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Group Hopes for DC-3 Miracle

Sitting idle in the weeds for more than a decade, hopes are to ready N74589 for a flight to Oshkosh this year.

EAA Chapter 1025 members Dick Seiders and Billy Waters help remove one of the DC-3 wings.

June 10, 2010 — There’s nothing quite as forlorn as the sight of an abandoned airplane slowly rusting away off the side of the runway, and for the past decade that has been the case for a 1942 Douglas DC-3 parked in the tall grass at Covington Municipal Airport (9A1), Georgia. Now, a team from London, England, with help from local EAA members, is working to restore the vintage aircraft with the goal to fly it to EAA AirVenture - only six weeks away!

Working 14-16 hour days, the crew hopes to have the historic aircraft, bearing the registration number N74589, ready in time to fly it to EAA AirVenture at the end of July. While this plan is ambitious, Clive Edwards and his team from Edwards Brothers Aviation are experts, having restored more than 35 DC-3s all over the world, as well as numerous other vintage aircraft like Catalinas, B-25s, and others.

Some EAA Chapter 1025 members helped to remove and inspect the wings, including Chapter Treasurer Dick Seiders, along with fellow member Billy Waters - both of whom are RV builders. The pair helped remove the 328 bolts attaching each wing and they offer assistance whenever they can.

“The plane is in remarkably good condition,” Seiders said. “There is very little corrosion. It is a well maintained airplane.” The team is now focusing on fixing some unforeseen wiring issues and will then install the two engines, one brand new and the other with 200 hours on it. Also on the list is restoring the interior. “Clive is very passionate about the airplane,” Seiders added.

If all goes as hoped, Edwards has indicated he wants to fly it up to Oshkosh to participate in EAA AirVenture’s DC-3 75th anniversary celebration. We’ll continue following this story and the progress of this uber-restoration project.

For more information on the events planned in honor of this event, visit www.airventure.org.

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