In 2010 it finally happens! A PBY (remember the newsletter picture in 2007 at Skagit Airport) comes on the market. With only $10,000 in the bank, we step out on a limb with an offer of $60,000 and are told that the offer will be honored for one week. It is below other offers, but the seller’s agent wants the plane to be owned by a museum rather than cut up for parts by other bidders. $50,000 is needed! What to do?
At a monthly Tuesday PBY members meeting, it’s announced that $50,000 is needed in outright gifts or short-term loans, by Friday. By 5:00 pm that Thursday, the final checks totaling $50,000 are received at our bank. $50,000 in less than 50 hours. A remarkable example of what our members can accomplish. The plane was ours! Now, to move it to the Seaplane Base!