Rich Aldredge updated us on Jim Moss' QED reproduction:
I apologize it has been quite a while since I put out an update. Flight testing has continued despite some really uncooperative weather. We have completed almost all the flight test conditions. The last set we did were climb performance runs.
For these tests we set the power at a rather moderate 35 inches of manifold pressure and 2500 RPM. Somewhere near a 60% power setting. Didn't go to the full continuous power setting knowing that our pitch angles to hold desired airspeeds were going to get rather severe and time to climb was going to be rather short for the ceilings we had. Test results showed Vy to be between 90 & 95 Kts with climb performance around 2000 feet per minute at that power setting. Not bad for a little ole distance racing machine.
The next and final set of tests we had planned were flutter. Knowing we wanted to take the Big, Beautiful Beast (3B) down this winter for some modifications it was decided to forego the flutter test until these mods were complete. Our attentions then shifted to making sure we were able/ready to take 3B back home for the winter. Yesterday we succeeded in doing just that.
Wednesday dawned crisp, bright and sunny here in the Puget Sound. Carter was locked in the sim until mid morning but by 1100 we were on our way to KOLM to roll 3B out and get it ready for its trip back home. Things were also make ready at South Prairie airport, all potential obstacles were removed for an approach from the north over the road and landing to the south. Arrangements were made to block traffic so Carter could use the road as a threshold for touchdown. At around 1400 the QED arrived in the area and Carter made a low pass from each direction. Winds were light and out of the North but it was decided to land to the south with a light tailwind rather than try to drop over the trees on the south end for a north landing.
Carter did a beautiful job of getting the mains on the ground about 200 feet past the road. Touchdown speed was around 95 Kts. As the attached video (taken by neighbors Mark & Jane Carino) shows 3B was determined to take a good look at the entire length of the runway. Not that it was ever in doubt but I suspect a number of spectators held their breaths for the entire rollout. I know I did.
Now that 3B is back home we can get started on the planned modifications. Among other things we will be moving the fuel farther forward to put its moment arm closer to the wings center of lift (somewhere nearer 25% MAC) This will allow us to load full fuel and have someone in the aft cockpit and stay within a safe CG limit. If all goes well mods should be finished and 3B will be ready to complete the final few hours of Phase 1 flight testing early next spring. After that it is off to the makeup studio for touchups and jewelry and then out to share with the rest of the aviation world another one of Jim Moss' beautiful creations, his QED.
Will try to keep the team informed as to progress during the winter. I will also be sending out a separate email within the next couple of days with some of the photos taken during the photo shoot a few weeks back. Lyle Jansma got some really great photos he wants to share with the team.