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Old 07-23-2019, 09:25 PM
sjhurlbut sjhurlbut is offline
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Default Influential RVs

I?m starting a project that I?d like to keep under wraps for a bit.

But my question to the group is which RV was influential in your decision to build an RV?

For me it was:
Sam Buchanan RV6 really one of the first websites
Vans original RV3
Doug Reeves RV6

And many more

But I?m curious for you old timers who was there before you and motivated you? I?m not really looking for resent builds but more the originals and that paved the way for us.

Post pics maybe and I?ll try compile a list.
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7A #70015 - C-FZQX - built - sold
7A #71629 - C-FSIS - built - sold across Atlantic
7 #70215 - C-GOJU - flying - sold
7 #70703 - C-GMIY - flying - sold
6 #60119 - C-FHBZ - built - Airventure 2016 Bronze Lindy - sold
8 #82842 - C-FSBG - built - sold
4 #2723 - C-GVBX - built - flying!!!!
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Old 07-23-2019, 09:28 PM
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Mike S Mike S is offline
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Steve Barnard's RV6, and later on his RV10.
Mike Starkey
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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 07-23-2019, 10:31 PM
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There was a whole generation of us that lived off of Checkoway’s progress reports, then continued to carry the torch for a little while.
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CQ Headset by Card Machine Works
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Old 07-23-2019, 10:51 PM
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Default Jeff Point

Jeff Point and his RV6.
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Old 07-23-2019, 10:54 PM
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Randy Lervold’s RV-8, and then his RV-3.
Paul F. Dye
Editor at Large - KITPLANES Magazine
RV-8 - N188PD - "Valkyrie"
RV-6 (By Marriage) - N164MS - "Mikey"
RV-3B - N13PL - "Tsamsiyu"
A&P, EAA Tech Counselor/Flight Advisor
Dayton Valley Airpark (A34)
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Old 07-23-2019, 11:11 PM
rv9builder rv9builder is offline
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Originally Posted by sjhurlbut View Post
Which RV was influential in your decision to build an RV?
Gary Sobek?s RV-6 (the first completed RV I ever saw) and Van's original O-235-powered RV-9 prototype.
RV-12iS Fuselage
RV-9A Project: Sold

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Old 07-23-2019, 11:28 PM
philb philb is offline
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Mike Howe?s/Rick Barnes?s RV10

Spent hours and hours pondering his site. When I moved the project to the hangar (same airport)- he was the first guy to nose his way in, introduce himself, and pronounce judgement on the build. Wish he was still around now that I?m flying.

Bountiful, UT
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Old 07-23-2019, 11:46 PM
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Bob Hasson's RV-6A. Awesome Jack Cox 2003 write up.
RV-6, bought from builder.
O-320, slider, carb, mags, FP
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Old 07-24-2019, 02:21 AM
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Rick West, RV4, Sarnia Ontario. He gave me a ride in 1992? And I knew that was the plane I had been looking for.
Gord Baxter, RV6, Kitchener Ontario. Gord had a beautiful plane and he took the time to help me get started on my 4.
I was very fortunate to have these guys get me going in the right direction. This was before the internet, when we knew all the rv guys in the province.
Tom Martin RV1 pilot 4.6hours!
CPL & IFR rated
EVO F1 Rocket 1000 hours,
2010 SARL Rocket 100 race, average speed of 238.6 knots/274.6mph
RV4, RV7, RV10, two HRIIs and five F1 Rockets
RV14 Tail dragger

Fairlea Field
St.Thomas, Ontario Canada, CYQS
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Old 07-24-2019, 03:13 AM
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Luca and Franz aka CREWRV8 as well as the one in Switzerland built by Father and Son Widmer..
Yves - Basel, Switzerland
RV-8 #83458 HB-YUA
Donation 2020 done
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