Association Chapter 725
Grants Pass, Oregon
Meetings on 1st Sundays, 2:00 p.m. @ Grants Pass Airport
Winter in FBO Classroom - Otherwise in Chapter Hangar
Derek has completed several beautiful
homebuilt projects including two Van's Aircraft RV-6As, the second of
which he flies at the present time while rebuilding a Whitman Tailwind
in his Grants Pass Airport hangar. A native of England, Derek lived
through WW II, experiencing a V-2 rocket exploding 300' from Derek
while testing Ford engines in the factory which was completely
Facing the draft, he served in the all-volunteer Royal
Navy as a Petty Officer after passing a riggorous 6-week
machinist's practical test at age 18. Derek returned
to his job at Ford and subsequently commenced an extesive engineering
career with Chrysler and finally Ford in America.
Derek has ammassed more
than 2,180 hours since earning his pilot's
license in 1962 in Torrance, California. Derek got the flying bug
as a young Air Training Corps Cadet in 1943 at 16 years of age during
the middle of the war, flying in anything available all over Britain
while learning things like rebuilding aircraft engines.
Shown here are Derek's two RV6As.
restoring a Whitman
Tailwind in his Grants Pass Airport hangar (left photo).
His experience buillding a beautiful Kitfox (at right) made him
confident in tackling another tube and fabric project.