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The Restoration of 61 Tango, Part I

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June 2012

For well over a year I had been looking for a true four seat, single engine, fixed gear aircraft that was airworthy and would fit my budget. My budget was a little tight, so I had to be very careful. I was willing to do some repairs and cosmetic upgrades. After all, I had the advantage of growing up with aviation.

My father is an A&P mechanic and a recipient of the FAA’s Charles Taylor “Master Mechanic” Award. He has over 50 years of military, airline and General Aviation experience. My brother, also an A&P mechanic, has over 30 years of experience. This allowed me many resources and connections.

Piper Cherokee 61 Tango was exactly what I had been searching for—and she was right in my own backyard. I am based in upstate New York at the Schenectady County Airport (KSCH) and I found her at the Sullivan County Airport (KMSV), only a two-and-a-half hour drive to the south.

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