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Bob Grimstead

Bob Grimstead
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Bob Grimstead is a 21,000-hour retired jet driver turned aviation journalist and aerobatic display pilot, who has flown 250 different types and written more than 180 articles on them. Two of the four airplanes he owns have VW engines.

Flight Review: Back to the Future

Bob Grimstead offers an appreciation of the VariEze and its designer, Burt Rutan. Both the man and the design were ahead of their time.

Flight Review: The Enduring Eagle

For pure flying excitement and adventure, the Christen Eagle remains hard to beat. By Bob Grimstead.

Flight Review: The Rand KR-2

Bob Grimstead sampled the diminutive Rand KR-2 and found it demanding to fly in some respects but also thoroughly enjoyable.

Taylor Monoplane

Bob Grimstead has way too much fun and gets plenty of wind in his face as he flight-tests the plansbuilt Taylor Monoplane.

X Marks the Spot

Light and slow, yet lacking control skittishness, the X-Air is a simple and fun way to go nowhere in particular. By Bob Grimstead.

Remember When: The BD-5 Micro

The BD-5’s reputation precedes it: long in development, company bankruptcy, investor losses, challenging to fly, early accidents. With an introduction like that, who would think this micro plane would be such a positively straightforward blast to fly? By Bob Grimstead.

The Staaken Z-21A Flitzer

Intended as an inter-war sportplane, the VW- or Jabiru-powered Staaken Flitzer delivers the goods in both performance and agility. These planes may not appear sleek, but they’re a blast to fly.

Wag-Aero Super Sport

The easy-to-build, high-wing Wag-Aero Super Sport CUBy combines the Cubs classic looks with modern technology and materials, increasing both maximum weight and payload. Using engines of up to 150 horsepower, the Cub offers great short-field performance, high roll rates and easy glideslope control-a great option for those who cant afford vintage prices.