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Old 01-12-2013, 03:21 PM
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Our RV-4 (Cobra Ball) Van’s Serial #18 was the third -4 to take flight and is (so far un-disputed) the oldest RV-4 in service, Built by Lee McDaniel and first flown on Mother’s Day 1983. It sports an MTV-15b-183-33 CS prop turned by a Lycoming IO-360-A1A with Sky Dynamics Maxi sump/cold air induction, using a B&C SD-8 as the primary and only alternator and 4 into 1 exhaust. The gear legs and tail spring as well at the rear stick are Titanium. Empty weight is 1065 pounds.

I met Lee and Jan McDaniel when I was only 15 and the Cobra Ball was brand new, that RV-4 was the coolest airplane I had ever seen. Jump forward to 1990 I got my pilots license and started flying my flight instructor’s RV-4, my instructor was Boyd Williamson, he flew for the USAF starting after Perl Harbor WW2 through Vietnam. In 1991 I went to work for Lee welding RV parts where I walked past and probably ran my fingers across the Cobra Ball every day for ten years. I bought Lee’s business in 2001 and finally in 2005 I bought his airplane, the same one I dreamed about from the age of 15!





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Old 01-14-2013, 09:16 AM
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Russ,

Great plane and great time flying with you. So cool to see the older stuff working so well. It's been too long, we need to do it again.
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Old 01-14-2013, 09:40 AM
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Russ,

Great plane and great time flying with you. So cool to see the older stuff working so well. It's been too long, we need to do it again.
Hi Jason,
We had fun too, I agree, need to again some time soon, on that note I saw you sold your old -6. How is the new 7 coming along?
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Old 01-15-2013, 01:34 PM
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Nice plane and very nice story! I would like to see more pics and details of the Cobra Ball. Interesting cowling, landing light, rudder, etc.
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Old 01-15-2013, 01:45 PM
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Oh Wow, that really is a great story Russ. I fell in LOVE with them after reading an article by Chuck Berthe and looking at the photos. I understand how you got hooked.

Titanium gear legs, oh man, I'm drooling. It's obvious it gets plenty of TLC.

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Old 01-15-2013, 03:36 PM
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Thanks Guys! I'll take some more photos next time I get to the airport, including some of the lift spoilers!
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Old 01-15-2013, 11:41 PM
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Russ gave me a ride in this RV-4 to pick up my stranded RV-4 in California. It's a great bird!

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Old 01-16-2013, 06:12 AM
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I saw Lee's plane at Oshkosh in 1983, and that particular plane caused me to reconsider building a Q2. I talked to Van that day and bought an RV4 tail kit on the spot. I do remember the spoilers, and there was something written on the aft side of them when they were up. I also remember Lee saying they weren't very effective. Glad the plane is still flying!
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:55 AM
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Hi Russ,
I'm very curious about your moniker, "Cobra Ball". I think there is a story there?? And what an emblem, I LIKE IT!!

Please tell.
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Old 01-16-2013, 10:19 AM
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Russ,

Yes, the old -6 has a new home, actually it's in Oregon now. Business was very slow for the end of last year. Things are looking good for this year I expect to get the -7 done in 13. Look forward to meeting up with you again for some flying adventures.
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