We received a great donation about 2 years ago, a Ryan PT-22. It was in great condition, but needed some repairs and an engine overhaul. It was worked on by a number of members, championed by Doug Olson, and although it had some paperwork difficulties, it was a great project! We had hoped to fly it on the 16th of this month, but had an opportunity arise last week. Chris Hughston, of the Rio Grande Valley Wing, had come up to train our L-5 pilots. He is also a PT-22 pilot, and offered his assistance. We accepted, and watched the PT-22 make a perfect first flight!
(Photos Thanks to Gary Chambers and Earl Teporten, Video Thanks to Earl Teporten)
(Chris Hughston checks the aircraft and paperwork over)
(Checking the systems before taxiing out)
(It looked very elegant as it lifted off)
(Chris and Doug Olson pose victorious)