Invasion from the Skies
Sometimes you just have to mix things up. You don't want to wake up one day and have every little thing be predictable. When a new toy rolled up behind the shop today, the questions shifted from what year is it, to simply "An airplane?"[caption id="attachment_300" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Corky Coker and Steve Rinker with 1929 Mystic Lake"][/caption] Yes sir, an airplane. This experimental hit the skies in 1929. The Mystic Lake originally had a Henderson motorcycle engine in it until a total overhaul in the late 1960s. It now has a 65 hp Lycoming engine in it. We ran it for a bit before prepping the engine for storage. The fuselage and wings are covered with painted canvas and the sense of adventure is just oozing out of this old plane. All kinds of documentation came with it including log books from throughout the plane's lifetime. Sure it will spice up the museum with its bright colors, but the bigger issue now is grading a runway down at the farm!