Coming back from my Heli-ski trip I stopped in Lewiston, ID to check out a dual-control Curtiss Pusher that had been built and flown to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the first airplane flight in Idaho. It was built by Dean Wilson, whom I had met in the late 1980′s at an Idaho auction where I purchased my original WWI Avro 504. Dean was the one that rebuilt it!
It currently has a modern engine in it and some additions like primitive brakes and a castering nosewheel. I felt this would be a good trainer for me for the Benoist project we’re building to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the 1st commercial airplane flight on 1/1/2014.
The airplane has flown about 7 hours and I can’t wait to get it home. I just need to find some hangar space at Fantasy of Flight to put it in!