Ray was one of them. He had bought the T-18 plans — set No.149 — in 1964, when he was fresh out of graduate school at the University of Arizona with a master's degree in agronomy. They cost $125. He knew nothing about aircraft sheet-metal work — in those days you bought plans and the rest was pretty much up to you because the era of prefabricated plastic kits fleeing from the incomprehensible 51 percent rule was still in the distant future — and spent several years building the fuselage, wings and empennage with Vaughn Parker's help. The FAA signed off the airframe in 1970. By then, Ray's employer, Chevron Agricultural Chemicals, had moved him to Fresno, California. The T-18 had been crated up and moved at Chevron's expense; and it would move again, and again, and again, as Ray transferred first to Iowa, then to Billings, Montana, then back to Fresno, and then, after he retired, to Bozeman, Montana. Work and a family eclipsed the T-18 project. In Iowa, he helped his son Carl build two soapbox racers. In Billings, he devoted his leisure time to fly-fishing and skiing and for some time operated a Taylorcraft dealership. The T-18 remained a bare airframe — as homebuilders invariably say, 90 percent finished, 90 percent to go.