Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A Big Thank You to the Crew Back Home

As they make their journey home, Andy, Mark, Andrew, Dan, Russ and Art wish to extend a special thank you to the following people who worked so hard on the DVII, Dr1 and DVIII getting them ready for their epic flight. They worked tirelessly long hours and generously volunteered their time:

Stewart Bergner, former United Airline mechanic, next to his beautiful RV 4. Without his mechanical expertise, the planes would not have left Platte Valley!

Mark and Cindy Beam. Both are airline pilots. Here they are standing next to their beloved L-5. They both worked on all 3 aircraft; fabricating sheet metal, working on engines and painting final touches. Mark wrote about flying the DVII earlier in the blog.

Ryan Lunde, of ChampionAirPhotos.com, lent a hand as well and was our air-to-air photographer here at Platte Valley Airport. Ryan owns and flys an Aeronca Champ.

Brian Waltman, third from the left, also tirelessly donated his time. He assists his father, VAFM web site developer Ted Waltman, rebuilding Moose aircraft.

In the previous blog entry, Andrew King mentioned Jimmy Doolittle. I thought it fitting to include a photo here of my father sitting down with Gen. Doolittle.

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