by Michael Stephan (story appeared Jan’21, EAA 168 Newsletter)
For many of us, we don’t have to guess who owns this airplane. The Rans S-21 that Don Christiansen first flew last July has now exited the paint shop. As he did for his RV-4, both RV-8s, and now the S-21, Don chose Poplawski in Ennis to put the color on his plane. “Pop” has painted that scheme so many times I doubt there was even a discussion. I imagine Don drops off the airplane with a note on the windshield, “Here is another one – Don.”
Poplawski is a well-known aircraft painter, and this is another example of his excellent work.
Don’s RV-4 first flew on January 23, 1990. His first RV-8 flew in December 1998. The second RV-8 in December 2012 (he still owns this RV), and now the Rans S-21 in July of 2020.
Congratulations Don on another good looking airplane! What’s next?