We must decide before its too late . . . ARE WE GOING TO
LET THEM GET AWAY ALSO? We have to find them NOW!
If you agree, please assist me in gathering and preserving as
much information as still exists about all lost and forgotten
FIRST, we must endeavor to identify the designers, principals,
significant contributors and employees of the companies that
developed these planes.
SECOND, we must search for these people and request that they
cooperate with our cause by assisting us in recording as many
details as possible about what they learned was good and bad
in the evolution of their planes. Ideally, technical drawings
and details of construction, assembly, procedure and materials
should be recorded sufficient for reproduction of the aircraft.
Only if these kinds of details are preserved will future
generations of enthusiasts be able to study and benefit from
THIRD, we must endeavor to build as complete a collection of
the published works as possible so that the "easy" and already
recorded information does not get lost. This means every
monthly issue of every major ultralight magazine (there were
at least six) and the many books published by respected and
knowledgeable authors. We should acknowledge that the foremost
authorities likely will be the authors of these publications
that researched their articles and conducted the flight
reviews personally etc. Lets try to find those guys!
In the case of rare and valued publications let us register
the "existence" in our computer data base and who owns it such
that the idea is one of an "archives-without-walls." This way
there would be no reason for people not to participate who
could be of assistance because we are not asking that they
give up their obviously cherished possessions. (If they
weren't prized, they would've been thrown out long ago
wouldn't they?) In many cases the most informative information
about design etc. is found in the factory assembly
instructions and maintenance manuals that may have come with
planes that were never offered in plans form but only as kits.
FOURTH, lets attempt to locate, identify and photograph in
detail the planes that might still exist even where we
otherwise have no technical information on file. Let's
continue to build the owners registries and document the
many enthusiasts clubs that exist because that's where the
real knowledge exists. This is where the old timers that
remember first hand are located. Future advances in technology
will allow us to store and retrieve enormous quantities of
images economically... But not if we never capture them! 35mm
and Videotape technology is sure to be with us a long time.
FIFTH, we must always be on the lookout for the vehicles that
will best enable us to leverage the knowledge that we now have
and the knowledge that will be found. Certainly, the personal
computer based Internet is attractive as are CD-ROMs,
published books or encyclopedias, museums etc.
SIXTH, we must acknowledge that costs will be incurred and
that the benefits must be packaged in a fashion that will
allow maximum value to be perceived by the recipients of our
efforts to preserve technological history.
SEVENTH, mindful of the costs, we must always be on the
lookout for ways to fund the promotional and operational