Saturday, October 17, 2009

The Spad Project

The Spad Project has come home to be finished up! Stewart and Andy will be getting her air worthy.

Andy and Corkey unloading ......Gerry and Andy manuevering...
...and pushing... ...and finally in place! But wait a second-it's missing something...

...ah yes, the wings! Here VAFM webmaster and Moose owner Ted Waltman assists Andy.

Gerry giving a hand while Ted gives his back!
And the wings...
...slowly, but surely...
...make their way to their new perch.
The Spad project has been moved to VAFM's maintenance hangar. Sponsored by Nick and Nancy Rutgers, the Spad 13 is in the markings of James Norman Hall of the 103rd Aero Squadron. James Norman Hall was one of the "Valliant 38"- the first to fly with the French before the Americans entered WWI. After the war, Hall wanted to escape to a tranquil, serene place and write for travel magazines. He landed in Tahiti. He fell in love with Tahiti and a Tahitian woman. Hall made his home there, raised his family and wrote his novels. Of all of his novels, most notable is "Mutiny on the Bounty".

There are currently 3 projects in the works at the VAFM maintenance hangar:
Left to right: the Sopwith Project to be done in Bob Todd's markings, the Spad Project, James Norman Hall and the full scale Se5a to be done in Bill Lambert's markings.

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