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Canadian RV-8 Praised for Golden Hawk Paint Scheme

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Kevin Horton’s RV-8 reassembled after painting.

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RV-8’s RCAF Golden Hawk paint job cures at Kolorfast, Inc. of Smiths Falls, Ontario.

Kevin Horton
Kevin Horton of Greely, Ontario, was antsy to see his new paint job and he has already cleared his calendar for a visit to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

April 22, 2010 —Kevin Horton, EAA 368058, of Greely, Ontario, Canada, recently finished reassembling his RV-8 after it went to the paint shop. Normally that’s not breaking news; however Kevin selected a rather stunning paint job that is sure to turn heads when he brings it to AirVenture 2010 this summer.

Bits and Pieces discovered Kevin’s aircraft in the forums of Vansairforce.net, where he had already received lots of kudos following his original posting. Kevin picks up the story from here:

“My RV-8 has been in the paint shop for way too many weeks, getting painted in its RCAF Golden Hawks paint scheme. I finally got a call from Korrey yesterday evening to tell me it was 99.9 percent finished. He has some work to do on the wheelpants, as he wasn’t happy with the way the body work turned out. But everything else is done and it just needs some time to cure in the heated paint shop before I can pick it up.

“I happened to have a proficiency flight scheduled in a Cessna 182 this morning, and for some crazy reason Transport Canada can no longer purchase avgas in Ottawa. So, if you’re flying your C-182 you need to be careful that you don’t bring it home too low on fuel. Smiths Falls has the cheapest avgas in the area, so I stopped there today at the end of my flight to gas up. Smiths Falls also happens to be where the paint shop is, so I walked over there afterwards to see the aircraft.

“It is absolutely gorgeous. I am very happy with the way it turned out.”

We look forward to seeing Kevin and his RV at AirVenture, where one of the inspirations for the paint scheme will also be on display, as Vintage Wings is bringing its Canadair Sabre 5 jet Hawk One to the show.

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