Good friend, Tom Casey, is a retired American Airlines captain and a current novelist. Several years ago he undertook a costly labor of love—breathing new life into the battered hulk of a 1951 Albatross found in an aircraft "bone yard" out west. After hundreds of hours—and hundreds of thousands of dollars—this military flying boat is now resplendently based at Danbury Airport in CT. This video shows my first visit to Danbury in hopes of a flight to nearby Candlewood Lake for takeoffs and landings. Big glitch—the rain forecast for later that afternoon moved in while Tom (a certified Albatross instructor) and his Albatross-certified co-pilot, John Purdy, were beginning the pre-flight checks. Mission scrubbed. But, like pilots everywhere, we sat in the cockpit and told war stories. FOLLOW UP: We did go flying several weeks later and that video will be posted next and titled: Adventures in a 1951 Grumman Albatross—Part Two "Getting This Big Bird's Feet Wet"

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