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Dyke Delta
Dave Williams' Dyke Delta will be displayed at Homebuilders Headquarters for the 50th anniversary of the design.

A significant homebuilt aircraft design turns 50 this year, and EAA will celebrate the occasion at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012. Although on a smaller scale than other prominent aircraft milestones (because there simply aren't many out there), the Dyke Delta JD-2, designed by John Dyke, was an important, ahead-of-its-time design.

In 1962, Dyke designed the airplane, which has a true, distinctive double-delta design with folding wings, made with 4130 tubing and covered with fabric. The one-plus-three flight deck design is one of the airplane's unique elements, giving the pilot ample room up front with a bench seat across the back.

The FAA database shows 35 JD-2s registered, and around 15-20 more registered as something other than a JD-2. A fast (180-mph) cruiser with retractable landing gear, the Delta always stands out wherever it flies, or lands.

At Oshkosh this year, visit the Homebuilders Hangar on Wednesday, July 25, and you can see for yourself the innovative Delta design as two different airplanes will be featured in the hangar throughout the day. Alan White of Superior, Wisconsin, will have his beautiful white and blue Delta on display in the morning, while Dave Williams will have his resurrected yellow and black Delta (N18DW) on display in the afternoon.

Over the noon hour Wednesday, EAA will host John Dyke and present him with a 50th anniversary plaque in honor of his contribution to the homebuilder community.

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