Back in Dec we received a phone call from Clu "Buster" Clovin, of Big Cabin, OK wanting to know if the APM would be interested in the donation of a basket case Stinson V-77. Clu stated that he had purchased this particular V-77 (sn#3) to garner some parts to help with his restoration of his V-77 (sn#2) and did not need the rest of what remained of this aircraft.
Part of our philosophy here at the APM includes saving parts and projects that may help our AAA members keep their antique/classic aircraft flying but also may help in the restoration/preservation of those said aircraft as well.
So it was with that philosophy in mind that we accepted Clu's offer.
Flash ahead to yesterday, Feb 13th, and the arrival of Clu with the V-77 in tow. With the help of some of our great local volunteers, who showed up on short notice, the V-77 was unloaded and has been temporarily stored outside (due to soft ground on much of Antique Airfield at present). As soon as conditions allow it will be moved to inside storage.
"Thanks" to Buster Colvin for the donation of Stinson V-77 sn#3. "Thanks" also to the crew that helped unload it: Erik & John Edgren, Ken Marth, Mark Lancaster, Ben Taylor and especially Luke Pieper for his help and use of his skid loader.
We're hopeful that more V-77 parts/projects will be headed to the APM later this summer and may be able to put together a restorable project at some point. Keep watching the website for news.
The V-77 arrives at IA27
Mark Lancaster, Erik & John Edgren inspecting the wings upon unloading.
Clu Colvin and Ben Taylor working on getting the V-77 unloaded.
The V-77 awaits for the ground to firm/dry up so it can be moved to inside storage.