Homebuilders Hall of Fame

Nomination Form


2018 Inductee

Darryl Murphy, EAA 293368
2018 Halls of Fame Inductees

This year’s inductee into the EAA Homebuilders Hall of Fame, Darryl Murphy of Chilliwack, British Columbia, got his start in the late 1970s by designing and building a rigid wing hang glider. While laid up after a non-aviation-related accident, he started designing a single-seat biplane that first flew in 1984. He upgraded that design to a two-seater using innovative construction techniques and then founded Murphy Aircraft the following year.

Over the years, the designs continued to flow, including the company’s first commercial product, the Renegade biplane series, followed by the all-aluminum Rebel, the Maverick, the Elite, and the sturdy Moose bushplane. In addition, Darryl designed a series of amphibious floats, as well as a line of wheels and brakes. Murphy aircraft were among the first to fly with the venerable Rotax 914, and in 2003, Bombardier used a Murphy Moose to demonstrate its 300-hp V-6 engine at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. In 2012, Darryl designed the four-seat Yukon and, after announcing his retirement in 2014, went on to design the STOL, bike-rack-equipped Murphy Radical.


Previous Inductees

2017

Rob Hickman    

2016

Jim Bede    

2015

Tom Hamilton    

2014

George Pereira    

2013

Phillip J. Lockwood



2012

Wes Schmid

1998

Curtis Pitts

2011

Ed Fisher

 

Burt Rutan

2010

Dean Wilson

 

Bill Warwick

2009

Lance A. Neibauer

1997

Harold Best-Devereux

2008

John W. Dyke

 

William W. Ghan

2007

Randy Schlitter

 

Ladislao Pazmany

2006

Edgar Lesher

1996

Sam Burgess

 

Bill Schramm

 

Nicholas D’Apuzzo

2005

Robert Bushby

 

Ed Heath

2004

Pete Bowers

 

Volmer Jensen

 

Bob Whittier

1995

Tony Bingelis

2003

William Chana

 

Molt Taylor

2002

Ken Brock

 

John Thorp

 

Jack Cox

1994

Robert Burbick

2001

John Monnett

 

Bernie Pietenpol

2000

Jean Delemontez

 

Ray Stits

 

Leslie Long

1993

George Bogardus

1999

Chris Heintz

 

Paul H. Poberezny

 

Richard VanGrunsven

 

Steve Wittman

 

Henri Mignet