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HELENA VO. TECH

I attended the Helena Vo-Tech A&P school from Sept. 1984 until Feb. 1986, and was privileged to get to train on the Warning Star which still resides there. When I was in high school, in the early eighties, one day my dad came home from work, and being an airplane nut himself, said in disbelief, "I just saw a Super Connie land out at the airport." Never would I have guessed, just a few short years later, I would be turning wrenches on it. One project in particular I recall, there was one cowl flap that the motor had not worked in awhile on, so myself and a partner went to work with schematics and an ohm meter, got it troubleshot, and when it was fixed, we were "paid" for our work by the instructor, who allowed us to get into the plane and fire all four engines up at once. Out of sync, it was louder and more beautiful than 10,000 Harleys at Sturgis running at once. Now, unfortunately, the plane has an engine with hydraulic lock on one engine, which caused severe internal damage. Needless to say, all these years later, the plane hasn't run in along time.

Nate Wilburn
3200B 9th AVE. N
GREAT FALLS, MONTANA 59401

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