Wednesday, January 30, 2019

28 January 2019

Full story of Tom Reilly and the XP-82 coming in
April issue of Air Classics magazine.

XP-82 First Official Flight
28 January 2019




Photo Credit - Michael O'Leary

10 comments:

  1. Wow. So cool and amazing and so beautiful to see. I can't wait to see this in person some day hopefully will be making some airshow appearances in the near future. Congratulations to the team.

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  2. We are sitting in Douglas, Ga tonite in hopes we can fin/see this plane in the morning. We visited the shop in Kissimmee many times. We have finally swung over here to Douglas. First time here!

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  3. Congrats on winning Grand Champion at Sun n Fun!

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  4. Hi Tom, I couldn't believe I would ever see that XP82 fly again. I first seen it in Walter Soplata's field of airplanes. It was a year after I got my ticket,(1965),that I visited Walter's place in Newbury, Ohio. I lived about 15 minutes North of there in Chardon, Ohio. The 82 I saw was hacked in half right behind the canopy, and screwed together with a splice of sheet aluminum!Over the years I would stop to see what he dragged in. One afternoon that I was there, I seen Walter under his house, trying to start a jet engine. He had it tied to his support column. I surely thought he would either pull the house down, or burn the place down! At that time, he wouldn't sell a single piece of aluminum! He had some interesting planes, and a lot of scrap aluminum. I didn't know what would happen to all the stuff he had. I remember his kids, taxiing and old BT13, without wings, all over the property! They parked it on the lawn, in front of the house. I'm happy to see the old bird in the air again, it's been a long time. Bob U

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  5. Tom just watched the video of the right seat camera from Oshkosh...WOW

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