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Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, July 7, 1974
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4.4 Sun. July 7,1974 'Mechanic of Year 9 Engineers Miracle (C) lftt$kington Pott WASHINGTON - Problem: A multimillion-dollar, four-engine Hercules cargo plane carrying up to 25 tons of supplies lies stranded on a rapidly melting ice floe in the Arctic Ocean. 350 miles from the North Pole. Both wings are dragging on the ice, the entire center section wing is broken off. the propellers are torn from the aircraft and parts of the plane have been destroyed by fire. What to do? The Air Force, which owned the crippled ship, took one look and said. "Forget it. Let it-sink." * * * ART WALKER, a young maintenance manager for Alaska International Airlines in Fairbanks, surveyed the wreckage and said he thought he could fix it. Give him a crew, he suggested, and he'd get the plane back safely to Fairbanks where it coule be repaired permanently. Which is exactly what he did. And the feat was enough to earn Walker the title of '·'mechanic of the year," conferred this week by the Feder- · al Aviation Administration. With an eight-man crew, Walker toiled 12 hours a day for six months in subzero weather to repair the Hercules. On Independence Day, the plane was flown off the 26-square-mile ice floe and landed safely in Fairbanks International Airport. "It was a challenge." Walker said. "It was just something we wanted to do. Here we were, a nothing airlines from nowhere and here was our chance to do something big." The plane had crashed in February, 1973, after departing from Fairbanks airport for Fletcher's Island in the Arctic, carrying a cargo of supplies for the Naval Arctic Research lab on the island. The crew was unharmed. After an insurance company settlement, Alaska International Airlines bought the craft. The first task for Walker and his crew was to tear down the remains and determine what needed to be done to revitalize the aircraft. "It was the most depressing thing I ever saw," Walker recalled. "The more we dug into it, damage we found." In addition to damage to the wings and propellers, the fuselage and engines were found to have been damaged as well. The crew's work was plagued by bad weather--and good. In the winter, snowdrift? made digging the plane out from the snow a daily chore. And during the summer, snow and ice kept melting from under the supports the crew had built around the base of the plane. "You couldn't trust the ice," Walker said. "We had a crane to lift the center section into place but the ice kept melting from under it and the crane kept sinking into the island." WALKER SAID the toughest phase of the project was repairing the center wing, something he said had never been done outside a factory. The 5,000-pound wing section had to be lifted into place with a crane that had only a 4,800-pound capacity. Upon his return to Fairbanks, Walker, a bachelor who has since been promoted to director of maintenance at Alaska International, was offered an all-expense paid vacation to anywhere in the world. But he declined the vacation in order to stay on and supervise final work on the plane at Fairbanks. On Hospital Pact UEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Menken of strikijg United Steelworkm of America will wind up voti*( Svaday on a proposed contract wita'Appa- lacaiaa Ref iooal Hospitals Inc., which already has gained approval of at least three union locals. At Beckley, W. Va members of Steelworkers' Local 14310 voted 10S4 to accept the proposal. Earlier. Local 14491 at Harlan approved it 91-2S, while members at Hazard Local 14637 also approved ndmg i/p Officer Gets No Help t*e pact, altfettfh the tally wasn't refeaoet Karl Howry of Rouafce, w. Va., head of tkeStoeteMtetf aefotiatiBf committee, said Saturday that final tallies at other locals would not be released until after union locals at Man. W. Va., and South Williamson, Ky , complete the voting Sunday. Last weekend, the Steelworkers overwhelmingly rejected an initial proposal. (C) NEW YORK -Te«*si.a South Jamaica. Queens, apartneat twildiaf turmed deaf ears early Saturday to pleas for aid from an off-duty police officer who had prevented a rape, the police reported. The officer, Mvron Cherry of the West 123rd Street station, said in an interview that he was in the stairwell of the apartment building for 40 minutes holding at bay three men whom he had arrested for allegedly trying to rape an un- ANDREWS-SUMMERS 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 14 in Coonskin Park, shelters 13-14. ENTER NOW! 40th Annual CHILDREN'S PHOTOGRAPH CONTEST Your Child's Special Smile can win a $2,500 Shopping Spree in our store. We'll photograph your child at special prices and enter an extra picture in the contest at no extra charge. CONTEST ^ portraits * * K in Lif « SPECIAL (THAT'S MORI THAN '/ OFF!) PHOTO SALON- Fourfn floor 346.0911, cxt. 300 ENTER! Call ir bring your child to the Portrait Studio. vwaa*. A fourth swpect escaped"1 backed » five doors," said Cfcerry "and sokody would make that lousy call to help me." Cherry chaueed on the four meu as they were carrying the woman into the baildtnc, at 14441 l*h Avenue. One had dropped her and she hit her head .on the pavement was knocked unconscious. He followed the men to the third floor, drew his gun, identified himself and then started to knock on doors for help, aft- er «rderi*g the nt* U cam the wontau. Me fiually reached the street, fua in haad, where he fired two Someone finally called the police emergency umber art help came on the strength of: the report that shots had been 1 fired. '· All three of the suspects live '. in Jamaica. They were identi- ; fied as Eladie Diaz, 2J, a resident of the building; Mario: Gilide, 20, and Angel Jaime. ; 19. They were booked on- charges of attmepted rape. 1 SUMMER? 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