Jan Schönburg, Pilot, in Swindon England with G-AWAW 2010
What is G-AWAW ?
G-AWAW is the UK civil registration for a Cessna 150 that flew half way around the world in 1980. It is also a call-sign for a voyage of endurance and guts by Jan Schönburg when she piloted the little two seater to Australia from her native England.
After returning to England on a British Airways Cargo 747 in late 1980, G-AWAW served as a flight training aircraft until 1988, when it was retired and modified with plexiglas skin panels for display at the Science Museum in Kensington, London. When the museum removed G-AWAW from display, the remnants were stored and eventually ceded to the recycling bin.
Creating a new life for a plane from the pieces that are left.
The remnants of G-AWAW were rescued in 2010 by forward looking Cessna 150 enthusiasts. G-AWAW was in danger of being scrapped, its existence just a signature away from the proverbial beer can maker. Funds were raised, and with great effort, the remaining fuselage and wings were packed into a shipping container and sent across the Atlantic to Florida, where they were placed in storage.
In October 2017, a road trip in a big yellow Penske truck from Florida to Texas brought all the parts of G-AWAW to San Marcos Airport. The parts are being cleaned and examined and readied for another trip to Clinton IA in July 2018.
Today, G-AWAW is awaiting restoration and re-purposing, but its fate remains uncertain. Come see it and tell us what you think its next life should look like.
This website is a start at bringing the Cessna 150 back to the world, but many decisions about how and where must be made. I am just a Cessna 150 fan who recognizes the historical value of this aircraft and would like to see it reassembled, if not restored. How that will happen or when is anybodies guess, but the plane exists and has been stored for years awaiting a new chapter in its life. Maybe you can help make that happen.
There is much more to learn about G-AWAW and Cessna 150's. Watch here as the photos of the past re-emerge and a new plan emerges for bringing G-AWAW back to life.