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Into the wild blue... part 2

All went well during the RV-7A's first flight. The plane performed flawlessly - from basement workshop to blue sky.

Subsequent test flights are now helping the builder-pilot get a better feel for the bird plus work out any technical bugs. So far so good. However, Lamframboise's wife, two sons, daughter, and five grandchildren will have to wait for their turns in the twin-seat experimental craft. The FAA requires experimental planes such as the RV-7A to fly at least 40 hours before passengers are permitted aboard.

In the meantime, you may be able to see Pete Laframboise flying his RV-7A through the airspace of Addison, Chittenden and Rutland counties. The plane has a distinctive engine sound; with its rakish, electric-like lines of red, white and blue, it's also easy to spot.

So, just when the rest of us ground hogs are easing our cars into the morning traffic pattern on Route 7, Pete Laframboise is already up and out in his experimental RV-7A-free as a bird and zooming off into that wild blue yonder.

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