The aircraft was donated to the Museum on May 4,
1990 by John Piersma, a dairy farmer from
Oriskany, New York.
The engine is a smooth-running Lycoming
O-145-B2. Len says it was started up on September 23, 2003 and ran
Aircraft is ready for engine run-up on the
Al Petroni sits in the cockpit as Len Kilinski
checks the throttle setting then cycles the prop in preparation for startup.
The Museum plans to exhibit the plane when they complete the
restoration. The engine and airframe presently have 512.6 hours on them.
The engine is in good running order, but the major AD's (such as on
the wing spars) will not be done due to the expense involved, nor will the
paperwork (e.g. insurance) that would be required to fully certify it for
On the side of the fuselage is stenciled,
"Holland 1/2 Pint", and below the canopy rail, "John Piersma,
Pioneer Pilot, Oriskany, NY.
As of August, 2003, the plane was almost
complete and ready for delivery to the display committee.
Len Kilinski in the cockpit.