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Old 10-21-2021, 04:29 AM
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I recognise that plane Mark! Ivan Salisbury, the original builder of that aircraft (which I believe was the first RV-6 in Western Australia), took many people (including me) for a demo ride. At that time Van's was providing referral fees for new customers and Ivan generated several! Sadly, Ivan is no longer with us.

I still remember the relatively luxurious leather seats, though they were not as well used as in the more recent photos.

It's great that Ivan's creation is in good hands and I'm sure that he would be proud.
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Old 10-31-2021, 06:10 AM
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I talked to Ivan on the phone during pre-buy in 2011.

We chatted for close to an hour, about the bits in SOL he was happy with and other bits he’d have done different if he started again. Lots of general airplane chat.

Then I said, “Thank you, I’ve used up enough of your time,” and he said it was okay ‘cos he was in a hospital bed having chemotherapy and it’d have been more boring without someone to talk to!

A friend ferried an RV-7 from Albany to Wagga Wagga a few years ago. During the pick up, he found the attached photo on the back wall of the hangar. Original paint scheme. I expect some of that paint is still underneath the blue and burgundy stripes it currently carries

Small world!

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