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Quickie Aircraft Free Ranger


In the early 1980s, Quickie Aircraft Corporation, in Mojave, CA, built this airplane as an entrant in the race to fly around the world non-stop, non-refueled. Mike Huffman was brought to Mojave by Quickie to help finish the design and construction. His contributions included the unique landing gear dolly, which was designed to be jettisoned after the airplane took off on its record-attempting flight. At the completion of the flight, the airplane was to be landed on a wooden skid on the bottom of the aircraft.

Unfortunately, the airplane crashed during testing, taking the life of Tom Jewett, one of the Quickie Aircraft owners.



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