The February 1962 issue of EAA Sport Aviation featured on its cover the Delt-Air 250, a two-seat, delta-wing pusher monoplane designed and built by Herbert Dean of Flint, Michigan. On November 8, 1961, Herbert was
killed after losing control during a test flight; the article, written before the crash,
was published along with his obituary.
In Homebuilder’s Corner, EAA Founder Paul Poberezny talked about specialization
within the EAA membership: “You have developed a unified organization of varied
grassroots aviation interests that has grown strong because of the conscientious support
you have given each other. … In all of these areas we must continue to maintain our high
standards, provide strong and energetic leadership, and, above all, work together.”
Herbert Smith presented his glider design, the Sputnik. “Some may
call me a liar, but I cruise on 2 to 2-1/2 gallons an hour,” he said.
The What Our Members Are Doing section featured a photo of
legendary crooner Pat Boone, EAA 11876, with Al Trefethen, EAA
3112, in Al’s Sport-Aire.
Aircraft designer John Thorp shared drawings of the T- 18, saying
that he didn’t know the future of the airplane, but he may build
one if there was “enough interest.” It went on to become one of
the more popular homebuilt designs of its time.
View archived issues of EAA Sport Aviation in the
Members Only section at www.Oshkosh365.org.