So it took about 14 years!
In a perfect winter afternoon, with temps in the upper 30s, no wind, blue sky, and near sunset. With the sun behind on final.
I only flew the circuit once and landed, the prudent thing with an alternate engine. It ran wonderfully and the RV-8 airframe was totally awesome.
Marilyn had me fly her RV-4 to 'check for a vibration' but I think she wanted me to have a warm up flight, and I'm grateful.
THANK YOU VAN!
Thank you, every one who helped, offered advise, or simply put up with me.
Thank you Doug Reeves for this 'place'.
Now on to flight development, wheel pants, a little more paint, and lots of flying!
Marilyn and I are looking forward to making that radio call "RV flight of two".
Next destination: Formation Clinic! (after 39.8 remaining hours of Phase 1)
For the detail oriented persons who know me:
I always predicted the first flight would be on Friday. I was anticipating doing this tomorrow, but on that one fateful high speed taxi test, I simply neglected to pull the throttle at .7 Take-off speed.
EAA 668340, chapter 326 & IAC chapter 67
RV-8 N89SE first flight 12/26/2013
Yak55M, and the wife has an RV-4
There is nothing
-absolute nothing-half so much worth doing as simply messing around with Aeroplanes
(with apologies to Ratty)