TED BLACK COLLECTION
No. 11174. Taylorcraft BF-50 (N21292 c/n 1086)
Photographed at the EAA AirVenture Museum, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA, by Ted Black

Taylorcraft BF-50

01/31/2012. Remarks by Johan Visschedijk: "The Model B-series followed the Talorcraft A and was fitted with an engine in the 50 to 65 hp range, a suffix character, 'C', 'F', and 'L', indicated the manufacturer, Continental, Franklin and Lycoming respectively, followed by a number indicating the horsepower. The pictured aircraft was built as a BF-50 in 1938, and flew in this configuration till 1950, when it was acquired by the aerobatic pilot John Vasey from Austin, Minnesota.

Vasey converted the BF-50 into an agile single-seat aerobatic performer, replacing the original 50 hp Franklin engine by an 85 hp fuel-injected engine. He moved the pilot's seat and controls to the center of the cabin, thereby shifting the center of gravity, and also shortened the wingspan by 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m), and strengthened the wings, to generate more speed and a faster roll rate.

Two years later the aircraft was sold to the aerobatic instructor and air show performer Duane Cole, who replaced the 85 hp engine by an 150 hp Lycoming O-320-A2A. Cole, one of the founders (member no.8) of the EAA, and the aircraft (now preserved at the EAA) achieved a long list of accomplishments, as stated by the EAA:


Created January 31, 2012