This black widow, ignominiously cannibalized, was rescued from an Asian cyclops and his snakes near Hollandia and will hopefully soar again from Reading. Who is expected to soar with her when that day comes?
#101593. Asked by edmund80. (Dec 09 08 10:02 PM)
This is an airplane that crashed in Jayapura, also known as Hollandia.|
"P-61B-1NO c/n 964 42-39445, which crashed on 10 January 1945 on Mt. Cyclops in New Guinea, was recovered in 1991 by the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum of Reading, Pennsylvania. The aircraft has been undergoing a slow restoration since then with the intention of eventually returning it to flying condition, with the civilian registration N550NF. When finished, it is expected to be over 70% new construction. As of February 2008, the center pod is complete and the tail booms have been connected to the inner wings. The aircraft is expected to be towable on its landing gear as soon as the engines are installed to counterbalance the tail weight."
Here's a melodramatic account of the crash and recovery by the museum restoring the craft. Includes photos.
And this shows the two names of the place and its location.
"Russell Strine, 54, of Susquehanna Township, Dauphin County, will be the plane's pilot when it can be flown."
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