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    They Don't Make Them Like This Any More

    Car ads, that is. With a hot homebuilt airplane in the background....


    That's an actual, existing Fly Baby in the ad. It was built by Francis Frey, completed in 1968. In the list of experimental aircraft in may 1970 Sport Aviation, it lists the builder as Francis W. Frey of Fairfield, Connecticut. The Oshkosh summary issue in 1979 said Frey had flown into the Fly-In that year.

    Sadly, the plane was destroyed in an accident in May, 2009...still flown by Mr. Frey. Mud daubers had built nests in the induction system. Mr. Frey had minor injuries, a bit of a surprise when the accident report says, ""Pilot thrown through right side of cockpit when fuselage broke into two segments. Shoulder harness and seat belts still intact."

    Tough old bird. And N59357, too.....


    Ron Wanttaja

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    Never seen one with a sliding canopy before!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Giger View Post
    Never seen one with a sliding canopy before!
    There have been ~6 of them with the raised turtledeck and sliding canopy. One is currently being "refreshed" by its new owner. I'm trying to talk him into painting it like a P-40....


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    I like the P-40 paint!

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    pretty darned cool!!!
    Cheers!

    Joe

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