# How many airplanes do we need?

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#### Pops

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Where there is a will, there is a way. Make holes in walls for wings to stick out.

#### ToddK

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As I've read many times on this forum, decide on your mission. After stopping the build process on a CH-701 because it was getting in the way of other things that NEEDED to be done, I realized, I just want to fly. Short trips, by myself, with a friend, just flying without breaking the bank. I do however plan to fly to Airventure in 2021, bucket list thing you know. Decided on a Cessna 150, cruise at 100 mph, ha, if I'm lucky, so I just figure about 90 mph and deal with it, 5 to 6 gal an hr depending on cruise setting, that's cheap enough. I can always rent a 172 or a Champ, I'm checked out in both and I can even get some unususl attitude training in a Citabria if I want too, and probably will.
The trip to A/V from South Carolina will be long and slow but the journey is as important as the destination in my opinion. I have gathered some light weight camping gear and I'm on a mission to loose 30 lbs by then so I should be able to carry full fuel, that's a plus, although a 3 hr leg in a 150 is a bit of a stretch for an old guy but I'm not going to have a tight schedule anyway. Being retired and having an understanding wife is a great way to finish out my life. I have friends that have much nicer, faster, roomier aircraft and I do fly with them occasionally and it's great, but for my budget, the 150 gets me in the air anytime I want, weather permitting. One of my friends goes every year and flys the P 51 for an hour, he has a T 6 that he flys every week, I've got stick time in it also. When asked, why don't you just buy a P 51, he said, I get all I want once a year without the expence of owning it! Smart man, he knows his mission.
Bob, I just like to fly
The 150 is a great and often overlooked aircraft that is affordable in every sense of the word. It’s also well designed, well built, and safe. Had a chance to practically steal an old beater 150 a few years ago, and still regret not buying it. Somebody smarter then me once said if you want to fly, buy. If you want to build, build. Good advice.

#### TerryM76

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Yes, I really need an airplane. Haven't been without an airplane for close to 50 years. I really do, just like a drug addict needs another fix. Yes, I really do.
Most of the time I have owned 2, one I'm flying and one I'm building.
At this time I own 2. The JMR Special and a plans built Zenith 600. For room in the hanger to put the JMR together I sold the SSSC. Really hated to sell it . The Zenith 600 is stored at my sons place. If I had room on my land I would have added on the the hanger, but that was out of the question. I also have my 1981 Chevy 3/4 ton truck in the hanger, my Dodge Carvan, MF farm tractor , the paint booth, the office and bathroom. Don't have room for 2 high wings, but I think I can get a high wing and a small low wing in the hanger. So thinking about bringing the Z-600 back home.
I'm guessing Pops MF tractor in the hangar is a Massey Ferguson....and my MF tractor is a Farmall....my wife says that I don't need any more airplanes......don't tell her that my plans include more.

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#### Pops

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I'm guessing Pops MF tractor in the hangar is a Massey Furgeson....and my MF tractor is a Farmall....my wife says that I don't need any more airplanes......don't tell her that my plans include more.
I will not tell, if you will not tell
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#### Pilot-34

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I'm guessing Pops MF tractor in the hangar is a Massey Furgeson....and my MF tractor is a Farmall....my wife says that I don't need any more airplanes......don't tell her that my plans include more.
Lol I live in farm country where about anything goes if it’s farm related.
So when a friend couldn’t get a oversized permit to move a Engineless Biplane he hung tarps on it and taped some plastic seats on the bottom wing and told the cops it was a shaded sunflower head picker.....

No hunny it’s not a plane it’s a high speed crab apple trimmer.....

#### Mark Z

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A Champ and a 210 pretty much scratches my itch. I am building a CX-4 to scratch the building itch in my hangar plus, working with kids at school infects them with the aviation disease (we’re on our 5th year and 3rd RV-12).
This aviation disease is surely one where misery loves company.

#### Bill-Higdon

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The
mathematical equation for this is N+1 = number of airplanes needed where N= the number we currently own.

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#### don january

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I decided I just need one plane with one seat

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#### Mark Z

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Single seat airplanes are the ultimate in indulging selfishness; yes, I nEEd a single seat airplane for my collection.

#### Speedboat100

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So how many airplanes do you need? How many airplanes do I need?

Can someone build a kit that is slightly faster than a SR 71 and a little bit more economical than a quickie?

What are your missions and needs ,how many airplanes do you really need?
I think there is a bit challenge still left for the most !

But if you crack that code I bet NASA will hire you instantly or SpaceX or even Blue Origin....maybe Airbus.

I assume for the most one aerodyne is enough...sometimes too much.

Was it mr. Hemingway who said...you live around many beautiful aeroplanes, but for the loveliest your heart will forever stay.

#### Tiger Tim

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A friend of mine has 85 in various states of completion, probably about a dozen airworthy. He’s always looking for the next.

#### Mark Z

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If I was flying the SR-71, I’d be trying to get another knot out if it. I’ve found that none of them are fast enough.

#### mcrae0104

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If I was flying the SR-71, I’d be trying to get another knot out if it. I’ve found that none of them are fast enough.

#### Erik Snyman

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Beautiful!!! Dont f**** with me, Chinas!!

#### Erik Snyman

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Lol I live in farm country where about anything goes if it’s farm related.
So when a friend couldn’t get a oversized permit to move a Engineless Biplane he hung tarps on it and taped some plastic seats on the bottom wing and told the cops it was a shaded sunflower head picker.....

No hunny it’s not a plane it’s a high speed crab apple trimmer.....
We had an old C175 on the farm in Africa. When the GO-300 decided enough was enough, we swapped in a Chev V6 with a re-drive and lived happily ever after. When I left Africa, that C175 was still happily plotting along with the Chevy on its nose.... On a farm it either works, or you make a plan!!

Needles to say, the authorities were far, far away, and when you need a plane to work, you need it NOW...