Reviving the Luscombe legacy

Of all the airplanes earning rave reviews over the years, one model stands out above most others in the distinction of handling quality. Over and over I’ve heard from pilots of a certain, umm… maturity, and Luscombe is the brand often mentioned.

After flying many airplane models, I’d be hard pressed to tell you which one I thought out-handled the rest. What does that even mean?

Handling can be quite personal. Some like a docile, forgiving airplane. In all honesty, that’s probably most of us. It’s annoying (and possibly threatening) to be forced to constantly stay on top of an airplane. Other pilots prefer fast response and a light touch.

Luscombe offers a delightful combination of light forces with great response that will make most of us feel comfortable. That’s magic!

The new Luscombe begins its takeoff roll. Welcome Back to the Shiny Silvaire

From its mid-century origin in Kansas City, Missouri, Luscombe moved to Trenton, New Jersey. It was later manufactured in Dallas, Texas, then in Fort Collins, Colorado, before moving to Riverside, California, under the direction of John Dearden, who achieved LSA acceptance for the Luscombe Silvaire Model 8.

Now, Luscombe Aircraft Corporation (LAC) has gone cross country again, this time to Jamestown, New York, in the western part of the Empire State.

Aeronautical engineer Steve Testrake and Stephen Young acquired the Luscombe assets in June of 2019. The pair established the new corporate entity to hold the assets and build a new factory.

“Our goal,” said Steve, “is to revive the legacy of the Luscombe.”

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