Dieno believes that this is the only Ultimate with an S-wing
(plywood sheeted, different airfoil) and the Kevlar fuselage and cowl.
To his knowledge, there is no other plane like it in existence. Dieno
is a crop sprayer by trade, and he reports that the Kevlar Ultimate
is dramatically different from a Pitts. Dieno thinks that Joane Osterude
had the only other Kevlar fuselage. Hers was destroyed in an accident
at an airshow. The molds for the fuselage and cowl have been lost or
destroyed. The plane weighs just under 1200 pounds empty. The major
assemblies of this plane were factory-built.
David Lea from England was Gordon Price's mechanic at theWorld Championships
in 1988. He helped Terry acquire and assemble the pieces. David was
a fishing captain from England who had cashed out his assets, moved
to a home at the Guelph Airpark, and purchased a 10-200 of his own,
which he flew to the Championships while Gordon few a 10-300. When
Gordon was suffering from some inner-ear difficulties and was having
trouble practicing the entire aerobatics routine, Lea was the one
who persuaded him to push himself to the limit. He and his wife were
killed in a motorcycle accident in the fall of 1988. Terry put David's
name on the tail of the plane in gratitude for the help he gave him.
The plane was finished in 1996 and sold to Rob
Holland of Aerial
Advantage in New Hampshire in 2002.