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Douglas C. Rhinehart

Doug Rhinehart & American Eaglet

1923  - Born September 15, 1923 in Missouri

1930's - Worked as airport boy and learned to fly at
                Roger Airport, Springfield, MO.
             - Also saw his first Rose Parrakeet

1950's - purchased and restored American Eaglet
                w/ 3 cylinder 45hp Szekely SR-3

1960's - moved to Farmington, NM

NC18252 & Doug Rhinehart

1963 - purchased Rose Parrakeet A-1 S/N 107, NC18252
            & flew it to EAA Rockford

1963/64 - met Jack Rose at AAA Fly-In Oskaloosa, IA

1963 - starts aerobatic performances

1965 - purchases Rose Parrakeet S/N 105 & Hannaford Rose
            S/N A4-00 to rebuild NC14881

NC14843 hanging in Woolworht's

1965 - Finds Rose Parrakeet S/N 103 NC14843 hanging
             in a Woolworths and buys it

1966 - Wins many awards with restored Rose Parrakeet
             A-1 S/N 107 NC18252 at AAA fly-ins in Texas,
             Arizona & Iowa

Ann Pellegreno & NC18252 - 1966

1967 - licenses production of five Rhinehart Rose
            Parrakeet A-4C from Jack Rose
          - Receives award for promotion of Sport Aviation &
             Light Aircraft at AAA National Fly-In

Jack Rose & Doug Rhinehart

Left - Jack W. Rose presents an award to Doug Rhinehart for "Development of the Sport Biplane" at 1967 AAA National Fly-In, Ottumwa, IA.  Photo from Antique Airplane Association News, vol. XI, nos. 9 & 10, May-June 1968.

1968 - Forms New Mexico AAA
         - organizes NM AAA Fly-In Aztec, NM
         - performs at air shows in Aztec, Alamogordo,
           Deming & Lindrith, NM

Left - New Mexico Chapter AAA members receiving their charter were: Back (l-r) -Tom Maxwell, Mr. Pierson, Doug Rhinehart, Randy Lor, Jack Shaughnessy and Kirt & Kelly Shaughnessy. Front-Bob Robinson, Eldon Loar and Robby Robinson..  Photo from Antique Airplane Association News, vol. XI, nos. 9 & 10, May-June 1968.

Doug Rhinehart & NM Antique Airplane Assoc.  Chapter

1969 - Completes first Rhinehart Rose Parrakeet S/N 505,

1978 - completes fifth A-4C

1978 - crashes in Luscomb shortly after take off from
             Aztec, NM.  Dies on 8 April after spending
             several days in coma in Albuquerque hospital.

Doug Rhinehart
Steve Rhinehart

Right - Doug's eldest son Steve from first marriage shown in this Sept. 1973 photo with the owner of Arrow Sport N8181. Steve worked with Doug in his Farmington, NM workshop during 70's.  Photo courtesy of Andrew Lewis, Steve's step-son.

Right - Doug's  son David from second marriage

Right - Dan Rhinehart Doug's youngest son, in front of his father's  aerobatic show plane (NC14881).  Dan completed a full restoration of this aircraft in November 2005.  Photo taken after the first post-restoration flight.  This was also NC14881's first flight in 20 years.  Photos courtesy of Dan Rhinehart

Below - The little man in the cockpit of his grandfather's airshow airplane is Dan's son Zach Rhinehart.  Zach is  Doug's only grandchild born on September 01, 2005.

Dan Rhinhart

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