Yellow 10

Something about the Champlin Fighter Museum’s Focke-Wulf 190D never seemed quite right.

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While Goss steers the restoration, Champlin spends much of his time tracking down radios, instruments, and other bits of Dora minutiae. The task, he says, has been made easier by the Internet and by warbird parts discovered in the former East Germany—resources unavailable in the 1970s.

Goss and Champlin expect to be finished with the airplane early next year. Although the fighter will be perfectly flyable, Champlin says that as long as he owns it, Yellow 10 will remain earthbound. “It’s just too rare,” he says. “We’ll start it up and taxi it, but that’s all we’re gonna do. It’d just be criminal to fly it.”

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