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Title: Culver Photos Wanted
Post by: Bill Poynter on January 17, 2012, 09:50:58 AM
I would like to start rotating photos of members planes on the home page of the culvercadet.com website.  If you have any high resolution photos of your Culver or Dart, please email them to me.  It doesn't have to be a flying plane.  Good quality project photos would also work.  Also, tell us what you know of the history of the plane.  Old photos of the Culver factory would also be interesting.
Title: Re: Culver Photos Wanted
Post by: Bill Poynter on January 31, 2012, 11:39:34 AM
I've posted a photo of the Culver factory on the website home page.  This is one of the photos from Paul Rule's collection. 
Title: 1946 Culver's Going Places
Post by: Bill Poynter on February 05, 2012, 12:12:41 AM
I've attached a scanned image of the centerfold from a 1946 edition of Culver's Going Places that I received from Paul Workman.  It's a pretty big file so it'll take a little time to download.
Title: Re: Culver Photos Wanted
Post by: Bill Poynter on February 06, 2012, 08:43:15 PM
I've just posted an article and a photo slideshow of Neal LaFrance and his Cadet STF.
Title: Re: Culver Photos Wanted
Post by: Bill Poynter on February 09, 2012, 08:17:23 PM
I've modified the photo on the home page of the website to randomly display a collection of Culver-related images.  There are 22 different photos in the series at the moment.  If anyone has a Culver related photo that you would like to include in the rotation, please send it to me.  It needs to be of high enough quality that it displays well at 1024 X 768 resolution.

Bill
Title: Re: Culver Photos Wanted
Post by: JoeB on February 09, 2012, 11:15:27 PM
Great photos, website looks really nice Bill
Title: Re: Culver Photos Wanted
Post by: Culver Dreamer on February 15, 2012, 02:33:03 PM
Hi Bill. I love your web site and all the info I glean off the articles and pictures you post. Having said that is there a way I can stop the slide show on Bill Johnson's airplane rebuild? I'd love to spend more time on each picture
 Thanks Mark
Title: Re: Culver Photos Wanted
Post by: Bill Poynter on February 15, 2012, 02:47:38 PM
If you want to spend more time on a particular photo in the slideshow of Bill Johnson's project, click on the video "pause" icon that appears when your curser is over the large photo.  I have noticed that the slideshow behavior seems a little erratic and jerky in Safari.  I think the photos are really worth a good look.  I can post a ZIP file for download if anyone is interested.
Title: Re: Culver Photos Wanted
Post by: Bill Poynter on February 16, 2012, 07:58:40 AM
Here's a link to the ZIP file containing Bill Johnson's photos.  You should save it to your computer before extracting the images.

http://www.culvercadet.com/billjohnson/Bill Johnson project.zip (http://www.culvercadet.com/billjohnson/Bill Johnson project.zip)
Title: Re: Culver Photos Wanted
Post by: Bill Poynter on February 17, 2012, 09:25:28 AM
Here's a link to 80 photos of a Culver V restoration project.

http://www.airport-data.com/photographers/Ken+Kinsler:482/Culver-N3057K:14503:1.html (http://www.airport-data.com/photographers/Ken+Kinsler:482/Culver-N3057K:14503:1.html)
Title: NX20946 serial number 101
Post by: Bill Poynter on March 01, 2012, 09:46:08 PM
Here's an interesting photo of the prototype NX20946, showing the original gear doors.  If you examine it closely, it has a different rudder and doesn't appear to have any wing slots.  The area behind the cabin door appears to be metal, like the L-AR-90.  The tailwheel is also missing.  I've posted a slightly larger image on the website. 

Is that Al Mooney in the photo?

Title: Re: Culver Photos Wanted
Post by: Brett Lovett on March 01, 2012, 10:44:01 PM
Is that Al Mooney in the photo?

I believe that is Foster Lane.
Title: Re: Culver Photos Wanted
Post by: Eddie Z on March 02, 2012, 05:58:57 PM
The photos on this site are great ! Love the factory photos especially. The color scheme on the Culver V mentioned above on the rebuild pages is awesome also(white/dark green). Seeing that rebuild page really makes me motivated to work on the V project more.
Title: Re: Culver Photos Wanted
Post by: Bill Poynter on March 03, 2012, 08:45:53 PM
Here's a link to a nice PQ-14A photo:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/52810288@N05/6030219800/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/52810288@N05/6030219800/)
Title: Re: Culver Photos Wanted
Post by: Bill Poynter on March 04, 2012, 10:25:33 PM
Here's a shot of a Mexican Cadet and one of a single place Dart:
Title: Re: Culver Photos Wanted
Post by: Bill Poynter on March 05, 2012, 02:54:17 PM
Here's a link to a website showing photos and info on the Culver PQ-9, PQ-10 and PQ-15.  It's too bad the government didn't buy the PQ-15.  The mock-up shown is a really nice looking plane.

http://www.designation-systems.net/dusrm/app1/pq.html (http://www.designation-systems.net/dusrm/app1/pq.html)
Title: Re: Culver Photos Wanted
Post by: Brett Lovett on March 05, 2012, 11:52:57 PM
Wow!  That mock-up of the XPQ-15 looks very detailed (engine installation, nose wheel, antenna, etc.).  I don't believe the XPQ-15 design was ever mentioned in Al Mooney's biography, nor included among the designs credited to him, although he certainly was Chief Designer at Culver when the XPQ-15 design was developed.  I certainly would like to learn more about the XPQ-15 (including what the Culver model designation for it was).  It certainly is a great looking airplane.  I wonder if there'd be any possibility of locating enough data to build a reasonably accurate replica.
Title: Re: Culver Photos Wanted
Post by: Bill Poynter on March 06, 2012, 08:14:50 AM
I've never seen a PQ-14 with the cowling off, but my guess is that the mock-up is probably a PQ-14 from the firewall forward.  That would be the easiest way to produce such a detailed model during the mock-up stage. 

It's too bad that Culver didn't pursue this design theme for it's post-war models.  This plane looks better than anything on the market in 1946.

If they actually did provide four flying examples, there had to have been complete drawings. 
Title: Re: Culver Photos Wanted
Post by: Bill Poynter on March 06, 2012, 10:25:37 PM
Here's a photo of Neal LaFrance's clock:

Title: Early photos
Post by: Bill Poynter on March 08, 2012, 02:06:16 PM
I've just posted some factory shots of Cadet production as well as an early photo of serial number 102.  They're on the photo page of the culvercadet.com website.
Title: Re: Early photos
Post by: Brett Lovett on March 09, 2012, 05:15:00 AM
I've just posted some factory shots of Cadet production as well as an early photo of serial number 102.  They're on the photo page of the culvercadet.com website.

I'd like to know what the text is at the bottom of the vertical stabilizer on the pic of S/N 102.  The new factory shots appear to all be from Wichita.  The Kansas Aviation Museum has prints of most of those photos in their archives.
Title: Re: Culver Photos Wanted
Post by: Bill Poynter on March 09, 2012, 10:24:31 AM
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I'd like to know what the text is at the bottom of the vertical stabilizer on the pic of S/N 102.  The new factory shots appear to all be from Wichita.  The Kansas Aviation Museum has prints of most of those photos in their archives.

I've tried enhancing the image with Photoshop, but either the original photo wasn't sharp enough or the resolution was set too low when it was scanned.  Maybe NCIS or CSI could do it.  They sure seem to do impossible photo enhancements on TV.
Title: Re: Culver Photos Wanted
Post by: Bill Poynter on March 09, 2012, 01:09:29 PM
Is that Al Mooney in the photo?

I believe that is Foster Lane.

I've replace the photo of the Cadet prototype on the photo page with a 1200DPI scan.  A little more detail shows up.  The most noticable is the tail skid that appears to be bolted onto the tailwheel spring.  Another is the cellphone he's holding in his hand.   ;)
Title: Re: Culver Photos Wanted
Post by: Bill Poynter on March 09, 2012, 11:36:38 PM
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I'd like to know what the text is at the bottom of the vertical stabilizer on the pic of S/N 102.  The new factory shots appear to all be from Wichita.  The Kansas Aviation Museum has prints of most of those photos in their archives.

I've tried enhancing the image with Photoshop, but either the original photo wasn't sharp enough or the resolution was set too low when it was scanned.  Maybe NCIS or CSI could do it.  They sure seem to do impossible photo enhancements on TV.

As a follow-up on the text appearing on the vertical stab of serial number 102, I think the last part is Russell J Alley, the Culver west coast distributor.  While looking through the registration file, I noticed that another early owner was George S Wing of Hi-Shear Rivet Co.  Mr. Wing was also responsible for the Wing Derringer, the high performance 2-place twin.
Title: Re: Culver Photos Wanted
Post by: Bill Poynter on March 10, 2012, 09:38:33 PM
I've posted a photo on the website of Joe Maridon's newly finished Cadet.  Looks good Joe :)
Title: Re: Culver Photos Wanted
Post by: JoeB on March 11, 2012, 02:49:40 PM
I've posted a photo on the website of Joe Maridon's newly finished Cadet.  Looks good Joe :)

Looks great! Where's it located?
Title: Re: Culver Photos Wanted
Post by: Bill Poynter on March 11, 2012, 05:17:15 PM
Las Vegas
Title: Re: Culver Photos Wanted
Post by: Bill Poynter on March 14, 2012, 01:21:41 PM
Here's a couple of photos of a prototype Culver V with a nosewheel that rotates 90 degrees when retracted.
Title: Re: Culver Photos Wanted
Post by: Bill Poynter on March 15, 2012, 09:49:08 AM
This is a recent photo of the hangar appearing in the shot of the prototype Cadet.  It's the original Port Columbus hangar.  Does anyone know if  this building was the location of the original factory?  With the Cadet and a Dart parked out front, it appears that it could be.
Title: Re: Culver Photos Wanted
Post by: Brett Lovett on March 15, 2012, 10:57:11 AM
Bill,

I believe that is the factory location, at least for the early production of the Cadets, and probably for some or all of Dart production as well.  Production was moved to Wichita, KS in early October 1940, and most of the factory there is still standing too.  There are several photos of the AB-xxx airplane at the Wichita plant (the one that is in the home page photos), so I thought it might be the first produced there, but Stan Piteau's notes show that it was actually the second aircraft finished in Wichita.  Somewhere in my notes I have the serial numbers for those two.  I'm going to send you some photos of the Wichita factory as it appeared in April 2008. 

Brett
Title: Re: Culver Photos Wanted
Post by: Bill Poynter on March 15, 2012, 01:31:54 PM
I've posted the Wichita factory photos on the website.  They're accessable from the main photo page by clicking on the thumbnail image.

Bill
Title: Re: Culver Photos Wanted
Post by: Bill Poynter on March 31, 2012, 11:34:54 AM
I've just posted 3 Dart photos from Tim Lunceford.  Two of the photos are of serial number one, and the third is of the Dart he flies.  It's serial number two, which belongs to his Daughter.
Title: Re: Culver Photos Wanted
Post by: Bill Poynter on March 31, 2012, 09:08:15 PM
I posted a photo this evening of Joe Burley and Stan Piteau taken following a flight in Joe's Cadet.  They met-up at Sun-N-Fun.   
Title: Re: Culver Photos Wanted
Post by: Bill Poynter on April 01, 2012, 05:53:14 PM
It occurred to me that not everyone may be seeing all of the photos on the home page.  There are currently 33 photos that are randomly selected for display on the home page of the website.  If you aren't seeing a different photo almost every time you visit culvercadet.com, you should set your browser to check for newer versions of stored pages each time you visit a site.  If your web browser isn't set to do this, it just reloads the same image that's stored in your cache time after time.  In Internet Explorer, go to Internet Options, General, Browsing History, Settings, under "Check for newer versions of stored pages", select the option:  "Every time I visit the webpage".
Title: Re: Culver Photos Wanted
Post by: Dan Rhinehart on June 14, 2012, 08:17:40 PM
NC37803 June 1977
Title: Re: Culver Photos Wanted
Post by: Brett Lovett on June 15, 2012, 09:10:49 PM
NC37803 June 1977

Tug of war?  Culver vs. Cadillac?
Title: Re: Culver Photos Wanted
Post by: Dan Rhinehart on June 15, 2012, 09:14:40 PM
NC37803 at McCamey Texas June 21st, 1977.
Title: Re: Culver Photos Wanted
Post by: Dan Rhinehart on June 17, 2012, 02:00:27 AM
Here is NC37803 at Aztec NM, 1978 or 1979. My dad was in the process of rebuilding this airplane and had it to this state of completion when he died in an accident in April of 1978.
Title: Re: Culver Photos Wanted
Post by: Dan Rhinehart on June 17, 2012, 02:17:58 AM
Here I am with the right wing of my dad's Culver NC37803 S/N 313 the day we picked it up at McCamey,TX. It was June 21st, 1977: two days shy of my 11th birthday.
Title: Re: Culver Photos Wanted
Post by: Dan Rhinehart on June 17, 2012, 02:19:55 AM
Oops here I am at McCamey, TX June 21st 1977
Title: Re: Culver Photos Wanted
Post by: Dan Rhinehart on June 18, 2012, 06:01:04 PM
Here is a picture I found on the net
Title: Re: Culver Photos Wanted
Post by: Dan Rhinehart on June 18, 2012, 06:05:09 PM
Another pic. Interesting it is a solid color overall.
Title: Re: Culver Photos Wanted
Post by: Dan Rhinehart on June 18, 2012, 06:08:43 PM
Another pic. Looks like an off airport landing???
Title: Re: Culver Photos Wanted
Post by: Bill Poynter on July 08, 2012, 11:11:56 AM
I received a note from Stefan Janes this morning.  You may recall that last year he purchased Cadet N25U and exported it to his home in Germany.  He now has it flying and has based it on a 1500 ft glider field near Ramstein AFB.  He included a couple of photos which I have posted on the website.  The photos are also in the rotation on the home page.
Title: Re: Culver Photos Wanted
Post by: Bill Poynter on September 09, 2012, 10:03:48 PM
I received an email from Neil Deye today with a photo of the first flight of his newly restored Cadet.  He purchased it out of a museum and then completely restored it.  The Cadet is N37828 which graced the cover of the April 1998 issue of Vintage Airplane.  It's also the subject of a nice article in the same issue.  Unfortunately the back issues available online only go back to 2000.  Here's a link to the photo he sent:

 http://www.culvercadet.com/39main.jpg (http://www.culvercadet.com/39main.jpg)

He has promised some more photos taken during the restoration process.
Title: Re: Culver Photos Wanted
Post by: Bill Poynter on November 15, 2012, 08:39:20 PM
Joe Burley sent some air-to-air photos of his Cadet.  I've posted a couple of them to the photo page of the website.  They will also appear in the random selection of photos on the home page.
Title: Re: Culver Photos Wanted
Post by: JoeB on November 15, 2012, 10:11:35 PM
Thanks for posting the photos Bill!
We are having a great time flying this Cadet!
-Joe
Title: Re: Culver Photos Wanted
Post by: ndeye on March 14, 2013, 09:31:27 AM
The first is a fly-by my home. The second one is a Dart That Ibought in 1952 and restored in 1955.
Title: Re: Culver Photos Wanted
Post by: TBurns on March 23, 2013, 07:53:59 PM
Here's one of my late father-in-law, Curtis Burns' 1946 Culver V, N-3104-K
Title: Re: Culver Photos Wanted
Post by: Dan Rhinehart on September 16, 2013, 07:15:16 PM
Hi all,

Here is a picture of my late friend Joe White with his 1942 Culver N41726 S/N 444 taken about 1952.
As many of you out there may know this is the green and yellow Culver that Carl Badgett owns.
Title: Re: Culver Photos Wanted
Post by: Keith U. on September 25, 2013, 08:38:37 AM
Progress reports are motivating. 
Title: Culver V with yokes
Post by: Bill Poynter on October 20, 2013, 07:26:10 PM
This 1946 Flying Magazine cover shows a Culver V with an experimental registration with what appears to be yokes instead of stick controls.
Title: Re: Culver Photos Wanted
Post by: Keith U. on July 10, 2014, 09:33:57 AM
More progress...
Title: Re: Culver Photos Wanted
Post by: JoeB on July 10, 2014, 10:43:25 PM
More progress...

Looks great!
Title: Re: Culver Photos Wanted
Post by: Dan Rhinehart on July 27, 2014, 04:29:19 AM
Hi all,

Here is a few pictures of N41706 S/N 415 taken about 1982. It sat outside on the ramp at Long Beach (CA) airport from about 1976 to 1982. I bought the remains for parts in 2010. Not one piece of wood other than the horizontal stabilizer survived the elements.

From what I can tell by looking at the airplane, it looks like someone was in the process of doing a rebuild and it was abandoned abruptly.

What really looks to have caused so much damage to the wood is it had a shoddy cover job that looks like someone put on a coat or two of dope, applied the finishing tapes and put on a thin coat of some sort of enamel. No silver or any other U.V. protection.

Even areas like the wings that should have had protection from the elements looked like moisture got under the fabric and stayed wet. It looked like it had been under water.

Well anyway that is the fate of S/N 415. Most of its metal parts are now in S/N 379.

Title: Re: Culver Photos Wanted
Post by: Keith U. on December 03, 2015, 04:11:54 PM
More Progress, windows and doors and panel done.  Lift off on Tuesday, next summer. 
Title: Re: Culver Photos Wanted
Post by: Keith U. on September 03, 2017, 09:28:25 PM
Progress update, elt, cowling and wing root fairings to go, should be at Blakesburg, or other fly ins, but home working on the machine...first flight since '72 maybe in October  this year...
Title: Re: Culver Photos Wanted
Post by: Keith U. on September 03, 2017, 09:49:09 PM
cowling roughed out...