Thursday, March 12, 2009


A friend purchased a 1961 Piper Colt after hanging around with me, longer than he should have, at the local airport. He and I planned to go to Virginia and pick up his new purchase. Because of several of the many complications involved in purchasing an airplane he had to go to work offshore at about the time we were to go fly the Colt home. Rather than wait until he was off work again, I went to get the airplane alone.
The 9.5 hour flight home was an adventure to say the least.
Both or our airplanes are 1961 Colts. The serial and N numbers are only nine digits apart. Both are also within 100 hours total time and time since overhaul. Someone in the past added droop wing tips to my Colt so they have somewhat different looks.
My Colt has earned the nickname "Droopy" and he has named his "Ugly Betty" This friend is very good at taking old items and making them look new. He actually helped me clean up my Colt and make it look more presentable. I fear "Ugly Betty" will be the better looking airplane before long...

1 comment:

Bob Barbanes said...

Kissing cousins! The Colts, I mean, not you and Steve. At least, hopefully not. I didn't realize that the planes were so close off the assembly line.

I have to say, I like the paint scheme on yours, with the blue speed-stripe. Looks sharp! But the "classic" scheme of Steve's is attractive too, in a retro kind of way.

Good luck with both of them! One of these days you'll have to take me up for a ride.