Treasured Family Project Remains Grounded

It is a treasured family project that is now collecting dust in the garage, they are now asking for help in finding it a new home.

In 1974 Donnell Johnson started building a five-eights scale model plane the family calls the “Hawker Hurricane”, he finished a year before he died. Donnell built the entire plane by hand in his garage and except for the engine, fire wall, gauges and landing gear, it is made entirely out of Spruce wood. With a wing span of 25 feet, the Johnson family keeps the trimmed back version tucked in the garage, where there is one inch of clearance getting it into and out of there.

The ex-Air Force mechanic passed away a year after completing the project but never got to see it in the air. “We took it out to an airport and the man wouldn't let him put the oil in it because he didn't want it to get on the ground or something, so it never did fly, but it is all ready to go,” his wife Betty said.

Betty says her husband got the plans for $100 from Popular Mechanics magazine in 1974. Donnell's son believes over $25,000 was put into the project and it took over 25 years to complete. Sadly the family has been trying to sell the plane without much luck, otherwise they'd like to donate it to the Strategic Air and Space Museum in Ashland.


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