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 Post subject: Re: Volmer Jensen
PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2015 7:26 am 
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SSA posted John Underwood's fitting obituary:
http://www.ssa.org/FinalGlide?id=662

John Underwood wrote:
As stated previously, VJ could make anything. He was an artisan with few peers and expert in the use of virtually every tool in the machinists inventory.


Volmer is on the right as we look at the photo of one version of his famous Star Trek U.S.S. Enterprise
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 Post subject: Re: Volmer Jensen
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Johnny Carson Show Cast:
Volmer Jensen ...
Himself (1 episode, 1973)
6 July 1973 showing

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0727306/ful ... t_ov_st_sm

He played a part in a huge cultural art: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cultural_ ... _Star_Trek

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Several times Volmer invited me to watch his flights. The following image was at Dockweiler:
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-2ii7 ... 2520Kd.jpg

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I happened to have the good fortune to be at many of the early seventies HG sites on days when Volmer was also flying there. It was always a pleasure to watch him fly.

I think it was out in Thousand Oaks somewhere there was a low hill we flew a few times until our activity was discovered (not Pederson Rd). A light breeze was blowing into the face of the hill which made for slightly extended flights for the hang gliders that afternoon. All except for Volmer and the VJ23 - he was soaring the hill that the rest were gliding down.

His launch was his usual: He would stand holding the VJ23 at the edge of the hill and in the breeze, keeping the wings level using his ailerons. Then he would just take a step off the edge and he was airborne. He soared until he had enough and then landed.

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Cover of Mechanix Illustrated, April, 1973
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In 1979 David Cook "enginized" a VJ-23.
David Cook flying VJ23E


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In 2013 we see an electric-"enginized" VJ-23
VJ-23E Test flight No10 Pilot A.Rudelis (2013)

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Volmer Jensen did some motoring of a modified structure: VJ-24 Sun Fun
V.J.-24w. "SUNFUN". World's First Ultralight Motorglider... 22 Hp. Australian Modification.

Interesting notes in the voice. He missed knowing John Worth, James Hobson, and others, and certainly missed W. Simon.
A note of Volmer's "1930" trying weight-shift in a hang glider.

In the comment sections are some interesting notes re: Volmer, etc.
Here is one:

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Stephen Lowther
I knew Volmer Jensen and bought plans from him in 1975. Glad you mentioned his Starship Enterprise which is now in the Smithsonian in Washington DC.

I take credit for his adapting the hang glider to and ultralight. I mentioned it to him in a phone conversation, and his reply was "Not recommended!" My reply was "I suppose it would put too much g-force on the frame." He got just a bit huffy, and by next month he called me up and told me he put an engine on it!

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I'm restoring a 1979? Volmer Jensen VJ-24W motor glider I bought on ebay for $38. This is my first airplane.

Project website and more pictures:
http://dorothy.air-war.org

http://www.homebuiltairplanes.com/forums/album.php?u=37217

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volmer_VJ-24W_SunFun

I believe it is the only DSK Aircraft licensed produced kit version of the VJ-24W still in existence, as I have yet to find any other VJ-24W that looks like mine with the round front bumper or heavy undercarriage.

http://eaaforums.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=5991&d=1483080155
http://shellprompt.com/deathtrap1/DSK%20VJ-24%20Flatlander.jpg

I have named her Dorothy, after Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz.


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I still have a long way to go, but until then, an inspirational video...


I bought a Cuyuna ULII-02 engine for her, which is probably overkill; however I also bought two new old stock Chotia 460 engines which are probably much more appropriate, that came with a Chotia Woodhopper I bought off of Barnstomers for $99 total.

If anybody has build plans for a VJ-24 or VJ-24W, I'd love to get a copy, or if you have any stories to tell, I'd love to hear them, or if you own a Volmer Jensen yourself (or Chotia Woodhopper/Gypsy), I'd love to hear from you.


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Super share, Choppergirl!
Much thanks. Such supplies some missing pieces on Volmer and Irv.
Best to you on your next project!

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As much as I have become addicted to riding electric motorcycles and flying e-RC model planes, I'd like to see a design like this converted to e-power, even if it could only carry enough lithium battery weight to fly 10 or 15 minutes.

Frank

BTW - I posted this before but it didn't stick for some reason. Hmm....must be a black hole lurking in the forum. :o


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Frank Colver wrote:
As much as I have become addicted to riding electric motorcycles and flying e-RC model planes, I'd like to see a design like this converted to e-power, even if it could only carry enough lithium battery weight to fly 10 or 15 minutes.

Frank

BTW - I posted this before but it didn't stick for some reason. Hmm....must be a black hole lurking in the forum. :o

Frank I think the glitch happens for me when someone else posts before me because they type faster.
When I hit "SUBMIT," it sometimes won't. After you submit closely watch for the notice that your post was successfully submitted. If it jumps back to the original page then you have to back arrow and sometimes first "Preview." then submit for it to work.


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 Post subject: Re: Volmer Jensen
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Video of VJ-24w above but with engine sound : https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=aJLjLMOj_7g

More Volmer links:

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/VJ-24/info

https://ultralightairplanes.blogspot.com/2016/07/volmer-vj-24w.html

https://ultralightairplanes.blogspot.com/2016/11/volmer-vj-23-swingwing-and-vj-24-sunfun.html

https://ultralightairplanes.blogspot.com/2016/11/volmer-vj-24w-sunfun.html

http://shellprompt.com/deathtrap1/VJ-24W%20Berger-Burr.jpg

VJ-22 Videos:
https://m.youtube.com/results?q=vj22%20sportsman&sm=3

https://m.youtube.com/results?q=vj-22%20amphibian&sm=3

VJ-23 Videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYq6T-C6OBQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=326bRCJdlOM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40bwvYd9S2U

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JeIox5Okvo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-YNURlbN3Y


VJ-24 Videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vy9GowNBgus

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=879JA4okBvg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFwIhwdSVVs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmyYOazgOOs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hMmMAPfnh8

VJ-11 Yahoo Group:
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/VJ-11/info

VJ-22 Sportsman Group:
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/VJ-22/conversations/messages

Volmer Club of America:
http://www.volmeraircraft.com/

Wings of History:
http://wingsofhistory.org/exhibits/aircraft-from-v-to-z/volmer-jensen-vj-24w

Soaring Soceity of America:
http://www.ssa.org/FinalGlide?id=662

Secret Projects - List of all Volmer Aircraft designs:
http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=20487.0

Nest of Dragons:
http://www.nestofdragons.net/rigid-wings-overview/footlaunch-listing/volmer/

Google Image Search:
https://www.google.com/search?site=&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1280&bih=720&q=volmer+jensen

Wikipedia:
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_gliders_(J)#Jensen
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_M-1
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volmer_VJ-23_Swingwing
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volmer_VJ-24W_SunFun

David Cook:
http://www.davidcookaviator.com/david-cook/vj23/index.html

Irv Culver:
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irv_Culver

Gene Roddenberry:
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gene_Roddenberry

Starship Enterprise:
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starship_Enterprise

USS Enterprise NCC-1701:
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Enterprise_(NCC-1701-A)
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Enterprise_(NCC-1701)#Origin_and_design

Star Trek 1966 Opening Credits with Enterprise:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zM3cPMINXho

Some more can be found via Youtube and Google searches using "volmer jensen" and/or the plane name or number you are looking for.

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