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Brian Buell
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#1 Posted: 5/7/2010 16:20:30

OK all of you guys in the know, what ever happened to the Lightning Bug kit?  Who currently owns the design?



Brian Buell
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#2 Posted: 5/9/2010 20:54:34

I've found some vague information on the web.  It seems that a company named Reflex Fiberglass Works Inc purchased the White Lightning and the Lightning Bug designs.  According to homebuilt.org, this company was considering selling the tooling and rights to the Lightning Bug.  The contact info given on that page is no good.  What else do people know?



Adam Smith
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#3 Posted: 5/9/2010 23:34:46

Brian here's a short article we ran in EAA e-hotline last year, you might try emailing Dave Limmer

 

LIGHTNING BUG TYPE CLUB FORMING
Lightning Bug A type club is being formed for the Lightning Bug, a small, high-performance single seat kitplane designed by Howell C. (Nick) Jones in the early 1990s. The intent is to share information and support for the design, of which approximately 16 kits were produced, says organizer Dave Limmer, EAA 383518. He's contacted owners/builders of approximately seven kits, and asks that anyone with information on other Lightning Bug aircraft or kit owners send him an e-mail at
dtlimmer@gmail.com.



Brian Buell
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#4 Posted: 5/10/2010 07:29:42

Thanks Adam!



Brian Buell
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#5 Posted: 5/10/2010 15:25:51

I finally found all the info I was looking for.  It can be found on the Lightning Bug Yahoo Group.



David Bice
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#6 Posted: 7/10/2011 15:57:11

You might be interested that the Lightning Bug molds and maybe some skins are for sale in Las Cruces, NM. It is listed in ebay motors http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Lightning-Bug-Kit-Tooling-Molds-/250851574831?pt=Motors_Aircraft&hash=item3a67eb442f.

David at dbice@newharmonymusic.com



Brian Buell
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#7 Posted: 7/10/2011 19:34:24

Yep, I saw the molds on Ebay.  From what I can see, they're junk.  I can't see any value in these parts and the price is ridiculous.