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September 20, 2010
By Dave Hirschman
One thousand kit-built RV-8 aircraft have been built and flown, designer Van’s Aircraft has confirmed.
The two-seat, metal sport airplane was designed in 1996 and comes with fixed tailwheel or tricycle landing gear. About 2,000 more RV-8s are under construction, so “new ones should be flying with regularity,” Van’s Aircraft officials said.
More than 6,000 RV designs have been built and flown, and the company expects to surpass 7,000 this year. Designs include the single-seat RV-3, LSA-approved RV-12, and four-seat RV-10.
RVs have been licensed to fly in 45 countries.
A small team of specialists at NASA’s Langley Research Center has taken to the skies in a Falcon jet hunting bugs.
It takes off and lands like a helicopter, cruises like an airplane, and autorotates like an autogyro.
In its quest to bring a roadable aircraft to production, Terrafugia turns to crowdsource funding website Wefunder.
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