This airplane has been recovered in modern stits polyfiber
The engine has only 396 hours since a major overhaul, and compressions at the last annual in 2020 were all 70 and above!
This neat airplane suffered damage when it was lead in a formation flight and landed long to accommodate the planes beside him. The pilot was unable to stop on the remaining runway and ran long, into some bushes and a small tree. As a result, there are small nicks and scratches along the leading edges of both wings. All very light and innocent damage. The tree impacted the leading edge of the wood wing, forward of the main spar, inboard of the landing gear, which was not damaged, and outboard of the fuselage, which also wasn’t damaged. The plywood of the wing leading edge and it.s fabric covering will require patching if your intent was to ferry the airplane, and repair for final airworthiness status.
The fixed pitch prop suffered some paint nicks, but no bending at all and no damage that wont file out as you would at annual. With its heavy crankshaft and prop flange, the franklin engine has no a.d. Requirements for teardown, and you wouldn’t even on a Lycoming or Continental anyway since you can restore the prop to airworthiness with a paint job!
The only other damage noted was to the trailing edge of both flaps! It appears that this may have been pre-existing damage from touching the hanger support poles and the pilot was flying the airplane this way! There is no left wing damage other than the leading edge nicks and scuffs, no gear damage, no tail damage, no windshield or door damage, but the pilot’s side window (flat plexi) is cracked.
The interior is “classic” red soft cloth, also found in some of New Orleans finest houses of ill repute in the day!
The dash has been modernized greatly, with modern gyro instruments in a six-pack configuration, center stack for avionics, circuit breakers and modern switchgear for the electrical.
The brakes are s.t.c.’d clevelands and the retraction mechanism for the gear is hydraulic.
Logbooks are included from 1953 (no mention of what became of the first ones, and continue to 2020!).
The annual just expired this year, so the slightly dusty look of the airplane can be blamed on the open t hanger, not on years of sitting!
The mccauley propellor was installed new in 2006!
In addition to the logbooks, paperwork includes:
- Original type “handbook of instructions” bellanca cruisair senior, with diagrams.
- Franklin operators manual
- Delco-remy aircraftelectricl equipment operators manual
- Weight and balance info with diagrams
- Service bulliten copies
- Past registration history
- Parts manual
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Location: ABILENE, TX, United States