Welcome to the Home Page of Donald Reid
And the KR-2XL

as of 28 July 2007


KR's in Sport Aviation - Articles and photos throughout the years

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This is the starting point for all things KR.


KRNET is an email list devoted to exchanging information about the KR. All of the details are available at KRNET.ORG.

Construction Projects:

  • Haris Ashraf
  • Ed Blocher
  • John Bryhan
  • Tim Brown
  • Austin Clark
  • Dr. Dean Collette
  • Jack Cooper
  • Al Doherty
  • Marcel Driessen
  • Ron Eason
  • Trent and Kellie Flemming
  • Daniel Heath
  • Cary Honeywell
  • Rick Hubka
  • Rick Human
  • Lynn Hyder
  • Mark Jones
  • Mark Langford
  • Danny Livingston
  • Jerry Mahurin
  • Dave Mullins
  • Michael Mims
  • Franco Negri (Italian)
  • Dana Overall
  • Rich Parker
  • Albert Pecoraro
  • Jerry Picou
  • Florin L. Pintea
  • Bill Tabbert
  • Ross Youngblood
  • Completed KRs:

  • Carlton Blandford
  • Adrian Carter
  • Tom Crawford
  • Joe Beyer
  • Jim Hill
  • Lynn Hyder
  • Leonardo
  • Roy Marsh
  • Bobby Muse
  • Lester Palmer
  • Phil Payne
  • Troy Petteway
  • Bill Reents
  • Dean Selby
  • Jeff Scott
  • David J Stuart
  • Ken Thomas
  • Steve Trent
  • Korbus de Wet
  • The first homebuilt in my family. Photos and story from Sport Aviation, May 1968.

    By Leo J. Kohn
    (Photos by Rey Barry)

    Working from his own design, Donald L. Reid, EAA 215, of R. 4, Box 114, Charlottesville, Va., created the Reid RB-1 "Snapper", N-1290F.

    Don, who is an associate professor at the University of Virginia, teaches thermodynamics in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His interest in aircraft is a hobby which he has enjoyed before he learned to fly in 1942 in the CPTP.

    Of steel tube/wood wing/fabric cover construction, the "Snapper" is rather nicely proportioned and trim. Struts are used rather than landing wires.

    Five years and about $1,800.00 were spent on the project, which is 16 ft. long and spans 16 1/2 ft. Empty weight is 570 Ibs., and gross weight is 975 Ibs.

    The Continental A-65 engine was initially acquired in four bushel baskets. The worn parts were all replaced, and the engine was completely reassembled.

    Trim tabs were necessary on the elevators after the first flight brought out a nose-down tendency. Current cruise speed is in the neighborhood of 100 mph, but this is expected to increase by 20 percent with the addition of smaller wheels, wheel pants, and a full pressure cowl.

    Always happy to talk airplanes at donald.reid.pe "at" gmail.com
    (my address is written this way to spoof the spam spyders)
    Change the "at" to @