Reluctant Phoenix at Cardington

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6. Reluctant Phoenix, Cardington

7. Reluctant Phoenix at Liverpool University

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Pedal gear detail

Reluctant Phoenix tail detail

main boom+transmission

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Reluctant Phoenix covered a number of human powered aircraft of limited success built during the 1950’s and 1960’s by Dan Perkins. Their almost unique feature was an inflatable wing.

Only the last model flew a few inches above the ground in Cardington airship hangar in Bedfordshire, England

This concept inspired Fred To to build Phoenix, the only other inflatable HPA to date.

All photos and drawing are Copyright © Fred To. Most of the photos are reduced in size. If you require larger versions please e-mail picture.

Reluctant Phoenix