It's a glider modified from the design for a Taylorcraft powered plane, which is why other people are discussing aircraft with engines. I've had a ride in a BC12D myself. There was a military program to train pilots for assault gliders, which included several conversions like this, such as the TG-8 (from a J-3 Cub, I think) and the TG-5 (from an Aeronca).
George Slad, e-mail, 28.06.2020 02:56
Hello - I saw your beautiful Taylorcraft in the hangar at Grants, looked up the in number on the FAA website and found this web page as a means to email you.
I'm very interested in finding a Tcraft, and when I learned you've owned yours for nearly 50 years I am hoping you could offer some insight as to what to watch out for when looking for a project Tcraft.
Donny Trumpet, 03.06.2020 19:25
What engine in this plaine
baylor randle, e-mail, 12.07.2017 23:24
I own a 1943 tcraft It is that old and I am almost 89 and try to fly it twice a week No trouble with x winds, just do wheel landings then A great little 65 horse
Leon Boyd, e-mail, 17.02.2017 19:32
I owned a 1946 BC-12D with Jim and Mike Swick's "Swick-T" conversion from roughly late 1984 till early 1989. The tail number was N46LB. It was powered by a 160 H.P. lycoming with inverted fuel and oil and smoke system. It was a delightful airplane, a real joy to fly. I flew competition aerobatics from 1984-1987 and then did professional air shows in 1987, 88' & 89'. Unfortunately, I don't have any video of my airshows. If anyone does, I'd sure like a copy. Also, I'd love to know if it's still flying.
jimcorrigan, e-mail, 04.04.2015 14:16
had a taylorcraft1941 with reg number 36221 any word on its location apreciated. jim
James T. Vandervort, e-mail, 27.01.2015 22:26
I have owned 3 BL-65, BC12D, BC12d1 Gave my BC12D to my grandson. Check him out on "VansFlyingService.com"
Larry M. Swick, e-mail, 11.12.2013 03:23
My second cousin Jim Swick and son Mike altered Taylocraft for stunt planes. Still being made- Swick-T. Go to google search for Swick Aviation .a whole page on the Swick- T and their innovative changes .
Ed Janssen, e-mail, 28.11.2013 23:09
Had a '39 with a 55 h.p. Lycoming. Great airplane - lots of fun flyig with the doors off most of the time. Taught myself to fly in a tail dragger with it. Learned to fly in Piper Cherokees, pretty different to land - had trouble with pitch control at first, but once mastered it became the most fun I've had flying.
John Rowles, e-mail, 07.11.2013 02:12
I wonder how many people here realize that Taylorcraft made two four place aircraft, Model 15 and Model 20. Total production of both models only about 38 aircraft with two ownerships and Bankruptsy. It was Taylorcrafts answer to the Cessna 180. I managed to own two at the present time!
Dan Bax, e-mail, 14.02.2013 18:17
In the 60's I had a DCO-65, I think the N was N-49030... wondering if anyone know's any thing about this old bird?? I"m in Colorado, and it need a climb prop at this alt... also a friend had a Culver Cadet with a 85 hp Franklin engine... we had engine failure and landed it on the Boulder Turnpike, back in the 60's... it was fun flying in those old days.....
nick, e-mail, 29.02.2012 03:54
I just got my first project. A basket case 1942 L-2. It seems it lived in Nevada, MO for most of its flyng life then 40 plus years in a barn in Kansas. I am looking forward to the adventure of restoring it.
John Gates, e-mail, 28.02.2012 20:17
Shortly after I got my license in 1966, I purchased an old Taylorcraft which had a registration that showed it as a DCO-65 (N47633). I was told that it had been a 3 place WWII glider that was converted to a two place tandem aircraft. It was amazingly economical, fun and easy to fly. Think I paid $1,100 for it and sold it later for $800
loyd haffey, e-mail, 04.10.2011 03:29
Taylorcraft,chiefs,champs, cubs, and several more are exellent aircraft. Taylor crafts 65 hp was used in the Yukon on floats wheels and skis as a charter aircraft sucessfuly
loyd haffey, e-mail, 04.10.2011 03:22
I,m looking for a 1937 J2 serial # C1080. registered to Frank Armitage 1n 1937. Canadian marks CF-BED. would like to know the if there is anything left of this aircraft. Frank was in the Ferry Command in WWII and encouraged me to get my pilots licence.
Don Williams, e-mail, 20.09.2011 07:31
Would like to communicate with someone with detailed knowledge of this bird. I took some lessons in one around 1948-9, and actually survived a crash which totaled the plane. I wasn't flying at the time, the mechanic at downtown Airpark in Oklahoma City suggested we "test hop" it after replacing the windshield, which had yellowed, of course.
I had been told that it was a converted glider but had no idea what it looked like as built.
During my lessons, some given by the same person who taught Wiley Post to fly, I learned that the symmetrical airfoil had a very bad glide ratio, and the prop was very high pitched, not very effective at slow speeds. The mechanic didn't know this at all.
Does this plane have a symmetrical airfoil, and how well does it glide?
This plane belonged to the airport manager, who was called back to active duty and died in Korea.
Jerry Schrader, e-mail, 24.08.2011 19:16
I owned a Taylorcraft L2, 1943 airframe. Great little plane for building hours in the log book. I never had much problem with crosswind but the plane floated forever if you didn't slow down on landing. I espeacially enjoyed flying in the late evening when the air was cooling. Sometimes you could trim the plane and it would fly itself. If I trimmed good enough I could put the plane in a gentle bank just by leaning one way or the other. I sold it for just what I had paid. Jerry Schrader
Vince Marsh, e-mail, 01.08.2011 20:54
I have owned a 1946 taylorcraft bc-12d since 1971 i learend to fly in 1973 what a great afordable airplane 65hp continental and i live at 6500msl flies great in the colder months
randy bauer, e-mail, 15.05.2011 18:52
I have owned 3 Taylorcrafts, one a stock BC!@-D and two clip-wings. They are great planes, with the clip-wings performing way beyond their horsepower ratings. The T-crafts' only real drawback is the inability to be flown with winds exceeding 20 knots (crosswind). They also float forever on landing if you don't pay strict attention to airspeed.
John Pringle, e-mail, 11.05.2011 02:25
After WWII I got my Limited Commercial licence and flew for a Toronto Island A/P outfit weekends and some evenings. In 1946 the owners bought four new Taylorcraft and put up a few older planes for sale. I bought a Taylorcraft CF BBZ with a spare engine for parts, a spare prop and floats, all for $1,300. It had a 39.4 HP Continental and cruised about 55mph. It was a great little plane but under-powered. I got a free tie-down at Buttonville,just NE of Toronto which had opened recently and is now apparently closing. The plane was finally sold to a man in Windsor. After marriage and raising a family I finally got back into the air with a single-seater Chinook and added a few more hours to my 1,200 before selling that one too. At 87 I feel ok to take to the air again but manage to quell the urge. Leaf through the log book and trips giving navigators, wireless operators and yes towing drogues for Fleet Air Arm and Bombadiers learning to use the highly secret USA bomb-aiming equipment. I was flying twin-engine MK V Avro Ansons mostly in those days. I still have the engine and prop for old CF-BBZ but never claimed the floats and for all I know may still be in the hangar at Toronto Island Airport.
Mick, e-mail, 16.04.2011 02:59
I soloed in a 46 BC12D, N95889 I recall, in 1964 at Grand Rapids, MN. It was a fun fly and lead to an aviation career only a year later. I have been blessed over and over. Wonder where the bird is now?
Bob Totman, e-mail, 26.02.2011 08:02
The Stanford (University) Flying Club had a T-craft when I was there in 1947. I learned to fly in it - good plane, but it had the most "float" of anything I ever flew. I wonder what became of it.
Paul E. Nichols, e-mail, 23.01.2011 08:12
Where are the Taylorcraft BC12D series? A bunch were made. The Piper Cub was designed by Taylor and was originaly called the Taylor cub.That changed when Piper bought the company
Paul E. Nichols, e-mail, 23.01.2011 08:10
Where are the Taylorcaft BC12D series? A bunch were made. The Piper Cub was designed by Taylor and was originaly called the Taylor cub.That changed when Piper bought the company
John Hess, e-mail, 20.11.2010 20:53
I owned a 1940 BL-65 (N26528). Operated it out of Sonoma Skyport and Gnoss (DVO). 65hp Lycoming, wooden prop. So sorry I let it go...what a fun little airplane. You could hardly see squat from the cabin but who cared. Strong, gusty crosswinds? Yes, they would make you come alive on landing.
Bill Kesinger, e-mail, 05.05.2010 16:30
In 1949 I owned and got my private license in N47757, a TG 6 conversion. Formerly a glider converted with a 65 hp Franklin engine. A 2 place tandem, we called it a L 2. I flew it 178 hours and sold it n 1951. This number is now owned by a man in Anchorage, AK.
charlie rowe, e-mail, 05.04.2010 11:25
in 1950 i had an L-2 taylorcraft tandem it had spoilers in the wings great airplane anybody out there have any pics of an L-2
Leo Rudnicki, 28.01.2010 11:21
While the Piper J-3 gets covered,Taylorcraft and British Taylorcraft/Auster with engines get nothing. Just a glider based on an aircraft not mentioned. Conspiracy? Or dreadful oversight? Your call.
Verne Lietz, e-mail, 28.01.2010 07:48
Why is there no section on the BC models ? I had a 1941 BC12 65 h,p that was a great little plane. Four gph, 92 mph, never a problem in the three months and several thousand miles I had it until it was wrecked in a ground accident by someone else...while I was hanging on a wing strut! Later I got a nearly run out 1940 BL12 with a 55 h.p. Lycoming engine. It cruised at 75 mph on 3.6 gph. In 1952 it needed recover and at that time another plane of the Cub, Aeronca and Taylorcraft class could be bought for less than the price of recover (Like $450. I had a part-time gunshop and got mine in trade for five new .30-30 Winchester rifles at $245.)
Jim Phillips, e-mail, 16.01.2010 01:25
I fly a Taylorcraft BC-12D. how do I input the model into the museum?
Roy Jackson, e-mail, 31.12.2009 19:05
I had my first solo with eight hours of instruction in a T-Craft. That was in December of 1959. I was 20 years old and have long since given up being the pilot in command. My solo ride was in Columbia, Missouri. I found this plane in Missisippi a few years ago and it's still flying. Last summer my family and I were visiting a private aviation museum near Sand Point, Idaho and as we were leaving a couple of guys taxied up in a 1946 completely restored Taylor Craft. These things will fly forever if maintained. A wonderful recreational airplane.
Bryan Berlin, e-mail, 02.04.2009 15:38
We have restored a TG-6 in Marshall,MO at the Nicholas-Beazley Aviation Museum . 660-886-2630
Olen Sheperd, e-mail, 02.02.2009 19:05
I learned to fly in 1940 in a 2-place Taylorcraft BLT. It had a Lycoming 50 HP engine, was manufactured in Alliance, Ohio. I went to college in Alliance and met Glen Taylor when he talked to our college flying club. Glen worked for Bill Piper prior to starting his own company
Charles Day, e-mail, 27.05.2008 17:34
The TG-5, TG-6 and TG-8 by Aeronca, Taylorcraft and Piper were an idea of the then head of the CAA. In less than one week, engineers completed the design work for building the Aeronca TG-5 which was test flown and immediately put into production. Contracts were then let for building the L-4, L-5, L-6 airframes, sans engines, with a third seat in the nose extension in place of the engine. The contracts were for 250 each TG-5, TG-6, and TG-8. Although the U.S. Navy was in process of shutting its glider program, three from each manufacturer, were assigned to the Navy. In 1944, at the U.S. glider test and experiment base, Clinton County Army Air Field, one XTG-6 was converted for prone position flying to conduct G force tests, comparing prone and sitting pilot positions. This glider was designated XTG-33. This is an extract by the author of, from Silent Ones WWII Invasion Glider Test and Experiment CCAAF Wilmington Ohio.