How roomy is a Luscombe T8F cockpit?

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    The T8F is a Luscombe with tandem seating. I’ve always wondered, is it at least a bit more comfortable than the side-seat Luscombe?
     
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    I know right. Ironically, I was just looking at this very same aircraft! Albeit a different website, though.

    It looks like it’d have a bit more room (I think that’s typical of tandem-seat aircraft). I was just wondering if anyone on here has ever flown one or at least sat in one.
     
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    Looks like comfy for one. Where to stash a second person??????????
     
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    In the back seat...
     
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    They are super comfy though the back seat can get warm in the summer.
     
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    It looks like a friggin' greenhouse.

    Luscombe T8F Observer 1 Feb 1999.jpg
     
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    I bet it’s a hoot to fly!
     
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    As others have already said in effect, the T8-F puts the pilot in the space previously utilized for two people, so yes they are roomy at least in the front seat. I've never sat in the observers location.

    The plane in the Trade-A-Plane advert sat in a hangar at KSEE for a long time, like 10 years, before being sold to the current owner and flown to its current location. The story was that an inexperienced tailwheel pilot under instruction ground looped it in a fairly minor way and then put it away, claiming all the while that the incident was caused by a broken tailwheel spring (IIRC) but never flying it after repair regardless. I saw it fly away when it finally did.
     
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    The rear seat appears to be pretty roomy as well.
    Luscombe T-8F Observer Rear Seat Feb 1999.jpg