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Bob Lester, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., KR2

First Year Flown on Corvair Power: 2003
Total Amount of Hours flown on Corvair Power: 120 Hours
N-number: N1701L
Builder of Aircraft: Bob Lester, 709 NE Fourth St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301, rel111901@aol.com
Builder of Engine: Bob Lester, William Wynne
Years Aircraft Was Built: 1973-80
Type of Corvair Conversion Plans: Wynne
Engine Year: 1965
Engine Displacement: 140cid
Propeller: Prince 54-60
Cruise Speed: 170 true at 6,500 feet
Cruise RPM: 3,000
Static RPM: 2,800
Bob writes: "RUNS VERY STRONG AND SMOOTH."
Note from WW: Bob's airframe was originally powered with a VW Type I engine. He replaced it with a Subaru EA-81 with a belt reduction. This installation was nice enough to win Best Engine Conversion at the 2001 Annual KR Gathering. However, Bob came home from that event and decided to remove the engine to install the Corvair. One of his major goals was to reduce the weight of the firewall forward package. With all the radiators, coolant, hoses, belt drive, etc., the weight of Bob's airplane was more than 790 pounds. With no special effort to reduce the weight of the Corvair, Bob's airplane now weighs 699 pounds empty. Bob attributes nearly all the change to firewall forward. This is indisputable proof that the Corvair motor is significantly lighter than virtually any EA-81 setup. The plane also is faster now.

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William Wynne, The Corvair Authority
5000-18 HWY 17 #247
Orange Park, FL 32003


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