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Highlights of this chase are found in the chapters where Gordon is engaged in the search for a rare aircraft that could have the potential to be restored to flying condition: The trip to the hinterlands of Russia to inspect the restoration of an IL-2 “Sturmovik”, an aircraft deemed essential to Russia’s victory in the Second World War; To the UK to appraise an Avro Vulcan-an elegant “Cold War” era British bomber now restored to flying status for air shows; and Gordon’s own project-which was a dream of his youth-to complete the rebuilding of a Pitts aerobatic biplane.
The struggle to create the Spirit of Flight Center, in Erie, Colorado, is detailed from its conception to opening. Gordon’s realization that the stories of our World War II generation have been largely ignored by our schools has motivated him to tackle the huge job of building this creative and thoroughly entertaining museum at the Erie Airport. This chapter details the effort needed to build an outstanding institution which is now introducing young people to that exciting and meaningful era of aviation. It is well worth a visit when you’re in the Denver area.
I enjoyed the family of short stories in Chasing Planes of which a few, especially in San Antonio, I shared. I found interesting his work in appraisals of historic aircraft and the adventures associated with such work. Whether you read Gordon's book or talk with him during a visit the The Spirit of Flight Center air museum in Erie CO, a nonprofit he founded, you will enjoy the experience.