The trip to bring MFI’s third turbine DC-3 to Florida began two years ago and it is now half-way home - which puts the plane in Cape Verde, Africa. We thought the plane would be ready to fly home at the end of August 2016. You can read about some of the delays in the next post.
About a month ago, it was finally looking like the plane would soon be ready. In advance of the flight, two of MFI’s mechanics flew to South Africa on Monday, May 1. They went to do some final inspections and to work with the local mechanics to get the plane prepared for the trip.
Then on Monday, May 8, the three MFI pilots arrived. Fuel was put in the airplane and a couple leaks were discovered - and then repaired. The pilots ran the engines and test flew the airplane - remember, it has not left the ground in 12 years.
All looked good for a Thursday departure. And that brings us to today - three days into the six-day trip home. You can see the route below - Lanseria, South Africa to Luanda, Angola to Accra, Ghana to Praia, Cape Verde.
Tomorrow the plane and crew head across the Atlantic.