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