One of my old Air Force buddies sent me this. I thought it was interesting what a bunch of old men can do and the story behind the plane. America's first Jet airplane. It was first flown in Oct. 1942. Fran and the gang have spent the last 10 years restoring this plane, and they just got the wings on last weekend-just in time for the Airshow this weekend. It isn't flying, yet, but will be on display there. Here is the funny story about the P-59 (and explains the funny hats the guys are wearing). In 1942, this was Top Secret airplane. It was at Edwards AFB, and when they had to transport it, (when the dry lake got flooded) they disguised it with a phony wood propeller on the front-and covered it in a shroud. One time, on a test flight out of Edwards, it was spotted by pilot's getting checked out in P-38s out of Van Nyess Airport. When they reported seeing an airplane with no propeller, no one would believe it. The story kept circulating, so the test pilot of the P-59 decided on a great plan. He dressed up in a gorilla mask, put on a derby hat and a cigar. Then he made a point to fly next to the P-38 pilots and waved at them. When they got back to the base, they told everyone they had seen a plane with no propeller, flown by a gorilla, wearing a derby and smoking a cigar. Naturally, NO ONE would believe that one, so it stayed a secret until after the war. The Crew below has special shirts and derby hats and a fancy baseball cap designed by one of the guys. They might have the gorilla mask by this weekend!