Moventure
Fuel tank top Photo: Moventure
Fuel pickup in fuel tank Photo: Moventure
EMag Installation Photo: Moventure
Jenn and Justin on the way to Oshkosh, Photo: Moventure

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