Frequently restorers will need a deadline like Oshkosh to make the final push to finish a project. At Creve Coeur, we were thankful for the extra pressure because it gave John Mullen the chance to taxi his airplane. A few days later, John died. Today, Mullen’s son Shaun owns the aircraft and is looking for a buyer.
Whoever buys the Zenith will have the third of the series and sole survivor, but another exists. Zenith Number 5 flew in Alaska for several years until its crew landed it on a frozen lake and walked to a shoreline restaurant. While they were eating, they heard a cracking sound and came out just in time to see Number 5 sink in 600-foot-deep Lake Cordova, where the airplane remains to this day.