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Barry's List of Aircraft Flown

When I was a flight instructor working my way through college in 1956, a P-51 taxied into our ramp. Its pilot was Vance Breese, the Mustang's original test pilot. During a conversation with him, I learned that he had flown more than 100 types of aircraft.

Wow, I thought, that's a lot of airplanes, and it prompted me to check my logbook to see how many types I had flown. At the time, July 24, 1956, I had checked out in 18 types. The first was an Aeronca "Champ." One hundred types seemed an impossible goal, but for reasons I could not explain, I felt challenged and made it a point to fly as many different types of aircraft as opportunity would allow.

I am still an avid "collector" and have flown more then 363 types. My most recent was a Velocity V-Twin. My current goal is to fly 400 types, although I doubt if I have enough years left to do that.

As the years rolled by and my list grew, I began to realize that I had flown some aircraft that I probably wouldn't recognize even if I saw them clustered on a ramp. These included such scarce aircraft as the Lombardi FL-3, the Morelli M-100S, and the Warwick Bantam.

Being somewhat obsessive-compulsive, I decided to put together an album containing a representative photo of each type that I have flown.

Some may wonder why I would want to fly such a large variety of aircraft. For me, every flight in a new airplane is an adventure, an opportunity to sample a designer's talent and ingenuity of which some obviously have more than others do. While we applaud some designs, such as the Siai-Marchetti SF.260, one can only wonder what inspired the manufacturers of others to risk the embarrassment of bringing their craft to market. A few are so underpowered that a prayer should be included on their before-takeoff checklists.

Sampling a wide variety of aircraft gives me a chance to compare handling qualities, performance, and systems. It helps me to know what is possible in an aircraft design and to distinguish between the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Determining which aircraft is a new type (to me) and which is not can be subjective. For example, I regard the Cessna 120 and 140 to be the same; there is insufficient difference between them to regard each as a separate type. Similarly, I consider all models of the Cessna 172 to be a single type. On the other hand, there is such a significant difference between the Cessna 182 Skylane and the Wren 460 Beta STOL (a modified 182) that I consider them to be different types. The latter is equipped with a reversible-pitch propeller, a canard-elevator combination on the nose, and spoilers for roll control. These convert an airplane that already has good low-end performance to one that is dramatically better.

I also regard all Piper Comanches as a single type except for the Comanche 600. When AirResearch replaced the Lycoming piston engine with a 600-hp Garrett turboprop engine (flat-rated to 400 hp), the machine assumed a startlingly different personality.

Reflecting on my first flights in some aircraft returns me to the memory of where I flew them. For example, I rented a De Havilland Chipmunk in Bristol, England, and recall flying it over the white cliffs of Dover and low over the English Channel while imagining that my wing-mounted twin-50s were armed and at the ready. Ghostly images of the Normandy beaches emerged from the morning mist as the Chipmunk and I dashed to assist in freeing France from the grip of the Hun.

Cover of book My Affair as an Amorous Aviator


1.11-07-53 Aeronca 7AC/DC Champion
2.04-03-54Cessna 120, 140
3.04-10-55Cessna 170
4.05-05-55Cessna 180, 185
5.07-03-55Beech 35 (through V-35B) Bonanza
6.07-11-55Piper J-5 Cruiser
7.07-18-55Stinson 108 Voyager/Station Wagon
8.07-22-55Met-Co-Aire Tri-Cessna 170
9.07-26-55Cessna 310
10.11-27-55Piper PA-22 Tri-Pacer
11.11-30-55Luscombe 8E, F Silvaire
12.01-06-56Ercoupe 415
13.02-18-56Ryan STA
14.03-12-56Culver LFA Cadet
15.06-26-56Cessna 165 Airmaster
16.06-29-56Mooney M-18 Mite
17.07-03-56Aero Commander 600 Series
18.07-23-56Globe/Temco GC-1B Swift
19.07-25-56Fairchild 24
20.08-15-56North American Navion
21.09-16-56Riley D-16 Twin Navion
22.10-06-56Beech 18 Twin Beech
23.10-21-56Cessna 182 Skylane
24.11-11-56Piper J-4 Cub Coupe
25.11-12-56Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser
26.11-18-56Aeronca 11AC Chief
27.01-07-57Fairchild PT-26 Cornell
28.03-20-57Ryan PT-22
29.05-30-57Pratt-Reed PR-G-1
30.05-30-57Cessna 172 Skyhawk
31.06-01-57Piper PA-16 Clipper
32.06-14-57Taylorcraft BC-12
33.07-27-57Mooney Mark 20/21
34.08-24-57Piper PA-18 Super Cub
35.10-20-57Bellanca 14-19 Cruisemaster
36.12-28-57Stinson SR-5 Reliant
37.01-11-58Stits FA-3B Playboy
38.03-21-58Piper PA-23 Apache
39.04-06-58Waco UPF-7
40.06-29-58Piper PA-24 Comanche
41.09-23-58Cessna 175 Skylark
42.12-20-58Piper J-3 Cub
43.12-26-58Morrisey/Shinn 2150
44.12-26-58North American AT-6, SN-J Texan
45.06-04-59Cessna 150
46.07-01-59Champion 7FC Tri-Traveler
47.09-26-59Beechcraft Model 18 Super Twin Beech
48.10-15-59Cessna T-50, UC-78 Bobcat, Bamboo Bomber
49.10-31-59Luscombe 8E Floatplane
50.01-24-60Cessna 210 Centurion
51.04-19-61Beech 33 Debonair
52.06-25-61Schweizer TG-3
53.08-12-61Fairchild PT-23
54.09-07-61Convair 240
55.11-21-61Cessna 190, 195
56.01-31-62Piper PA-23 Aztec
57.02-21-62Beech 50 Twin Bonanza
58.06-23-62Piper PA-28 140, 150, 160, 180 Cherokee
59.11-07-62Cessna 205
60.12-28-62Schweizer 2-22
61.01-17-63Schweizer 1-26
62.05-24-63Bell 47D, G1
63.06-29-63Hughes 269A, 300
64.06-30-63Hiller UH-12
65.07-13-63Commonwealth Ranger 185
66.07-22-63Meyers OTW
67.07-26-63Beech 23 Musketeer
68.11-14-63Schweizer 1-23
69.08-02-64Lockheed 1049G Super Constellation
70.08-10-64Lockheed 749, 749A Constellation
71.10-09-64Piper Colt
72.12-21-64Boeing 707-331 Intercontinental (pure jet)
73.01-07-65Boeing 707-131 (pure jet, water wagon)
74.01-08-65Boeing 707-131B (fan jet)
75.01-24-65Boeing 707-331 Intercontinental series (fan jets)
76.02-20-65Piper PA-28 Cherokee 235
77.06-13-65Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche
78.08-28-65Alon A-2 Ercoupe
79.10-30-65Cessna 170 floatplane
80.04-30-66Lake LA-4, Buccaneer
81.07-24-66Aero Commander 500 series
82.01-31-67Siai-Marchetti SF.260 (Waco Meteor)
83.02-04-67Partenavia P-64 Oscar
84.04-28-67Aero Commander 200
85.05-26-67Roberston Cessna 182, 210 STOL
86.08-22-67Bellanca 7EC Citabria
87.09-19-67Helio Courier H-250 Mark II
88.10-19-67Beech T-34 Mentor
89.12-03-67Schweizer 2-33
90.12-29-67Siai-Marchetti 220 Sirius
91.01-12-68Piper PA-32 Cherokee Six
92.02-03-68Wren 460 Beta STOL
93.02-11-6Cessna 177 Cardinal
94.03-16-68Boeing 727-100, 100QC
95.05-05-68Reims F-172 Rocket
96.05-11-68Scheibe Bergfalke III
97.05-17-68Boeing 727-200
98.05-26-68Hughes 500
99.05-31-68Fornier RF-4D
100.06-13-68Piper Comanche 600 (turboprop)
101.08-06-68Cessna 206 Super Skylane
102.09-27-68Aero Commander 100 Darter
103.11-08-68Temco T-610 Super Pinto
104.12-02-68Beech F33C Aerobatic Bonanza
105.12-24-68Cessna 320 Skyknight
106.01-17-69NASA 808 (PA-30) Test Vehicle
107.02-14-69Sud Rallye MS-894A Minerva
108.02-26-69Stinson L-5E Sentinel
10903-08-69Conroy STOLifter
110.05-05-69Piper PA-28 Arrow
111.05-11-69DeHavilland DHC-1 Chipmunk
112.07-26-69Schweizer 2-32
113.08-29-69Learjet 24
114.10-04-69Cessna 150 Aerobat
115.01-24-70Britten-Norman BN-2A Islander
116.02-08-70Morovan-Otrokovice Zlin 526 Trener Master
117.03-28-70Piper PA-39 Twin Comanche C/R
118.04-03-70Mooney M-10 Cadet
119.04-28-70Siai-Marchetti A.S. 202 Bravo
120.06-20-70North American Rockwell 1121 Jet Commander
121.07-20-70Bücker BU-133 Jungmeister
122.08-30-70DeHavilland Gypsy Moth
123.01-24-71Schweizer 1-34
124.01-26-71American Jet Industries 402 TurboStar
125.04-12-71McCulloch J-2 Gyroplane
126.10-15-71Enstrom F-28A
127.11-02-71American Yankee AA-1A Trainer
128.11-18-71Champion 402 Lancer
129.01-20-72Francis Lombardi FL-3
130.02-19-72Bellanca 17-31A Super Viking
131.03-01-72Cessna 337 Super Skymaster
132.03-05-72Cessna 177 Cardinal RG
133.04-08-72Bell 47H-1
134.05-01-72Beech E-90 KingAir
135.06-11-72Thurston TSC-1A1 Teal
136.06-11-72Schempp-Hirth Cirrus
137.06-14-72Lockheed L-1011 TriStar
138.06-22-72Piper PA-18 Floatplane
139.06-24-72Interstate S1B2 Arctic Tern
140.08-06-72Warwick Bantam
141.10-31-72Sud Aviation Gardan Horizon GY-80
142.11-30-72Israel Aircraft Industries 1123 Westwind
143.02-12-73Cessna 150/150 with Owl STOL Conversion
144.03-04-73Jodel D117
145.03-15-73Beech 95 Travel Air
146.05-14-73Citabria 7GCBC-S Floatplane
147.05-23-73Grumman American AA-5 Traveler
148.09-01-73Navion G-1 Rangemaster
149.10-20-73Bellanca Champ 7ACA
150.02-05-74Transavia Airtruk PL-12U
151.03-11-74Cessna 414, 414A Chancellor
152.06-12-74Blanik L-13 Sailplane
153.06-12-74Cessna L-19 Birddog
154.07-12-74Maule M-5 Lunar Rocket
155.08-19-74Piper Warrior, Archer, Dakota
156.10-28-74Aerostar 601P
157.11-09-74Beech 55 Baron
158.04-10-75AES Ltd. Airtourer T3A
159.04-10-75DeHavilland Tiger Moth
16004-13-75 Beech B24R Sierra
161.04-21-75N.Z. Aerospace CT/4 Airtrainer
162.04-21-75N.Z. Aerospace FU-24-950 Fletcher
163.01-09-76Beech 200 Super King Air
164.03-12-76Israel Aircraft Industries 201 Arava
165.04-17-76Messerschmitt BO-209 Monsun
166.05-27-76Beech Model 76 Test Bed
167.06-17-76Beech A-36, B-36TC Bonanza
168.11-19-76Piper Lance
169.05-09-77SAAB MFI-15 Safari
170.05-18-77Piper Seneca II
171.05-18-77Robertson Cessna 310 II w/ Fowler-flap conversion
172.05-18-77Robertson Bonanza w/ full-span flap/spoiler (roll) conversion
173.09-25-77Malmo Flygindustri MFI-9 Floatplane
174.03-24-78Rockwell Commander 112, 114
175.05-09-78Polish PZL-104 Wilga
176.05-22-78Piper PA-38 Tomahawk
177.09-15-78Sportavia RF-5B Sperber
178.10-14-78Piper PA-44 Seminole
179.11-25-78Polish PZL SZD-4 Ogar
180.02-15-79Douglas DC-4 Carvair
181.04-09-79Pitts S-2A
182.04-15-79Scheibe-Flugzeugbau SF-25E Super Falke
183.09-28-79Robertson Cessna P210 s/ spoilerons
184.10-20-79Funk Model C
185.02-25-80Robertson Cessna 402C w/ Fowler flap conversion
186.02-27-80Rutan Defiant
187.02-27-80Rutan Long-EZ
188.03-12-80Cessna 172RG Cutlass
189.04-07-80Great Lakes 2T-1A-2
190.05-18-80Morelli M-100S
191.06-26-80Goodyear GZ-20 Blimp
192.12-14-80Piper Pawnee Brave
193.07-06-81Cessna 441 Conquest
194.07-11-81Piper PA-31T Cheyenne II
195.11-12-81Beech 77 Skipper
196.01-23-82Partenavia P-68
197.07-08-82Cessna T210 w/ Glide Path Control Spoilers/Speed Brakes
198.11-11-82Boeing 747
199.01-13-83Boeing 747SP
200.11-10-83Robin 2160 Sport
201.02-08-84Boeing 767-200
202.10-05-84Cessna Citation I -501SP
203.02-21-85Aerospatiale TB-9 Tampico
204.03-01-85Bücker C-104 Jungmann
205.08-20-85Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain
206.09-14-85Grob 109 Motorglider
207.09-11-86Cessna 425 Corsair, Conquest I
208.09-29-86Cessna 335, 340
209.02-28-87Aerospatiale TB-20 Trinidad
210.04-09-87Beech 80 Queenair
211.04-19-87Piper J-3 Floatplane
212.06-18-87Varga Kachina 2180 TG
213.06-20-87Allison Propjet Bonanza
214.08-18-87Bushmaster 2000
215.08-25-87Learjet 35A
216.04-02-88Aerospatiale SA-314G Gazelle
217.05-11-88Bellanca 8KCAB Decathlon
218.05-16-88Mooney M-20L PFM Porsche Flugmotor
219.07-04-88Glassair I, SH-2R
220.07-23-88Porterfield PF-65 Collegiate
221.09-10-88Cessna 208 Caravan (amphibious floats)
222.09-14-88Beech 76 Duchess
223.09-17-88Cessna 140 Floatplane
224.09-24-88Glassair III
225.01-31-89Questaire Venture
226.06-24-89Piper PA-46-310RT Malibu
227.10-08-89Grob G-103A Twin II Acro
228.03-12-90Rutan Model 143 Triumph
229.08-25-90Grumman American GA-7 Cougar
230.10-11-90Beech 2000 Starship I
231.10-30-90LoPresti Swiftfury II
232.10-25-91American General Tiger
233.01-21-92Kitfox IV Speedster
234.08-13-92Cessna 150/150 Floatplane
235.09-24-92Schleicher ASK-21
236.11-11-92Robinson R-22 Beta
238.02-08-94Douglas DC-3
239.02-11-94Cessna 172 Floatplane
240.05-31-91Augusta A-109
241.10-24-94Aerospatiale TBM 700v
242.11-05-94Diamond Katana
243.05-05-96American Champion 8GCBC Scout
244.06-26-96Meyers 145
245.07-20-96Siai-Marchetti SF.260TP
246.03-07-97Cessna 208 Caravan
247.10-19-97Boeing 757
248.01-25-98Aerospatiale TB-10 Tobago
249.01-30-98Norman NDN-1T Firecracker
250.03-08-98Cresco Turboprop Agplane
251.03-13-98Schleicher ASH-25
252.03-15-98Beagle B-121 Pup
253.10-30-98Micco SP-20
254.11-13-98Ximango AMT-200
255.11-17-98Martin 404
256.12-08-98Space Shuttle Orbiter Simulator
257.06-14-99Grumman G-44 Widgeon
258.11-27-99Boeing 737-200
259.03-08-00Piper Saratoga SPII
260.07-21-00Aviat A-1B Husky
261.07-29-00Fairchild 22
262.07-30-00Holste MH.1521 Broussard
263.09-28-00Lockheed U-2
264.10-23-00Lancair Columbia 400
265.12-06-00Beech 60 Duke
266.04-02-01Antonov AN-2 Colt
267.04-28-01Pilatus PC-12
268.05-08-01Lincoln-Page PTK
269.10-16-01Ryan NYP Spirit of St. Louis (replica)
270.11-17-01Halsted BH-1 Saffire
271.11-17-01Van's RV-6
272.10-12-02Cirrus SR-22
273.12-04-02Sikorsky S-38
274.01-05-03OMF Symphony 160
275.02-28-03Diamond Star DA-4-180
276.03-09-03Boeing/Stearman PT-17 Kaydet (N2S-4)
277.07-08-03Airbus A300-600
278.07-10-03Airbus A318
279.10-17-03Gulfstream V
280.10-24-03Nanchang CJ-6
281.10-31-03Anderson-Greenwood AG-14
282.11-20-03Quicksilver GT-500
28312-02-03SIPA 200 Minijet
284.01-17-04Bede BD-4
285.04-08-04Stinson Detroiter Junior
286.04-12-04DeHavilland DHC-2 Beaver
287.05-27-04Beriev Be-103
288.06-05-04DeHavilland DHC-3 Otter (turboprop) Floatplane
289.06-05-04DeHavilland DHC-2 Beaver Floatplane (amphibious)
290.07-05-04Cirrus VK-30
291.09-24-04Zlin 242L
292.09-29-04Curtiss Wright CW-1 Junior
293.10-25-04Found Bush Hawk XP
294.11-19-04Dassault Falcon 900
295.02-04-05Liberty XL2
296.04-16-05Europa Monowheel
297.07-15-05Flight Design CTsw
298.10-22-05Evektor-Aerotechnik Sport Star
299.12-04-05Piper PA-46-500TP Meridian
300.12-18-05Lockheed 12A Electra Junior
301.12-21-06Sky Arrow 650TCN (Italian)
302.03-27-07Extra 300
303.05-14-07North American TF-51 & P-51D Mustang
304.09-10-07Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200, 900
305.10-23-07Sopwith 1½ Strutter
306.03-14-08Diamond DA42 Twin Star
307.05-10-08Howard DGA-15P
308.06-25-08Remos G3 600
309.07-26-08Stinson SR-9F Reliant
310.03-13-09Aeronca 15AC Sedan
311.05-13-09Consolidated B-24 Liberator
312.07-14-09Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey
313.10-26-09 Bell 206L-1
314.12-05-09Ford Tri-Motor 5-AT
315.03-26-10 Quest Kodiak
316.05-04-10 North American B-25 Mitchell
317.05-08-10Czech Sport Aircraft SportCruiser
318.05-21-10Krier Clipped-Wing Cub
319.05-21-10Lear 45
320.08-30-10Cessna 162 Skycatcher
321.11-09-10Siai-Marchetti SM-1019
322. 01-24-11Bellanca CH-300 Pacemaker
323.02-24-11 Eagle 150b
324.04-28-11Boeing B-29 Superfortress
325. 09-09-11 Lancair IVP
326. 03-05-12 Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
327. 7-10-12 Maule MXT-7-180C
328. 10-14-12 Firefly 7-15 Hot Air Balloon
329. 10-15-12 Gipps G8 Airvan
330. 10-27-12 Vultee BT-13/BT-15 Valiant
331. 1-6-13 Bombardier Challenger CL-300
332. 2-22-13Grumman HU-16 Albatross
333. 6-10-13Bell HU-1B Iroquois (Huey)
334. 6-12-13Urban Air UFM-13 Lambada (Motorglider)
335. 7-23-13Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star (T-Bird)
336. 8-10-13CZAW Mermaid (LSA)
337. 8-14-13Mitsubishi MU-2 Marquise
338. 9-17-13Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina
339. 1-3-14 Scottish Aviation B.125 Bulldog
340. 2-5-14 Bombardier DHC8-400
341. 5-4-14Pipistrel Alpha Trainer (LSA)
342. 5-6-14 Boeing B-52H Stratofortress
343. 10-16-14Cessna 510 Citation Mustang
344. 10-16-14 Eclipse 550
345. 11-25-14Tecnam P2006T
346. 2-21-15 Pilatus PC-7 Turbo Trainer
347. 4-25-15Taylorcraft L-2 Grasshopper
348. 6-8-15 Fieseler Fi.156 Storch
349. 6-10-15Hamilton H47 Metalplane (seaplane)
350. 8-7-15 Thorp T-18
351. 9-18-15Yakovlev Yak-18T
352. 1-6-16McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10
353. 1-25-16Lockheed Martin C-130H Hercules
354. 2-6-16 Beech 18 w/ Volpar tricycle-gear conversion
355.6-29-16Arion LS-1 Lightning
356. (Feb. '12) Curtiss Robin
357.5-26-17Sling 4 (South African)
358.3-23-19 Curtiss P-40 Warhawk
359.3-24-19Beechcraft Model 58 Baron
360. 6-23-19Yakovlev Yak-18
361. 8-6-19Progressive Aerodyne SeaRey
362. 3-9-21AutoGyro Cavalon (German LSA)
363. 6-16-21Velocity V-Twin

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