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Church JC-1 Midwing Sport Monoplane
Church Midwing JC-1 - N9167
The Church Midwing was originally advertised as “the sportiest, safest, best-looking airplane in the light, single seat class,” and sold as a home-built kit.
Like the first Church aircraft, built by James Church in 1928, the Church Midwing has a Heath fuselage, which is wire-braced and bolted. The Midwing lacks a windscreen, providing the pilot protection from windblast with a cowling, which extends from the firewall to the instrument panel. The instrument panel itself consists only of a tachometer, and oil pressure and temperature gauges.
Gene Chase acquired the fuselage, stabilizer and elevator, Church wings with ailerons, windshield cowling, and a set of plans in the 1960’s. Working from those plans, which are copies of the original set drawn by James Church, Gene began a five-year restoration process. Gene’s restored Midwing made its first appearance at EAA during the 1970 Oshkosh fly-in. It made its first flight at the Ottumwa Fly-In in September of that year, witnessed by the plane’s creator, James Church. On May 29, 1972, James Church visited Gene Chase in Tulsa and flew the plane; he notes in the plane’s log book that this was, “my first flight in one of my Mid-Wings since 1941 (31 years ago).”
Ultralight replica:
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Engine: Heath-Henderson 83ci, 27 hp @ 2,700 r.p.m.
Length: 16 ft. 9 in.
Span: 26 ft. 8 in.
Wing area: 110 sq. ft.
Chord: 4 ft. 6 in.
Empty Weight: 367 lbs.
Gross Weight: 584 lbs.
Fuel capacity: 4 ½ USgals.
Oil capacity: 6 quarts
Fuel consumption: Approx. 2 g.p.h. @ 2,500 r.p.m.
Top speed: 90 m.p.h. (est.)
Cruising speed: 70 m.p.h. (est.)
Landing speed: 28 m.p.h. (est.)

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