Aviation Photo #1109718 Dominion Aircraft Skytrader 800 - Untitled

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Aircraft was designed in Renton, Washington, by laid-off Boeing engineers in 1972 and first flew there in 1975. After losing financing in 1979, the project was acquired by Skytrader Aircraft in 1983 and renamed the UV-23 Scout. Originally powered by IO-720s, it was planned to fit Thunder TE495-TC700 liquid-cooled V-8s, but it was instead later fitted with Turbomeca Astazou turboprops. Skytrader Aircraft filed for Chapter 11 protection in April 1989 and the program ended.
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    Hagerstown - Washington County
    September 3, 2006
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9 years ago
I was a hydraulic technician on this proto-type aircraft in 1988 just before the company started down sizing due to lack of funds in the fall of `88.

I designed a structured mount between the wing spar and fuselage for the fuel filter on the left engine. My design was a three piece design that had two inverted "T" mounts that were riveted to the wing and the fuselage. They were joined together with flat stock that was also riveted together. Hence, the Structured designation. The filter was mounted to the flat stock. The location I chose was on the leading edge area through a removable panel which, as a mechanic, allowed easy access for filter element replacement. The lead engineer liked my design and authorized it for both engines because it would allow for flexing during flight and would not be as rigid as a single piece would have been. The design was adopted for the left engine as well as a separate one for the right engine.

Not to bad for a Bubble Chaser huh? LOL!

I can't recall the Production Manager's name but, he was a real hard working and knowledgeable person. He was from that area and it was an honor to work for him. He was truly a genius in innovation on this proto-type aircraft. He let us experiment with our ideas and would evaluate them before allowing them to be used on the aircraft. With the lead engineer's blessings though.

It was awesome to work on this project. There were a lot of fine people that worked this project. Too bad it didn't work out for everyone.

Skytrader shared a hanger (petitioned off of course) with the Confederate Air Force and it was a treat to go to work every day. When on break, I would tour the CAF side daily. You never knew what vintage aircraft would show up there. I was truely an honor to be a part of this endevor.

Dan Napier (formally lived in Lawrence, KS when working at Skytrader)
Bonaire, GA

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