Paul Salter’s Panther; Outstanding Homebuilt Aircraft of SnF 2017.

Builders,

Paul Salter’s 3,000 cc Corvair powered SPA Panther was awarded the title “Outstanding Home Built Aircraft” at Sun n Fun 2017. It is a well deserved reward, going to a guy who is respected by all who know him.

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To see photos and videos of Paul, his Panther, and projects:

Paul’s Panther

Corvair Thermal Image Testing

Short Run Video; Panther.

Testing at Sensenich Propellers

Would you rather be friends with a turtle or win an academy award?

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Paul’s Panther on display at the SPA booth in Lakeland.

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Before SnF, three Panther’s in front of Paul’s hangar. L-R – Paul’s, Steve Pedano’s and Bob Wooley’s.

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Who has the hardest working Corvair? Look at the belly of Paul’s plane and see the oil streaks; This was a result of intentional inverted spin maneuvers. Paul’s plane has a Ellison EFS-3A carb, and it does not quit when inverted.  Although it doesn’t have an inverted oil system, it will not run out of pressure during brief inverted flight.  The oil is a few ounces trapped in the breather pipe expelled when the plane is rolled upright. The test was done by Bob Wooley. Read more :  Understanding Flying Corvairs Pt. #2, Hardest working engine.

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Paul’s cowl with oil access door open.  SPA/Panther Cowls and FlyCorvair KR-2 cowls are all fiberglass, all other models we work with are composite nose bowls with metal cowlings

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Above, at the SnF awards dinner.

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