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September 10, 1981

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@ UNSAVALL Jr. delighted a crowd of on hand at the Athens Air- afternoon to watch the of his home built biplane. Used barrel rolls and loops, With smoke, as he flew overhead the estimated 500 people who joined in the festivities. The crowd, much greater than the 150 anticipated before the event, was not disappointed as Royall took to the heavens twice to give a total 45-minute demonstration of the biplane. Guests were not only treated to an air FROM THE GROUND as Dan Royall made his maiden Christian Eagle ii airplane at Athens Airport Sunday. Royall crowd with air loops and low )asses. (Staff photo by Ann Roan- PRESS 1981 show, but also enjoyed a catered bar- Royall said that with his new Eagle becue dinner and live entertainment he expects to be ready to try for the from a country and western hand. The championship within two years. entire airport area was lined withspec- Royall has been flying for 30 years tutors, including many who had flown in for the afternoon in their own craft ............. The flight was the culmination of work began last September. Royall, assisted by Roy and Barbara Walker and his son, James, took on what was to become a 15-bour-per-day, seven-day- per-week job of constructing the craft. The Christian Eagle II can reach speeds of 210 miles per hour and is designed as an aerobatic vehicle. Royall started with a kit and drawings and bought materials through Christian Industries, and assembled it a piece at a time. The plane weighs 1,050 pounds, has a 20-foot wing span, is 18 feet, 6 inches long and stands 6 feet, 6 inches high. The 200-horsepower engine is fuel injec- ted. Prior to the takeoff Royall and his crew removed decorative streamers and bouquets of red roses from the craft After entering the cockpit he gave a "thumbs up" sign to well- wishers along the runway. Following the flight Royall said his craft "did everything we hoped and more" "I had to build my own plane to get the performance level I need for com- petition," Royall said. "My ultimate goal is to fly on the olympic team in world championship competition." HOgg & Sons Book Bindery , Inc Springport, Mich. 49281 @ and plans to have fun flying his plane where he will enter the Southwest Ex- cress-country and taking it to various perimental Aircraft Association Show. shows around the country. He plans to Royall is owner of Royall Chevrolet, be in Kerrville Sept. 18 through 20 Buick, AMCand Jeepin Malakoff. DAN ROYALL, (right). assisted by Roy Walker, removed the red ribbon from his Christian Eagle il plane prior to the takeoff of the maiden flight Sunday afternoon. A large crowd was on hand to witness the flight of the craft. Staff photo by Ann Rounsavall) "The Heartbeat Of This Progressive Territory" cents single copy i~~,