Stearman to be flown to DPA on Tuesday

Stearman to be flown to DPA on Tuesday

By GLENDA CAUDLE
Special Features Editor
The fun is already under way at Discovery Park of America, and the multi-million dollar, 50-acre complex devoted to education and family entertainment isn’t even open yet.
On Tuesday, a PT-17 Stearman, which has been “living” in storage at Everett-Stewart Regional Airport since being purchased and brought to this area in 2010, will be flown across town. Traffic will be halted on Everett Boulevard so that the area between DPA and Union City Second Baptist Church will be cleared for landing and the plane that was on display at the 2013 Airport Expo last weekend will land on the roadway.
Local pilot Mike Rinker plans to bring the colorful World War II plane through the skies and, after landing it, to drive it up the paved area leading to Discovery Center — the majestic, futuristic, multi-story building local residents have been watching take undulating shape over the past months.
Very soon, the plane will join other items of interest that have been sought out and purchased for their value as educational and entertaining specimens. It will be hung from the ceiling, so that it will appear to be in flight, to those locals and visitors from around the country — and perhaps, even, the world — who will be checking out the amazing variety of exhibits planned for the facility.
Those who would like to watch the plane’s airy approach are encouraged to park at Second Baptist Church, which can be accessed by way of Mount Zion Road and the Obion County Farmers Co-op.
Editor’s note: Glenda Caudle may be contacted at glendacaudle@ucmessenger.com.

Published in The Messenger 5.24.13

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