Frank Christensen, the Man Behind the Kit Plane Revolution

Thirty-five years ago, Frank Christensen started a revolution. He introduced his kit for the Eagle aerobatic biplane at the 1977 EAA Fly-In, and with that, he changed the image of homebuilding.

Frank Christensen

Frank Christensen

Frank Christensen with his Pitts special S-1S at the time of Eagle startup.
Christen 801

Christen 801

Christen 801 Inverted Oil System.
Christen 844 Manual Fuel Pump

Christen 844 Manual Fuel Pump

Christen 844 Manual Fuel Pump
Eagle II

Eagle II

Eagle II paint design by Budd Steinhilber and Barry Deutsch.
Sport Aviation Cover

Sport Aviation Cover

Sport Aviation cover
Sport Aviation insert brochure cover

Sport Aviation insert brochure cover

Sport Aviation insert brochure cover
Christen draftsman, Don Lee, with Eagle kit array

Christen draftsman, Don Lee, with Eagle kit array

Christen draftsman, Don Lee, with Eagle kit array
Eagle in Christen Booth at Oshkosh 1977

Eagle in Christen Booth at Oshkosh 1977

Eagle in Christen Booth at Oshkosh 1977
Christen Eagle II in flight

Christen Eagle II in flight

Christen Eagle II in flight
Eagle wing ribs kit manual page

Eagle wing ribs kit manual page

Eagle wing ribs kit manual page
Black 260 hp super-light Christen Eagle I

Black 260 hp super-light Christen Eagle I

Black 260 hp super-light Christen Eagle I
Frank proposing Eagles Team to Tom, Charlie and Gene

Frank proposing Eagles Team to Tom, Charlie and Gene

Frank proposing Eagles Team to Tom, Charlie and Gene
Tom, Charlie and Gene as the Eagles Aerobatic Flight Team

Tom, Charlie and Gene as the Eagles Aerobatic Flight Team

Tom, Charlie and Gene as the Eagles Aerobatic Flight Team
Eagles Aerobatic Flight Team in flight

Eagles Aerobatic Flight Team in flight

Eagles Aerobatic Flight Team in flight
Eagle 901 Ailerons Kit in vacuum packaging

Eagle 901 Ailerons Kit in vacuum packaging

Eagle 901 Ailerons Kit in vacuum packaging
John Denver with his Eagle at Oshkosh

John Denver with his Eagle at Oshkosh

John Denver with his Eagle at Oshkosh
Frank Christensen

Frank Christensen

Frank Christensen and Herb Anderson at the Afton factory