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Time to Say Goodbye – Hangar Flying

By Mike Davenport, EAA 89102, Langley, British Columbia


This specific Fairchild 24, serial quantity 3315, was in-built 1938 and flown by some 18 homeowners till it lastly went out of service when in want of restoration in California in 1979. Werner Griesbeck, EAA 108746, purchased it and introduced it dwelling to Canada. After 12 years of devoted work, he flew it in 1991, completely restored to better-than-new situation*.


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For a few years it was used typically and used effectively to provide a whole bunch of Younger Eagles rides, for a lot of household journeys everywhere in the West Coast, and as soon as to that mecca we all know as OSH. Nevertheless, it was additionally used for enjoyable and for a number of the plain goof-off journeys for the legendary $100 hamburger. It was additionally a constant award winner wherever it was displayed; in Arlington, Washington; Merced, California; Oshkosh, or Hood River, Oregon.

It has even served at the least as soon as as a automobile to unfold ashes over the Fraser Valley, together with these of our good pal Jim McRae who had typically come alongside on lots of the journeys whereas flying his Champ. Sadly, his flying days have been over.

As we speak the final chapter was written on a narrative of a person and one among his deepest passions. It’s stated that whereas time waits for no man and as our well being is a fragile factor, some issues simply need to get performed. On this case, it was time to let it go.

The airplane had been offered and was taken south to its new proprietor in Kentucky a few months earlier and whereas that could be a story of its personal, the spares lastly left right now. That is the conclusion of a narrative that has taken years to play out.

This month within the midst of the pandemic on either side of the border, preparations have been lastly sorted out. Customs brokers who would cope with personal people quite than giant companies have been lastly situated and the paperwork accomplished. Thus we have been in a position to put the final load of Fairchild elements on a truck headed for its new proprietor within the jap U.S. The containers contained every little thing from an overhauled spare Ranger engine, plus spares of just about all types from fairings to cylinders. It was a large endeavor simply to scrub out every little thing Werner had collected over some 40 years. It took Werner and his associates many weeks to pack all the “stuff.”

A forklift was borrowed and pushed over from the east facet of the airport by a volunteer who did all of the heavy lifting. And virtually faster than you possibly can say it, it was performed.


Loading all these elements onto the truck


So how will Werner fill in his time? Effectively, between his most cancers remedies, he’ll end the Porterfield — although some say it would by no means be “performed” as one thing might at all times be a bit of bit higher — just like the # +(*&%$# brakes for instance and why received’t the carb cease flooding after the store stated it was excellent? Werner is a “sort A “character who will at all times discover issues to do.

*For extra element on each Werner and the Fairchild, verify my e-book Individuals, Locations and Planes printed by Coast Canine Press.



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