December 21, 2014

Classic aircraft damaged in Gardner landing

Tow trucks attempt to tow a damaged 1943 Boeing-Stearman aircraft to a hangar at Gardner Municipal Airport on Sept. 9. The aircraft was damaged while landing at the local airport on Monday. Staff photo by Danedri Thompson

Tow trucks attempt to tow a damaged 1943 Boeing-Stearman aircraft to a hangar at Gardner Municipal Airport on Sept. 9. The aircraft was damaged while landing at the local airport on Monday. Staff photo by Danedri Thompson

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
A 1943 Boeing-Stearman biplane may be staying in Gardner longer than anticipated.
The Oregon pilots intended to stop in Gardner before continuing on their way on Sept. 9. Though it wasn’t a crash landing, the plane tipped on the runway and is being towed to a Gardner Municipal Airport hangar.
The Oregon pilot did not want his name in the paper. Both pilots walked away from the accident without injuries on Monday morning.
The U.S. Air Force and Navy used the aircraft model for training during World War II. Thousands of the biplanes were sold to civilians following the war and are now widely used as crop dusters, sports planes and in airshows.

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