The Morane Saulnier AI being built at the Kansas City AIM Campus attracted a lot of attention this weekend at the Air Force Museum in Dayton, OH. The three-day World War I Dawn Patrol Rendezvous takes place every other year on the back field of the National Museum of the United States Air Force. It is presented by the museum and the Great War Aeroplanes Association.
While not yet complete, the aircraft was trucked to the site and assembled by students eager to share their craftsmanship. Between the rare nature of the aircraft, and the authentic but colorful paint scheme, it was easy to pick out of the crowd.
We also want to acknowledge the enthusiastic crew of students and instructors that made this show work. Here is the gang, and they have made it real easy to pick out the instructors. From left to right below are: Tim Fisher, James Bennet, Dan Brown, James Shoemaker, Jesse Sutton, Chris Hendrix, Derrick Sutton, Bill McMahon.
The Kansas City crew took full advantage of the weekend, and spent a lot of time talking with the public, other visitors, and the students from the AIM Indianapolis who also brought their Word War I aircraft project for display. There was also time for a quick tour of the Air Force Museum, and the restoration shops which are not normally open to the public.
The airplane is back home in Kansas City today, and will begin the final assembly process which includes the installation of a new, larger, fuel tank and plumbing to the fuel and oil systems for the engine. There are a host of small details to be worked on, but I suspect the enthusiasm gained from this weekend will help those jobs move along at a much faster pace.