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John Moody "Father of Ultralight Aviation"

At Sun N Fun 2012, in Paradise City I had the opportunity to interview John K Moody "the Father of Ultralight Aviation" and Dan Johnson a recipient of E.A.A.'s John K Moody Award.

According to Dan, in 1975 while at a hang gliding site in Michigan, John was the first person that he saw fly what are now called "ultralight aircraft." John indicates that Dan was referring to the Ikarus II with a West Bend 8 HP two stroke engine.

John had three aircraft on display, an Eagle with Coca Cola sails, an Eagle XL, and an Easy Riser. While looking at the craft Dan noticed the the Easy Riser had wheels that where painted bright orange. John explained that was so that they could be found, when they were shot off the plane while he was flying it! Say What?

 

For a number of years John would perform at various airshows with his Easy Riser. He would pretend to take off and fly in the circuit without permission from the airshow host. The host would then order him back down on the ground. When he was unsuccessful communicating his wishes to John, the host would then come out with a shot gun, and proceed to try to shoot John out of the sky!

With the first rifle shot of blanks John would kick off the nosewheel, then with each subsequent shot he would release one of the main wheels, then the other, and then would have the tail blow off the plane. Off course the Easy Riser was originally designed to fly without a tail, and was foot launchable so John really didn't need them, so he could continue to fly.

But then the next shot would appear to take out the engine, John would rev it up and make it miss and backfire and then finally it would appear to quit. The crowd of course would think that John was about to crash with no engine, no tail, and no landing gear. John would make a few sharp turns, as if he had lost control and was about to crash and then set up for a landing dropping his legs at the last minute to land.

The reason the wheels were painted bright orange was so that they could be easily found in the long grass. I should mention that during one of these shows at Sun N Fun, I was video taping John and at the last minute caught something bright orange out of the corner of my eye as one of the wheels just missed me!

You can see John doing his show on You Tube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPJDz4PG3Ww

According to John the EZ Riser he had on display weighed in complete at 115 lbs.

For more information contact:

John K. Moody
1015 Lochmont Drive
Brandon, Florida 33511
813-685-2718 813-431-2712 cell

http://www.pioneerflyer.com/

 

John Moody "Father of Ultralight Aviation"
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