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Old 10-09-2012, 12:07 PM
Bunker Hill Bunker Hill is offline
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Location: Shreveport, Louisiana
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Default RV's @ Union Parish Airport (F87), Louisiana

My father and I were out at the hangar on Sunday after just receiving the inspection sign-off on our RV-4. For such a relatively small and unknown airstrip, F87 has become an amazing hotbed of RV activity. Below are few shots of some of our local RV's enjoying the cool, clear Northern Louisiana afternoon this past Sunday. We have a total of seven RV's currently based at the field, two of which are still under construction. RV-8 "High Cotton" based out of Mississippi stopped in for a little formation practice with one of our local pilots and his RV-6A. Lots of RV building and flying activity at F87 if you're ever down our way!

Here's my father's newly minted RV-4 fresh out of inspection and enjoying its first week of flight:

A well earned RV grin after eight years of toil. My father did an excellent job painting the plane himself. This is the same paint scheme worn by his uncle Wendell's F4U-1D Corsair while flying with VMF-221 during the Battle of Okinawa in WWII. Wendell was shot down in air combat, then picked up and returned to the USS Bunker Hill just as the ship was truck by two Kamikazies. He survived and went on to fly F4U's with VMF-312 and VMF-323 in Korea.

Mr. Bray out of Natchez, Mississippi piloting RV-8 "High Cotton" joined local pilot Mark Burns in his RV-6A for some afternoon formation work. Both aircraft are stunning in person.

Another local, Zack Spivey, bringing his RV-6A in for some low passes. Zack is working to collect log book entries for every day of the year. An interesting way to stay active and keep yourself happy in the process!

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Old 10-09-2012, 05:53 PM
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NICE! Tell your dad that he has one sweet looking airplane! I'll be dropping in when I get my 8 flying for sure.

rv8 entire airframe at airport now, painting done, intersection and gear upper and lower fairings done, maybe order engine around first of year or before the next rate increase.
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:06 PM
Stalldog Stalldog is offline
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Location: Kansas
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Very cool. My Mother is from Farmerville, I grew up in Monroe and learned to fly at Ruston while going to Tech. In fact, we used to own some lakefront property just across the lake from where F87 has been built. Wish I still owned it! Good to see RV activity in the homeland!
Lenexa, KS

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Old 10-10-2012, 08:44 AM
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Mark Burns Mark Burns is offline
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Location: Ruston, Louisiana
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Nice photos! You have talent. Or did your wife take these?

I was surprised to see this nice write-up about Farmerville.

Have fun with the phase 1 flight testing!!

Mark Burns
Ruston, Louisiana
RV-7A N781CM 1,700+ hrs
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Old 10-10-2012, 11:29 AM
jpowell13 jpowell13 is offline
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Default Farmerville

When's the next Farmerville Fly-in? Looks like a nice spot.
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Old 10-10-2012, 11:39 AM
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JohnCFord JohnCFord is offline
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Beautiful RV-4, love the markings, and a great story about their history. Congratulations on the sign off. I'd love to come visit F87 some day. You never know...

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Old 10-10-2012, 07:28 PM
David Bell David Bell is offline
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Location: Broussard Louisiana
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Awesome! Bunker...Shreveport? Lived there in the mid 80's. Flying RV-4 based in Lafayette. F87 and RV's look cool! We have a few RV's here. Flexable for a flight to meet you guy's at F87. Let us know. N22755
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Old 10-10-2012, 08:07 PM
szicree szicree is offline
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Default Beautiful RV-4!

This just reminded me of what I already knew: The -4 is the best looking RV.
Steve Zicree
Fullerton, Ca. w/beautiful 2.5 year old son
RV-4 99% built and sold
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Old 10-10-2012, 08:28 PM
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Originally Posted by szicree View Post
This just reminded me of what I already knew: The -4 is the best looking RV.
Couldn't agree more!!! Very nice machine.
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Old 10-10-2012, 09:37 PM
dealfair dealfair is offline
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Yes indeed, beautiful plane & story! Have fun!!
Deal Fair
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George West, TX (8T6)
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