HI Carlos, I just happened to be reminiscing with my brother last about my dad Capt. Bat Masterson, who was the chief engineering test pilot on the Transland Ag-2 in Torrance, California in the late '50's. I was excited to come across this site and joined right away. I had no idea that this plane still existed. It's especially funny that I just happen to be going to New Zealand next week and will try to look up Hallet Griffin. I have quite a few b & white photos of the plane and a few of the people involved. Your dad may be in one of the photos. I also have his log books from the period that show the test flights. I'd be happy to get copies of any of this to you if you're interested. In the meantime I have to start looking for the owner of the plane in New Zealnd as I'll be there next week and have limited time there to visit, if able. Hope to here from you. Excited about this. Jim
Hi Jim -
I hope you see this in time to show Mr. Griffin. I love that you have the log books. George Wing only trusted your Dad in the Ag-2.
My Dad says this was taken after the first test flight :
Here is another. My Dad is the one in the glasses :
The above image shows up at 15:37 in the video :
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Post by FlyingKiwi on Nov 21, 2019 18:50:13 GMT 12
I guess there would have been stall testing, probably spinning in later test flights etc. Got to cover the whole operational envelope even in an aeroplane that is going to spend its whole life down in the weeds!
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I asked my Dad about the parachute. That picture was from the first flight. However, Captain Masterson had a parachute for all of the test flights. He would fly the plane to it's design limits. The Ag-2 was built and flown out of Torrance Airport :
The airport is less than 5 miles from the Pacific Ocean, so some of the flight testing was done over the ocean. You can see Captain Masterson and a technician who is recording flight data in this shot taken from a chase plane :
The boom on the left wing measures pressure. For the best data you need to be at least 1 chord ahead of the wing. Dad said it's a "free stream pitot tube".
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In 1965(I think) when Rural used the PL-11 CKE Don Erceg the pilot was required to get a parachute rating. Working in hill country the Airtruck had a problem getting enough altitude to do any work, maybe the parachute was just a quick way down from the cockpit, that was quite a long way. isc
Post by Dave Homewood on Nov 23, 2019 8:45:46 GMT 12
OK it must have had two accidents then because it went through a fence on its first test flight, I think at Whitehall, Cambridge, from memory, and designer Pat Monk was onboard with the pilot, as I remember it.