Cherokee II Homebuilt First Flight

Another "test flight" in Tullahoma, Tennessee on the same field the Concordia first flew, but perhaps a little different.   The Cherokee II was a very popular plans-built glider, circa 1950s. The particular ship was passed around for many years, until Gary Flandro got his hands on it. The original logs were lost but the restoration began in 1980.  This Cherokee spent a long time grounded.

Gary continued the long restoration, and allowed Ted Beckwith the test flight today. Good first flight, with a tow from the Tullahoma CAP.  Ted reports that the Cherokee flies nicely, a lot like a 1-26.

Photos by Beverly Beckwith.


  3 comments for “Cherokee II Homebuilt First Flight

  1. Tony Condon
    June 23, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Awesome! This Cherokee has an interesting history and its great that Gary has gotten it back in the air.

    • chris cartwright
      June 24, 2013 at 11:42 am

      So happy! My father owned this glider at one time and was best buddies with the fellow that gave it to me to launch into this next phase of its life. I am personally so grateful to Gary for the effort he has put into saving this bird. It spent 20+ years living under the pool at the field house at Northfield Mt. Hermon school in MA. and to see it flying again is just plain wonderful. Thank you all from me, and all the soaring “spirits” that preceded you in this venture.

  2. June 23, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    How nice to hear and see that another vintage glider is back in the air — were it belongs! This is great!
    Thanks for sharing the information!
    Simine Short

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