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Over the Front

“Over The Front” Volume 28 Number 4 Winter 2013

Wade L. Eakle of “Over The Front” magazine wrote a story titled, Honoring the Memory and Legacy of the “Arizona Balloon Buster”. In this story, you will learn about how the memory of Frank Luke Jr. has been preserved in AZ, as well as other places in the country. Wade Eakle features the S.P.A.D. XIII that hangs in Terminal #3 at the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. Check out this great story!

PB4Y-2 Privateer Prop Installation

In September 2013, an engine vibration analysis revealed a problem with the propeller on the #4 engine. GossHawk removed the prop and sent it off for inspection and overhaul. The propeller arrived at GossHawk on Christmas Eve assembled and ready for installation. The video will show installation of the propeller and dome on the #4 engine.

New Goss joins the GossHawk Unlimited Team

On July 25th 2013 GossHawk acquired a new team member, Chloe! Chloe is a rescue, we found her at the local shelter. For the first couple of months we had her, she was very timid and very scared. Now, with all the love and care she has received, Chloe has really come out of her shell. Chloe loves to come out to work every day where she spends time out in the shop and is also in the office part-time to give a warm welcome to customers and guests. Chloe’s favorite activity is chasing lizards, running fast and leaping over bushes taller than herself. With Chloe feeling more confident, she is finally ready for her debut!

Chloe
Chloe 1

Leaping over a bush looking for lizards
Chloe 2

Chloe has a lizard in her sights
Chloe 3

Chloe in search of lizards
Chloe 4

In the office greeting customers and guests
Chloe 5

Out in the shop supervising
Chloe 6

Warbird Digest Cover Issue 51

“Warbird Digest” November/December 2013 Issue 51

The resurrection of Focke-Wulf Fw 190F-8, “White 1” is well underway at GossHawk Unlimited. In this issue of Warbird Digest, you will find the current status of the Collings Foundation’s Focke-Wulf Fw 190. In addition to the current work being performed by GossHawk, there is a brief history of the pilot who flew White 1 during the war.

GossHawk in Attendance at the 2013 Copperstate Fly-In

GossHawk was a participant in this year’s Copperstate Fly-In! With the fly-in being right in our “backyard”, Lindsey Goss attended all three days of the Copperstate fun! Dave was able to join the party on Saturday due to GossHawk being closed on weekends. This was not only a great marketing opportunity for Lindsey, but it gave Dave and Lindsey a chance to meet up with old friends whom they had not seen in years!

In September, an engine vibration analysis on the PB4Y-2 Privateer revealed a problem with the propeller on the #4 engine. The prop was removed and sent out for inspection and overhaul. Although the PB4Y-2 was unable to fly, we towed her over to the show so that she could be enjoyed by all! In addition to the Privateer, we also towed a North American T-28 Trojan to the show. This is a T-28A/D model and for sale by owner Dan Kirkland.

Copperstate is an annual fly-in, held at the end of October at the Casa Grande Municipal Airport. This event has a little something for everyone! Copperstate attracts a variety of aircraft including general aviation, home builts, ultralights, and a handful of warbirds. In addition to these great planes, Copperstate offers workshops for youth, good food, and many vendors participate in this fly-in.

The Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer and North American T-28 sit on the ramp at the Copperstate Fly-In.

 PB4Y-2 and T-28 at Copperstate

Dave and Lindsey Goss talk with airshow attendees and friends.

Lindsey and Dave at Copperstate

Lindsey Goss finds a shady spot under the wing for marketing.

 Lindsey under PB4Y-2 at Copperstate

The Privateer Takes Off for Thunder Over the Coconino 2013

On August 23, 2014, the Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer left Casa Grande, headed for the Valle Airport in Williams, AZ. Every year the Valle Airport hosts “Thunder Over the Coconino”, this fly-in is a favorite of the owner’s. In this video, you will see the crew and GossHawk staff prepare the Privateer for departure. Part of preparing the aircraft for flight is pulling the props through on each engine; this is done to check for and prevent hydraulic lock. Right before she headed for Valle, she made a beautiful low pass!

An Afternoon at GossHawk Unlimited

An exciting afternoon at GossHawk Unlimited with customers coming and going. The first plane we see is a North American T-28A/D Trojan. This T-28 is arriving from Carson City, NV, piloted by owner Dan Kirkland with Dave Goss of GossHawk Unlimited, Inc in the rear cockpit. This T-28 is currently for sale by the owner. Next we will see the Shorts SD3-30 start up and take off. This aircraft was in our shop for extensive inspections, and repairs as well; she will do a quick test flight and then travel home to Coolidge, AZ. The North American T-6 Texan, piloted by Dan Kirkland, is headed home for Kingman, AZ after her annual inspection. Last, you will catch a quick glimpse of the de Havilland Chipmunk as she is being pushed back into the GossHawk hangar; she awaits her owners arrival after an annual inspection had been completed. A busy day for GossHawk Unlimited!

CLASSIC WINGS Vol. 20 Issue 89

“Classic Wings” Vol. 20/No. 1 2013, Issue 89

Check out the article on GossHawk Unlimited, Inc. in the new “Classic Wings”! The article, The GossHawk- A Rare Bird, written by Dave McDonald gives a sneak peek into the life of Dave Goss and how he created GossHawk Unlimited. This is a well-rounded article that takes the reader from the beginnings of GossHawk to present day. In this article you will read about Dave Goss and how he came into the aviation world, Dave’s adventures at the Champlin Fighter Museum in addition to his adventures with Doug Champlin, how GossHawk came about, the many accomplishments GossHawk has made along the way and where GossHawk is at today.

The Goss Family Travels to Gillespie Field

On Friday May 31st, 2013, Dave, Connie, and Lindsey Goss took off with the Privateer headed for the Gillespie Airshow in El Cajon, CA. Lindsey enjoyed her first flight in the PB4Y-2, she even got to co-pilot for a while!

The Goss family had a fun filled and packed trip! They were able to spend some time with California friends, meet new people, spend time with the client they traveled with and be available to help with the Privateer, visit with their NA-50 client, and Lindsey was even able to show off some of her new marketing materials!
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In Memory of Doug Champlin

Doug Champlin was a very complex man. The contribution this one man made to the aviation world is invaluable! With his love of history, old airplanes, and old cars Mr. Champlin created the Champlin Fighter Museum. The Champlin Fighter Museum opened in 1981. Mr. Champlin’s collection included airplanes from WWI, WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War; the collection contained over thirty fighter airplanes. In addition to all these great birds, Doug also had one of the world’s largest collections of original autographed photos of fighter aces, a T-34 Russian tank, an armored car, and a very large automatic weapons collection which featured a Gatling gun. In 2000 the museum was sold, and by 2003 the doors closed. Although the Champlin Fighter Museum is no longer there, most of the collection stayed together and can be found at the Seattle Museum of Flight in Seattle, WA. The collection Doug built was truly amazing! I was lucky enough to have the honor of growing up in Mr. Champlin’s museum among all of his majestic birds.

Doug Champlin was a kind man with a big heart! He has been GossHawk’s biggest fan from day one, and really even before that. Doug believed in Dave even when Dave did not believe in himself. Doug always knew Dave would make it. When Dave started GossHawk Unlimited, Dave and Doug made a deal. The deal was, in five years if GossHawk was still up and running Dave would buy all the tooling and machinery from Doug, but if GossHawk was unsuccessful then they would go their separate ways and not owe each other anything. It was only a year after making that deal that Dave went to Doug and wanted to start paying off the tooling and machinery. Dave told Doug, “I want to buy the tooling now, I’m gonna make it!” Doug’s response was, “I knew you would, I just wanted you to know that.” Doug Champlin was a man of honor, integrity, strength, and kindness. He was a man who lived and loved life to the fullest, always ready for a new adventure. Whether Doug was diving on Zeros in Palau, investing in a Russian tank, saving Maseratis from destruction, or spending time with one of his exotic animals, he was always having fun!

Doug Champlin has been part of the Goss family for many years! To Dave and Connie he was like a brother. And to me, Lindsey, he was like an Uncle; I never knew life without Mr. Champlin. I can remember packing up his airplanes in 2004, and how sad I was to see them go. I felt like a part of my childhood was leaving me. As sad as that made me feel, it does not hold a candle to how I feel now; there is a much bigger void in my heart now.

I was sitting under the wing of the Privateer at Gillespie Field on June 2, 2013 in El Cajon, CA when I got my inspiration for this video. I was watching John Collver’s War Dog performance in his T-6/SNJ flying to Faith Hill’s “There You’ll Be”. Watching the majestic T-6 and listening to the words to this song brought tears to my eyes; I could not help but think about Doug, I felt like he was there with me. I made this video to honor Doug Champlin. On May 20, 2013 the world lost an incredible man. It was an absolute honor to know Mr. Champlin and to have him in our lives. Doug will always hold a special place in our hearts!