April Volunteer Spotlight: Frank Reinhardt

Last weekend at our monthly museum meeting, we recognized our April Volunteer of the Month!

About two years ago, Kregg Kirby, our museum co-founder, asked our GM to survey current members to see who would be interested in active aircraft restoration, which has been dormant for the past three years due to losing our work area at the airport. Many talented members answered the call and Frank Reinhardt is the first person chosen from this group.

Frank’s family has a long history in the Newton-Conover area of Catawba County. His earliest ancestors moved to this area in 1743. Frank graduated from Newton -Conover High School. A lifelong love of military airplanes led him to Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, NC, one of the few schools offering aeronautical maintenance degrees. In 1983, he received his degree and soon after earned his A&P license from the FAA.

That same year, Frank married Susan, his sweetheart since the eighth grade. He began his career in aviation working for CC-Air, a commuter airline for ten years, followed by eleven years at Mountain Air Cargo. He then spent the next ten years maintaining NASCAR racing team aircraft for Micheal Waltrip and Richard Childress. The past two years, he was employed by Carolina Aviation Tech as the training director.

In addition to aviation, Frank is a man of many interests. He is also an experienced brewmaster, and even better, an award-winning barbecue pit master. He and Susan are the parents of two sons, Adam, the band director at Fred T Foard High School and Andrew, a computer programmer and Frank enjoys his time with his one grandchild.

Frank’s task for heading up the HAM restoration team will be huge, as almost all our aircraft will need to be repaired or prepped for painting in record time before they are taken inside of the new museum building, now under construction. If you would join Frank and his crew; we invite you to join our family at the Hickory Aviation Museum. Work days are published at least a week in advance on these social media pages.

Thanks for you all do, Frank!

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