Little Audrey Interesting Oddity

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I’ve seen “Little Audrey” hanging in the EAA museum many times, but never really noticed this little detail before. It is common for airplanes of World War II vintage to have metal-skinned wings and tail surfaces, with fabric – covered controls. But this plane turns that around, skinning the wings with fabric and the ailerons in metal.

I guess the question I have to ask is–does anyone know why? I sure don’t…

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Paul Dye, KITPLANES® Editor at Large, retired as a Lead Flight Director for NASA’s Human Space Flight program, with 40 years of aerospace experience on everything from Cubs to the Space Shuttle. An avid homebuilder, he began flying and working on airplanes as a teen, and has experience with a wide range of construction techniques and materials. He flies an RV-8 that he built, an RV-3 that he built with his pilot wife, as well as a Dream Tundra they completed. Currently, they are building a Xenos motorglider. A commercially licensed pilot, he has logged over 5000 hours in many different types of aircraft and is an A&P, EAA Tech Counselor and Flight Advisor, as well as a former member of the Homebuilder’s Council. He consults and collaborates in aerospace operations and flight-testing projects across the country.

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