Happy Birthday, Tessie

It’s my favorite (non-human) girl’s birthday today! She was manufactured on May 5, 1947, making her 72-years-old today. That’s 504 in dog years, so luckily for me my airplane isn’t a dog; although I’ll be the first to admit that she occasionally flies like one. Of course, given all the systems we’ve rebuild, replaced, or refurbished, she’s really not a 1947 Ercoupe anymore. She’s now a 2013-2014-2015-2016-2017-2018-2019 Ercoupe.

Practically brand-stinking new.

Anyway, did you know that nearly every one here in the southwest celebrates Tessie’s B-day with us? It’s true. It’s practically a national holiday around here. Of course, that might simply be because she was born on Cinco de Mayo…