DAVID HORN COLLECTION
No. 12636. Volmer VJ-22 Sportsman (N2111 c/n 2)
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Volmer VJ-22 Sportsman

11/15/2014. Remarks by Johan Visschedijk: "This two-seat light amphibian was built in 1966 by Nick Orvil Seraphinoff and two of his friends, Joe Benich and Larry Spiewak, and it was registered N2111. The FAA allows homebuilders to think of any designation, so this one was registered as a Seraphinoff-Benich-Spiewak SBS-1 Watersport and had the construction number 2 as it was the second homebuilt by Nick Seraphinoff. It deviated from the "standard" VJ-22 by having a more powerful 125hp Lycoming O-290-D2 engine with a tractor type engine/propeller installation, and a larger vertical tail. In addition, the fuel tanks had been relocated from the fuselage to the wings, allowing a hydraulically operated retraction system for the undercarriage. In this form the aircraft was first flown on 25 July 1966.

The aircraft was substantially damaged on November 1, 1970, while flown by a pilot without a seaplane rate. After departing from Hyne Airport (presently Brighton Airport), Brighton, Michigan, USA, the pilot failed to use the landing checklist and landed with extended landing gear at Brighton Lake; subsequently the aircraft nosed over. Apparently the aircraft was repaired and since it has been reregistered N2111E, present owner is a James P. Spiewak of Naples, Florida."

Created November 15, 2014