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    Hmmmm...where to park?

    With the homebuilts, or with the warbirds?



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    With the antiques, with the warbirds, with the homebuilts, or with the ultralights?


    Ron "Weeding out some old pictures" Wanttaja

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    The RV-6A is a legitimate warbird by the rules. The Nigerian airforce used them. (WoA doesn't require your plane to actually have been owned by a military, just the same model, a lot of the L-17's out there never were owned by the military).

    We'll park old homebuilts in Vintage if you insist provided they were actually built before the end of 1970 (for classics) or 1945 (for antiques). Occassionally someone slips in a "looks like that old" recent built in there, but according to the actual rules they are ineligible (only those that can be legitimately judged in our categories).

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyingRon View Post
    The RV-6A is a legitimate warbird by the rules.
    Good to know! :-)

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    I park my L16 in the vintage area rather than the war birds as the "Liaison" part of the war birds area kind of an afterthought as far as much traffic going by. It's much better being camped where the 'action is' anyway.
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    Years ago before I started volunteering there (now they recognize me coming in and escort me to my space) I got caught in a loop at Oshkosh. Vintage sent me to warbirds and warbirds turned me around to vintage (this is before they came up with the sign idea). On the second loop, I stopped at Vintage and told them I wasn't a warbird.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyingRon View Post
    The RV-6A is a legitimate warbird by the rules. The Nigerian airforce used them.
    If you want to get technical (and it would appear that you do) the model used by the Nigerian AF was not a stock -6A but was modified into something called the "Air Beetle." So an Air Beetle would qualify as a WB but not a stock -6A.

    Now, when the "homebuilt" Spitfire replica showed up a couple years ago, that created quite the conundrum! WB didn't seem interested, so we took him in homebuilt and proudly displayed it... right across the taxiway from warbirds.
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    It was called the "Air Beetle" but I'm not sure what modifications were done. I thought Van just shipped them RV6A kits. Taiwan used Pazmany PL-1s as well. There are the only two "eligible" warbird homebuilts I know about.

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    I don't think the "Air Beetle" moniker ever became an official designator? According to the NAF's own information, "The Air Beetle is a Van RV-6A"

    And if RV-6A models qualify, a standard RV-6 would not, no? Different model.

    I'll have to research the NAF (for that matter any military around the world) and see if they ever used a C-172. That would make C-172's eligible for warbird status, no? Imagine a mass fly-in of C-172's all headed to warbird parking, lol.

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