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    rwanttaja's Avatar
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    News Fundamentals

    Not directed at the Forum, but this should be passed to whoever writes the EAA press releases.

    Here's the lead for the online story about the restored Windecker Eagle first flight:

    "December 16, 2015 - Thirty-one years after it was damaged and rendered un-airworthy, N4198G, a Windecker Eagle, has been repaired, restored, upgraded, returned to active status, and flown. In the hands of test pilot Len Fox, the Eagle was guided onto the active runway on December 6. Fox advanced the throttle on the first all-composite aircraft certified by the FAA (in 1969) and gracefully lifted off for a brief flight."

    The classic content of news stories is "Who, What, When, Where". Do you notice that one is missing, in the snippet above (and, in fact, the entire article)?

    Where's the Where? Where did this first flight occur?

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    EAA Staff / Moderator Hal Bryan's Avatar
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    Hi Ron -

    Good comments. I wondered the same thing - it wasn't our press release, but one we were given. We didn't hear back from those responsible, so we chose to run what they'd provided rather than nothing at all.

    - Hal

    Hal Bryan
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    I met someone today that had a Windecker shirt and knew something of Dr. Windecker and it's early years. Here with a search I found a prop made with Kevlar, which is a different story for me from my own about carbon fiber composites. I spoke to the discoverer of Kevlar at Dupont way back when I bought a spool from Edmund Scientific about 1980 or so. His comment was "It's gossamer." My carbon fiber story begins with boron fiber in a magazine called Space & Aeronautics as the quest for a cheaper basic fiber also looked at vacuum bagging for curing. I had hoped he was an EAA member.

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