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Flight fan building his own airplane

Weekends spent in barn with thick manuals and parts

Dan Brown checks over the used aircraft engine he installed on the Glasair III experimental airplane he’s building in his barn.
Dan Brown checks over the used aircraft engine he installed on the Glasair III experimental airplane he’s building in his barn.
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When Dan Brown of Altamont was a child, he watched with fascination as fighter jets took off from the former Suffolk County Air Force Base near his family home on Long Island. And later as a youngster after seeing aerobatic feats of the Thunderbirds — the U.S. Air Force’s demonstration squadron — he knew he wanted to learn to fly but never figured he’d be building his own plane. He got his pilot’s license and, ...


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