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VAN'S RV-8 (N707AA)


John and Patti Stahr's "American Angel," a 2012 Vans RV-8 (N707AA), is viewed here in the quiet darkness of the pits on the KRTS ramp at the 2018 National Championship Air Races.
The stunningly fabulous custom painted artwork of "American Angel" is intended as a "... tribute to all the angels that fly with us ... always!".
Every area of the aircraft is painted to show a different scene. The US Navy Blue Angels are honored with a gorgeous paint design on the port side wing (**), there are different artistic paintings on each side of the empennage, and there are painted scenes on the underside, the engine cowling, and even on the wheel pants. Absolutely awesome artistry!
** -- To view the Blue Angels tribute design on the wing, go to the next photo in my folder. I have posted a closeup photo of it.


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Gary SchenauerPhoto Uploader
John Stahr of "Artistic Aviation" (Eugene, OR) has custom painted over a dozen aircraft, including a Twin Otter, a Caravan, Falcons, RVs, and helicopters. One of the RVs, a Vans RV-10 named "Liberty," is painted with artwork that honors every branch of the US armed services. It features specific art of Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and the National Guard; and it also has a tribute to all veterans with a painting of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. "Libery" is based in Phoenix.
Greg Byington
That is a pretty airplane! Nice shot, Gary!
Tom Vance
Great photo, the colors and plane show very well. Thanks for the notes in caption - I've never seen this, but will be doing some research! A+ Gman!
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