Upon learning that former Phillies ace hurler Ray Halladay, was killed crashing into the Gulf of Mexico on Nov. 7, the public’s collective sadness was undoubtedly followed by broad curiosity about the aircraft in which he died. An Icon? What’s that? Years earlier, I had asked the same questions when I came upon an eye-catching stand-alone display at the annual AirVenture summer gathering of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) at Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The exhibit, sponsored ...

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