and his homebuilt
Long EZ† N8HA
I was about 14 years old and hitchhiked from Olathe to Grand Junction to take my first flying
lesson in a Stagger Wing Beechcraft with Eddie Dropula, instructor, in 1943.† My next instructor cut
that page out of my log book when I went for my private check ride. He said it didnít look appropriate.
†I was instructed in Taylorcrafts, Cubs, and Luscombes. I got my private license in 57 hours. I ferried new
Luscombes from Dallas, Texas, factory to Chicago with only 68 hours total time. I started building the Long EZ in 1982.
It took four to five years. My first flight in it was October 7, 1986. I flew the EZ to Oshkosh two timesóin 1987 and 1988.