Not flying as yet, but it was turbine powered, had an engine failure, owner lost interest, and at some point this fellow bought it. He has the engine all mounted up, just needs to finish refitting the cowl and do some panel work.Interesting; I didn’t know that any Four Winds were flying. Any information about it?
I have been priveleged to know a few.
Guinness lists Ed Long as the world highest time pilot, at more than 65,000 hours. He was flying power line patrol for Alabama Power when I was a very junior birdman at the FBO, in a Super Cub, N400MA, at less than 200 feet even when it seemed like the ducks were walking. We kids all thought Ed was a god. For sure the Cub was an extension of his mind.
For years, Ed flew with an observer named Percy, whose job it was to write down everything Ed spotted along the line. Percy had a drinking problem, and to be honest, was usually drunk when he got in the back seat. Still, he got the job done, and Ed didn't seem to care as long as he didn't touch anything.
Now understand, Ed was a true mild mannered Southern gentleman, so when one day he returned from a flight, cussing and throwing things around the lobby, we were more than a bit surprised. Turned out Percy had fallen asleep, and Ed had dictated about 60 miles of line notes without realizing it, because apparently Percy didn't snore.
I seem to recall Percy was absent from the FBO for a few weeks, then one day he was back. Old couples are like that.
Small World. I am from Sardis, Alabama. In fact, the old Craig Air Force Base basically joins our families property. I have been living in Louisiana for the past 20 years and have been trying to get back home ever since.Family all from Blount County, but I've been in the Montgomery area almost 40 years.