Ken Rand came to the attention of the sport aviation world in the summer of 1972 when he brought his KR-1, N1436, to Oshkosh. It was a sensation and along with the KR-2, which was introduced at Oshkosh in 1974, turned homebuilding in a new direction -- toward the composite designs of today. Since 1972 more KRs have been built than any other design and the KR-2 remains at a peak of popularity. -- Source airfoilengineering.com
I headed out to KMVN for the annual gathering. The location moves around, but KMVN is one of the favorites with tons of support from the airport and FBOs
I flew into St Louis airport and crashed overnight at a hotel, followed by a very rainy drive over to Mt Vernon IL. When I got there, the first sessions were already under-way. Lots of great information was presented from Wt and Balance to supplies and painting methods. Some engine guys were there talking about a new water cooled engine, and another talking about mods to corvair engines to improve performance to 110-120 HP from a base 95hp engine.
When we stepped out to the hanger just before lunch there were already pilots leaving the airfield due to the storm I had driven through and the rest of the conditions for the next few days. The furthest flier came from New York over 1000 miles.
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Instead we went to the airshow on Sunday, we saw some of the same aerobatic pilots we saw in Longmont earlier in the summer. They had a rough time due to strong winds.
Complete with WWII planes and STOL competition.