Experimental Maule?

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experimental maule
Looks like a Maule, no?

One of the inherent pleasures of OSH are the little gems, rarities, and curiosities that one can stumble upon. One of those present this year is an apparent “Maule” parked in homebuilt camping like an Asian bike at Sturgis.

Closer inspection shows that the airplane is no carpetbagger as it has the requisite EXPERIMENTAL markings.

So how does something resembling an “M” word from Georgia end up sporting E/AB tags?

It starts with a salvaged chunk of wrecked fuselage, some assorted Georgian parts, a custom one off “clipped” 27 foot wing span, a full complement of experimental avionics, and a progressive Fed.

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In return you get one of a kind airplane with a familiar aesthetic but the added advantage of E/AB flexibility and according to owner Chuck Schroll, superior performance to its kissing cousins in several categories.

Such projects are rare, likely not encouraged, but obviously doable, and a legitimate access for a factory “appearing” airplane into HBC.

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Myron Nelson soloed at 16 and has been a professional pilot for over 30 years, having flown for Lake Powell Air, SkyWest Airlines, and Southwest Airlines. He also flies for the Flying Samaritans, a volunteer, not-for-profit organization that provides medical and dental care in Baja California, Mexico. A first-time builder, Myron currently flies N24EV, his beautiful RV-10. He has also owned a C-150 and a Socata TB-9.

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