No. 7640. Rose A-4 Parrakeet (N34253 c/n A4-01)
Photographed at Oskaloosa, Iowa, 1959-1961, by David J. Gauthier

Rose A-4 Parrakeet

03/31/2008. This aircraft was manufactured by Hannaford and sold on May 1, 1950, to Roy D. Pavlik. It changed hands several times, and had the engine changed from the original Continental A65 to a Continental C85.

In 1959 it was purchased by Robert "Bob" A. Fabian of Peotone, Illinois, who flew it for three successive years at the AAA National Fly-In at Oskaloosa, winning the amateur aerobatic competition in 1960 and 1961. The aircraft was lost on September 4, 1961, the day after the Fly-In, when both right wings separated from the main fuselage. Bob Fabian parachuted to safety.

Created March 31, 2008