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Old 02-23-2007, 10:35 PM
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My dad's "Woody's Pusher"

Back in my teenage youth,(late 60's) my dad (Charles Ritter)and a couple of his buddies(Sam Rice and Steve Ward) built a home built version of a Curtiss Wright Jr design known as a Woody's Pusher. I remember most of my teenage years, I was into cars, motorcycles, and young ladies (maybe not exactly in that order, but close) and my dad had his shop filled with the building of the fuselage framework, while the wings were being built over at Sam's shop. What I remember mostly about it is that it was always in my way ever time I needed to work on one of my cars in Dad's shop. Sometime later in the mid 70's after the plane was finished, Steve became involved in the making of "Damfino" as it was called, and did all the cosmetic work. Steve is an engineer and really was particular about the way things were done on the plane. He did excellent work. I did fly a few times in the Damfino, but my interest were far from this open cockpit pusher. Later, they sold the plane to my Uncle in East Texas. Upon his death in a car accident, his widow sold it to a fellow in the Houston area. It left there and is in Ohio now, but I hear it is for sale again. I have only a few pictures of my Dad's pride and joy. He loved that ole airplane and regretted every day that he sold it. Just like the airplane, my dad's gone now, too, but I often think of him and remember the way he would perk up whenever he would talk about the "Woody Pusher", as he called it. Here's a few shots of the "Damfino"....
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Old 07-02-2010, 10:04 PM
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Re: My dad's "Woody's Pusher"

Hi Paco,

I just purchased your dads woody pusher from Fred in Ohio. I'm looking forward to cleaning it up and getting it flying again. It's new home is at Silverwood Theme Park in North Idaho and I'm looking forward to teaching my kids how to fly it.

Thanks for the post. The photos are nice to have.
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Old 01-01-2016, 07:18 PM
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More info about the Woody Pusher

I know of someone who has one incomplete and would like to make him an offer. Can you give me some info about it? Maybe we could get in contact and chat about it.
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Old 01-02-2016, 11:10 AM
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Woody's Pusher

Are you refering to the real plane or a model replica that someone has unfinshed? I have plans for a large scale RC version, but doubtfull I will ever build it.
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The real design of the Woody was designed and built by a friend of mines Father ,Harry Woods. Bob Woods is his son and I think he still runs the airport at Mt Olive ,NC ,pickle capital of the world . The original and first was built about 8 miles from me in the little town of Holly Springs ,NC . Mr Woods also designed a couple of other homebuilt designs ,one a bipe and the other a high wing ,both powered by modified VW engines ,one of which he was killed in test flying it. I have flown the original Woody and they really are a load of fun. If you want to know more ,try getting up with Bob Woods at the Mt Olive ,NC airport. If he's still there I'm sure he would love to talk "Woody" !
UPDATE ; Bob is still in Mt Olive and runs Woods Aviation, and is listed as Robert Scott Woods
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I liked this!

Cool story Paco! I like hearing about things that bring about great memories.
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Old 01-28-2016, 11:13 AM
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Just recently I ordered a "short kit" off the internet for the Woody's Pusher. It is a 48" version which I hope to build as an electric. It is due to arrive next week. Like I stated above, I have the plans for a large scale RC version and my consider constructing it one day. It is my intentions to build it and color it as my father's version was back in the '70's.
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Old 03-27-2016, 01:44 PM
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Where'd you score a set of large scale plans?
What size plane will the plans make? All I have ever found was
the small version that was published in RCM, a hundred years ago.
I have the original Woody's plans, and have been contemplating
using them as the basis for building a large-scale model.


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