Gif Holm's "Cornelia Sport" donated to museum

Gif Holm’s “Cornelia Sport” on display in the Hall of Agriculture. Photo submitted

The Heartland Museum’s Hall of Agriculture contains many vehicles and implements. While classic tractors are the largest portion of the exhibit, some more unusual machines also make an appearance. Earlier this month, the museum received an addition to the “unusual” side of their collection: an experimental aircraft, designed and built by area resident Gif Holm.

A group of Holm’s family and friends decided to donate the small plane to the museum after his death in February this year, knowing that an experimental aircraft, however well-made, would have liability attached to it if flown. Steve Janssen was one of the friends who helped transport the craft to the museum earlier this month.

“We just talked to the family and decided it was the best place for it,” he said.

Holm, a pilot since 1942, began working on his plane in 1985 and took it on its first test flight in 1993. The design included features inspired by other planes, and some elements he came up with himself, including the control system, the flap controls, and a custom windshield to prevent suction in the open cockpit.

 

For the full story, see the May 31 edition of the Monitor.