Another TravelAir project showed up last week. NC3823 belongs to Glenn. He bought it some time ago out of Seattle and flew it home to Florida with his buddy Rich. Just a couple of months later it wound up on it’s back after a weld gave way on a landing gear fitting. Fortunately neither Glenn nor his passengers were seriously injured but the same couldn’t be said for poor NC3823. Glenn felt really bad about his TravelAir getting all banged up and wanted to make things right. All of his friends tried to talk him out of it,” just go out and buy another airplane” they told him. I even tried to talk him out of it, but Glenn wouldn’t have any of it. Glenn is the kind of guy who understands and appreciates old airplanes and the history that goes along with them. He couldn’t bear the thought of being the guy who’d “killed” a TravelAir, so he gathered the pieces, loaded them in rental truck and hauled it from Florida out to Flabob. NC3823 is now stored safely here at Flabob patiently waiting it’s turn. When it returns to the sky it’ll be better than ever and ready for years of fun.
I got here early this morning and had to get something out of the hangar where it’s stored. It was really quiet and I thought I heard something so I listened. I’m still not sure exactly what I heard, but it sure sounded like NC3823 saying “Thank you Glenn…”