Homebuilders Hall of Fame

Nomination Form

2020 Inductee

Frank Christensen, EAA Lifetime 36663

Bob Nuckolls

Frank Christensen, the founder and president of Christen Industries in Hollister, California, introduced the Christen Eagle II to the sport aviation community in 1977 at Oshkosh. It is a two-place aerobatic biplane powered by a 200-hp Lycoming and sporting a truly distinctive paint scheme.

Frank is a former competition aerobatic pilot who went on to produce products for the sport aviation world. With the Eagle biplane, Frank set the gold standard for homebuilt kits. The airplane came in separate, well-organized, and well-documented kits that could be ordered as the builder progressed and finances permitted. Only basic hand tools were required, and the kits even included a razor blade to open the packing.

The kit was so complete that it drew extra scrutiny from the FAA, which determined that the Eagle didn’t meet the requirements of the 51 percent rule. Frank retooled the kits so that builders would have to fabricate components like gussets and caps for the wing ribs, and the FAA eventually approved the kit. The prototype Christen Eagle is now on display in the EAA Aviation Museum. The Christen Eagle still stands as an example of how to provide kits to homebuilders, more than 40 years after its introduction. Frank was also inducted into the International Aerobatics Hall of Fame in 2017.

Previous Inductees

Jim Bede
Wes Schmid
Ed Fisher
Robert Bushby
Pete Bowers
Bob Whittier
William Chana
Ken Brock
Jack Cox
John Monnett
Jean Delemontez
Leslie Long
Chris Heintz
Richard VanGrunsven
Henri Mignet
Curtis Pitts
Burt Rutan
Bill Warwick
Harold Best-Devereux
William W. Ghan
Ladislao Pazmany
Sam Burgess
Nicholas D'Apuzzo
Ed Heath
Volmer Jensen
Tony Bingelis
Molt Taylor
John Thorp
Robert Burbick
Bernie Pietenpol
Ray Stits
George Bogardus
Paul H. Poberezny
Steve Wittman
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