Flying with Golverdi Peymani and Don Toeppen had been a joy, and if we could get this thing fixed and back to Aurora tonight, we’d launch tomorrow on 25 hours of proving runs. This old girl (the DC-3, not me) had an astounding history. Built in Oklahoma City, it was ferried to England during World War II and made a record 186 Berlin airlift flights. Somebody bought and ferried it from England to Sydney, Australia, and then it came back to another company in England. The current owners, Condor Enterprises, had found it in Canada, where the Hudson’s Bay Company had flown it for years on mining surveys in the far north. Back home as N47CE, it had been lovingly restored and “passenger-fied.” Unfortunately, the current owners had fatuously, vacuously and inanely dubbed it Happy Charley.