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    Turbulator tapes on Cessna wing struts

    Someone saw these tapes when I was talking about using glider tapes for elevator gap seals on a PA-12. (Which I donít do or recommend) They PMíd me and asked if Iíve ever used them on a Cessna wing strut. Short answer is no but it got me thinking. Whatís the fastest 180/185 out there? I would guess itís an early 180 with 300 hp, spinning a light 3 bladed prop, small tires and a Snyder kit. Gap seal would certainly help.

    http://wingsandwheels.com/tapes-seals/turbulator-dimple-tape.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Longley View Post
    Someone saw these tapes when I was talking about using glider tapes for elevator gap seals on a PA-12. (Which I don’t do or recommend) They PM’d me and asked if I’ve ever used them on a Cessna wing strut. Short answer is no but it got me thinking. What’s the fastest 180/185 out there? I would guess it’s an early 180 with 300 hp, spinning a light 3 bladed prop, small tires and a Snyder kit. Gap seal would certainly help.

    http://wingsandwheels.com/tapes-seals/turbulator-dimple-tape.html
    I thought 2 blade props were typically the winner in the speed category?

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    Quote Originally Posted by behindpropellers View Post
    I thought 2 blade props were typically the winner in the speed category?
    Really? That seems counterintuitive but I’ve never researched it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Longley View Post
    Really? That seems counterintuitive but I’ve never researched it.
    1 blade is the most efficient.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Longley View Post
    Someone saw these tapes when I was talking about using glider tapes for elevator gap seals on a PA-12. (Which I don’t do or recommend) They PM’d me and asked if I’ve ever used them on a Cessna wing strut. Short answer is no but it got me thinking. What’s the fastest 180/185 out there? I would guess it’s an early 180 with 300 hp, spinning a light 3 bladed prop, small tires and a Snyder kit. Gap seal would certainly help.

    http://wingsandwheels.com/tapes-seals/turbulator-dimple-tape.html
    Has anyone ever done an experimental Skywagon with a Soloy turbine?
    I thought Mike Vivion had mentioned one once upon a time...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyR View Post
    Has anyone ever done an experimental Skywagon with a Soloy turbine?
    I thought Mike Vivion had mentioned one once upon a time...
    Joe Soloy’s flight test airplane to prove the Soloy Turbine Pac was a 185. After flight test, I heard the airplane was reconfigured to a recip engine. Soloy never certified the 185 with the Turbine Pac.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mvivion View Post
    Joe Soloy’s flight test airplane to prove the Soloy Turbine Pac was a 185. After flight test, I heard the airplane was reconfigured to a recip engine. Soloy never certified the 185 with the Turbine Pac.

    MTV
    Bet it really hauled the mail!

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    The fastest straight and level speed I've seen in my 180 was 185 mph. That was a break-in flight with the new Pponk and 86" 3-blade. The plane had 800s or 850s and a standard 8" tailwheel. No speed mods. It was difficult to find smooth air to break it in by running it hard but I still remember that day. Overcast ceiling at about 1600'. I did laps over the Big Su from the power lines at the beach to the Parks highway bridge and back. These days with big tires 145mph is my normal. I could get 150 if I wanted but the fuel curve doesn't justify it.

    My friends with equal engines and 88" 2-blades aren't any faster. They're lighter. Mine is smoother. They're all good.

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    Yours could be lighter, too, with a nice MT 3-blade. Heh!
    Quote Originally Posted by stewartb View Post
    The fastest straight and level speed I've seen in my 180 was 185 mph. That was a break-in flight with the new Pponk and 86" 3-blade. The plane had 800s or 850s and a standard 8" tailwheel. No speed mods. It was difficult to find smooth air to break it in by running it hard but I still remember that day. Overcast ceiling at about 1600'. I did laps over the Big Su from the power lines at the beach to the Parks highway bridge and back. These days with big tires 145mph is my normal. I could get 150 if I wanted but the fuel curve doesn't justify it.

    My friends with equal engines and 88" 2-blades aren't any faster. They're lighter. Mine is smoother. They're all good.

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    I have precisely what I want on that plane. If I was doing it over again I'd choose the same thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyR View Post
    Has anyone ever done an experimental Skywagon with a Soloy turbine?
    I thought Mike Vivion had mentioned one once upon a time...
    They need to name this one "Seriously Ugly", at least from this angle.

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    Cessna Skywagon-- accept no substitute!
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