What is G-AWAW ? It's a special Cessna 150 that is getting rescued.
G-AWAW is the UK civil registration for a Cessna 150 that flew halfway around the world in 1980. It is also a callsign for a voyage of endurance and guts by Jan Schonberg 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 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 Iowa in the near future.
What other Cessna 150 has been to Europe, Asia, Oceania, and North America? G-AWAW has...
Timeline of G-AWAW activities after trip to Australia
Flight School Aircraft
G-AWAW operated as a flight school trainer for years after the 1980 trip to Australia. Many students soloed in this aircraft.
G-AWAW becomes a Museum piece
After 8000 hours in the air, G-AWAW is sold to the London Science museum and a modified to allow visitors to see into the fuselage. The mods include large openings cut into wings and fuselage covered with plexiglas. One of these openings is visible in this photo to the right of the "W" in the registration mark.
The museum disposes of the exhibit and
G-AWAW is shipped to the U.S. for safekeeping.
Loading G-AWAW into shipping container at Science Museum
Jan Schonberg helps load G-AWAW into container for the trip to Florida.
Unloading at Live Oak Florida for storage.
Current home in San Marcos Texas. Awaiting reassembly after other projects are completed. Note "L" shaped plexiglas covering hole cut in tailcone at museum, just to left of round hole. Parts are available for repair, but a lots of repairs are necessary.