Pheasant airplane is assembled and on display

The Pheasant Airplane Celebration in Memphis, Mo. continues as members of the Pheasant Airplane Association show the community what the plane looks like when its assembled.

The Pheasant airplane belongs to the Pheasant Airplane Association and will become a part of the Scotland County Historical Society collection. The plane was manufactured by the Pheasant Aircraft Company, which operated out of Memphis, Mo. right before the Great Depression.

The Association bought the plane from Tim Dahlen and Edmund Katzen in Long Island. They had to disassemble it before hauling it back to Memphis, Mo.

Members of the Association said with the help of nearly a dozen people, including several aircraft technicians, it took just four hours to reassemble the plane Saturday evening. They said the hardest part was putting the wings back on.

"Handling the wings-holding them up and getting them attached, " said Ron Brown, the founder of the Pheasant Airplane Association. "We had to have scaffolding but it worked real good. Local people jumped in and brought in scaffolding and equipment to do it with."

Ron Brown said the plane is flyable, but the organization does not plan on putting it up in the air. They want to keep it on display and eventually create a museum for it-an endeavor they said may take one or two years.

The plane is being temporarily stored in the Wiggins Family Museum Farley Building in Memphis, Mo.

If you'd like to see it, you can contact Fred Clapp, chairperson of the Pheasant Airplane Association, at (660) 341-2307 to schedule a visit.

Here is a link to our previous, when the plane arrived in Memphis.