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Old 01-28-2012, 09:54 PM
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Default Waking History

I have started a lot of airplane engines in my life ? but today was something special! After many hundreds of hours of work by an awful lot of people, THE RV-1 (serial number 171 for some reason) coughed to life with the turn of a key for the first time in a number of years. The air was cool, but it kicked off as soon as it got fuel to the cylinders. Aerosport Power has (re)built a great engine, and coupled to a brand new custom-made Prop by Craig Cat (to match van?s original specifications) it holds pots of promise as a smooth power source for this historic machine. There are a myriad of small details left to be done ? none of them show stoppers ? and hopefully, there will be some folks working on them tomorrow and during the week at Jay Pratt?s RV Central. I hear that the canopy, wheel pants and cowl are close to being finished up by Grady at Glo Custom, and if everything comes together, we should be able to met our early February goal of getting it back in the air.

I saw a lot of picture-taking today ? hoping to see some posts of this momentous occations.

The RV-1 Lives!
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Old 01-28-2012, 09:57 PM
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That is a huge milestone Paul.

Very cool.
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Old 01-29-2012, 12:27 AM
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Thumbs up Cool!!!

Great job everyone! I cant wait to see it in person. Looking forward to the pictures
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Old 01-29-2012, 02:37 AM
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I can't quite say why this project has inspired my admiration so, but it has. Yes, the RV-1 is an impressive icon in aviation history, but I'm especially taken by how humble it is.

I remember having similar feelings in high-school over three decades ago when our band made a cross-country trip to Wash DC, and we took a day (only one! drat!) at the Smithsonian Air and Space museum. My fellow teenagers seemed to like it all well enough, but I was positively reverent. Here were so many of my great loves in history right above my head, and they looked so . . . human.

Thank you to everyone who has put so many hands to the task of getting this touchstone of our hobby flying again.

And thank you, especially, to Van.

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Old 01-29-2012, 04:51 AM
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To Paul, Ernie, Jay, and all of the members and vendors of the RV1 project that have allowed us to participate in the project. To the volunteers that did the work, you are awesome. All of the experimental aviation world is appreciative of your efforts. I hope to see RV1 soon!
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Old 01-29-2012, 10:45 AM
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Jay,

Is there any plan to work on the RV1 next weekend.

Pat
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Old 01-29-2012, 12:33 PM
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Pat,

We hope to get the cowl, canopy and wheel pants from Grady GLO Monday. We NEED those things to move forward.

Weight n balance needs to be done before the final inspections. We hope the inspections will be done by Friday so the final assembly and first flight can be planned for next Saturday / Sunday.
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Old 01-29-2012, 12:40 PM
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Sounds great Jay, I will plan on being there with another RV10 buddy to help.

Pat
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Old 01-29-2012, 07:36 PM
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Tom,

Thanks,

Not sure where the RV1 will be going between Sun n Fun and OSHKOSH. But maby you can point to a good Fly-In in your neighborhood for the RV 1 to 'visit' on its way to OSHKOSH 2012.
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Old 01-29-2012, 07:50 PM
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Great job!

Are you going to have Van come out and do the inspection and sign the log books?
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