Though the weather forecast wasn't the best with predicted unpleasant changes throughout the day, our planned APM work day went off with ten or so volunteers showing up and the days projects being accomplished handily. Included in the hardy group were AAA National Director Gary Van Farowe, APM directors Mike Gretz, Steve Black, Steve Adkisson, Mark Lancaster along with Jeff Claypool, Luke Pieper, Ken Marth, Les Gaskill, Ben Taylor & Brent Taylor.
Steve & Ben come up with a plan of attack to facilitate moving a lot of aircraft & parts
Ken & Luke building some much needed wing stands
The focus for the day was to get the storage hangar cleaned up and rearranged in order to unearth the APM's Great Lakes so it can be cleaned up and assembled for display at the 2014 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-In (Aug 27th – Sep 1st) Stars of the Sky & Screen.
Jeff & Gary moving the Arrow Sport F wings
Marcy Taylor prepared a tasty chili lunch for all
This particular Great Lakes, N11339, is a very historic airplane. The lone American entrant at the 1st modern World Aerobatic Contest (1960) in Czechoslovakia, flown by Frank Price, it has been used in countless airshows and owned by the likes of aerobatic greats Frank Price, Rod Jocelyn & and the donor of N11339, Mel Barron, who was a test pilot for both Piper & Pitts.
Mark, Les & Ken sorting through, organizing and moving Ryan PT-22 parts
The Great Lakes is unearthed and moved to the front of the storage hangar
The Great Lakes will be cleaned up, assembled and ready for display in the spring.
The wings for the Great Lakes in the APM Restoration Center and ready for some clean up
The Great Lakes when owned/flown by Mel Barron