Anonymous asked: Eric Clutton was my woodwork teacher. learned all about aerodynamics with him a fantastic guy that captured the attention of a 11 year old
Thanks so much, I would love to hear more about your memories of Eric as a woodworking teacher and share them on the site. Please reach out to me directly at cluttonfred put the “at” symbol here me.com. Cheers, Matthew
A new home for the first FRED!
After over 50 years flying together, Eric Clutton has said goodbye to the prototype FRED. At 86, Eric is simply not able to get in and out of FRED or his Luscombe and has decided to hang up his flying spurs. FRED’s new owner is Mike Young of Florida and, like Eric, he is a Briton retired to the USA.
Eric writes, “I think FRED has gone to a good home. Mike knows him well and is an IA as well as a FRED lover. FRED originally flew in Florida after being shipped over here as I resurrected him at Punta Gorda and flew him there. Sorry to see him go after over 50 years together but he is in good hands and I am now unable to fly him. Airplanes do not like being neglected so my Luscombe is next„„ I can still fly but I simply have way too much difficulty getting in and out of them.”
Mike writes, “I first met Eric at the PFA rally at Sywell in 1977 where I purchased FRED plans #113. I retired from flying as a B747 FE and thought again about building a FRED, my original plans were lost so I contacted Eric and purchased plans #362. After some study I called Eric with a question or two and found out that he was thinking of selling FRED #1. I had just completed overhauling a O-200, the proceeds gave me the money to buy FRED. I drove the 750 miles to Tullahoma and after some negotiation with Eric loaded him up and drove back to Florida. I am going to give him a good inspection (I’m an A&P/IA) and fly him as soon as possible.”
Here’s wishing all the best to both Eric and Mike. I hope to see the first FRED, grounded since 2012, back in the air before too long.
Photos courtesy of Mike Young and no, mini-FRED was not included in the sale!