Seversky S2 Racer, Flown by Frank Fuller, 1939 Bendix Race
First, let me say that this is a classic example for the motto of my Club “I Know Where the Mistakes Are and I’m Not Going to Tell You Where They Are” second, this is the very old Hobbycraft 1/48 kit of the Seversky S2 Racer (P-35) which is, to be kind, a POS. I’m not even a fan of the P-35. I came across decals from “Flying Pappas” for this airplane and I wanted to build it to remind me of a time long ago when I had the opportunity to meet Frank Fuller.
During the mid Sixties in my past life I had occasion to assist a disabled chauffeur driven Cadillac with three very well dressed ladies aboard, south of SFO. The car was taken care of but the ladies and their luggage needed a ride to the airport to catch a plane. I told them that I would take them to SFO but they would have to put some of their luggage on their laps and it would be a very crowded but short ride. They agreed and we took off. Their airplane however was not at the main terminal but rather at Butler aviation which was the executive airport at that time. I told them to point out the plane they were to fly on and we would drive to it. As we neared the plane one of the ladies leaned out of the window and waved and giggled to a man standing by a plane calling him “dad”. I knew of the airplane but never knew up to this point who owned it. It was a 1947 Pristine Grumman Mallard, N2945, in a three tone color of grey/ light blue/ dark blue. The man standing in front of it was Frank Fuller and the three ladies were his wife, daughter, and niece. He was quite surprised to see their livery and got a kick out of it. He was very cordial and gave me a cooks tour of the Mallard. He had bought it brand new and held possession of it for 28 years. He showed me his pilots license which was in the low three digits. I had no camera to take a picture of us nor did it really cross my mind to try to obtain one. They were busy and ready to go so that is how it ended. It was just a pleasure to meet and talk with him for a very brief moment. This is the only reason I built this model as a reminder to me of an interesting time long ago.
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