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Second Annual Aviation Archeology Symposium at the Seattle Museum of Flight

Second Annual Aviation Archeology Symposium at the Seattle Museum of Flight

On March 14th and 15th 2015, the Seattle Museum of Flight hosted their second annual Aviation Archeology Symposium. The symposium focused on the recovery of aircraft, archeological aspects of aircraft, in addition to aircraft restoration. The symposium this year included many presenters from last year’s symposium, as well as some new additions. Dave and Lindsey Goss were returning presenters for this event.

This year Dave and Lindsey’s presentation focused on challenges and decision making during a restoration. Restoration of an aircraft can go down several different paths, depending on what the customer wants. For some aircraft owners original, airworthy, or a combination of both is the desired way to go. Although being original is very important to some owners/agencies, restoring an aircraft to original standards can present the most challenges. In the presentation we looked at examples of challenges faced, and the different kinds of decisions that need to be made during restoration. We also talked about some of the current projects in the GossHawk shop.

This event is always an exciting one for Dave and Lindsey because it allows them to visit with industry friends in the area, but also allows them to visit the collection that is so near and dear to their hearts. The majority of Champlin Fighter Collection is now housed in the Personal Courage Wing at the Seattle Museum of Flight. Dave was involved in the majority of these airplane restorations and maintained the collection for many years; Lindsey grew up with all of these beautiful airplanes. It is always great to see the staff at the Museum of Flight, Dave and Lindsey are very appreciative to JD and Cale especially for allowing them a little extra time to visit with the planes that they once cared for.

Below are some pictures of Dave, Lindsey, and friends at the symposium, the aircraft in the Champlin Collection, and a video of the presentation given by Dave and Lindsey.