First Flight: It Takes A “Flying” Village
By Ed Wischmeyer
John is meticulous. Today, he will launch his years of work into the air for the first time, the paperwork now declaring that his RV-10 is officially an airplane.
At one point, there were four RV-10s being built in this high desert region of three towns and 100,000 people. One man had his almost finished but sold it, almost ready to fly, because he needed the capital for his business. Another man completed the tail kit, but, having seen the scope of the entire project, considered his age, the time he wanted to spend with his grandchildren, and the RV-7 that he already had flying, sold his beautifully crafted tail kit. My project was sold when I got divorced and moved away, but I sold my finishing kit to John, and some of the parts that will first fly today were once mine.