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5. Project Mission Plane
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Project AirPower - Active Mission Aviation Work

Project Mission Plane 
           Work with mechanics on your mission plane.


Just as you walked in the hanger stood Project AirPower - AWA's Cessna 182N-The Pathfinder Plane. Each hour the Pathfinder crew changed, so first up was orientation.
 
 
Don Starlin, President of Adventist World Aviation, told mission stories, the plane's history, and how they were going to work.
 
 
After that each Pathfinder was given his work. Each screw was taken out and checked for corrosion. Then each spot of corrosion had to be wet sanded and repainted.
 
 
 All the pieces had to be removed to get to all the corrosion.
 
 
 Some pathfinders and leaders were given a peek under the cowl.
 
 
 Every Pathfinder had something to do.
 
 
 Some spots were hard to reach.
 
 
 
 
 But, each Pathfinder faithfully did the work given to him. Praise God!
 
 
 Each part was carefully sanded and inspected.
 
 
 
 
 Leaders and Pathfinders a like took part to earn their patch.
 
 
 As I said, some hard places to reach.
 
 
 Don again orients one group as the other finishes up.
 
 
 Some Pathfinders had to reach up as far as they could.
 
 
 And loving hands wiped it down from time to time.
 
 
 
 
AWA's amazing volunteer staff was there to teach each pathfinder just how to work on the plane. Praise God!
 
 
 
 
All parts inside and out were worked on. Don Starlin checks on the progress of the work inside the plane.
 
AWA staff takes a short break between groups.
 
 
Some of the Pathfinders were lucky enough to talk with the missionary pilot that flies the Pathfinder plane in Guyana, Jud Wickwire. He and another pilot, missionary-in-training, Greg VanFossen, flew the plane home from Guyana just before the Camporee began.
 
 
 
Pathfinders from as far away as Austrailia, Brazil, and Europe all worked on the plane.
 
And they came from as close as Madison, Wisconsin.
 
 
One of the Madison Mustangs from Wisconsin.
 
 
 
 
One of the Pathfinders takes a short rest before returning to his work.
 
Some were very, very, intensely working.
 
And after they were through pictures and Flight Logs were available for viewing and pictures with the staff.
 
 But when everyone left the Camporee, there was still plenty of work to be done well into the wee hours of the morning  and then again the next morning to get the plane ready to leave
 
Those pictures will be coming on the "Preparing to leave" page, coming soon.