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Offline dkreidel

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Happy Birthday to my EZ!
« on: August 01, 2013, 01:16:49 PM »
888EZ first took to the air on July 4th 1983 after 2-1/2 years of building. Fast forward to now: 30 years later 8EZ has taken me safely to Alaska, Turks and Caicos, Prince Edward Island, Panama and hundreds of other interesting places. Best of all, I've met and made friends with a wonderful group of people that I'd never have had the pleasure of knowing without building a LongEZ.

Triple eight echo zulu now has 2,953 hours on it. The first 710 were with the Rutan blessed O-235-L2C and the rest with an O-320. It has taken a direct lightning strike while iced up over Lake Ponchatrain,  flown hundreds of hours in IMC, and trained several new pilots with the backseat rudders/brakes, throttle & mixture and com controls. It has been used in TV, movies and a Cadillac print commercial, been flown by 3 shuttle astronauts, 2 movie actors and John Denver.

Best of all, building it with my father, Sam Kreidel, allowed me to get to know him much, much better and patch up a rocky period between us.

What a great airplane, huh?

Offline Bill James

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Re: Happy Birthday to my EZ!
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2013, 06:15:37 PM »
Congrats Dick,
That's a long, easy summary; made short and sweet  :)
Many Happy Returns!
Bill James
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