Man builds plane in basement, demolishes wall to get it out

Most people have ordinary stuff like nuclear reactors in their basement, but not Dan Reeves. For the last 9 years he's been putting together a Van's RV-7A airplane kit in his basement, and that's not just a little R/C model, the RV-7A one can take two people as high as 25,000 feet.

His main problem is that while he was putting it together, he didn't really think too much about how he was going to get it out once it was done. So last week he hired a contractor to dig up his yard and knock down the basement wall, creating a ramp that he and a bunch of friends used to drag it out into the light of day.

To be fair, Dan only really wanted to build the thing, then install a glass floor in the living room so he could admire his handywork from above. Unfortunately his wife nixed that idea, so out it came. Dan turned the event into a local party, and invited the local press along to watch.

Now the Pennsylvania man says he only need to fit the wings and a few other bits so he can get the plane's FAA certification.


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