Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Worlds First Homebuilt Jet Aircraft?
<--- Non-homemade Panther Jet
According to a newspaper in Queensland, Australia,
"John Gross has flown into the history books in his homemade jet plane. After seven years building the three-quarter-scale Grumann Panther in his backyard shed, John took to the skies this month at the Kingaroy Aerodrome.
"It is Australia's first home-build jet and the first light jet plane built by an individual in the world. It is equipped with an ex-US Navy engine rebuilt by John, who also designed and built the body and installed all navigational equipment, despite having no formal qualifications. "
Homemade Panther Jet --->
The article contiunes:
"On Saturday, April 1, John made 3,000ft before taking the plane to 10,000ft on Sunday. "Saturday was pretty exciting stuff and it was breaking new ground as it were so I was flying by instinct," John said. "The jet engine just wants to keep going. I swear I could hear it screaming with joy as it climbed."
I wonder if the newspaper reporter's claim as this being the "first light jet plane built by an individual" is true? Seems to me I've heard of other people building jets previously.
Mr. Gross chose to use the Grumman Panther jet as his guide. The Grumman Panther is an old model of jet fighter and one with a long history. The F9F Panther was a single-seat, single-engine, carrier-based, jet fighter used by the US Navy and Marine Corps during the Korean War. The Panther joined the fleet in 1949 and that year also became the first jet aircraft flown by the Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team.