We have had a few questions regarding the cock-pit dimensions so Dan drew up a diagram. Please see the diagram Panther cockpit dims We also added a new Photo Page with a compilation of Panther Prototype N515XP PHOTOS.
I started assembling the left fuel tank today with the Flamemaster and things went very well. All of the end or butt ribs had been sealed except for one right one, so I started with that. This way it would have time to cure before I got around to it. I have been mixing in […]
Today was a good day in the shop. Bob Woolley, beta builder of the Panther sport version, assisted me with fitting the second fuel tank skin. We followed Tony’s instructions and all went very well. The fuel tank skins are all pre-drilled by the CNC shop and pre-bent in house, so it was just a […]
Happy Holidays from SPA! We have been working diligently on the prototype and are making good progress while juggling spending time with our dear family and friends through this holiday season. We have had some questions about how the wing fold mechanisms work and how the wing rib gussets are assembled. We also have pictures […]
Here are pics of the vertical and horizontal tail rib blanks. And the turtledeck bulkheads
The brake and rudder pedal combo is coming together. Along with the spar and wing ribs. The spar is bolted and riveted. See pics below. A big shout out this week to Chris Welsh, Rick Koch and Ricky Reubel for your excellent workmanship, enthusiasm and Panther Spirit.
The stiffeners for the test wing arrived, they are amazing! The panther spar is typical in design in many respects. It uses a 6061 T-6 AL angle as caps that are riveted to the spar web. The wing skins rivet into the angle as well. The inner portions of the spar where loads are very […]
Since the fuselage is now semi-permanently tack welded we decided it was time to try it on for size. All sizes, that is! Rachel was first. She is 5’4″ and has a small build. She looks like the Panther ate her for breakfast, but she still has great visibility and can reach the controls and […]
The fuselage is starting to come together. Our master welder began the tack work last night and these are some pics. Dan really wanted to climb in and get a feel for the width, but it isn’t quite time for that yet. The instrument panel is a prop only – but the wing ribs are […]