Posted by: potomacpacemaker | February 21, 2011

Piedmont Airlines Day

Potomac Pacemaker Restoration

Bob Reed, volunteer project manager for the Potomac Pacemaker restoration, talks to visitors about progress on the plane during the N.C. Transportation Museum's Piedmont Airlines Day Feb. 19.

Two programs during the N.C. Transportation Museum’s “Piedmont Airlines Day” on Feb. 19 were standing room only, garnering additional interest and support for the Potomac Pacemaker restoration.

Documentary Film Maker Rich Eller

Rich Eller

Author and documentarian Rich Eller started out the morning with a premier screening of his new film, “Speedbird: The History of Piedmont Airlines.” Eller, a history professor at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, N.C., also authored “Piedmont Airlines: A Complete History, 1948-1989” in 2008.

After lunch, Bob Reed, volunteer project manager for the Potomac Pacemaker restoration, presented a program on the restoration project and its progress to date, followed by a tour inside the Back Shop, where museum visitors had the opportunity to see the plane up close and ask follow up questions.

A number of Piedmont retirees and other members of the Piedmont family attended, including three of Piedmont founder Tom Davis’ children, Cherryl Hartman, executive director of the Tom Davis Fund, and Carol Fair, a flight attendant with Piedmont Airlines and U.S. Airways for 48 years.

The event provided an additional opportunity to seek financial support for the project, which will be needed to keep the gears in motion. Several donations for the plane have been received as a result, and we look forward to your continued support. Please take a minute to download this Potomac Pacemaker donation form, which you can mail with your gift to help us complete the restoration.

While all the Piedmont Airlines Day activities were underway for museum visitors, volunteers spent their day hard at work on the Pacemaker. An update on Saturday’s work day along with photos will be posted shortly.

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