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See the article about Jim Black, inventor of the Quadribent, in This Week Online.
More about Jim Black and Blackbird Bikes
The Wright Brothers were bicycle mechanics who invented an airplane that took flight. I admire their innovation and creativity. I am also inspired by inventors like Gardner Martin who designed the EZ-1 recumbent bicycle. Different modes of transportation and vehicles of all sorts have always fascinated me.
I design, engineer, and build unique bicycles for two or more people. I am a pilot, aeronautical engineer, and inventor who has also built and designed airplanes and ultralights.
The side-by-side Quadribent™ is one of my patented inventions that makes it possible for people to enjoy biking together. Almost anyone can go biking with the Quadribent. People enjoy the comfort and stability.
Below, a little more about me, and pictures of a few other modes of transporation.
My favorite airplane is The Blackbird, a Lockheed Mach 3 spy plane. Pictured here in front of the Air and Space Museum, San Diego, California.
My Redwing Blackbird
This is one of my other projects, a one-person home-built ultra light aircraft. I call it the Redwing Blackbird because I painted the top of the wings with red enamel paint for U/V surface protection.
Landing my Redwing Blackbird
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Coming in for a landing. That's me, Jim Black.
Another Plane Picture
My Redwing Blackbird ultra light aircraft with fields of corn in the background.