A long tedious job of restoration.

I met Manfred Knopf in Lakeland Florida at the Sun and Fun Fly in in 1998. He told me he had just bought a SF260 for $100,000.

Over the next two years I followed the progress of this plane and then saw this article in the magazine. I had always wondered about the true story of the airplane.

Three years after meeting Mr. Knopf I was riding on a shuttle at Sun and Fun and met the ferry pilot who had picked up N260PP at the Arizona airport and ferried it to California. He said the plane had been sitting out for several years and was in very rough shape. I was riding with Steve McDonald at the time. The ferry pilot told us that when he took off the landing gear would not retract and that then the transponder shorted out and caused an electrical fire. I asked Steve what he would do in an electrical fire. He said that first you turned off the master switch and then each of the individual switches. Then you turn the master switch back on and carefully turn on each individual circuit to see which one would cause a fire. Once you smell smoke again you turned off that circuit. Of course you might also be setting up for an emergency landing.

I had given Manfred my web site address when I first met him but he never contacted me for any advice.

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