Homebuilt Campers Michael and Tricia Foss

Michael and Tricia Foss breaking camp and preparing for flight.
Custom arm rest and throttle quadrant, complete with auxiliary switch panel.

Of all the stunning Homebuilt aircraft to fly into Lakeland this week, one would be hard pressed to see a more beautiful craft than the RV-8 built and flown by Michael and Tricia Foss. It is the P-51 themed paint scheme that draws onlookers, but homebuilders soon zero in on the incredible fit, finish and attention to detail present throughout. One really nice feature are the custom side panels and throttle quadrant that enhance flight ergonomics and also look very sleek.

Michael, who flies for United as his day job, labored exactly 7 years, 4 months and 7 days (get it, 747) to complete his project. He conducted his first test flight on his 50th birthday (take that, midlife crisis). Michael chronicled his build in RV8-hangar.com. He is just starting a YouTube channel to record his and Tricia’s adventures flying all over the country from their home in Poplar Grove, Illinois. Sadly, Michael and Tricia had to depart Sun ‘n Fun this morning. Hopefully, we will see more of them and their beautiful RV-8 on YouTube.

Only RV-8 to have wiped out an entire squadron of ME 109s.
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  1. Would like to find a P – 51 like model shown. A ready built is what I would prefer.
    Vince Kaplan (putttsmeru@icloud.com). Retired United, this is a retired Delta.


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