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2007 Spirit of Freedom Visit

The C-54 "Spirit of Freedom" arrived at the Pitt-Greenville Airport at 9:25 Monday morning. Chapter members Monty Clark, Marilee Kinahan and Rick Jones were there to welcome the crew along with Stuart Dillon and Ladd Maxson from Dillon's Aviation. Once everything was buttoned up Pilots Tim Chopp and Bill Starr picked up a rental car and headed back to New Jersey.  Tim drove back down Thursday and his loadmaster Bill Morrissey flew into PGV the same day from Indy on US Airways. Member Rick Jones happened to run into Bill in Charlotte while returning from a business trip so they flew to Greenville together. Follow this LINK to read more and see some pictures.

Friday morning started a little wet but nobody could complain because we needed the rain so badly. After moving the plane closer to the gate and setting up the tents, two bus loads of school kids showed up for the tour. Each day provided a steady stream of visitors. On Sunday C54 pilot Scott Hinton flew over from Elizabeth City to man the right seat later that day. A Coast Guard C130 followed him over and shot a few approaches at PGV.

Enjoy the PHOTOS below taken during the Spirit of Freedom C54 visit.


Berlin Airlift C-54 Is Coming

Thanks to the hard work of some chapter members, the Douglas C-54 "Spirit of Freedom" is coming to Greenville. The Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation will be bringing their C-54 to Greenville the week of October 22nd. On Friday October 26th through Sunday the 28th the public will be allowed to walk through this flying museum. A $3 donation is requested. This has been made possible with the help of our chapter and some generous sponsors. This special piece of history will be parked on the south ramp at Dillon's Aviation. Please find the attached poster, flyer and sponsor insert. You can print these out and pass them on to friends.


** UPDATE **  They've Arrived!

The C-54 "Spirit of Freedom" arrived at the Pitt-Greenville Airport at 9:25 Monday morning. Chapter members Monty Clark, Marilee Kinahan and Rick Jones were there to welcome the crew along with Stuart Dillon and Ladd Maxson from Dillon's Aviation. Once everything was buttoned up Pilots Tim Chopp and Bill Starr picked up a rental car and headed back to New Jersey.  Tim drove back down Thursday and his loadmaster Bill Morrissey flew into PGV the same day from Indy on US Airways. Member Rick Jones happened to run into Bill in Charlotte while returning from a business trip so they flew to Greenville together. Follow this LINK to read more and see some pictures.

Friday morning started a little wet but nobody could complain because we needed the rain so badly. After moving the plane closer to the gate and setting up the tents, two bus loads of school kids showed up for the tour. Read more about this great event on our Spirit of Freedom page.

 


Spirit of Freedom Plaque Presentation

Chapter 960 President Monty Clark, Vice President Hilton Carson and Tom Little drove out to Manteo to present Tim Chopp and the Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation with an appreciation plaque and a five hundred dollar donation. Pictured to the left are (front row C54 crew) Bill Starr, Tim Chopp, Bill Morrissey, (back row) Hilton Carson and Monty Clark. The Spirit of Freedom was at the Dare County airport for the annual December Celebration of Flight festivities.

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Updated:  Monday July 19, 2010

 

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