Wings of History Museum's Stinson Restoration Story
The following is an example of how donations from members and the public help fund Wings of History preservation projects.
This 1940 Stinson model 10 was donated to the Museum back in 1993 by Robert Hupp, and that was when the restoration started.
Over the years, many different volunteers contributed their time, money, and help. New vertical and horizontal stabilizers and elevators were hand re-made, recovered, and painted. In addition, cables, instrumentation, fuselage, fuel systems, engine overhaul, and many other details were finalized. All of this work was done under the watchful eye of our own FAA certified airframe and power plant mechanic. Credit for the Stinson project goes to many people including (in no particular order) Frank Nichols, Peter Talbot, Tom Slappendel, Vaughn Lamb, Todd Minier, Dan Petroff, Jerry Impellezzeri, Doug Rosskilly, and others not named (blame the author).
At last it was time to test and retest the engine, control surfaces, instruments, fuel system, and taxi capability. After assurance that all was in order, the day came for the initial flight around the pattern. The outcome of these efforts resulted in some minor fixes and adjustments. Finally, it must be mentioned that getting all the paperwork done and the inspections signed off is a major task.
Our test pilot, Mark Guerrero, is in his early 30’s, a mechanical engineering graduate from San Jose State, and a CFI. Robin Reid has mentored him and he is the Museum’s chief test pilot. He has over 2,000 hrs tail dragger time.
Skilled volunteers, of course, made our own wood propeller at our FAA certified propshop
A small crew was assembled to help with the initial flights. This was done to keep interruptions down and maintain focus. A comment by one of the crew, Dan Petroff, best describes the event: "It was exciting to see the tail come up and the mains leave the ground with the engine purring smoothly. Mark handled the plane well and there were no squawks, which feels really good. We probably would not have done the second flight when we did except we couldn’t contain Robin Reid."