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Riggerrob

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Domina Jalbert invented the ram-air parachutes that have dominated skydiving for the last 40 years. The homebuilt connection was the kit parachutes offered by Lone Star Parachute/Parakit Co. during the late 1980s. I sewed together 2 parakits and made about 600 jumps on them.
 

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The T-Craft was C.G. Taylor, not Molt. C.G. also designed the original Piper Cub.

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And Molt also came up with the IMP and Mini-IMP. I haven't seen John Monnett mentioned, so he should be added to the list.
 

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If Bud Evans was not automatically included in the very first group of any homebuilt designer hall of fame, it would shine a very very bad light on any organization that would claim to create, host, or house a hall of fame for homebuilt designers. Unless Bud Evans was a war atrocities criminal or a child predator, there is no justification whatsoever to not have him right up there next to Wittman and Corben and Pietenpol and any other "first group" of inductees.
 

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Actually the name that's notably absent - in my world at least is probably john roncz.
 

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The Homebuilders Hall of Fame (where I would assume designers belong) is here: EAA Homebuilders Hall of Fame | EAA
Note that hall-of-famer Frank stole his first design (learned first hand from his accomplice) because Curtis would not sell, and copied his second.

I loved his promotional video, with music (We Are The Champions) from Queen.


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Budd Davisson ... was not selected; apparently his membership in the good old boy’s club had expired.
Yeah, there's "that" faction of the good ol' boys' club that holds it against you if you continue to be hale, hearty, and active after your "best if used up by" date. Davisson was hopping rides at Oshkosh in a Davis DA-2A in 1972 next to Carl Unger in his Breezy. These men were heroes to at least one boy that year.
 

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Has anyone mentioned Lou Stolp? Stardusters were hot, once.
Or Jim Stewart who designed the all-metal Chevy-powered S-51?
Marcel Jurca?
Roger Druine?
Walter Jamouneau?
Alberto Santos-Dumont?
Henri Mignet?
Ed Heath?
Les Long?
Tom Story?
Ivan Diggs?
Vernon Payne?

Who designed "Moon Maid," anyway?

Don't forget the fling-wingers: Igor Bensen and B.J. Schramm.
Did somebody say Jim Marske?

Shoot, all these guys named on this thread are hall of famers to me -- design a plane and make it fly? That's worth a sheepskin and a who's-who listing. I'd bet more than half the guys commenting on this list should be on the list themselves, but I can't know because everybody's got these silly aliases that I can't decipher. 🤷
 

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Walter Jameneau did not design homebuilt airplanes, unless you consider the Piper Aircraft Company an amateur builder. Although he is the "J" in J-3 Cub, the basic aircraft was designed by CG Taylor, and Jameneau basically followed Piper's orders to make it cute for the marketing and advertising.
 
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