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Restored Super Cruiser Awaits First Flight

Restored Super Cruiser Awaits First Flight

Don Horst of Newton, Kan., hopes to be not only among the clouds on his birthday today, but also to celebrate a rebirth as he does. Horst, who was once a professional charter pilot headquartered at the Newton City/County Airport, wants to take his rebuilt 1947 Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser on a maiden voyage Thursday.

“If the mail man brings my medical clearance, I will fly it,” Horst said. Horst just completed about 10 months of full-time, intense restoration work on the old aircraft — an airplane that not only had not been in the air for more than 50 years but spent those decades rotting away in a barn.

For the complete story by Chad Frey of The (Newton) Kansan, click here.

Updated: December 13, 2012 — 5:46 PM

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