"Buccaneer One Two Victor, Caution Pink Turbulence…"


Beech Buccaneer

It’s always fun to wander around the grounds first thing in the morning at a show like Sun ‘n Fun – you just never know what you’re going to find. For instance, this Lake Buccaneer tied down as the cornerstone of the Seaplane parking area seems to have attracted a following of like-minded flying waterfowl. While there has to be a story behind this pink display, we’ll admit that we have no idea of what that might be – and while we probably could have asked, sometimes it is just fun to make one up…

Meanwhile, we hope that the Buccaneer pilot takes into account the affect of so many wing tip vortices!

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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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