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Old 02-03-2016, 05:45 PM
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Default Oldest Flying RV-6/6A?

OK, Kitplanes is looking for some community help here. I am trying to determine which aircraft is the oldest, customer built, FLYING RV-6 (or -6A) right now. I guess I'd define oldest by the date of the airworthiness certificate. Needs to still be flying. Anyone got one of the earliest?

Our "Mikey" is kit #4 (N164MS), but I think others with later serial numbers were finished before it was.

Anyone know the facts, or own the airplane?

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Old 02-03-2016, 06:56 PM
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Probably not the oldest but #23892, Nov '98. Still going strong.
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Old 02-03-2016, 07:13 PM
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Paul
Jim Baldwin here in Pickerington, Ohio has serial #23 and was flying June 1989.It was at Oshkosh in 1989.
It is still flying and is at Oshkosh every year. N443JB. I believe he was the second
one flying. Jim won the Tony Bengelis award in 2010. Jim flies this RV-6 every week.

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Old 02-04-2016, 07:09 AM
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Charlie Calivas in Enid Oklahoma built what I believe is the second customer built RV6. He recently sold it to his hangar mate, but retained flying rights. Still flying. It was my first RV ride.

I can get contact info if needed.
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Old 02-04-2016, 09:49 AM
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21400 SN 1992 still flying regularly
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Old 02-04-2016, 09:58 AM
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The oldest flying will be an RV-6 because the RV-6A finish kit was not available until the early 90's. My first RV-6A (built from tail kit # 10 purchased from the original purchaser) was one of the earliest "A" models to fly (March 1993) and is still flying with the current owner.

I think Alan Tolle completed the first customer built RV-6 and RV-6A, but I don't know if either is still actively flying.
I just did a quick database search (using his name as manufacturer) and it appears they both still have active registrations.
Correction, it appears only the RV-6A registration is still active. Current owner list as Reno, NV

BTW, for RV trivia buffs.... the oldest 6A (but not customer built) still flying is the original prototype (has about 5100+ hrs on it). It first flew in June 1988.
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Old 02-04-2016, 10:00 AM
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My kit is #22711 and has been flying since Dec. 1995. Great airplane!
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Old 02-04-2016, 10:15 AM
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I just bought my first RV last April!
RV6 first flew in 1990 Serial number 20225
Less than 350 hrs on the aircraft since new!!!!!! I put 100 of them on it
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Old 02-04-2016, 11:25 AM
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Did you search the faa master database? Here are the oldest registered RV-6/6A. Now, there are some inconsistencies in the database with model names, lots are left blank, so who knows if they are RVs.

N-#, SERIAL #, YEAR MFR, EXP DATE, KIT MODEL
218F , 21204, 1990, 2017083, RV-6A
220CB, 21797, 1991, 20160131, RV-6
315JK, 22414, 1992, 20161231, RV-6

20225 is a 1990 but comes up unregistered...
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Default -6A---Serial No. 20146 -- 1/14/1993

Originally N45FD, now N177RV --- 4th (?) owner, still flying (very well!).

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