Mason Biplane

Mason Biplane Every plane spotter on the Mojave ramp circled this biplane asking each other the obvious question, “What is it?” We too, until owner Jerry Mason of Van Nuys, California walked up. It’s one of two, designed by his father in the early ‘60’s. A fun flyer from the scratch-design, scratch-built heyday of homebuilding, the single-seater is Lycoming O-235-powered and boasts light controls and a responsive roll rate. There never were any plans, just chalk on the hangar floor. Built with a starter motor (uptown in those days), the only modern additions are a radio and transponder.

Mason Biplane
Every plane spotter on the Mojave ramp circled this biplane asking each other the obvious question, “What is it?” We too, until owner Jerry Mason of Van Nuys, California walked up. It’s one of two, designed by his father in the early ‘60’s. A fun flyer from the scratch-design, scratch-built heyday of homebuilding, the single-seater is Lycoming O-235-powered and boasts light controls and a responsive roll rate. There never were any plans, just chalk on the hangar floor. Built with a starter motor (uptown in those days), the only modern additions are a radio and transponder.

KITPLANES Web editor Omar Filipovic, based in Portland, Oregon, is a GlaStar builder—old school, that is, he’s taking his time and doing everything himself.

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