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Old 11-24-2011, 05:02 AM
DarinFred DarinFred is offline
 
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Default I'm coming back!

Well, after almost 3 years of flying the A-10 in Germany (and Afghanistan and Libya), I'll be heading back to the States in April. About 4 years ago, I sold my partially completed RV-8 wing kit prior to moving to Germany. Well, I've decided I am going to start building again once I get re-established in Tucson.

Since I have been out of the loop for the past few years, what has changed? Anything new out there that has been a game changer since 2008 (barring the economy!)?

Thanks and I can't wait to get my hands dirty again!

Jay
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Old 11-24-2011, 05:32 AM
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Default Thanks

Jay, I can't answer your question, but it seems appropriate on this Thanksgiving morning to thank you for your service. It is always heartwarming to hear of a service member coming back home. I wish you every success as you complete your service.

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Old 11-24-2011, 05:54 AM
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Giving thanks indeed: today and every day, you and your fellow volunteers deserve every ounce of our gratitude for serving the free world so faithfully. Welcome home, Jay!

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Old 11-24-2011, 06:00 AM
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Jay,
Welcome home! We appreciate your service!

As for changes, '08 was the year Van introduced the matchdrilled '-1' fuselage, which will greatly simplify your life if you are doing a slow-build like me! Other than that I don't recall any recent Service Bulletins on the -8 kits.
Good luck on your build!
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Old 11-24-2011, 06:37 AM
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Since I have been out of the loop for the past few years, what has changed? Anything new out there that has been a game changer since 2008 (barring the economy!)?
Jay
Nothing new except for Van releasing kits for the RV-14, RV-15, and RV-16.

Thanks to our great servicemen like you our way of life here in the good old USA is still intact and unchanged.

Just kidding on the new kits
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Old 11-24-2011, 08:25 AM
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Nothing new except for Van releasing kits for the RV-14, RV-15, and RV-16.
Thanks to our great servicemen like you our way of life here in the good old USA is still intact and unchanged.
Just kidding on the new kits
Yeah. We're not supposed to be releasing information on the -16 yet!

Thanks for your service!
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Old 11-24-2011, 08:43 AM
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Jay,
Welcome home! We appreciate your service!
...
Good luck on your build!
Ditto!

Keep us updated on how your build goes.
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Old 11-24-2011, 11:26 AM
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Default Thank you!!!

Thank you for the service to our great Country. Good luck on your build. If you need an RV fix, I'll be happy to shoot down to Tucson and give you a ride.

I'll be happy to trade you some flight time
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Old 11-24-2011, 12:22 PM
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Default Upper Heyford

Hi

Were you ever based at Upper Heyford, I am not sure they had A10's there, definately had F111.

I had a close encounter with an A10 at about 300' near there when learning to fly doing lo level practice.

Thanks to all the servicemen from all the countries fighting fanatics out there, two of my family included!!

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Old 11-24-2011, 12:43 PM
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Default Lots of RV's in Tucson

Jay,

Welcome back. When you get settled you need to hook up with some of the other RVer's in Tucson. Most importantly the A-10 and former A-10 drivers flying RV-8's. You may have flown with them in the past. Drop me a private message and I will give you their contact info.
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