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Kerry Fores

Kerry Fores
Kerry Fores was born and raised in Oshkosh, WI and was interested in homebuilding by age 12. Between 1998 and 2003 he scratchbuilt and polished a Sonex, which he named Metal Illness. Kerry logged nearly 500 hours in Metal Illness and was awarded Plans Built Champion at AirVenture 2006. Kerry is retired from a 21-year career at Sonex Aircraft, most of it dedicated to supporting builders. Kerry is on the web at thelifeofdanger.com.

Early Bird Jenny – Gen 2

Timber Tiger Aircraft, who made the classic shape of the Ryan ST accessible to the homebuilding world, has reached farther back in time to make...

Sonex Celebrates 25 Years with 19th Homecoming Open House

Sonex LLC held its 19th open house on Sunday, July 23rd at their multi-hangar campus on the east side of Oshkosh’s Wittman Regional Airport....

VW Type I Engine Cases – Change is In the Air

Production of the venerable VW "Beetle" engine case quietly ended in mid-2022 and, over the next 9 months, the worldwide supply of new cases...

Homebuilts at AirVenture: All The Wright Stuff

Growing up in Oshkosh certainly exposed me to the world of aviation. When the convention landed in KOSH in 1970, I was six-years old....


I wrote this in April to meet a May deadline for this September issue of KITPLANES®, which came out before AirVenture in July. I...

Bill Brennand Lied to Me

You’d be forgiven if you don’t recognize the name. Bill Brennand went quietly about his life yet a life so full it warrants a...

It’s Not Like You’re Building an Airplane

The skills needed to build an airplane are not unique to aviation, nor are they uncommon.

Pilot Not In Command

An audible sigh and an acceptable landing punctuated the end of a stuttering cross-country. It punctuated it on a Wednesday, however, not the previous...

The Art of Putzing About

Ahhh, putzing about. Is there anything more satisfying? Of course there is. Thousands of things, I’m sure. But like an ointment on an itch,...

Tail First

“Where did you get this?” my mom demanded, shaking a thick brown envelope at me. One that had been hidden under my mattress. I...

In Case You Missed it

Kit Stuff


The Dawn Patrol

You know you're gonna get some, sooner or later.

Reamer Madness

There are a number of things you will get good at when building an...

Built in Britain

The Light Aircraft Companys Sherwood Ranger. By Geoff Jones.