It looks familiar, but…


Sure, you all know what this is… right? At first glance, it looks like an RV-4–but what’s with the retractable landing gear? All that means is that the spirit of experimenting is alive and well, for yes, it is a retractable RV! Word is that this one might be for sale.

We didn’t chase down the owner to ask about the interesting cowling (or the gear for that matter), but it’s well known that a number of retractable RV-4s have been built over the years. We’d love to fly formation with it, just to take a few pictures. It has a certain Mustang look, don’t you think?

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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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