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N35351 – New Paint (at last)

I sold my Cessna 172 to my friend Cliff Weaver in early 2009.

He just scanned a photo, cut it out and mailed it to me.  I need to get an actual photo, but in the meantime I scanned it so it’s pretty crappy looking because I scanned a piece of paper but you can see the new paint job he put on it.

Cliff took the plane apart and took each piece back to his shop and painted it one piece at a time… then put it all back together.

He’s really a very talented painter.

I love this paint job.

This is N35351 when she was less than a year old in 1968 (I have no idea who the original owner was but I dig that tie and those sideburns.  That little girl is now 45 years old!)

EDIT 20130614 – Her name apparently is Jane Jacobson.

N35351 in 1968 (less than 1 year old)

This is N35351 the way she looked in 2008 just before I sold her.

N35351 in 2008 (40 years old)

And THIS is N35351 with the new paint job Cliff put on her in June 2010.

N35351 in June 2010 (42 years old)

Not bad for being 42 years old huh?

Cliff also redid the interior but I haven’t seen any photos of it yet.

His wife sent me a check for some money he owed me and put the pics in the envelope.  I called him yesterday and told him what an awesome paint job it was.  He said ‘HOW DID YOU KNOW???’ He apparently wanted me to come up to visit and be surprised.  Ooops.

I told him I’d send him back the money he paid me and take the plane back but he wouldn’t go for it.

EDIT: 20130614: Cliff informed me that N35351 has been sold (as of 2013) to a new owner in Ohio.


  1. Frank Vargas says:

    Hi! I came across your blog doing a search for N35351. I don’know who the owner was in 1968, but on June 14 1970 (43 years ago today) I rented it from Teterboro School of Aeronautics to fly with my girlfriend and a couple of friends from Teterboro to Bradly International and back to Teterboro via Orange County Airport. Maybe this guy was the owner and was leasing it back to the flight school.
    Yeap! Thhose were th eties we wore those days…and yes, I also had sideburns like that. I was 22 then and had just gotten my Private on October 1969 at TEB. I never thout I waould find a picture of that aircraft the…

  2. Bill says:

    Hi Frank. Nice to hear from someone who flew her so long ago. As noted in the entry (recently) my buddy Cliff told me he just sold N35351 to a new owner in Ohio.

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