Prototype M-19


revised 2004

Note to all our friends, pilots, and builders- Marvin Barnard was called home by our Lord on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2004. He apparently died of heart failure while driving home. Marvin led a simple, deliberate, and straightforward life and made many contributions to his country, his family, and to the aviation world, including the little Flying Squirrel. He will be missed.

This page includes construction photos, in-flight photos, and close-ups of the prototype Barnard M-19 "Flying Squirrel". Comments, captions, and photo editing are by Oscar Zuniga. (Note in the photo above, the prototype is flying with the original small tires. Latest specs call for larger, semi-tundra tires which also add a more balanced and beefy appearance. -Ed.)

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Here are the major components of the M-19, prepared for assembling into a unit. Cabin and empennage have been joined and fiberglassed into a fuselage.

This is a view of the wing prior to closing up. Looks are deceiving; it has a 4 ft. chord and is 11 ft. long. Note main spar of 3/4" x 7" and drag spar of 1/2" x 4" (roughly). Ribs and skins are foam with fiberglass; spar faces are fiberglassed as well.

Here is a shot of the late Maestro himself, sanding and shaping the wing. Note fuel tank bay (2nd bay outboard from the root).

Here is a close-up of the wing root. Wing is fiberglassed. Again, note fuel bay location. Plans call for a drop-in fuel cell which is then glassed into the bay. Note generous wing thickness, profile, and spars.


View from underneath, through inspection hole, showing control stick connections.

Another shot from underneath, looking toward oil cooler, and showing cable limiter for landing gear.

View from the side inspection hole into the control stick area. Also shows Marvin's shoes ;o)

Main landing gear, showing spring shock arrangement and bigger, improved tires.

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