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Antique plane finds new home in Greenville

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The Cessna 310 at its previous home in Georgia. (Source: Greenville Downtown Airport) The Cessna 310 at its previous home in Georgia. (Source: Greenville Downtown Airport)
GREENWOOD, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Greenville Downtown Airport purchased an antique Cessna 310 to display at their aviation-themed park, according to airport director Joe Frasher.

Frasher said he was informed of the plane being auctioned off by the state of Georgia a few weeks ago. They won the bid at $2,200 for the plane which is believed to have been built in 1962. Frasher said it was a deal, but they had to pick it up and transport it within five days and pay for moving it.

"After we won the bid, we had to scramble to find someone capable of helping us get it here which was no ordinary job," Frasher said. "We wanted it taken apart and shipped very carefully as to enable us to rebuild it. We reached out to our aviation contacts in Georgia and one said that they were very happy with a company who had moved two planes for them. So we reached out to them and they were incredible! As you can see by the photos, it was no easy task."

The plane was previously in Cochran, GA, at Middle Georgia State College's Cochran Campus. The school recently changed its colors and they decided to repaint one static aircraft display that they had and to sell another one.

"The plane, now in pieces, is located in a Greenville Jet Center aircraft hangar at GMU and soon volunteers from USAeroTech, LLC, a local Aircraft Maintenance Training School will help us put it all back together," noted Frasher.

"This is a really neat project that we love to be involved in, because it can help us teach our students hands-on working knowledge of how aircraft are constructed, and it also benefits our community," stated Mark D. Spang, a partner with USAeroTech, LLC.

The free, open to the public, aviation-themed park currently includes an educational amphitheater, aviation-themed playground equipment for children, and other attractions.

The park is located at 21 Airport Rd. Extension, Greenville, SC 29607.

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