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Storm Damages Poberezny’s First Aircraft Replica

Nicole Kiefert and Megan Esau

July 18, 2015 - The replica of Paul Poberezny’s first aircraft, the Waco primary glider, was damaged Saturday morning in a storm that also caused some minor damage to other parts of the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh grounds.

The glider was set up for a hanging display at the EAA Welcome Center, but strong winds just after 5 a.m. Saturday broke cables, and the glider was found hanging vertically just inches from the ground this morning.

In addition, the One Week Wonder airplane also on display at the Welcome Center was found resting on its nose Saturday morning, but there was no apparent damage to the airplane.

Bob Campbell, EAA AirVenture museum director, said the tail section of the glider is cracked, as well as the upper tube on the front end of the elevator.

“Basically, when that went out, everything twisted and snapped the tail section cable, actually the front section of the cable,” Bob said. “This thing was swinging about 4 inches off the ground, fortunately.”

Campbell said the glider will be disassembled and shipped out for repairs and will have to miss EAA AirVenture 2015.

He said everyone breathed a sigh of relief that nobody was inside when the heavy weather came through.

A few other booths around the EAA AirVenture grounds also experienced tarp damage. No severe damage was reported from the campgrounds.

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