After building and flying
radiocontrolled model-airplanes for more than 10 years,
the longing for real flying was so strong that two of us got
hold of some kits of Rotec Rally first generation
ultralights. Imported from USA to Sweden - where we bought them
- one single-seater and one two-seater. Here are the
singleseater Rotec buildt/fitted and ready for first flight to
the nearest local airport. Wings under the
bodystand on the trailer behind the Volvo from 1961! The trailer
buildt for this purpose.
This was before there were any rules
for those in Norway - they spoke of sailplane-licences, so I did
solo in a glider, but learned to fly my Rotec out of the
handbook beforehand. There was no formal training in twoseather
ultralights then. And felt quite another and more free
feeling to fly an open ultralight than to be squeezed
in a narrow old glider with cloudy, obscure cockpit.
the first liftoffs was made
late in the evening of first day when the air was entirely
calm and no wind. 30 m run - liftoff to 2m along the runway for
150 m and landing. Then turn the plane and same again back. Again
and again and felt really HIGH.
to homebase - "Rena RC-airport" of Rena RC-club made
ca.1980 and ok also for low-and-slow ultralight-use
Hangar was made on homebase, because it was too
much work to take it up/down for use. Rotec Rally 2B is a "drying-stand"
as the gliderpilots joked - with
wires and not easy to move when toppost was down, so tail struts was
set in when wings was lowered and then pushed in and out of hangar
on U-steelchannels over
the lowered hangardoor which was hinged at bottom.
the backgroundpicture is of the
RC-airfield used as a base also for the ultralightflying - the runway of
grass is later made some longer.