We’re happy to announce that our PA-15 Vagabond is flying again. The path this airplane has followed over the past several years has been a tough one as this is the second restoration in the several years. The airplane only had 1.5 hours on the last restoration before an accident totaled the airplane. We’ll have the rest of the story up here at some later date, but a hint is the airplane’s nickname, “Freeflight.”
Our Vagabond is a Deluxe model that has also been converted to a PA-17. The deluxe model included several amenities from the factory in Lock Haven not found on the budget conscious base model Vagabond. A few items include gear and strut fairings on the outside of the airplane and carpeting on the inside. And the conversion from a PA-15 to a PA-17 was accomplished with the addition of dual controls and it also has a 75 horsepower Continental.
Over the past two years Andy has worked incredibly hard on this airplane and the effort really shows. Like the rest of our short wing Pipers, most who see the airplane up close do not believe that the finish is only dope. And by only, we mean many, many, many repetitions of sanding, and polishing to give the dope a mirror like finish.
Andy got a chance to go flying in the Vagabond and he really enjoyed getting some flying time after spending much of the past two years working on the airplane.
The day after the first flight Drew flew the Vagabond down to Paine Field for Vintage Airplane Days, a growing airshow put together by John Sessions and his Historic Flight Foundation. We’ll have some pictures from the visit up soon.