A very “big toy” they all happen to love is being put together at the entrance of the Princeton Airport by a group of men who are keen on aviation history.
Roy Harker, Hank Rabe, (photo right) Gary Harker and Glen Sellers have been working diligently to piece a 420 T-33 Jet together in order to place it upon a pedestal, where it will remain as a dedication to the Princeton Air Cadets—Squadron 217.
What began as coffee shop talk years ago has finally become reality. Roy Harker acquired the T-33 from his friend, Captain Dave Eccott, of Flightcraft, Kelowna.
“The Canadian government sent the T-33’s (training jets) to Bolivia in the 60s, said Harker, when they were done, they were sent back to B.C., for rebuilding.”
Harker said that he estimates about $7000 in equipment donations has helped the group with the project so far. (Man hours not included)
Assistance from, Mac Lind, Rollo Ceccon, Gary LeDuke, Burke Bullington, John Bey, Dana Stevens, Jamie Hassell and Envirogreen has been instrumental and appreciated. Ed Muckle of Image Emporium is currently working on all the decals for the jet.