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The Van's Aircraft company of Aurora, Oregon make kits to built a variety of 2 seat aircraft. They come in tandem or side by side seating and in the tricycle gear or tail dragger configuration. They are light and nimble. The RV moniker came from the founder of the company Richard VanGrunsven. He first flew the RV-3 in 1971 and has since had other models. Today, more than 7,600 RVs of different varieties have been completed.

I met up with a group of owners at the Chino Airport before the annual airshow to meet some of the folks that fly these airplanes. I have watched them for a number of years at local shows and they have put on some impressive formation flyovers. I expected to have a smaller formation of 4 to 6 aircraft and was pleasantly surprised to fnd that I would be going up with a group of 12! A big thanks to Scott "Scooter" Chastain for the invitation, Dave "Hog" Klages for hosting this fun fly-in and to Sean "Goose" Farrell for taking me along to get some photos. Thanks to everyone else in the flight too, you gave me a great opportunity to catch what I have been watching from the ground for a number of years.

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