Plane & Pilot Photo Of The Week: Unbelievable Barn Find

A Famous Kitplane With 22 Years Of Neglect Is Found In A Barn. See it fly again.

Zenith CH-701
Zenith CH-701
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Last year, a guy in British Columbia, Per Dahlstrom, found a long-neglected kitplane in a barn. He asked just the right guy to restore it. The result is our photo of the week.

The plane is a vintage Zenith CH-701, shown here in another pic (below) taking off with company founder and designer Chris Heintz at the controls. But better yet, it’s serial number 1! It was used for some time as a factory demonstrator before it was sold to a customer.

Zenith CH-701
Zenith founder Chris Heintz at the controls of a Zenith CH-701

Dalhstrom found it in a barn and got a hold of Steve Kostamo, an experienced Zenith builder who flies a CH 601. Kostamo spent a year getting back into tip-top shape, and as you can see here, the guy does a first-rate job. For video of the little wonder flying, check out Kostamo’s little-known YouTube footage of the restored plane flying.

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