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Old 04-22-2021, 06:10 PM
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Default RV-4 or RV8

I'm currently looking at these two models and haven't had the ability to "check the fit". I've only seen the RV-8 from a distance but never the 4. I'm 6'2" and 230 #'s. If anyone in the area has a completed plane I would love to come check it out. Please let me know.

Rockville, MD
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Old 04-22-2021, 06:17 PM
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Flying RV-8 at Dogwood Airpark (VA42) in Fredericksburg if you want to drive/fly down. I think there is an RV-4 here as well, but will need to check.

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Old 04-23-2021, 05:24 AM
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I'm the exact same size and weight. Before ordering my -8 kit, I sat in Van's demonstrator and it was a perfect fit. I expected that, because Van's designed the RV-8 for guys our size. I haven't sat in an RV-4, but I can tell it would be a tighter fit.
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Old 04-23-2021, 08:35 AM
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Default Test fit

Flying RV8 at Leesburg (KJYO).
Happy to show.
Also RV7A, RV4, and others on the field.

Email me at: if interested
Leesburg, VA (KJYO)
RV4 N444JT (sold)
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Old 04-23-2021, 10:21 AM
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Why not an F1 Rocket or an F4 Raider? No fit problems there!
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Old 04-25-2021, 10:10 PM
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Default Try an F1 or F4

Before you build or buy you really should try on an F1 Rocket or the F4 Raider.
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Old 05-22-2021, 08:41 AM
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yes the four is a tighter fit. you don't get in a RV-4, you put it on. that said, i'm 6'2 250 and fit just fine in mine.

bob burns
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