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By Andi Bourne

S-20 Raven Takes Inaugural Flight


Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder

Erik Gullikson watches as his partner Bob Thorne and dealer Mark Pringle leave the ground for the first time May 14. They started building the S-20 Raven side-by-side experimental plane in February of 2015.

SEELEY LAKE – After more than 1,350 hours over the past two and a half years, Seeley Lake residents Erik Gullikson and Bob Thorne's two-seater S-20 Raven experimental airplane lifted off for the first time Monday, May 14. Both are excited to be in the air again after selling their other plane in April 2015.

Thorne and Gullikson have both been flying since the mid-1970s. Thorne started flying as a jet pilot in the Marine Corps. He retired from Delta as a commercial airline pilot.

Gullikson started with fixed-wing but after becoming an aircraft mechanic he switched to flying helicopters. W...

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