I designed the 265 after many years of dreams, sketches and remembrances of when I was a kid working at the local airport pumping gas, answering the phone, etc. One day an airplane landed that was so pretty it took my breath away. It was a Ryan ST and I couldn't take my eyes off it. I determined that someday I'd have an airplane like that. Many sketches and ideas were done from that time on.
I wanted the airplane to be in my favorite category, which included the Champ, Chief, Cub and all the rest of the 65-85 HP clan. The problem was that