In his spare time between overhauls and restoration work for paying customers, Gifford has formed a fuselage frame from original and custom-made replacement parts, with a tail assembly the shape of a giant guitar pick, which I recognized as a Ryan. Gifford’s passion may only be equaled by his patience. “Because of the expense and research involved,” says Gifford, “I expect to be at it many years.”
As I drove away from NostalgAire it occurred to me our A&P protagonist, Scott Gifford, is as unique as the airplane he is destined to build.
pplying his modern practical skills, Gifford is preserving the work done by the designers and mechanics before him.
I wrote screenplays for five years while living near “Hollywierd,” and could not resist interjecting script jargon. I have no doubt a producer will soon option this historical saga for a documentary or feature film.