Flying Zenith 750, 2850 cc Corvair, Blaine Schwartz
Another success story, made of hard work and persistence: Tonight Blaine Schwartz wrote to say he took his 2,850 cc Corvair powered Zenith 750 for it’s first flight. While there will likely be 1,000 new homebuilts fly in 2015, only a small select group of them will have builders who can lay claim to having built both the airframe and the engine. Blaine Schwartz is one of these men.
Above, Man and the Machine. Both airframe and power plant made with his own hands, skills and understanding.
Nice combination of the Chevrolet Bowtie and Zenith model number.
A red white and blue theme on an All-American plane. The 750 kit is manufactured at the Zenith Factory in Mexico MO. and virtually all of our Corvair parts are made in the US. The Corvair is a 100% General Motors design, and all 1.7 million Corvair engines were made in the GM plant in Tonowanda NY. Today you can buy just about any new part for the engine, including Billet cranks designed for flight engines, that you like. Any Corvair / Zenith builder can be justifiably proud of his direct support of the US economy and manufacturing base. While many people can’t understand what is wrong with having a “take America back” bumper sticker on an imported car, Almost all Corvair builders cite the engine’s ‘Made in America’ credentials as an important factor in their selection of it.
Above, Blaine’s engine about half way through the assembly at CC#22. The engine is as simple as we can make it. We live in a world where people blindly smother every moment of their lives in excessive technology, often isolating themselves from any real experience. I can make a very strong case that flight is the wrong arena to bring the blind worship of electronic technology and complication to. No popular light plane engine can make a claim to be smoother running than a Corvair, and it has an outstanding reputation for reliability, all at an affordable price, made in a setting where craftsmanship and learning are still king. These values are not for everyone, but if they ring true for you, you have found your engine.
Above, Blaine and myself at CC#22. He is a life long fan of Chevrolets, and now he flies one. Blaine is also part of our information board for Zenith builders. Read more about it at these two links: ‘Zenvair’ Information board formed and Zenvair’ information board, part # 2
4 Replies to “Flying Zenith 750, 2850 cc Corvair, Blaine Schwartz”
Congrats on a beautiful build and a great engine choice. Love to connect with you and maybe see your airplane sometime. Are you in the north Texas area. Give me a call sometime at 580-513-8153
Congratulations on a great accomplishment. It is a momentous step on a grand adventure. May the learning continue!
Way to go Bro. I know how much you have always enjoyed building things. Even when we were kids when you built something it was done right. I am proud of you and our Dad would be very proud of you too. Very nice paint design and application on that airplane.
What an accomplishment and a beautiful aircraft! Congratulations.