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First flight after restoration October 25, 2007. Grumman J2F-6 Duck
Pilot: Ketch Ketchum
No. 8563 was built in 1944 and came to Alaska in 1946, shortly after WWII where she was assigned to Elmendorf AFB’s 10th Air Rescue Squadron.
In the spring of 1948 she was dispatched on her last mission. It was reported that while making a slick (glassy) water landing at a lake near near Mt. McKinley, she dug a float and was damaged. The Air Force wrote her off, pushed her back in the black spruce trees where she lay at the mercy of the elements, vandals and target shooters for the next 25 years until the Ketchum family helicoptered her back to Anchorage. Restoration was started in 1973.
What a year, I just hope I can have half as much fun next year.
Merry Christmas to all,
Edited by Jack M on Dec 23, 2007 at 04:34 PM GMT