What's That English Flag Doing on a Retired U.S. Navy Aviator's RV-6?

Bob Mills' IO-540-equipped "SuperSix" sporting a Union Jack.

Isn't that Bob Mills' SuperSix over there? What's it doing with a British Union Jack on it? The red-blooded, former U.S. Navy Aviator, SWA pilot, and President of Reno Air Racing's Sport Class seems an unlikely candidate to fly the English colors. Was he conscribed into the British Navy during one of his frequent international trips? Did the Brits commandeer his IO-540-equipped RV-6 when he wasn't looking. A little investigative reporting quickly revealed that Bob has generously loaned the plane... to fly at Reno, no less--to a founder of the British Sport Air racing series, James Springer.

James Springer poses next to his ride at Reno this week... Bob Mills' SuperSix.

Springer and Mills became friends when Bob went to England to help James and his mates establish a pylon-racing event. The friendship grew and Bob offered his SuperSix as a ride at Reno this year. James, who flies his own RV-6 at home, flew to Reno last June for the Pylon Racing School to qualify for this week's activities. He returned with two buddies, both fellow RV-6 pilots and racers, to tackle the big event. With a slot secured for the races over the next four days, we anxiously watch to see how he fares.

Louise Hose

Louise Hose is an instrument-rated, commercial pilot who regularly flies her RV-6, her husband’s RV-8, and an RV-3B and a Dream Tundra, which they built together. They live in Dayton Valley Airpark in Nevada. She also edits the monthly, free digital newsletter, The Homebuilder’s Portal by KITPLANES®.

7 Replies to “What's That English Flag Doing on a Retired U.S. Navy Aviator's RV-6?”

  1. James is a great friend and a darn good stick! It was fun to see his RV-Grin...Reno style this week! We let him "colonize" Rocket Six for a week, Flag of Great Britain (or Flag of the UK) and all! Fellas just want to have fun, and I'd even get them fired up with a few bars of his national anthem occasionally! Rocket Six has taken back its independence from the would-be colonists: Baseball bats and mitts have replaced Cricket bats and wicket-keeper gloves, Apple Pie replaces Shepherds Pie, and 49 is safely ensconced in its hangar...all set to lead a Missing-Man for Mike Majors, recently passed RARA Board of Directors member, this Sunday. Well done James...and fun article Louise! 🙂

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