Anson Needham's maiden flight on his home-built RV8 Bulawayo Bomber 

 

It took Anson Needham about five years to build this plane on a part time basis with the help of Mossie. We celebrated his maiden flight on the 27 July 2014 with a champagne toast. His parents, Bob and Phoebe-Ann Needham were beaming with pride - the same pride that they displayed when Anson had his first solo flight on March 1988.

 

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-Veronica Lind- 

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RV 8 Bulawayo Bomber Test Flight

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RV 8 Bulawayo Bomber - How it got it's name

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Anson Needham's thank you speech after his maiden flight on his RV8

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Bob Needham's speech

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RV 8 taking off

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RV 8 Landing after maiden flight

Anson Needham's RV8 being built
Anson Needham's RV8 being built
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Anson Needham's RV8 work in progress
Anson Needham's RV8 work in progress
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RV8 work in progress
RV8 work in progress

Anson Needham explaining how he put the RV8 together

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Bob and Anson with unfinished RV8
Bob and Anson with unfinished RV8
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Anson and Ray with unfinished RV8
Anson and Ray with unfinished RV8
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Anson doing final checks on RV8
Anson doing final checks on RV8
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Anson Needham and Veronica Lind
Anson Needham and Veronica Lind

Posing before maiden flight

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Anson Needham's RV8 ready for take off
Anson Needham's RV8 ready for take off
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Anson Needham's RV8 maiden flight
Anson Needham's RV8 maiden flight

Spectators watching

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Anson Needham's RV8 maiden flight
Anson Needham's RV8 maiden flight

Proud parents, Bob and Phoebe-Ann Needham with Anson

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Bob Needham flying RV8
Bob Needham flying RV8
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Little spectators watching Bob
Little spectators watching Bob

Bob Needham about to take RV8 for a fly

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RV8 sitting pretty
RV8 sitting pretty
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RV8 close up
RV8 close up
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Discovery Flight