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I love the Beech Baron B55 Colemill conversion with winglets and vortex generators. It's a fun flying plane, that is easy to fly and perfect for flying with friends for that classic $100 hamburger. I also like the Piper Warrior for its handling characteristics. The more docile a plane, the more I like it because the plane is more fun to fly and the passengers enjoy the ride more.
One of my students and I rebuilt a basket-case J-3, but as a PA-11, with an O-200 in it. Had to run it EXPERIMENTAL for a while to get a one-time STC. As rebuilt, it could be soloed from either seat, so I used to taxi it with the tail up, complete the run-up and everything without touching the tail wheel. Then proceed to takeoff on one wheel, fly the traffic pattern a constant bank, land on the other wheel, and the fly the pattern again, banked the other way! The Cub has wonderful aileron and rudder control, so even doing a left-hand pattern with a 15 degree RIGHT bank isn't as hard as it sounds. Next time around the patch, another touch and go, but this time just the tail wheel. That's a little trickier, and I would miss on about a third of those attempts. With the 100-horse coffee grinder in front, the Cub would easily get in and out of all the grass strips in the area, and the fancy red, white and blue paint job we had got us lots of attention. A wonderful, fun airplane, and we rebuilt it ourselves, which made it all the better!
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