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Old 05-06-2016, 12:05 PM
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Default RV-8 Bob "Beagle" Brents

Good Afternoon VAF,

First builder thread post from a long time lurker. The wing kit just arrived so I suppose I'm committed.

Back in '78, as a bald-faced boy I drew an airplane and vowed that one day I would grow up to be an aerospace engineer and design and build this:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=3&theater

Many years passed and I did become and aerospace engineer (Boeing) but life got in the way of "the airplane thing". One day (no longer at Boeing) I heard that a colleague was building an airplane. I asked him which one and he said "A Van's RV-8". So I did a quick internet search and thought that an RV-8 would scratch that itch from 1978.

Wing Kit:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=3&theater
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Old 05-06-2016, 12:07 PM
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That Spitfire stab might look good on an 8-------hmmmmm
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Old 05-06-2016, 02:53 PM
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That Spitfire stab might look good on an 8-------hmmmmm
Just imagine a Spitfire elliptical wing on an 8!
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Old 05-08-2016, 09:46 PM
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That airplane already exists.
It is called the Prowler
They are trying to get it back in to production but you might be able to find an unfinished kit somewhere.
I seem to recall Wayne Handley campaigned one at a few airshows.
Lovely thing to look at and it sounded great too.
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Old 05-09-2016, 09:31 AM
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Beagle,

Wish you the best on the build, and look forward to seeing your progress here!
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Old 05-09-2016, 01:31 PM
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Thanks Rich.
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Old 05-09-2016, 03:34 PM
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Good Afternoon VAF,

First builder thread post from a long time lurker. The wing kit just arrived so I suppose I'm committed.

Back in '78, as a bald-faced boy I drew an airplane and vowed that one day I would grow up to be an aerospace engineer and design and build this:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=3&theater

Many years passed and I did become and aerospace engineer (Boeing) but life got in the way of "the airplane thing". One day (no longer at Boeing) I heard that a colleague was building an airplane. I asked him which one and he said "A Van's RV-8". So I did a quick internet search and thought that an RV-8 would scratch that itch from 1978.

Wing Kit:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=3&theater
Great story! Good luck in your build. I am a Boeing employee who has been at it for many years like you, and I have a goal to build an RV-14. Let us know how it goes!
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Old 05-09-2016, 03:35 PM
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Brian, welcome to VAF
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Old 10-24-2017, 12:07 PM
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Default Finally a Wing Skeleton just in time for Halloween

Just a quick update. Got the wing skeleton cleco'd together. Whoop!

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=3&theater

[ed. The link asks me to log in to my FB account......I don't have a FB account (nor will I ever). Can you set it to public instead of private? v/r,dr]
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