THIS IS THE STORY OF HOW IT ALL BEGAN!
and construction photos!
Call it that unlost sense of adventure that lurks deep
within the soul of every male... Or call it that desire to never
get bored! Verdon and Vernon Weber have been talking wing-in-ground-effect
for a long time, probably since 1959, when they returned from
their 14,000 mile trip at the ages of 18, covering a great deal
of the U.S. and Alaska. If you haven't already, you might find it
worth your while to read their interesting story about how the
Many inventors have toyed with the development of the WIG, but relatively few sites are available for pictures and data. There are a few sites on the Internet, and perhaps you have already bookmarked them, so I won't waste your time with repetition. Feel free to add ours to your bookmarks, tho! Hope you enjoy reading about Verdon's Wing In Ground Effect!
The Wing is evolutionary, growing from a desire to fly efficiently. However, to fly efficiently the craft must stay within 12 inches of ground surface and use the increased lift that is nearer the surface of the earth, thus wasting no fuel and causing less induced drag. But caution is the word--fly too high or fly too low, and you are in trouble.
Many sketches and prints have passed in front of our television during the cold winter months after work. Finally the most useable sketch was put into blue print form and that was put into hard structural form in May 1998.
This site will show the progress of "three dramatic flights" with our WIG, the last attempt being the most satisfactory so far. Further work is being performed.
|It started here, with the formation of the wing and rib combination, and then a lot of fiberglassing, body putty, sanding, paint...and sweat!|
|Ribs were joined within with Great Stuff (foam in a can).|
|Topside view from the roof of our house...by the way, we live in an underground home built by Verdon! I never need a new roof, just a lawn mowing job!|
|We're starting to take shape with the inclusion of the body. The body is narrower than the StarCruiser, altho all other parts (prop, mounts, etc.) are interchangeable with SC.|
|Smoothed up, and looking good. You are looking at the console from above. Many hours were spent by Verdon after work and late on weekends getting that smooth exterior that he uses on all the StarCruiser bodies.|
|Again, a trip to the roof for this shot, the craft comes together with a complete preliminary look at the structure. The wings are fastened with 8" x 5/16" bolts in 2 spots.|
|Now the installation of the duct (shroud) and a check for that very important perpendicular level!|
|Waiting for the total dry time of the duct to the craft.|
|The 'guts' of the duct are removed and engine mount installed. We're looking quite a bit like a StarCruiser, except for those wings!|
|Now the attachment of the 4" bag skirt. The StarCruiser uses a 8" bag skirt. But we're not going to need much of a skirt for the WIG.|
|With a smile, the craft goes on hover with only a 3 1/2 hp mower engine to lift. Initially, we will use an 18 hp B&S for push.|
More construction photos!!
The Weber WIG Home Page!