Lucky Leonard

Lucky Leonard

I was born in Kansas City in 1924. At the age of 3 years old, my mother said I was making airplane noises and waving a toy airplane around. Fast forward, to me being 11 years old, my uncle gave me a model airplane kit. That...

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It Won’t Start if it’s Tied Down

This is about hand propping your Legal Eagle or the Double Eagle. I started flying legally in 1970.  I have had the misfortune to have witnessed seven hand propping accidents. I believe that I stopped one just a couple of weeks back. I warned an airline...

Legal Eagle Cold Engine Start

Cold Engine Start

Here is how to start the Briggs and Stratton engine. I usually start my VW engines from the rear and have the right hand on the throttle. When starting a cold engine, it helps to crack the throttle a tiny bit as a cold engine will...

A White Cabin Eagle Work in Progress

Don’t taxi the fuselage without the wings.

You have got the fuselage built, and it's on the wheels. Boy, is there a temptation to taxi it!  Well, I am here to tell you don’t taxi the fuselage without the wings.  It is amazing how easy it is to turn over the fuselage.  Several builders have damaged...