Anybody need an engine?

Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 06:05

(Published in the Knik Arm Courier, Aug. 31, 1960)

When Chugiak postmaster Paul Swanson picked up a bargain at the local surplus store, he got more than he bargained for.

Paul purchased a large steel tank of the type that aircraft engines are stored in, planning to make it into an oil storage container. However, he found this can still contained an aircraft engine.

Now Paul is rather puzzled as to what to do with a 3,000-horsepower engine, which probably originally cost the government around $15,000. To complicate the matter, yesterday Paul was visited by an Air Force major, captain and sergeant who had heard of the unique decoration on the post office lawn and demanded to see his bill of sale.

According to them, the Air Force had no record of ever having declared that type of engine surplus. So as it stands now, Paul is even more confused than ever. Even if the Air Force decided that he has a legal right to that engine and allows him to keep it, he isn’t sure just what to do with it.

If anyone is interested in purchasing it, any reasonable offers will be accepted.


This column is provided by the Chugiak-Eagle River Historical Society. The historical society would be interested to know the outcome of the above dilemma. Contact us at [email protected] or call 688-4706 if you know “the rest of the story.”


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