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Taylor Bullet
The 1982 Taylor Bullet was a two-seat counterpart of Micro-IMP. With retractable undercarriage, power was a 2100cc Revmaster pusher. He used the best features of his earlier designs, including the GA(PC)-1 airfoil with full length flaperons and optimal adaptations of TPG. With significant assistance from Jerry Holcomb, Molt wound up with a contoured fiberglass shell that gave no impediments to the smooth passage of air over it. The wings had a high angle of attack, allowing it to get in and out of small airstrips. Molt kept the nose low (tail high) for maximal forward visibility during low-speed take-offs and landings. This allowed him to mount the propeller on the tail and give clean airflow over the fuselage and wings. Its reverse pitch capability shortened the ground run after landing. By sweeping the wings forward and placing the Revmaster engine at the front of the plane, Molt assured that variations in pilot/passenger weight would not disturb the Bullet’s center of gravity.
As with most prototypes, there were some annoying glitches, such as difficulties with the long Flexidyne coupling between the engine in front and the propeller at the tail, and some trouble retracting the main gear, which were left extended during the 50 hours of flight-testing. Eventually the owner, Jim Berry, donated his Bullet to the Oregon Air Museum in Eugene, where it remains on display.
Engine: Revmaster 2100cc, 70 hp
Wingspan: 31'0"
Length: 18'9"
Useful load: 550 lb
Max speed: 150 mph
Stall: 50 mph
Range: 500 mi
Seats: 2

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