Fighter Squadron


An RV Builder by the name of Charlie Derk posted this opioid online, and when I looked at it, I realized that it looked a lot like a bunch of fighters escorting “Doc” through the “Battle of Oshkosh.” I mean, how many RV pilots don’t secretly think of their aircraft as their own personal fighter? Be honest now…

Of course, the F-16 would add a bit of punch to the squadron, no doubt!

Photos by Charlie Derk.


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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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