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PITCAIRN PA-5 NC6708

 

NC6708 landed at Pitcairn Field and is signed in the Register six times. It was flown variously by three pilots, Emil Stefanik (landed January 1 and January 25, 1942), his brother Frank Stefanik, Jr. (landed December 12, 1941, January 4, 1942 and December 28, 1942 and by John A. Vansant (landed once on January 25, 1942). They identified their home bases as Horsham, Willow Grove, Philadelphia and Langhorne, PA. It appears they flew locally.

Below, a photograph of the airplane at Pitcairn Field, Willow Grove. From the look of the automobiles in the background, the date could be somewhere around when our pilots were flying it: early 1940s.

NC6708, Willow Grove, PA, Date Unknown (Source: David Pitcairn)
NC6708, Willow Grove, PA, Date Unknown (Source: David Pitcairn)

It landed once about a decade earlier at Tucson, Monday September 12, 1932. The airplane was manufactured June 30, 1928.

Windshield Frame With Original Paint Color (Source: David Pitcairn)
Windshield Frame With Original Paint Color (Source: David Pitcairn)

 

The good news today is that NC6708 is alive and well and under restoration at a shop in New Jersey. A chain of custody summary for NC6708 was provided to me in 2008 by then airplane owner Stephen Pitcairn. The full technography for NC6708 is online at the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register Web site at the link, and that chain of custody, as well as many photographs, is posted there. At right is the removable windshield for the airplane showing the original color, which was accented with cream stripes.

Although Stephen Pitcairn has since passed away, the airplane is still in the Pitcairn family, now owned by David Pitcairn who is overseeing the restoration. Photographs of the restoration are at the site linked above, as is a link to a video of Mr. Pitcairn describing the restoration and some of the special features of his PA-5.

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