Ken started the restoration in 2005 and it will continue in its new space, outside on the flight line close to the C-47. Today she got her wings and wheels. Who know what tomorrow will bring, maybe her tail or a new paint job. (by Kim Kovesci)
To see the article written by the Akron Beacon Journal by Jim Mackinnon, click HERE.
To see more pictures of the three day project click HERE.
All pilots remember exactly when and where they earned their wings. But Ken Ramsay is unique – a pilot who, a half-century after earning his wings, has now – with amazing skill and endless hard work – found a way to award the plane he flew – the F-100 Super Sabre – with its wings. A few years ago, the plane before you was a decaying collection of parts scattered across the country. If they could have talked, each part would have cried out “Help! Get me out of here!” Ken did just that – getting in touch with an astonishing array of people from New York, to Florida, California to Arizona, wheedling, cajoling, selling, until he had collected an entire airplane. And that was just the start. More years of cleaning, fitting, fabricating, to get to the point today where this magnificent, sleek, supersonic airplane once again will have wings of its own again.
Wings have always been a symbol of aspiration and hope – and that is true today, here, of this airplane. This fighter plane was on the country’s front line in the defense of freedom, protecting the hopes and aspirations of millions of people, not just Americans, but people around the world. The F-100 Super Sabre served the active USAF from 1954 to 1971. It was the first USAF fighter capable of supersonic speed in level flight. It is now retired, and might have been forgotten, except for the hard work of the people here who did not forget, beginning with Ken Ramsay.
by Sharon Ramsay
Thanks to the support crew for helping Ken Ramsay get the F-100D SuperSabre back on her wheels.