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    Oldest homebuilt still owned and flown by the builder

    I made the first flight in my modified Flybaby on July 25, 1970 after 2 1/2 years of building and am still actively flying it. I'm just curious how many others "did it right the first time".

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    Ron Scott is still flying his original design "Ol' Ironsides" which first flew in 1969. A pioneering design, the first homebuilt to use stressed fiberglass skin on the entire airplane.
    Jeff Point
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    That 'Ol Ironsides was interesting. I had to go look at the articles. It is always nice to have articles like this in Sport Aviation.
    http://www.oshkosh365.org/saarchive/...1971_11_02.pdf
    http://www.oshkosh365.org/saarchive/...1992_05_01.pdf

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    Glad to hear it's still flying. Hope to find some more!

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    Reported elsewhere in the Mar 08 edition of the EAA e-Hotline is the death of Leonard Eaves of Oklahoma City at age 92(!) in the crash of his one-of-a-kind "Skeeter" homebuilt. As reported, Leonard made Skeeter's first flight in 1966 and flew it from then on until his death.

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