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Daily Intelligencer, The (Newspaper) - November 21, 1982, Doylestown, PennsylvaniaSunday wrap inca 21. A gr6up fights to save aviation history the of foe of of Tintor of Navy the Plum. Fenlon punt were Tequ Trad m part Ali of and the american planet All naval were imply contributed to the do play. Ai with Many projects of historical the principal obstacle is Money. Under whose care the planes have fallen by described the situation from the curator Tor but the curator does t have the Money to restore Battaglia said. Are allocated Here according to the number of our Active aircraft. There Are no funds for displayed so we take what Money we can out our operating the commander if the naval air station cannot adequately protect the chances Are the curator will turn them Over to the air and space museum at the smithsonian institution. That s not Idle either. A japanese the allies called has bean Given to the Well fund museum in Washington for restoration and exhibition. It s gone from Willow Grove for leaving a Gap m the line up along Baa too Road. The american planes at the naval air station the p-80 shooting introduced by Lockheed in 1m6. It was the tint Aii Jei big hive used by . Forces. The af-1e a plane developed by North american. It was an aircraft Carrier fighter that saw limited use because the tf2t sea Dart Jet of three was developed by Conval and the Navy. It was mounted on skis for water take offs and land but the plane performed poorly in other than Placid seas. The f7u by Chance Vought. It was first fit Var. In 1948 and was developed As an interceptor. The plane was difficult to control. The japanese and German aircraft were captured during world War h. Four of including the had been stored at the Philadelphia Navy Yard and were shipped to Hon Ham for display at the end of the War. At least two of those the German arado and were flown and their advanced designs Analysed in Philadelphia during the War. The japanese Rex also came from the Philadelphia Navy Yard. The foreign warplanes Are the most prised aircraft in the the a Jet better known As a was the fastest plane in the world in by 100 Miles per hour. The plane at Hon Ham is Only one of the German arado is a seaplane that was carried aboard battleships. It was used widely throughout the european theater of operations. Japanese plane known to the allies As the Rex was a float plane considered vital in the japanese Conquest and defense of the numerous Small islands in the Pacific. Japanese George evolved from the Rex and was used in the infamous Kamikaze attacks late in the War. Letters from aircraft experts throughout tin world indicated that the the japanese torpedo bomber sent to the was the last plane of its Type in the world. The american planes Are in relatively Good shape. Battaglia said. Their skins Are newer types and not As subject to corrosion at the skins on the front in Nunes. What the foreign planes he is nothing Short of total disassembly and reconstruction. With the for Battaglia said he worries every time he has the plane towed to cmdr. Mike in charge of aircraft maintenance at the naval air station in Horsham me Wear Iii Wui ii in co might give out. Use stand off hoses to inflate them in Case they Battaglia said the trend in recent years has been for the United states to return prizes of War to the country of origin upon request by those countries. Some japanese were in Horsham in recent years filming the planes. The com Mander said he does t know if anyone is pressing for return of the aircraft. He he probably would t be informed if they were. The group that is trying to save the planes is the Willow Grove historical aircraft headed by James Healy of a Captain in the naval reserves. So far the group has hired an architect who has drawn preliminary plans for a huge build ing to House the planes and an aviation museum at the naval air station. Healy the group has to determine whether it can raise the dollars the project will require. The museum would be situated so that the planes would still be visible from Easton Battaglia said. It would be open to the Public. Although neither Battaglia nor Healy could set a both said that deterioration of the aircraft is setting a dead line of sorts. The idea of housing the planes on the base is not new. A smaller version of the same organization proposed a similar plan several years but ran into problems with its ideas for the building s location. This Healy and Battaglia said the prospects look better. The preliminary building plan has been stirring memories of War in the air photos by Stacey approved. And the plan has the support of capt. Russell commanding officer at the and of John Lehman. Secretary of the Navy and a former resident of Glen Side. Stated vision is that the building would also Deal with the Early aviation history that was written in the Willow Grove area and with the history of the naval air which has been through three or four Call said in a Telephone interview. Feeling is that the planes were brought to Willow Grove by Forward looking people and should stay aviation history was made at the Field prior to and during world War ii when it was privately owned. Battaglia said gliders were built there during the helicopters were built there and the Pitcairn Auto Giro developed on the premises. Although Active duty personnel Are not allowed to be involved with groups such As Battaglia indicated he is behind their Effort in spirit. Primary concern is to pre serve the planes Here or somewhere else but i believe they belong Here. A lot of peo ple who would never get to see them in Washington can see them Battaglia the planes Here in a museum would be a Good recruiting tool. The building would be turned Over to the and we could have the recruiting Iti Tali. Healy s project does t the lives of those planes at Willow Grove will be Healy assessed his chances of Success As Good. We re going to give it a really Tough to Contact the Willow Grove historical aircraft write to Healy in care of John Healy and sons 707 Tatnall 16889. Shultz slates China visit Washington Secre tary of state George p. Shultz plans to travel to China in january in an Effort to restore momentum to the stalled . Continuing friction Over . Arms sales to coupled with peking Moscow talks lined at overcoming differences be tween the two communist have caused nervousness among . Officials Here. The who ask not to be identified by have indicated that a successful trip by Shultz is considered a necessary first step to a possible visit to China by president Reagan As Well As a visit to the United states by chinese Premier Zhao Lyang. Although there has been no formal announcement of the Shults he has told reporters he expects to go Early next year. . Officials did not want to be interviewed for attribution on the question of .-Chlna citing what they called the sensitivity of the current state of relations. There is speculation that the sudden retire ment of foreign minister Huang Hua on and his replace ment by communist party Stalwart we was caused by Huang s recent Public state ments favouring improved Sleno soviet ties. Huang was replaced Only one Day after returning from Moscow and declaring he was optimistic about improved relations with the soviet Union. He had conferred with soviet foreign minister Andrei a. Gromyko. He also met with while both were in Moscow for the late soviet president Leonid i. Brezhnev s funeral. While Washington had expected Huang s it was t expected to happen until the National people s Congress later this month. 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