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My list of "Hall of Fame" EAB a designers. Note that I have very little knowledge of designers outside of the USA, so please forgive me for not mentioning some of them.

In no particular order:

Orvile and Wilbur Wright
Richard VanGrunsven
Tom Hamilton
Dave Long
Curtis Pitts
Burt Rutan
Homer Kolb
John Thorp
Chris Heinz
Dick Schereder
Chuck Slusarczyk
Igor Bensen
Randy Schlitter

Please add your favorite designers.


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Alex Strojnick S2A motorglider, Laminar Magic
Bruce Carmichael -worked with Mike Arnold, Sunseeker
Wil Schuemann - experimental sailplane mods and then drag reduction theory
Leon Davis - DA2A and others
Paul, Bill and Ernie Schweizer - experimental primary and advanced gliders.
Walter and Reimar Horten - Experimental flying wing gliders
Jack Northrop - experimental flying wings
Kelly Johnson - Experimental military
Mike Arnold Ar5 AR6
Jim Bede BD series BD4-5
Fred Lesher - Lesher Teal
Dave Thurston -Thurston Teal - became Lake Amphib.

I know some of these guys are pretty main stream but in terms of influences of out of the box stuff they are all very solid.
 
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Some good additions, Jay. Lots of names to add if we open it up to all designers, not just those who designed EAB's.

Thanks,


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Dick Eipper (Quicksilver), Wayne Ison (TEAM aircraft, Minimax, etc.), Mike Fisher (Fisher Aircraft), Henri Mignet (Pou du Ceil), Michel Colomban (Cri-Cri), Dean Wilson (Avid)

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A couple off the top of my head (not yet mentioned):

Ed Heath - Heath Parasol (one of earliest kit built planes- if not THE earliest), Heath Baby Bullet
George Bogardus (for his early advocacy and lobbying for homebuilts)

... more to come.
 
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Fred Weick - W1A
Al Mooney - M-18
William Boeing - Boeing Model 1
Lloyd Stearman
Emil Matthew Laird
Clarence Gilbert Taylor

For the Rotorcraft Crowd:
Juan De La Cierva - Cierva C3
Harold Pitcairn
Igor Sikorsky - VS300
Charles Kaman - K125
Arthur Young - Bell Model 30
Dennis Fetters - Mini 500
Frank Piasecki - PV2

Most of these ended up more than just EAB designers, even starting some famous companies or designing some famous certified aircraft. However, their careers (for the most part) started in a garage.
 
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I'm surprised nobody has mentioned Ken Rand. For whatever faults the KR-n series may have had, they probably had as much to do with popularizing homebuilding as the VariEZE, if not more.
 

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Molt Taylor, T-Craft and Aerocar.
 

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Chris Falconar. Designed 20 Homebuilts. Also I believe him and Chris Heinz worked together in France for the Robin Aircraft Co.
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My list of "Hall of Fame" EAB a designers. Note that I have very little knowledge of designers outside of the USA, so please forgive me for not mentioning some of them.

In no particular order:

Orvile and Wilbur Wright
Richard VanGrunsven
Tom Hamilton
Dave Long
Curtis Pitts
Burt Rutan
Homer Kolb
John Thorp
Chris Heinz
Dick Schereder
Chuck Slusarczyk
Igor Bensen
Randy Schlitter

Please add your favorite designers.


BJC

Guys:

You have identified lots of notable people, amd they all deserve our recognition; however, I am interested in designers of Experimental Amateur Built airplanes.

Something that I should have done in the OP was to name an aircraft that I believed to qualify each designer.

I'm certain that there are some that have not yet been mentioned.


BJC

Orvile and Wilbur Wright - Wright Flyer
Richard VanGrunsven - RV series
Tom Hamilton - Glasair I, II, III, GlaStar, Sportsman 2+2
Dave Long - MIdget Mustang
Curtis Pitts - S-1 series, S-2 Series Model 12
Burt Rutan -Veri-EZ, et al.
Homer Kolb - Kolb ultralights
John Thorp - T-18
Chris Heinz - Zenair series
Dick Schereder - HP series of sailplanes
Chuck Slusarczyk - CGS Hawk, iterations
Igor Bensen - Gryocopter
Randy Schlitter - Rans series
 

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John Taylor - Monoplane & Titch.

Édouard Joly & Jean Delemontez - Jodels

Marcel Jurca - Tempete, et al

Anton Cvjetkovic - CA-65, CA-61

Roger Druine - Turbulent, et al

John Isaacs - Fury and Spitfire

Max Brugger - Colibri

Michael Platzer - Kiebitz

Eric Clutton - FRED

Leonard Millholland - Legal Eagle, et al

John Thorp - T-18, et al

Stelio Frati - F.8l Falco

Robert Baslee - Airdrome replicas

Pete Bowers - Fly Baby

C.H. Latimer-Needham and Arthur W.J.G. Ord-Hume - Luton Minor

Andrew Dalrymple and A.R.Ward - Chilton DW-1

Sir Sydney Camm - Hawker Cygnet (at least two have been homebuilt...)

Calvin Parker - Teenie Two
 
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You have identified lots of notable people, amd they all deserve our recognition; however, I am interested in designers of Experimental Amateur Built airplanes.

Something that I should have done in the OP was to name an aircraft that I believed to qualify each designer.
Quite right; I've edited my contributions to include the aircraft.

I guess we should still include C.G. Taylor, as there have been many homebuilt copies of the Piper Cub he designed... and his last design (in the 1970s) was the Subaru powered homebuilt Taylor Bird.

Dana
 
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