WWII Vet Gets An Unexpected Message | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 02.23.15

Airborne 02.24.15

Airborne 02.25.15

Airborne 02.26.15

Airborne 02.27.15

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 02.23.15

Airborne 02.24.15

Airborne 02.25.15

Airborne 02.26.15

Airborne 02.27.15

Thu, Jun 02, 2005

WWII Vet Gets An Unexpected Message

'Guess Where Your Old Plane Is'

It's a story that popped up in Lew Griswold's Fresno Bee column Wednesday -- the story of a World War II veteran reunited with his one-time love and constant companion. The veteran is 86-year old Ray Melikian of Visalia, CA. The long-lost love is his Curtis P-40 (file photo of type, below).

"Guess where your old plane is?" read a note Melikian received from war-buddy John Miller of Pomona. "Practically in your back yard (sort of, anyway)."

As it turns out, the P-40 is being restored at Vintage Aircraft Co. in Sonoma, CA.

Vintage owner Chris Prevost called Melikian three months ago, according to Griswold's column, and offered to fly the P-40 to Visalia when he was done. Melikian appeared nonplussed. "God help you," he told Prevost. Such a kidder!

Melikian wasn't an ace, but he had three Japanese kills to his credit and has a war chest full of stories about narrow escapes and barely cheating death. It's nice to have a prop to go with the stories, right?

The P-40 was found in an aviation junkyard in Australia 31-years ago. It was twice sold before ending up at Pacific Aircraft in New Zealand, where the fuselage was restored. Prevost obtained the Curtis last year.

This isn't the first time Melikian has caught up with one of his old rides. In 1969, the wreckage of an aircraft with his name stenciled under the canopy turned up in New Guinea. He'd loaned it to another pilot whose skeletal remains were found in the wreckage. That was in 1942.

FMI: www.vintageaircraft.com

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 02.27.15: CS300 Flies, Nimoy Goes West, NTSB's Hart OK'd, PBOR II

Also: Bell 505 Update, Mooney Update, UAV Hysteria, AAR Sells Telair, True Blue Power, More UAV Waivers, Flyers Rights The Bombardier CSeries CS300 airliner made its first flight t>[...]

Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.01.15)

“Sentinel 2 is the next important milestone to deploy Europe´s Copernicus program for which Airbus Defence and Space is a key contributor. In particular, we are prime c>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.01.15): Advancing Blade

Advancing Blade That half of the rotor disc in which the rotation of the blade is moving in the same direction as the movement of the helicopter. If the helicopter is moving forwar>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.01.15)

Aero Linx: The New England Helicopter Council The New England Helicopter Council is committed to promoting rotorcraft aviation through and for the benefit of our membership. If you>[...]

CASA Grants Extension On Small Aircraft Licensing Transition

Australian Agency Lengthens Training Period For Maintenance Candidates The Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Australia has extended the training period for individuals seeking a s>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2015 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC