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Jerry Ritz - As an Aeronut I met Jerry in 1948 when I was invited by them to join. The invitation was as a result of my showing at the Nats that year in Olathe. I was 16 then and just become a senior. He was a great builder, flier and innovator.

What most do not know his World Champion success was very much due to the fact that our mutual friend Bill Erlich who owned his own furniture business practically closed down his own business for nearly a year so he could take over Jerry's business. This was at Jerry's request so he could concentrate on refining himself and his models to go to Russia for the Champs.

In later years Charlie Sotich and I met Jerry at OshKosh to see him and his Ultra Light airplane the year he crashed it and killed himself. Ironically the crash was mostly due to the wing construction, Fike lattice and the material pine. The two were not compatable. The lattice would not flex and the pine could not take the stress as aircraft grade spruce would have. The wing literally exploded. He and his youthful assistant had flown it many times and were ready to sell kits of the airplane.

I took many pics of him with the plane then at Oshkosh. He had a photographer taking sales movies when he crashed. Ironic again, that morning his assistant could not make it and the photographer urged Jerry to make it fly faster so he put it in a dive overstressing it.

There was no dihedral or flex for stress relief. The wing was a flat Clark Y like wing medium aspect ratio. He told us that he also built a successful man powered airplane for the Kemmer Prize. I believe the Ritz glider is in the AMA Museum after being repaired by Art Christenson a few years back.

Author : Ed Schema

Ritz Standard A ultralight aircraft specifications
Empty Weight 200 lbs
Gross Weight 475 lbs
Wing Span 36 ft
Wing Chord 4 ft

Wing Area 140 ft.�
Engine 250 Zenoah
Prop 54 x 27
Fuel Capacity 5 gallons
Takeoff Speed 25 mph
Cruise Speed 30 to 50 mph
Top Speed 60 mph
Stall Speed 15 mph
Climb Rate 400 ft./m
Set up Time 20 minutes
Building Time 200 hours, approximately

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