Mission Accomplished - AIRBORNE
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Many of you may remember Fletcher Grahn (left in above picture) who had come to Kibidula twice before to work on the airplane.  I asked him to write this month’s article for the newsletter.  So, here it is with some additions from Randy Beckermeyer (right in above picture).  (Center is our director and pilot, Jason Fournier.)

AIRBORNE

We are at 24,000 feet and heading north by northwest.  Our destination is Amsterdam.  It's a little after midnight and the flight will take around 10 hours or so.  It should be plenty of time to start to absorb all that has happened these past few weeks.

After returning to the United States from Kibidula some 8 months ago, I had wondered how all this would work out.  Would I return alone to finish Kibidula's airplane build project or would I have help?  The time needed for each option would be quite different.  As it turns out, I came with help this time but we only had 20 working days to complete our work before we would have to return to the U.S.  As it turned out, it was two days more than we needed.

My travel and work partner was Randy Beckermeyer, the President of Mission Wings Corp. based in Whitmore Lake, Michigan USA. I had heard about Mission Wings from a friend who had seen an interview on 3ABN about Mission Wings.  After making contact with Randy, he and the Mission Wings Board agreed to adopt Kibidula’s ZenAir CH801 project and support it through completion of the first flight.  The rest of our team included Jason Fournier Director of Kibidula who has previous experience building ZenAir aircraft, Tamara Schoch and Candy Katsma who sewed the interior cushions.  Many others helped here and there also.  We were able to take the aircraft from its existing state, to completing the assembly.

On Wednesday at 3:33 p.m. Tanzania time, the CH 801 left the ground under its own power for the first time.  After about 15-20 minutes, it returned to earth to a waiting crowd eager to hear about how things went.

By this time, Kibidula's primary school had pretty much emptied out and many of the students were waiting beside the runway for a peek at the flying machine that makes all that noise.  They weren't disappointed, and neither were the rest of us.  The flight was a success, but this was only the first flight of hopefully many.  With God's blessing, we hope for many years of service for this instrument in our Lord's hand.

There are still things to do, things to tweak, things to correct or things to add.  But for now, the mission of assembling this aircraft to an airworthy condition has been achieved.  This goal had been reached not by the hand of one, or two, but of many, many volunteers over many years.  All of these people came together at different times and for different needs, yet without whom, this aircraft would still be on the ground waiting to be completed. 

As our plane travels on, bringing Randy and I back home, I reflect on the many people I have met during this project and the imprint they have made on my life.  I hope it is something that will never leave me, and that in some small way, will flow through me to those around me the rest of my life.

As for the brand new shiny plane sitting back at Kibidula, the story is only beginning.  And the lives it will touch; only God can tell.  But at least for today, we praise the Lord for His hand in its construction, and look forward to see what He has planned for it in the future.  Stay tuned...

Thank you everyone for all the prayers and support that have made it possible for this plane to be completed and also for all the other various projects that take place here at Kibidula.
 
First take off of Kibidula's ZenAir CH801




From Randy regarding Mission Wings:
 
For further information about this project or other mission aircraft projects go to Mission Wings Website missionwingsforgod.org or you can also follow on Mission Wings Facebook page.
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