ROBERT HODGSON COLLECTION
No. 5702. Wolf W-11 Boredom Fighter (G-BNAI c/n PFA 146-11083)
Photographed at Haverfordwest, Wales, UK, May 29, 2005, by Robert Hodgson

Wolf W-11 Boredom Fighter

12/31/2013. Donald S. Wolf of Huntington, New York designed and built a diminutive sporting biplane known as the W-11 Boredom Fighter, styled to represent a single-seat biplane fighter of WW I vintage. Although based on no single aircraft, it was said to be fairly simple to construct, using a minimum of special tools. It was capable of accommodating a pilot up to 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) tall and weighing up to 200 lb (91 kg), was intended primarily for sport flying and was not fully aerobatic. Powerplant could vary between 50-100 hp, but a 65 hp Continental A65 engine was recommended.

Design of the Boredom Fighter began in July 1976 and construction of the prototype started in August 1977. The first flight was achieved on August 30, 1979. Plans were available to amateur constructors and about thirty have been registered. The pictured aircraft was built by Peter J.D. Gronow, Carmarthen, Wales, UK, in 1986. In 2003 the aircraft was registered to Christopher M. Bunn, Pen-Y-Fai, Wales.

WINGS: Braced single-bay biplane, with I-type interplane struts and N-type cabane struts. Wing section NACA 4412. Dihedral 1 on all wings. Incidence 0 on upper wing, 1 30' on lower wings. No sweepback. Wooden structure, with solid spruce spars and truss ribs, fabric covered. Constant-chord ailerons on lower wings, of similar construction to wings. No flaps.
FUSELAGE: Spruce Warren truss structure, with mahogany plywood covering in cockpit area; fabric covered rear fuselage.
TAIL UNIT: Wire-braced spruce structure, fabric covered, comprising conventional tailplane and elevators, rounded fin and rudder. Bungee trim on elevators.
LANDING GEAR: Non-retractable tailwheel type. Two side V-struts and half-axles. Rubber bungee shock-absorption. Shinn main-wheels, size 6.00-6, with Goodyear tires. Wolf tailwheel and tire. Shinn cable-operated brakes.
POWERPLANT: One 65 hp Continental A65 engine recommended, driving a Lewis 43x72 two-blade fixed-pitch wooden propeller. One fuel tank in fuselage, capacity 15 gal (56.8 l). Refueling point in top of fuselage. Oil capacity 1 gal (3.8 l).
ACCOMMODATION: Pilot only, in open cockpit. Foot heater. Baggage space aft of seat, capacity 8 lb (3.6 kg).

Created September 30, 2006