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Jamestown, New York, November 13, 2020, It is nice to see a dream fulfilled. Steve Testrake of Testrake Aviation Inc. (TAI) and Stephen Young of Young’s Environmental Services (YES) were lovers of the original Luscombe Legacy Aircraft. When they were made aware of Luscombe’s situation, they jumped to team-up and acquired the Luscombe assets in June of 2019. As a new C Corporation, Luscombe Aircraft Corporation (LAC), was formed to hold the assets and build a new factory. Their goal is to revive the legacy of the Luscombe, and they are well on their way to doing so.
Now, thanks to great crew, the team has Luscombe Aircraft, Inc. operating out of a 25,000 sq ft facility at the Jamestown Airport, in Chautauqua, New York. Using the original Luscombe jigs, restorations are expertly crafted in their world-class hangar at the Jamestown Airport. Each aircraft is restored to uncompromising standards and unique specifications of each owner or buyer.
Luscombe Aircraft was a United States aircraft manufacturer from 1933 to 1950. Donald A. Luscombe founded the Luscombe aircraft company in 1933, in Kansas City, Missouri. Luscombe had already made his reputation as an aircraft designer with the Monocoque series of light aircraft, but he felt that the tube-and-fabric method of construction was too expensive and inefficient. He planned to create a light aircraft that was all-metal monocoque construction.
The new company’s first aircraft was the Luscombe Model 1, commonly known as the Luscombe Phantom. This was a high-wing, two-place monoplane of all-metal construction (except for the fabric wing covering). The Phantom was tricky to land and was never a financial success.
In the winter of 1934/35, Luscombe Aircraft moved to Trenton, New Jersey, and was incorporated as the Luscombe Aircraft Development Corporation. Shortly afterwards, the Luscombe School of Aeronautics opened. Trainees from the school worked in the Luscombe factory, and the school helped support the aircraft company for many years.
In 1936, the company designed and began flying a simplified version of the Phantom known as the Luscombe 90, or Model 4. The Luscombe Aircraft Corporation was re-formed as a New Jersey company in 1937, and a new design was begun. The Luscombe 50 (Model 8) became the company’s most famous product. The Type Certificate for the Model 8 is A-694 and is now held by Good Earthkeeping Organization, Inc. of Corona, California, USA.
In 1946, Luscombe also introduced the four-place model 11, designed to specifications produced by the Flying Farmers of America. The firm was bankrupt in 1948 and its assets were purchased the following year by Temco.
Under the leadership of Steve Testrake, who has vast experience in aircraft design, developmental flight test, avionics, instrumentation design, flight training, unmanned aircraft data links and flight training instrumentation for both military and civilian, Luscombe is poised to reach the pinnacle in Vintage Aviation.
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