All the various parts for the plane have finally trickled in and things are almost back together. The annual should be complete on Monday, but that's a separate story. I always enjoy wandering the shop and the ramp to look at the various planes. When I arrived at the shop this afternoon there was a 1981 P Baron sitting on the ramp waiting to be moved in to the hangar. I didn't pay much attention to it other than I noticed the Friendship 7 symbol on the tail. I thought it was interesting, but proceeded to my plane.
As I was leaving, after helping to finish up a few things on my plane, I noticed two murals painted on the port side of the plane. It all had to do with Astronaut John Glenn and his Mercury spaceflight in Friendship 7. I took some pictures and asked the guys what the story was.
Turns out this used to be John Glenn's airplane! Up until last year, he was the original owner of this plane and flew it quite often. The new owner lives here in Jacksonville and had the murals added. I understand he will be flying up to Ohio this month and John Glenn will autograph the plane for him.