Yet again Precon didn’t disappoint! It was a marvelous day over at Fantasy of Flight with some truly spectacular aircraft. We weren’t sure what was going to be pulled out this time and to our great surprise, and enjoyment, they had about a dozen different aircraft out. This time it was a regular smorgasbord of rare planes. including a C-47, P-51C, L1, B-26 and many others. This particular one is a favorite of mine and is one that i have been wanting to photograph ever since I first saw it.
This is a Sikorsky S-39. It is the only flying example and one of the only surviving examples of this type of aircraft outside of museums. The “Spirit of Igor” is named after the Johnsons and Igor Sikorsky. This plane took nearly 40 years to complete the restoration. It is only one of several pieces of aviation history preserved in Kermit Weeks’s collection.