Mon, Jul 11, 2005
Twin Radials Make A Joyful Noise
"Mt. Comfort traffic, Lockheed 7265C departing runway 25." After
almost two years of hard work, the American Military Heritage
Foundation has managed to get back its PV-2 Harpoon back into the
ANN had previously reported the status of the
Harpoon as it was being readied for flight. Several
small issues have delayed the first flight,
including paperwork issues, minor mechanical challenges, and
crew scheduling issues. After two false starts on Friday, the
Harpoon left the runway at the Mount Comfort Airport on Saturday at
1307 CDT and climbed for the sky.
As the roar of the engines began to fade into the distance, and
"Hot Stuff" took to the skies, there was only one thing for Janet
Cross to say. "WOOOOOO HOOOOOO!"
This "Return to Flight" has been the result of a lot of
sacrifice and hard work by AMHF members. Attempts Friday were
aborted because of a leaking fuel gasket, but Saturday morning
repairs were made to clear the aircraft for flight.
Now the crews have a bit of training to do and a lot of
preparation work as they get ready for their trip to Oshkosh and
the aircraft's return to the airshow circuit.The crew for this
flight was Steve Hilligoss, Crew Chief, Steve Rider, PIC, and
Martin Fall, SIC.
As ANN covers Oshkosh, watch for an update on this aircraft and
others. Warbirds are literally flying museums, sharing our history
with the public.
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