Take a Ride In a Thorp T-18


Join Phil Mandel for a walkaround description and a brief flight in his Thorp T-18 homebuilt, one of the most affordable high-performance homebuilts on the market. Designer John Thorp was part of the Piper Cherokee design team but this was among his favorite projects.

Be sure to read about Les Krumel’s Thorp T-18 in One Piece at a Time.

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KITPLANES Editor in Chief Marc Cook has been in aviation journalism for 30 years. He is a 4500-hour instrument-rated, multi-engine pilot with experience in nearly 150 types. He’s completed two kit aircraft, an Aero Designs Pulsar XP and a Glasair Sportsman 2+2, and currently flies a 2002 GlaStar.


  1. Marc, thanks for featuring me and my bird! It was a fun interview and flight.
    Philip Mandel, CFI-I, MEI, AGI, IGI
    FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) Lead Representative and “WINGS Pro”
    2020 Portland (OR) FSDO: FAASTeam Representative of the Year
    Member AOPA, EAA, NAFI, SAFE


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