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#006

#006 - N4507L

(somehow in the production S/N-006 got the 7L registration) 

1974 purchased by Pastor Edmund Kalau's Mission in Yap, Micronesia

1994 retired by Pacific Missionary Aviation

1995 sold on Bill of Sale only (no transfer of ownership with FAA) but abandoned after sale

2007 purchased by and registration transferred to Jed Keck

2012 Donated to the Iowa Aviation Museum

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Current location - Iowa Aviation Museum, awaiting restoration

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Rev. Edmund Kalau 2007

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Edmund Kalau does not mince words about his wartime past in his thick German accent. He was a card carrying Nazi, "I hated the Jews with a passion". Itching to contribute to the war effort, he practiced flying gliders for two years as a teenager until he was finally old enough to join the Luftwaffe. On the Russian front he flew the ME-109G. There he escaped Russian capture twice but it was the British that got him. Not in the air, there was no fuel left for the planes at that point and he blew up his on the airstrip to keep it out of enemy hands before retreating. "I had vowed to kill as many I could and keep the last bullet for myself" but he was jumped by a British patrol and ended up a POW. In the POW camp he surrendered his life to God.

"The only good thing that came out of that time was I learned how to fly".  For some 50 years he served the small islands and founded Pacific Missionary Aviation www.pmapacific.org 30 years ago (now in the hands of his son Norbert "Nob" Kalau). It took him and Maurice Pickard 110 hours of airtime to fly the Evangel eastbound from the U.S. to Yap. Today two Queen Airs continue to operate off of the island serving the people there and the outer islands. Pastor Kalau stays put in Guam now and in his early 80's is pretty spry and can belt out sermon with the best.   The message is not subtle - "renounce your other gods and accept Christ, there is no other way to bring you life and life more abundantly". 

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Rev Edmund Kalau & Maurice Pickard before departing the U.S. eastbound for Yap

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The 3 photos below are fom Norman Leask. Norman writes, "I came across the attached photos the other day and that got me googling. These are of #006 as it passed through Sumburgh Airport (EGPB) in the Shetland Islands North of Scotland on it's ferry flight to Micronesia in 1974.Sumburgh was a regular fuelling stop for small trans atlantic aircraft but this one really raised a few eyebrows! I often wondered what became of her as, needless to say, you don't see many of these in our neck of the woods. Glad to hear she may again take to the skies although I don't suppose I will ever see her again"!

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Inaugural Flight to Ulithi, July 1974

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On the job in the outer islands, 1974

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Loading up at the PMA hangar on the Yap airfield, and words from Joel who took the photo - "We were about to depart for Ulithi, it was the fall of 1974 when I was newly hired as a grad assistant on the Bilingual Education and Teacher Training project for Micronesia at the University of Hawaii. I remember sitting on the floor with beetlenut to chew for inflight refreshment".

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From Jed Keck;

Before 2007 my 3 contacts with the Evangel was, as a kid in 1973 and reading an article about it in Air Progress magazine (article posted on this site). Seeing #001 operating in Alaska in 1984. And in 1992 running across an old copy of the 1973 article.

I came upon #006 in June 2007 when my job had me at the airport on the island of Yap in Micronesia. Due to the Evangels rarity was surprised to come across it and decided I could not allow it to remain to continue to rot away. Secured ownership and in November 2007 returned to disassemble and ship back to the States......It had set outside abandoned and unsecured for 14 years, yet storms and typhoons never did much more than slide it a few feet, put a dent and cut in the top of the fuselage and damage the right horizontal stabilizer. Of course it has corrosion but not as bad as one would think and if it casts a shadow, it can be rebuilt.

A special thanks to Peter, Vince, Amos, Tommy & Grace of PMA for their assistance on the tear down and shipping.

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The day I found #006, June 4, 2007

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Disassembly November 2007

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Tommy and Amos (on forks) from PMA

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Headed for the States

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In May 2008, the Evangel arrives in Seattle Washington and goes into storage.

In August 2008 my job had me at the Kajjanzi airstrip in Uganda. There I got to talking with local pilot Jon Cadd and discovered Jon was based on Yap with PMA in the 70's and flew this plane for over 1,000 hours...........What a small world it is at times......Below is Jon with #006

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Jon's website with stories of his adventures in Micronesia and Africa

May 23, 2012 - Arrival at the Iowa Aviation Museum and #006 becomes theirs.