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El Salvador’s Stearman and Dornier projects make progress

Photo: Boeing PT-17 Stearman TG-JEE may have flown from El Salvador by the time these words are read. RAYMOND VAN DIJKHUIZEN


The restoration to flying status of Boeing PT-17 Stearman TG-JEE is approaching completion at Ilopango in El Salvador. The biplane, which initially flew in the US as 41-25313 will be the third of its type to fly from the Central American airfield. Its owner intends to operate it at local airshows.

A former Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Dornier Do 28 is also being restored to fly at Ilopango. The machine was first registered D-IBOW in Germany before flying in Canada as CF-INA. The twin-engined utility aircraft then flew with a private owner in Israel before entering IDF hands. It’s likely to fly again in 2020 and will be powered by its original Lycoming engines. RAYMOND VAN DIJKHUIZEN

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