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Wayne Handley Aerosports, Inc.

Raven and boatAlthough Wayne excelled in both naval aviation and in his ag pilot career, he made his name known worldwide with his magnificent flying in airshows. Wayne proved his outstanding capabilities in competition and then subsequently for over a decade, continued to show the world his flying prowess as a top airshow performer. Posted below are the specifications for the spectacular Raven, the airplane in which he dazzled airshow audiences.

Wayne retired from the airshow circuit in 1999, but did fly three shows for Rocky Hill's AOL program and one show in the Raven during the 2002 season. Wayne continued his semiretirement and flew the Raven in 2003 at the Riverside Airshow and the California International Airshow in Salinas, where he announced his official retirement. In August 2005, Wayne retired his beautiful Raven.  He flew the plane one last time in an air show at the NWAAC fly-in in McMinnville, Oregon before handing it over to the Evergreen Aviation Museum, home of the Spruce Goose, where it will be proudly displayed. Wayne continues to teach near his Pine Mountain Lake home in his Extra 300L and provides seminars entitled "Spins and Unusual Attitudes" along with related instructional flights at various regional airports.

Raven Specifications and Performance

Wing Construction
Carbon Fiber & Fiberglass by Zivco Aeronautics
Wing Span
24' 6"
Design G Load
+/ - 16 G
Fuselage Construction
Welded tube, graphite skin
Empty Weight
1350 pounds
Lycoming AIO540
3 blade composite
Fuel Capacity
54 gallons
Smoke Oil Capacity
14 gallons
Roll Rate
380 degrees/second
Max Climb Rate
4000+ feet/minute
Stall Speed
60 MPH
Fuel Flow
15 gallons/hour
Vertical Penetration
2400 feet starting at sea level
Brake Release to 100 MPH
8 seconds
Brake Release to 3000 feet
54 seconds
Excitement Level

Paint Colors: PPG's Deltron Flame Red DBU76481ALT, Dark Blue "Raven" DBU4429

                    Royal Blue Metallic DBU17330, Gold DBU84264

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