All of Us are Smarter than Any of Us


One of the best things about this job is the number of contacts I get from members of the homebuilding community – It’s like being at Oshkosh every day of the year! I get information on new projects, old projects, what people are working on… and questions, like the one below. The thing is – while I pride myself on knowing a lot of aviation trivia, I also find that the more I learn, the more I learn that I still don’t know. Yup – there are obscure, limited edition (or even one-off) airplanes that have escaped my notice. Many of them in fact.

So let’s throw this out to the crowd and see fi anyone has any thoughts on what this unique project might be!

My name is Ed Tropper and am an EAA and AOPA member and a Kitplanes Magazine subscriber. I have built an RV4 and a Waiex.

I have a gentleman that has an aircraft that would like to donate it to our chapter for a tax write off. We have tried to identify it so that we could get some plans or whatever so that it could be worked on.

I sent photos to the EAA but no one there could ID it. I spoke to Vic Syracuse and he suggested I e-mail you. Attached are a couple of pics, if you need more, let me know. I saw in a recent Kitplanes a picture that looked similar that was called a Pelican but could not find any info on that.

The structure is composite fuselage, rudder and horizontal.
The engine is a Cuyuna.

Comment below if you have any ideas about this project.

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Paul Dye
Paul Dye, KITPLANES® Editor at Large, retired as a Lead Flight Director for NASA’s Human Space Flight program, with 40 years of aerospace experience on everything from Cubs to the Space Shuttle. An avid homebuilder, he began flying and working on airplanes as a teen and has experience with a wide range of construction techniques and materials. He flies an RV-8 and SubSonex jet that he built, an RV-3 that he built with his pilot wife, as well as a Dream Tundra and an electric Xenos motorglider they completed. Currently, they are building an F1 Rocket. A commercially licensed pilot, he has logged over 6000 hours in many different types of aircraft and is an A&P, FAA DAR, EAA Tech Counselor and Flight Advisor; he was formerly a member of the Homebuilder’s Council. He consults and collaborates in aerospace operations and flight-testing projects across the country.


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