Rapid-fire facts

  • 5-seat light transport
  • Featured in Sky King television series
  • First flight: March 26, 1939
  • Number built: 5,422


  • Wingspan: 41ft 1" (12.78m)
  • Length: 32ft 9" (9.98m)
  • Height: 9ft 11" (3.02m)
  • Max. speed: 195mph (314km/h)
  • Engines: 2 Jacobs R-755 radial piston, 245hp (183kW)

June 2017 winner:

Matt Sutinen, Engineer, Grob Inc., Grafton, Wisconsin

How long have you been in the aerospace business?

About 8 years.

How did you become interested in aircraft?

I’ve been interested in aircraft as long as I can remember. I’m fortunate enough to live in Wisconsin, so I was able to attend the EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh fairly often growing up – that definitely played a huge role early on.

What is your favorite aircraft?

I’m a huge fan of the all the older warbirds, but as a single favorite plane, I would have to go with the P-51. You can’t help but be fired up listening to the roar of a Rolls Royce Merlin engine!


Robert Tafel

Engineering Manager

Wellman Dynamics Machining and Assembly Inc.

York, Pennsylvania

Carol Labedz

Application Development Specialist

IES Holdings Inc.

Oak Brook, Illinois