On 27, November 2017, RV-7 kit #72938 officially became a flying machine!
I took the build over from the original builder, Terry Gudz, as a project to work on with my Dad. Terry had completed much of the main structures and I figured it would take us a year to get it to flying status. That was 4.5 years ago. We did all the electrical wiring, instrument panel, avionics installation, and final assembly. Empty weight came in at 1055 lbs.
The first flight was a thrill as the plane took off and climbed like a rocket in the cool, Chicago fall morning. The only issue was a heavy left wing at cruise speed.
Video coming soon.