Looking for a sweet, little, old airplane in Rio Hondo

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Fritz Katz

Fort Myers, FL

#1 Jan 31, 2013
A classic red, white, and mostly blue Luscombe taildragger.

When I was a yute, with great help from USAF mechanic friends, I rebuilt several old (1946) wrecks into one wonderful airplane: a Luscombe 8A, N280Z (formerly 77885). I flew it coast to coast, Florida to Canada, she NEVER gave me a problem in snow or storm or over water.... but eventually I ran out of money and had to sell her cheap ($2,000) in Texas in 1979 to get myself home and back to work.

A few years later I'd saved $5000 and returned to buy it back but she was happily keeping busy as a scout plane for a crop duster down by you: Goode Flying Service.

Tried again many years later and could not find her anywhere. Praying she did not get crushed into tinsel as part of EPA declaring a hazardous waste site at that former airstrip. Does anyone know if my faithful sweetheart is alive and well... or wounded and needing rescue? Please ask around to old area pilots and contact me if you have any info about her: AVN100 at AOL dot com. Thank you VERY much.

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