The newest plane at the Chico (Calif.) Air Museum is very different than the others. This new plane makes museum members wildly excited because of its firsts. It is the first operational plane acquired by the museum, which had it flown from New Mexico to Chico.
Because it can fly, it will enable museum members to achieve another first — fly to and participate in other communities’ air shows. There’s one more first, but it’s an unknown at this point — the first time the public will see the plane. The Swiss-made Pilatus P-3 is tucked into a private hangar at the Chico Municipal Airport. It has not made it among the other planes in the museum’s outdoor yard.
“It’s in such beautiful shape that we’re going to protect it until the weather is a sure thing,” according to museum president Norm Rosene.
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