I received an exciting email yesterday from Jim Daum who is the Chief Engineer with Schweizer Aircraft and has been with them for more than 30 years. He and the company RC club that he builds and flies with is interested in the 1-30 and other projects and sent over some photos to share.
The later configuration of the aircraft, known as the SAU 1-30, had the wings shortened by four feet by simply clipping the length of the wing and aileron at the tips. A more powerful engine was installed with cheek cowls added.
In his letter, Jim says, "I was looking at old posts today and came across your Schweizer 1-30 project of a few years ago. I own one set of the original 1-30 wings (the short set hanging in my barn) and the horizontal tail surfaces with Les Schweizer owning the long wings and the fuselage. (Most people did not know that it had three versions of wings with the third being used on the 2-31 aircraft)."
"The aircraft was painted twice; once a light tan & red with the second being the tan, green and “day-glow” orange (this is the color on my wings). The future for the aircraft is still unknown at this time but it may fly again in some manner. We still have access to all of the original drawings. Les’ son Kyle (Schweizer) works for me at the plant with his father being retired. Kyle and I were discussing the aircraft today with a few of my employees who also belong to our company RC model club. Their interest is in building a couple of 1-30’s this winter (smaller 20-40 size) to fly next year."
This could be fun to see some 1-30s flying again at Harris Hill. Both the models and the original!