No. 10761. Larson C Speed Bird (N38C c/n 113)
Photographed at Buchanan Field, Concord, California, 1953, by W.T. Larkins

Larson C Speed Bird

07/31/2011. Remarks by W.T. Larkins: "This two-seat plane (Model C) was designed and built by Merle Larson. He was a WW II B-24 pilot, ran a flight school operation and was/is a master craftsman and machinist as well as an avid inventor. This and his other planes were built and flown before there was any EAA. The purpose of this one was to test a unique all metal wing design so the old Taylorcraft BC-12 fuselage was just something to put it on.

The plane is unfinished in this photo but had a 12 ft (3.66 m) wing with a chord of 3 ft (0.91 m), flaps and spoilers. Larson made a 29 minute flight from Buchanan Field on December 7, 1953 before the 65 hp Continental C65 engine quit and he had to make a dead stick crash landing on the airport. Larson was trapped in the wreckage but had a hammer and a hacksaw in the cockpit, and with help from bystanders who unbent the buckled plane, he climbed out unhurt.

Created August 31, 2011