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Ultralight Aircraft - Pterodactyl, 'Ascender II+', 1984 Object Reg. No: ST 038311

The Pterodactyl was designed in the USA in the 1970s and progressively modified. It was designed in 1977 by Jack McCornack of Monterey, California who improved a powered Manta Fledge IIB-type hang glider to include an undercarriage and suspended seat. Wing tip vanes acted as rudders. In 1979, McCornack and a friend flew two Pterodactyls across the United States from Monterey to the EAA Fly-In at Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Various models were developed with the 'Ascender' range being the most popular. It incorporated a front canard control and wingtip stabilisers. A two-sear Ascender II+2 model was also produced. McCornack sold the Pterodactyl Ltd company in 1984 but a succession of owners were unable to make a profit from the design.

The Museum's Ascender II+ single-seat model was purchased in 1990 for use in the first Scienceworks exhibition. The original owner and builder was Nicholas Lord of Tabletop, NSW in 1984. The second owner was Phil Vabre from Victoria. It is powered by a Cuyuna 430, 35 horsepower, twin-cylinder engine.
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 3180 mm (Height), 10010 mm (Width), 4600 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: aircraft, internal combustion engines, ultralight aircraft, innovation design
Themes this item is part of: Engineering Collection, Transport Collection
Primary Classification: AIR TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Aircraft
Tertiary Classification: ultralights
Original Owner: Mr Nicholas Lord, Tabletop, New South Wales, Australia, 1984

Mr Nicholas Lord was the Original Owner & Builder. Mr Phil Vabre was the Second Owner.
Past Owner: Mr Phil Vabre, Balwyn North , Victoria, Australia

Mr Nicholas Lord was the Original Owner & Builder. Mr Phil Vabre was the Second Owner.
References: See Donor Questionaire

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