stinson v-77 reliant

Museum Receives Stinson Reliant for Future Restoration and Display

The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum has completed the acquisition of a 1943 Stinson V-77 Reliant (s/n 77-144) that will become a major restoration project in the coming months.  Museum members traveled to Calvin C. McDaniel Field (Pinckneyville-du Quoin Airport) today to retrieve the fuselage with the help of Ken Hartlage of Hartlage Truck Service (the wings, empennage and engine were delivered previously).  The aircraft was donated to the museum by the family of the Late John Johnson, and it will be restored in memory of him and in dedication by his loving family.  The museum will provide periodic updates on the restoration process as it develops.