Prototype M-19


revised February 2023

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 unless otherwise noted. In the photo above, Marvin is flying with the original small tires. Latest specs call for larger, semi-tundra "turf tires" which also add a more balanced and beefy appearance.

Click here to view some Engine photos

Click here to view the inspection, cleaning, and general refurbishment of the airplane's 1875cc VW engine after it was moved to Oregon.

Click here to view some Photos of the outside of the airplane

Click here to view some Photos of the interior of the airplane


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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