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And yet another Flabob project is finished.

This Stearman flew on January 26, 2007.

The following text is an excerpt from the February 2007 Wingnut article 3 Projects finshed in January at Flabob.

Equally proud of his project is Gary Gabbard, a Las Vegas resident who has spent the last five years living in Hangar 23 at Flabob while he restored his Stearman N2S-3.

Gabbard bought the project about five years ago after it had flipped over onto its
back at Bermuda Dunes. After rebuilding both wings and redoing all the wiring on the aircraft, he restored the 275 hp Jacobs engine with a constant speed Hamilton Standard 2B20 prop (from a Cessna 195). The Stearman was recovered by Brian Newman.

About 2 p.m. on January 26th, the beautiful yellow plane took to the air for its maiden flight with pilot Mark Lightsey at the controls. Gabbard, who retired 11 years ago as a 727 captain for Northwest Airlines, also owns an Acrosport, a Nanchang CJ6, a Cessna 140, and another Stearman—in kit form, and at this point he’s not overly anxious to begin the rebuilding process. “Right now, I’d just like to jump on my motorcycle and begin traveling,” he laughs.

The entire article may be viewed in the current issue of the Wingnut located in the right menu bar of the index page.

 

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