Presentation to the MacDonald College


Performance tests have not yet been made, but the aircraft has noticeably better penetration than the medium performance sailplanes in the Olympia II, Schweitzer 1-26 Class."


Later, a number of other pilots flew BKB, amongst them Dave Webb, Canadian soaring champion at times. He must have liked flying it since he soon suggested (1960's) a larger version that he would like to build. I still have a model of it, but in the meantime Dave also left Canadair and the project collapsed.


The flying, analysing results, alterations continued. The last Canadian flying permit expired in November of 1963. Come the time , in accordance with the partners agreement to ship the BKB to the States. It was trailered to California to my Americanized partners.


Having obtained U.S. Pilots Licence and the new Registration for the glider, Kasper started flying it. After some modifications to improve the trimming system to his taste he began to explore low speeds at progressively further aft CG. locations.


I began to receive letters from him and articles in which he claimed most unusual behaviour for the glider. Having known Kasper since 1930s, and his prowess to claims, I soon lost the sense of reality.


I shall read you some excerpts. This is from his letter. I was very surprised to read about these 'apparently' authorized aerobatics since the BKB was not designed to the requirements for the aerobatics category.


At the time Kasper sent me a short 8mm film of the BKB flying, taken without a telephoto. I transferred it lately to the video tape. It may give you some impression of the bird and a chance to appreciate the music.