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L'annuale raduno della HAG (Historical Aircraft Group) ha visto
nel campo e nel cielo di Montagnana la presenza e l'esibizione di
moltissimi velivoli compresa, per la prima volta in Italia, la
Pattuglia Acrobatica Belga "Red Devils" su SF-260.
Esibizioni in volo a parte, uno dei momenti pi¨ emozionanti
al “Fly Party 2015”, Ŕ stato l’incontro
di Rick Shoup con il “Mekong Mauler” o, meglio, con una sua “reincarnazione” !
testo di D. Mattiuzzo
The annual meeting of the HAG (Historical Aircraft Group) has seen in the field and in the sky of Montagnana the presence and display of many aircraft including, for the first time in Italy, the Acrobatic Belgian Team "Red Devils" on SF-260.
Flying exibitions apart, one of the most exciting times at "Fly Party 2015", was the meeting between Rick Shoup and "Mekong Mauler" or, better, with his "reincarnation"!
Andrea Rossetto, HAG President, have the merit of restoring a Cessna Model 305C (former Aero Club of Italy), or rather an O-1E Bird Dog that even before that, has served with ALE (Light Aviation Army) for just under three decades.
The aircraft in question, c / n 305M-0033 s / n 61-2987, built in 1962, was part of a batch of 44 O-1E (formerly L-19E from the end of September 1962) handed over to the ALE of Italian Army, through the MDAP (Mutual Defense Assistance Program).
She entered service in 1963 with military serial MM61-2987 and coded EI-20, was assigned to the RAL (Light Aviation Unit) of the Armored Division "Centauro" based in Vercelli. Subsequently, she served at other units until the provision at the 2nd RRALE at Bologna-Borgo Panigale in the fall of 1989. After a revision, "demilitarization" and with the installation of the device for towing gliders, at the "OMA" of Foligno, was registered I-EIAI on 3/23/94 on charge at Ae.C.I. (Italian Aero Club)
After the disposal, Andrea acquired the plane with the intent to bring she back in flying condition and decided to restore she in the shape of an O-1G (former O-1A) who served in Viet Nam at Vinh Long with the 199th RAC ( Reconnaissance Airplane Company) "Swamp Foxes" in the second half of the 60s.
In particular, he first entered into close contact with one of the pilots who served in that department: the then WO 1 Rick Shoup (WO = Warrant Officer ), he began a long process of restoration and recreated with painstaking attention to details, the exemplary "0-11952" (51-11952) "Mekong Mauler".
We could see the "Mekong Mauler" and the touching meeting of Shoup, who came specially from the USA, with 'his' aircraft.
text by D. Mattiuzzo - english translation by R. Zambon
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