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This photo of the 200 hp Seawind prototype was sent out with
The Seawind design was originally developed by Roger, Len, and Kirk Creelman in Haliburton, Ontario, Canada. The effort started in the early 1970s. The composite pages found below, are compiled from a few of Creelman's original newsletters that were sent out during the 1980s.
The ISPA is collecting these original newsletters, and any other material from the Creelman days and the origins of the Seawind to post on this site. If you have any of the first newsletters, or if you have any of the literature about the first 1/4 scale models, very early magazine articles, drawings, tech sheets, or anything, and are willing to provide me with a copy, please email me.
(Watch this page for more original material from the Creelman days!)
As far as I can tell from the information I have, the image above is the first published conceptual sketch of the Seawind on paper. According to our recent letter from Tony Irwin, the original conceptual design was drawn on sheetrock wall panels which we now believe have been destroyed or lost. The above sketch was sent to me by John Borman. I believe it is the earliest Seawind document I have to date. If you think otherwise, or have an earlier sketch, please send me a copy. (Thank you Tony Irwin and John Borman.)
Here are some trivia questions for you: (An asterisk after a trivia question below means that the answer is on another page somewhere on this site. Hint: keep an eye on newly added pages.)
*********************Trivia question answers from "Test" page: What was the first year that Seawind appeared at Oshkosh? Like most questions, the answer is... "That Depends!" After more than ten years of development, A flying Seawind prototype was taken, by truck, to the Oshkosh fly-in in August of 1983. Check out this excerpt from a short article, "History of the Seawind," written by Len Creelman, dated "Fall 1987:"
A model of the Seawind, and a promotional Seawind booth, were at Oshkosh in 1987. Check out this excerpt from an article that appeared in Len Creelman's newsletter dated Sept. / Oct. 1987:
Who signed the first Seawind newsletters? "Len Creelman."
Nope, this isn't a Seawind. This is the Aerocat, designed by Kirk Creelman and featured in the May 2004 Kitplanes Magazine. They ask: "Is this Seawind's Successor?" (Photo property of Creative Flight, used with permission)