The RVs of Van's Aircraft and Dick VanGrunsven

The story behind Van's Aircraft, the company that has forged a band of brothers among RV builders and pilots.

Stits Playboy

Dick’s RV-1 evolved from this Stits Playboy.

Van's Aircraft RV-1


Van's Aircraft RV-3

The RV-3 was designed to go fast and be aerobatic.

Van's Aircraft RV-3 and RV-4

RV-4 and RV-3: After years of appeals, Dick gave the market what it wanted: a two-seat tandem version of the RV-3.

Van's Aircraft RV-6

RV-6: There were those who demanded side by side seating... and got it!

Van's Aircraft RV-6A

RV-6A: The number of pilots proficient and comfortable in a taildragger was diminishing, so Dick created a tricycle version.

Van's Aircraft RV-7

RV-7: This was an upgrade of the RV-6, wih an improved kit. It was followed by a Tricycle version, the RV-7A.

Van's Aircraft RV-8

RV-8: This was a substantial upgrade of the RV-4.

Van's Aircraft RV-8A

RV-8A: Once again Dick made the move to accommodate those who preferred tricycle landing gear.

Van's Aircraft RV-9A

RV-9A: This is the third generation of the RV-6, with significant changes.

Van's Aircraft RV-10

RV-10: It took a long time, but the inevitable came to pass: a four-seat RV-10.

Van's Aircraft RV-12

RV-12: Van’s Aircraft has finally entered the ELSA market with the RV-12.

Dick VanGrunsven

Dick VanGrunsven