Forced Perspective


Probably one of the most anticipated arrivals at this year’s AirVenture made it in several days ago – but is it right to park a B-17 in the section reserved for miniature warbirds? Well yes, actually because this B-17 is the Bally Bomber – a single seat version, scaled down in intricate detail and now available for up close viewing just west of the forum buildings and north of the replica fighter building.

Many have seen photos of this airplane under construction, and more have seen videos of it in flight – now they can take a gander at it all week here at AirVenture. Looked at from below, with a little bit of a squint, you can almost consider it to be full sized. We hope to see it with the cover off later this week, and we’ll bring you more on the story then.

In the meantime, make sure to take a look at this true one of a kind homebuilt – truly built in the spirit of experimentation!

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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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