RON SMITH COLLECTION
No. 11608. Richard 190 (N2561 cn 001) "Protagonist II"
Photographed at Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA, ca. 1980, by Ron Smith

Richard 190

10/31/2012. C. H. Richard of Lancaster, California, has designed a number of aircraft including the Richard 125 Commuter, a two-seat high-wing cabin monoplane, a two-thirds replica of the German Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A-33 of WW II, as well as the Richard 190. The Richard 190 was an all-metal single-seat mid-wing monoplane and was stressed for full aerobatic performance. Richard intended to make three versions of the sportplane available, in addition to the mid-wing model, there would be low-wing and biplane versions.

However, only the mid-wing model was built, featuring constant chord wings with 15 gal (57 l) tip tanks, but lacking an internal fuel tank. Registered N2561 (site files), it flew for the first time in 1968, powered by an 100 hp Continental O-200 engine, driving a two-blade variable-pitch metal propeller.

In 1973 the aircraft was modified, fitted with a Lycoming O-360 engine, lower mounted wings (of tapered planform), an internal fuel tank replacing the tip tanks, and a larger cabin. The aircraft was used by Louis "Bud" Judy of Granbury, Texas, for competition in the Advanced Category; since the aircraft is also referred to as the Richard-Judy Special. By late 1977 the aircraft was on display at the EAA museum at Hales Corners, Wisconsin, although it is still registered to Louis Judy as of this day.

Created October 31, 2012