1937 Peter Nashleanas' Award Winning Airplane

Dad loved to talk about the Davis air foil. He built a model with a six foot wing span (not the one pictured) that could lift a one pound camera high overhead.

This wing was designed "in reverse", according to the Internet, starting with a basic low-drag teardrop shape and then modifying it as required to provide lift. In comparison to common designs, Davis's design was relatively "thick", but had a short chord and a high aspect ratio. Davis claimed the new wing would offer much lower drag than designs then in use, and would offer considerable lift even at a small angle of attack. Additionally the thickness of the wing would allow for excellent fuel storage, or even embedded engines (an idea then in vogue).

I can almost smell the oil and fuel mixture running back over the fuselage of the "Six Footer", the high wing, camera toting plane that I saw in my youth. I even remember going to a corn field late one day and watch him launch this 'free flight' model. He put a little too much gas in it (there was no such thing as a fuel cut-off mechanism at the time) and he had to chase it forever to its landing site in the field.

What a guy!