HOVERING THRU WEBER HISTORY, Page 3!

 

"In 1974, we built our last airplane.  It was designed after the old Arup planes and the Hoffman Flying Wing.  It was single-place with a 36-hp VW engine. Construction was of wood and fiberglass.  It flew very well, and it seemed like it would be a big success, but Verdon, due to engine failure, stalled it and dropped it 100 feet to the ground.   He spent four months in the hospital, but recovered fully."  (Joe) 

Why haven't the Weber twins gone on building and flying more romantic ultralights of unique design?  The answer is what you might expect:  "We both got married and can no longer afford that kind of excitement!" 

In 1976 the Weber twins sold their T'craft, which was in need of an expensive overhaul, and since then they have contented themselves by designing and flying R/C model planes.  "When the Weber children grow up," Vernon muses, "we still plan to go back to homebuilding!" 

Author of article:  Don Dwiggins; May 1979 issue Homebuilt Aircraft;  Address:  Werner & Werner Corporation; 606 Wilshire Blvd.; Suite 100; Santa Monica CA  90401

TimeLine:  1987

This photo shows the second craft built in 1987 by the Webers. Power was supplied by a Kawisaki two-stroke. Control came by way of four hinged sections similar to Dr. Bertelson's first crafts. Brothers left to right are: Vernon Weber, Verdon Weber and Joe Weber. (Joe's holding up the volleyball net!)

Third Weber craft, built in 1987, is an integrated craft powered by a small Kawasaki two stroke engine. Lift system is two 5-foot diameter "C" skirts. Built also approximately 1987.


TimeLine:  1989

The predecessor of the family of StarCruisers was built in 1989 and has evolved to the present day craft. Last we heard the original StarCruiser (shown here on left) was still owned by Oregon Hovercrafts. Ben Tillson, MN,  owns the L'il StarCruiser (right in picture above).

(Terre Haute with Phil Whitney's Craft in background)

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