As Jack Fastnaught said, "It was a day in the life of the movie
Flight of the Phoenix". Dust flying, digging dirt, lifting, prodding
anything to get this monster out of the ditch. The Seabee recovery went extremely well. We started at 10:00 AM at Whiteplains. We were at Pellion at 10:45 and, even with a lunch break, were on our way out the Pellion gate at 2:45. Remarkable! The 15 mile ride home was uneventful thanks to Greg's mastery of the huge trailer and Ed's eagle eye watching for trees and wires (we left the tail surfaces on the Seabee). with a 12-foot horizontal stabilizer and a 13+ foot vertical fin, driving down the road was intense, at least for me. You should have seen the look on the faces of the people as they passed
the Seabee, funny.
We had the wings off in about an hour and parts on the trailer in another hour. A very special thanks to Greg Wicker for his indispensable flat bed trailer and truck that worked perfectly for a Seabee. Thank you Greg. As usual, Dennis was the "muscle man". Ed
Fisher guided us through the wing removal and was a big help in keeping a watchful eye on low flying wires on the way home. Thanks to Don for his use of the trailer that brought one of the wing panels back and Jason that did the same. Jack, as tall as he is, was in the baggage compartment removing the floor and aileron cables. Not an easy task even for an average guy. It is very tight back there. Jim
Franklin was our safety guy, thanks Jim. Rob, Doug and Ken were always in the right spot at the right time, thank you!
Whiteplains is an amazing place and I thank you all. A special thanks to the "significant others" that allowed their spouses to help me out. You don't often get the recognition you deserve and I thank you.
I have assisted in Seabee recoveries before a couple of times and I know we broke the record!