September 24, 2012

Tommy comes home, Thursday night

This is the kind of history I really love to see. There's great storytelling, but there's also something to do, a physical object people are (re)building. The event is actually at the shop where they're doing the work, making it even more real.


The Ithaca Aviation Heritage Foundation is working to restore a piece of local aviation history. The Scout, affectionately known throughout the world as the "Tommy," was originally built in 1917 - 18 by the Thomas-Morse Aeroplane Company of Ithaca, the 4th largest supplier of aircraft in the US during WWI. The "Tommy" was used to train U.S. pilots before being sent overseas. Paul Wilson of Dryden was one of the early test pilots so it is fitting that the restoration of the "Tommy" is now taking place in Dryden. The Ithaca Aviation Heritage Foundation is dedicated to restoring this aircraft to flying condition and bringing attention to the story of early aviation in the Finger Lakes Region.

On Thursday, September 27th, the Dryden Town Historical Society will host Donald Funke of the Ithaca Aviation Heritage Foundation who will share the story of this legendary aircraft and explain the work that has been accomplished to date.

The event will be held at the workshop on 97 Southworth Road in Dryden beginning at 7 PM; however, the doors will open at 6:30 PM to view the work in progress. Parking space is available and the event is free and open to all. For more information call Gina Prentiss (844-4691).

There's more on the project in this Ithaca Journal article and at their website.

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