Novel Parachute Plane Is Built to Land in the Back Yard (Jun, 1934)

Novel Parachute Plane Is Built to Land in the Back Yard
FIRST cousin to the autogiro, a new circular-wing airplane recently tested in Chicago is so simple in operation that one who has never been off the ground can learn to fly it in thirty minutes, according to the inventor.

Instead of the conventional wing structure, the new plane has a huge saucer-like disc trussed above the fuselage. At the rear of the wing are two ailerons which enable the plane to land at low speeds.

A small 110-h.p. Warner motor develops a speed of 135 miles per hour. The ship climbs at an angle of 45 degrees and lands at a speed of 25 miles per hour, coming to a halt within a few feet.

The plane’s peculiar fifteen-foot wing is attached to a conventional fuselage by braces like those of the usual high wing monoplane. The ship carries two passengers and can be housed in a hangar not much larger than the ordinary garage.
The invention of Steven P. Nemeth, former aeronautics instructor at McCook Field, the plane is virtually stall-proof, foolproof and can land on any kind of field.

10 comments
  1. Firebrand38 says: April 15, 20084:27 am

    Also known as the Nemeth Umbrella Plane http://aerofiles.com/ne…

  2. Myles says: April 15, 20089:44 am

    I’m pretty sure it lands like an airplane, not like a parachute. My backyard might not be big enough to accommodate something landing at 25 mph. Probably a more appropriate area would be an airport, especially for take off. Also I think people should take more than 1/2 an hour to learn to fly a plane their life will depend on.

  3. murray says: April 15, 20082:52 pm

    Myles = Buzzkill! :)

  4. windy says: April 16, 20087:46 am

    What happened to it? was it not viable, or not airworthy?

  5. hadley says: September 26, 20082:50 pm

    can we build an ultralite like this , think it can fly on 25 hp? kohler commander. what about eyebrows? can anyone find construction drawings to help ascess a new design? moeler plane similar

  6. hadley says: September 26, 20082:53 pm

    what kind of airfoil does it use . are there any better airfoils to do the same job

  7. hadley says: September 26, 20083:02 pm

    anyone interested i want to build a round wing plane similar to this but lightplane style .with eyebrows. but there are really no guides to go by. just modelnplans. anyones help greatly appreciated, have a spare kohler commander 25 with a prop hub. it needs to be modded with a dry sump oil etc.it has no oil pump and cant be tilted more than 15 deg.anybody know how to get that corrected. i just think ti would be the coolest around the hay field plane .simple, slow. IF YOU CAN PLEASE HELP!

  8. Toronto says: September 26, 200810:41 pm

    PopMech printed plans for a model version of this plane once. I don’t have that issue anymore, but it was reproduced in the red “Handyman’s Encyclopedia” or whatever it was called. I think it was in volume one, (under “aircraft”) which probably had 10 times as many copies printed due to “first one free” campaigns over the years.

    They also produced a ‘hoop skirt’ model plane plan. Both were .049 engined free-flight models, as I recall. An autogyro would probably be more practical in full size versions.

  9. hadley says: January 28, 20096:50 pm

    KOHLER ENGINE DOES HAVE AN OIL PUMP ITS PICKUP WOULD HAVE TO BE MODIFIED IF A Q-2 CAN FLY ON 18 TO 22 HP IM SURE THE COMMANDER 25 COULD DO WELL WHAT AIRFOIL IS NEMETH USING . IS IT FLAT BOTTOM POPULAR MECHANICS DO IT YOURSELF ENCYCLOPEDIA HAS PLANS FOR A MODEL “PANCAKE PARASOL .022 ENGINE. AN AUTOGYRO HAS TO MANY COMPLEX MACHINED PARTS, THOUGH MAKING ROTOR BLADES WOULD BE A COOL PROJECTALSO THINKING ABOUT 1937 MOSKALEV SAM-9 STRELA OR THE ARUP PLANES, WHERE DO YOU FIND CONSTRUCTION DRAWINGS? MY NEXT CHOICE WOULD BE A THREEQUARTER BA-6 COPY DESIGNED BY ERIC JONNSON BUILT BY HUGO ERICSON

  10. Toronto says: January 28, 20099:15 pm

    Hadley – the Q2, as I recall the design, has very low drag. The parasol-wing models I’ve seen didn’t land like a parachute because they *could*, but because they had so much drag they just *did*. Glide ratios of 1:1 aren’t usually desirable.

    I’d love to see a model ‘gyro, though.

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