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Old 09-16-2015, 05:18 PM
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Default Who are the top 10 in experimental aviation?

My wife knows nothing about boxing, but she knows who Muhammad Ali is. I know nothing about golf, but I know Tiger Woods (and Arnold Palmer just to show my age). You may not be a computer expert and know who Bob Metcalfe is but you know who Steve Jobs is.

The true greats of any field rise above the limitations of the "club" they are a part of.

So who are the top 10 true greats of Experimental Aviation?

I think of 5:

* Orville and Wilbur Wright (I count them as 1 because they are the first successful experimental aircraft builders)
* Paul Poberezny - Founder of the EAA
* Burt Rutan - Father of composite aircraft
* Richard VanGrunsven - Greatest designer and manufacturer of Experimental kits
* Jim Bede - First experimental jet and MANY designs.



So, who are the top 10?


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Old 09-16-2015, 05:26 PM
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Definitely need to include Curtis.
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I would add Greg Richter and John Thorp to the list.
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Have you seen my RV-7A? I figure I'm somewhere around number 6 or 7. 8 tops.
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Have you seen my RV-7A? I figure I'm somewhere around number 6 or 7. 8 tops.
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I would add Greg Richter and John Throp to the list.
Greg Richter? I'll see that and raise you Jim Bede.
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Ukraine. Yuri Yakovlev - Aeroprakt
Russia. Boris Chernoff - several models of amphibians.
Bulgaria. Tony Illieff - AeroplanesDAR
Canada. Yvan Desmarais - Dreamaircraft Tundra.
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