Well here is a little story for you. 1962/1966 I was assigned to the Field Training Detachment at Wright Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio, their was about 23 of us. I was in Electronics, one was An Airframe Instructor, one Engine, one Air Frame and our commander was a Instructor Pilot, we were right close to the old Air Force Museum. (you might guess where this story is going....)
In conversation we all talked eachother into getting into flying, so we found a Skyranger 185, sn N92932, and it was a bucket case, we paid $400 for it, and got it back to FTD building in two trucks and a trailer.
With a few connections at the Museum, and the talents of the other instructors we re-stored the old girl to its orig glory, not a cent out of pocket, just personal sweat.
Got it out to Springfield Mun Airport and we all started taking lessons, got licensed, and had one heck of a good time.
I transferred out of the FTD 1965, sold my part to the others and the last I heard the Old Girl was in a Garage in Fairborn Ohio.
She was a lot of fun to fly and was very forgiving (lucky for me)
Regards to All: Alonzo D. Gillette, M/Sgt, USAF (Ret) (firstname.lastname@example.org)