A 1961 Cessna 310F once owned by World War II aviator and movie star James M.
(Jimmy) Stewart was dedicated as a monument last month after an extensive
restoration effort. Located at Indiana County Jimmy Stewart Airport (KIDI) in
Stewart’s home town of Indiana, Pennsylvania, the monument is the result of five
and a half years of work undertaken by Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA)
Chapter 993. The project was funded by a 501c3 non-profit formed for the
According to EAA 993, Stewart’s 310, N6775X, was found in derelict condition at
Dallas Executive Airport (KRBD) in 2015. KIDI and the Jimmy Stewart Museum
expressed interest in acquiring the aircraft, which was missing its engines,
propellers and assorted other parts. Led by Harold Wood, EAA 993 agreed to take
on the project, putting in an estimated 6,500 hours on the restoration and
monument construction. The organization says it is currently raising funds to
build a children’s playground around the monument.
Jimmy Stewart was born in Indiana, Pennsylvania, on May 20, 1908. From 1941 to
1968, he served successively in the U.S. Army Air Corps, U.S. Army Air Force and
U.S. Air Force Reserve, attaining the rank of Brigadier General. In addition to
becoming an instructor for both the B-17 and B-24, Stewart flew 20 combat
missions in World War II and received awards including the Distinguished Flying
Cross, Air Medal and French Croix de Guerre. During his movie career, Stewart
appeared in an estimated 80 films such as Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, The
Philadelphia Story, It’s A Wonderful Life and Harvey. He passed away on July 2,
1997 at the age of 89.
My father took his B-24 flying lessons from Stewart...