The RVs of Van's Aircraft

Four decades down the road, RVs are more popular than ever.

Van's Aircraft RVs
Van's Aircraft RVs
Richard VanGrunsven founded Van’s Aircraft in his garage in Reedville, Oregon, when he was 31. Four decades later, the company is quietly having its best year ever.
Van's Aircraft RVs
Van's Aircraft RVs
**According to VanGrunsven, he wasn't trying to spark a kit-building revolution when he modified a Stits SA-3A Playboy during the mid-1960s. With increased horsepower, a modified wing and other changes, his first airplane design emerged, the RV-1. It was not until the RV-3, however, that sales took off.
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Van's Aircraft RVs
Van's Aircraft RVs
Produced between 1986 and 2001, the RV-6 features a 43-inch-wide fuselage that allows for side-by-side seating without sacrificing performance.
Van's Aircraft RVs
Van's Aircraft RVs
These RV-8s are proud members of Van’s Air Force, an enthusiasts network with air wings located throughout the world. The real Nigerian Air Force flies 60 RV-6As.
Van's Aircraft RVs
Van's Aircraft RVs
A dozen Oregon teens built this RV-12 in 16 months as part of Project Teen Flight.
Van's Aircraft RVs
Van's Aircraft RVs
For more, read our recent feature, "Van's Aircraft and Those Amazing RVs."