Welcome to the Wolf W-11 Boredom
Fighter web site. Obviously, not a commercial operation, this site is here to
provide support and information to anyone flying, building, or contemplating the building
of the Wolf Boredom Fighter.
The Boredom Fighter is a unique
custom (or homebuilt) aircraft constructed entirely from wood. Actually, there's
quite a number of steel fittings, but generally, it's all wood. The usual engine is
the trusty Continental A-65 (C-65) but Subarus and larger Continentals have been
The flying characteristics of
this aircraft are just pure fun. No, it's not a great cross-country machine, but
there is no better for chasing the cows and watching the world go by. Pure flying
As with any custom aircraft,
half the fun is just building the machine. Average build times are 4-5 years.
There is one individual building who's beyond 10 years but that's another story. Now, if
you're not too fond of sawdust, then maybe this is not the project for you. On the other
hand, if the thought of working with cold metal on a winter night brings shivers, then
woodworking may just be your thing!
Hopefully you will enjoy
this site dedicated to a unique aircraft. ..so sit back and take a peek at all the
pictures and information on this true
|| 31 May
From the "We're Getting Older" files,
I was was looking at an old page containing some of the early updates on
this site and that date goes back to March '98. Wow, over 12 years of
maintaining this site!
In poking around YouTube.com a bit, I found several videos on
Boredom Fighters, a couple from the Italians!
Majewski's Boredom Fighter back when Terry owned the airplane.
video of Jim Piavis' with Ron Wanttaja's Fly Baby. that Ron put
together. Ron is a well-known author on experimental aircraft and does
AB-Experimental accident statistic analysis.
of a couple from Giovanni Taglietti of a Boredom FIghter Team. Text
Boredom Fighters in Italy. Frank Baldwin's old BF is in this one.
Bill Sayre's video
taken by him around Tacoma Narrows.
Another one of
Bill's videos with a helmet cam landing at Tacoma Narrows.
||6 Nov 09
The editor was really
trying to go for a record between site updates, but conditions conspired
and he actually made an update! Better get a lottery ticket!
Please be patient, I've working
through some formatting changes to update the site so you'll see things
a little out of order from time to time, as well as some inconsistencies
in formatting and colors.
Yahoo Group has been chugging along fairly well, now in it's 9th year,
with the first message posted in May '01. In internet years, that's
almost an eternity for sure!
that there's been an update to the large photo in the left column, As
you refresh the page, the photo changes through one of 38 or so
photographs of various Boredom Fighters. These photo's are copyright of
the original photographers and you'll see several from Bob Gessertt, who
took several of Frank Baldwin's BF.
During the last couple years, a
couple Italian guys bought up 4 Boredom Fighters and shipped them off to
Northern Italy. Frank Baldwin's, Tommy Thornhill's, Dick Minette's
(built by Larry Church), and Matt Ellis' all found their way to Italy in
really large shipping crates. Photos sent from Italy shows all four on
the ramp at once.
Bill Sayre's BF, N281C found
it's way to a new owner in Chile this summer and is evidently flying
Terry Majewski's old airplane
also found its way across the border to Canada where it's now flying.
Builder Roger Bocox has
converted all the steel parts to CAD drawings and is in the process of
finding a shop that can cut a set of fittings for something less than an
arm and leg. Once Roger is successful, he'll offer a fittings kit which
should really reduce the time needed for some of these parts.
6 Mar 07
Ellis BF Pics
Wow! Almost a whole year between updates. Unfortunately, there just
isn't much going on with the Boredom Fighters these days. Other than a
couple guys making steady progress on the Yahoo! Forum, I don't hear a
lot of news. Luckily I was looking through some old e-mail and came
across some really nice photos Matt Ellis sent last year of his Boredom
Fighter in-flight over Colorado which I've uploaded to the
Ellis BF page.
if you haven't seen the video, there's finally a short video of a
Boredom Fighter -
Fly Baby flight on YouTube, courtesy of Ron Wantajja.
I've re-added the link to the Yahoo! Boredom Fighter Forum. If you're
not a member, you'll need to join the group for posting messages. Keep
in mind that membership requires approval and to combat spam, you need
to add a short explanation of your interests.
||10 Mar 06
Ellis BF For Sale
Matt Ellis (Colorado) has decide to put his BF up for sale as his
needs have changed a bit and he's looking for a 2-seater. There's about
50 hours on the aircraft and it is an award winner. Please contact Matt
at firstname.lastname@example.org for
details. This is probably one of the nicest Boredom Fighters around with
low-time airframe and engine.
||6 Nov 05
This is a pretty cool mapping engine powered by Google's API's into
their mapping engine. You can easily add your name and zipcode, plus a
photo of your Boredom Fighter. Appears to work well.
14 Sept, 05.....
New French BF
Added a nice photo of Michel Roba's new Boredom Fighter to the Builders
6 Sept, 05.....
Some Updated Stuff
Man, one day this whole site is going to be revised, however, due to
job, child, and other time consuming events, things don't quite get
updated as frequently as they should.
Old updates have been moved to a separate page to de-clutter this
page. See link at left.
Although Matt Ellis has yet to personally fly is BF, his airplane is
flying well in Colorado. He reports the plane is flying great,
and the restriction is flown off. Everyone who flies it loves
it. The plane has rolled right and left, looped, and spun 3
turns each direction and Matt plans on taking it to Oshkosh in '06.
Bill Sayre flew his BF with a Continental C-85 installed earlier this
summer. See link for some views of Bill's
Boredom Fighter. After a couple short flights he reports "Cruise
speed appears like it will be 100 MPH or better, but I have
little time on it with the cowl
installed (85 without cowl). Imagine
it'll be a little lower than stock with all that frontal area.
I've added two exit holes per side,
low down on what I call the "cheeks"
the cowl and I'm adding a small flap or ridge at the lower cowl exit
(like the prints call out on the
stock version). Also blocking the hole
the prop-shaft penetrates the cowl to keep that air from neutralizing
the low pressure area under the engine. Hopefully, all that will prove
what was needed to get the air flowing.
Boredom Fighter 264JP has been relocated to the Seattle Area due to a
job change. Picture of Mt. Rainier was taken inbound to Auburn,
13 Dec, 04.....
| That's right,
the date changed! It snowed in Phoenix, and this site actually has an update.
The picture at left was taken from a
Boredom Fighter with a Palm Treo 600 camera phone. It seems to take OK pictures but you
wouldn't want to blow them up very large.
Bill Sayre, Gig Harbor, WA, is getting
really close to flying his BF. In the photo above, he's building a round cowl and had
created an interesting paint scheme. He's taxied the BF but is waiting on some decent
weather to fly.