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    Gabriel Nderitu has a Dream

    Would somebody please help this man... before he hurts himself?

    http://www.latimes.com/world/great-reads/la-fg-c1-kenya-airplane-builder-20150819-story.html

    I mean, if he's THAT determined....

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    I actually live in Kenya. If folks wanted to donate to help Gabriel, maybe an abandoned, unfinished ultralight kit and an overhauled two-stroke engine, I could help on this end. Seriously.
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    The young man is intelligent and motivated, but lacks financial and engineering resources. He builds from the information he has seen and what he has learned from his previous attempts. I am surprised someone here in the US hasn't granted him a scholarship for flight training and/or Mechanical schooling. You've got to hand it to him, he doesn't give up on his dream. If I was getting ready for another build, I'd be tempted to invite him to join me for a few months of flying and building. You've got to admire his motivation.

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    I think he recently attempted to get the thing to fly. Hence, he now qualifies for my Samuel Pierpont Langley Award for failure to achieve flight in a spectacular manner.

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    I am quite serious about the fact that I am willing to do whatever I can if anyone really wants to help this would-be homebuilder with flying lessons, plans, materials, a kit, an engine, instruments, whatever folks are willing to donate.
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    Kenya Plane Builder's Goal: Takeoff

    That was the headline of the story in my Sunday paper. Gabriel Nderitu is on his 14th attempt at constructing a homebuilt airplane. His first attempt ended in a taxi test when the gear collapsed back in 2010. He has never been able to get off the ground. I seem to remember years ago there was a grassroots movement within EAA members to get this man to Oshkosh. Now how cool would that be?
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    He's a candidate for the Samuel Pierpont Langley award for failure to achieve flight in a spectacular fashion.

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    Come on, EAA, can you help in any way with this?
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    Clyde Cessna crashed 12 times before he flew. Where would we be without his determination?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Blum View Post
    Clyde Cessna crashed 12 times before he flew. Where would we be without his determination?
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