Long-Term Aircraft-Restoration Project Delivered to Lumley Aviation Center

Published 12.08.2009


The UH1-H arrives at the Lumley Aviation Center in Montoursville Robert M. Werkmeister, assistant professor of aviation (operating fork lift), and William F. Stepp III, associate professor of aviation (operating crane), set the aircraft down on its skidsA Bell UH-1H helicopter, owned by the American Helicopter Museum and Education Center in Chester, arrived at Penn College's Lumley Aviation Center by truck Tuesday for the start of a long-term restoration project. The museum asked the Aviation Center to restore the aircraft to display status, which William F. Stepp III, associate professor of aviation who arranged the project said will take approximately five years to complete. The helicopter can be used in several aviation courses, inparticular, the Bachelor of Aviation Maintenance capstone. Founded in 1996, the museum is dedicated exclusively to rotorcraft. It boasts a display of more than 35 military and civilian helicopters, autogyros and convertaplanes, including the V-22 Osprey.
Photos by Carl J. Burns, a second-year aviation maintenance technology student from Sweet Valley