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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh RSS Feed 'Mystery Ship' pedal plane raises money for medical bills

Pedal Plane
Miller Marquardt (age 4) of De Pere, Wisconsin, poses with Les Koberg and Koberg’s commemorative Mystery Ship pedal plane. Photo by Stefan Seville

A pedal plane resembling Kyle Franklin’s black Waco Mystery Ship, flown in his popular Pirated Skies wing-walking act, is being raffled off to raise money for Amanda Younkin-Franklin’s medical bills.

Younkin-Franklin, 25, died at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, on May 27, 2011, due to complications from extensive burns received in a March 12 crash landing and engine fire during a show routine. She and her husband, Kyle, were performing a wing-walking routine at Air Fiesta 2011 at Brownsville-South Padre Island International Airport when the engine of their Waco biplane lost power. Younkin-Franklin was able to climb off the wing and into the forward cockpit seat before the forced landing, according to the NTSB’s preliminary report, but she was badly burned in a post-impact fire.

The fundraiser was the brainchild of Dave Jackson, an EAA member who likes to help out the air show members. Jackson said they hope to raise $20,000 or more in the drawing.

Les Koberg was the master builder for the pedal plane, and Mark Sorenson did the vinyl graphics. In addition, Rare Aircraft and Aviation Products Inc. provided technical assistance, and FedEx is providing complimentary shipping of the plane.

Another pedal plane raffled off for Alan Henley two years ago raised $10,000, Jackson said.

Tickets cost $50 each, or three for $100, and can be purchased 3:00-4:30 p.m. Friday by the performer’s tent or at the ICAS convention in December. In addition, tickets can be purchased in the near future on the International Council of Air Shows website at www.AirShows.aero

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