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EAA Thanks Gulfstream For Painting Airplanes

May 26, 2005 - EAA extended its sincere appreciation to the employees at Gulfstream's Appleton, Wisconsin, regional maintenance facility on Wednesday for painting two special EAA aircraft: EAA's vintage 1929 Ford Tri-Motor, which the Gulfstream paint shop completed last year; and the just-finished Young Eagles GlaStar N231YE, whose elaborate scheme was the winning design by Aaron Mentkowski in this year's EAA Youth Art Competition.

EAA President Tom Poberezny, left, and Young Eagles Director Steve Buss with new Young Eagle Nesha Bucholtz at the dedication ceremony May 24. Gulfstream's Robert Mitchell is behind at left.

Standing in front of the two aircraft parked on the ramp outside Gulfstream, EAA President Tom Poberezny personally thanked the paint shop staff for their generous efforts. "You've helped us preserve the heritage and the future of EAA," he said. "The heritage in airplanes such as this Ford Tri-Motor, and airplanes such as this GlaStar, which represents the innovation of the homebuilding movement, but more importantly the opportunity for young people to experience flight. On behalf of EAA and the local community to thank each and every one of you who made this possible."

EAA's Tom Poberezny at the podium with Gulfstream's Robert Mitchell next to the newly painted GlaStar.

Robert Mitchell, Gulfstream's Director of Service Operations, called the contribution part of the company's community involvement. "Whether it's the old airplanes or the new ones, we wanted to contribute to this community effort," Mitchell said. "Working on the Tri-Motor, many of our painters had never worked on anything that required so much handwork. Every one of those corrugations, they had to hand-sand and hand-finish. They've got a lot of pride in that airplane."

Poberezny presented the employees with a portrait of them in front of the finished GlaStar. "We hope this finds a place of honor in the hangar in Appleton, with our appreciation of not only the effort you put into it, but more importantly knowing that thousands of kids will benefit in the future by receiving rides in this airplane," he said.

A special end to the ceremony occurred when EAA Young Eagles Director Steve Buss took 12-year-old Nesha Bucholtz on a flight in the newly painted GlaStar, its first Young Eagle since repainting. Nesha, who wants to someday be a pilot, is the daughter Gulfstream paint shop manager Brian Bucholtz, who revealed that the Ford Tri-Motor required about 1,500 hours to complete and the GlaStar, 600 hours.

Scheme Designers of Creskill, New Jersey, transferred the winning art to plans for Gulfstream.

"We've prided ourselves in the great relationship that exists between EAA and Gulfstream, and we're proud that together we've truly made this area of the country one of the hotbeds and homes of the total spectrum of aviation, and look forward to continuing that partnership."

Gulfstream Appleton's paint crew proudly pose around EAA's Young Eagles GlaStar N231YE.

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