COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. — Plane enthusiasts at the Oregon Aviation Historical Society in Cottage Grove spent Saturday afternoon putting the finishing touches on a historic plane restoration.
The 1935 Stinson aircraft spent years in pieces. It took nearly two decades for a group of volunteers to put the pieces back together.
They said it took 18 years to rebuild the plane. Everyone was excited to see the finished project and witness the Stinson take flight. “It’s a volunteer base of pilots, mechanics, and enthusiasts and everybody, it’s kind of been a community effort to get the airplane going,” said Eric Baldwin, the plane’s pilot and mechanic.
Next weekend Baldwin will fly the plane to Florence for an air show, then he’ll fly the plane down to Roseburg for another show, before returning it to it’s home at the Cottage Grove Airport.