Meryem Ersoz

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Since meeting writer/director Joseph Grand in October, 2015, the Spirit of Flight museum has been on the hunt for a plane that could potentially work in The Wilderness Pilot movie.  Initially, the goal was to find a Cessna C-172 or C-182 that needed some work due to age or neglect.  The goal of finding a C-172 or C-182  was one that turned out to be nearly impossible because of the popularity and ease of rebuilding a project into a flying plane, making those types of planes desirable and expensive, even as scrap projects.


The hunt for the perfect Cessna 210 for The Wilderness Pilot took 18 months, and over twenty aircraft were looked at as possible candidates.  In February, 2017, an owner of a wrecked Cessna 210 responded to an advertisement that Spirit of Flight had placed.  The owner had possessed  his 1960 Cessna 210 for nearly 30 years and it was considered part of his family.  However, it was the victim of a Microburst that tore the airplane from its earthly tie down and flipped it onto its back like a pro wrestler throwing an opponent to the mat.  The Cessna was damaged beyond logical financial repair, and there were limited options for what the owner could do with the plane.  The opportunity to have the 1960 Cessna be a part of The Wilderness Pilot movie intrigued the owner enough that agreed to let it go to the Spirit of Flight museum.  The only issue was that the project plane had to be removed by the end of February, 2017 as the owner had sold his house and was moving out.  The plane had to go…


The 2017 fires in California had dried up most of the U-Haul inventory for the Spirit of Flight to rent and drive the plane to Colorado.  The fires had also driven up the price of a U-Haul to nearly four times the normal rate, so Spirit of Flight put out a bid request to load the plane and drive it to Colorado.  Terrier Transport responded with the best bid around 8PM on a Saturday night, and by 7AM the next morning they were loading the Cessna for its journey.


The Cessna arrived intact at the Spirit of Flight museum 24 hours later and it was unloaded into a storage hangar until it is needed on the set of the film.


                                                                                                        by Gordon R. Page - Producer