In the summer of 1975 Ron Cain came out from Texas, and we took both of my planes, the Mite and the Funk, to the Merced fly-in. On the way down, Ron flew the Mite and managed to take some in-flight photos of me in the Funk. Not being a small guy, Ron did a great job taking these photos, considering that he was crammed into a tiny Mooney Mite cockpit, flying with his knees and shooting pictures with the canopy open (This is probably the only way he fit best!). A few years later, Walter Boyne from the Smithsonian wrote to ask for photographs of the Funk. As it turns out, he was writing an article about Funks for Aviation Quarterly. I mailed him some copies of the in-flight photos that Ron had taken. Unfortunately, Ron's photos were not used in the article; however, they were added to the photo collection at the Smithsonian. Several years later in 1985, one of these photos showed up in G. Dale Beach's book, Its a Funk, page 51.
This Funk, serial number 439, was the last Funk in regular production. There was one Funk that was assembled from remaining parts in 1949. Its serial number, 438, and N number, N1654N, are one less than mine. N1654N is still around and I saw it at Oshkosh in 1974.
I enjoyed flying the Fat and Friendly Funk for several years. My son Erik, and my wife Suann, were both introduced to the noise and charm of light plane flying in this Funk. In 1979 I sold it back to Randy Berry for $4500.