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Looking around Dillingham Field yesterday, I spotted this J5A Piper tied down on the flight line. It had obviously been there a long, long time. The struts were so rusted that the landing gear collapsed, bending the port wingtip. It reminded me of those annoyingly sad television commercials for injured, abandoned pets in which Sarah MacLachlan moans minor-key dirges. The Piper’s airworthiness sticker was dated 1984, and when I looked up the FAA NC number, I discovered that she had been built in 1941, belonged to somebody in Washington state, and the registration is due to expire in two months. I wonder if she’s repairable?