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Old 01-19-2016, 11:04 PM
songbird songbird is offline
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Rosharon,TX
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Default RV-4 "Windrunner" and RV-7 "Windrider" in form

After retiring from Continental Airlines in 2008 I bought an RV-4 built in 1987 by Richard Smith (former Vans employee). After rebuild, new paint, new panel, and many other improvements I named her "WindRunner". She's great for formation and light acro, but not very good for going X-country with my wife. I wanted to build a RV-7 for longer trips with her. My daughter, Julie, designed the paint scheme which I really liked. After three years of building, it was time to paint the RV-7. I repeated the scheme. "WindRider" was born in 2014. We just finished a great trip to Grand Canyon and Monument Valley.

I finally got them in the air together with David Grover, a local Houston RV expert, to fly the RV-4 while I flew the RV-7. Julie took her camera in the photo C172 with Cary Brooks flying. I think the results were outstanding!

RV's are phenomenal airplanes. Being able to have these two machines is really rewarding. Not only are the planes great, but the RV community is also.

RV-7 "WindRider" cockpit

RV-4 "WindRunner" cockpit
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Old 01-20-2016, 07:22 AM
n816kc n816kc is offline
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Location: Winter Haven, FL
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great combo, very nice!
Kevin Crews
Bartow, FL
RV-6 'Woo hoo!'
2021 =VAF= donor
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Old 01-20-2016, 07:49 AM
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Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 448
Default Beautiful Pictures!

Excellent photography to showcase your airplanes.


RV7A - purchased flying 05/2020
RV6A - sold
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Old 01-20-2016, 09:44 AM
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Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Dayton Airpark, NV A34
Posts: 16,110

Next years calendar??
Mike Starkey
VAF 909

Rv-10, N210LM.

Flying as of 12/4/2010

Phase 1 done, 2/4/2011

Sold after 240+ wonderful hours of flight.

"Flying the airplane is more important than radioing your plight to a person on the ground incapable of understanding or doing anything about it."
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Old 01-20-2016, 09:57 AM
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Guilhermepilot Guilhermepilot is offline
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: brazil
Posts: 316

What a fleet!
Guilherme Plassmann (Brazil)
RV7A (Mr Flame) slow kit S/N 74285 Finished 04/14/15😀😀😀😀flying
Superior IO360
Sterba prop
TSFlightlines hoses
LR30,PRM1,C560,C510S,HS125,B350 FAA/ANAC Pilot

Donation made 2016
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Old 01-20-2016, 09:57 AM
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Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Lufkin Tx
Posts: 761

I saw your -4 at Reklaw. Nice plane.
Arlie Conner (A&P)
RV-4 (N124TT) Sold
RV-8 (N269CP) Sold
RV-4 (N684ML) completed 3-17-19
KOCH Nacogdoches
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Old 01-20-2016, 07:25 PM
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Low Pass Low Pass is offline
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Houston
Posts: 2,121

Very nice, Rick!! All you need now is that Lone Star Squadron sticker on the vertical stab.

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Old 01-20-2016, 08:53 PM
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Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: West Fargo, ND
Posts: 1,076
Default Awesome

Now you just need a matching -10. I knew I should have been an airline pilot
Derek Hoeschen
EAA Tech Counselor
RV-9A #92103 - N803DK
G3X, Superior XO-320, Dual Pmags, Catto 3B

1974 Bellanca Super Viking - N16AW - Flying
RV-8 #83565 - N184DK - building
1968 Mooney M20C - N6801N - Sold
1956 C-182 - N744W - Sold
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Old 01-20-2016, 09:23 PM
tdm1234 tdm1234 is offline
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Location: Greenwood SC
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Default Wow!

Beautiful airplanes! You must be proud.
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Old 01-21-2016, 06:12 AM
BillFear BillFear is offline
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Location: Sherrills Ford, NC (Lake norman area)
Posts: 432
Default Gorgeous

Congrats and thanks for sharing the pics, very nice!
Bill Fearheiley
Lake Norman, NC (14A)
RV7a N705RP (no longer own)
Contribution in for 2017, money well spent
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