JNE Aircraft is a small, one-man, aircraft restoration shop owned and operated by an FAA certified A&P mechanic who also maintains his IA certification; located in the Pacific Northwest.
Though many different projects have made their way through the shop over the years, probably the most interesting has been the definitive reproduction Spirit of St. Louis.
Despite the many challenges encountered along the way, the Phase One Flight Testing (as required by the FAA) was completed during the summer of 2021.
With THAT hurdle accomplished, the airplane is now the subject of a documentary film about building and flying the most authentically accurate replica of the iconic aircraft that has ever been built ... to date!
A Dream Takes Flight
Our documentary film is about building and flying the definitive reproduction "SPIRIT of St. LOUIS", but it is also about the "DREAM" John had to accomplish the feat ... and the exhilaration we all experienced when she finally did "TAKE FLIGHT".
The FIRST TRAILER was released when we THOUGHT we would start flying in March 2022 so it ends with,
"Coming Summer 2022" ... but Mother Nature had a different plan.
We were not actually ABLE to begin filming the flight sequences until June 2022 which did not leave enough time for the production crew to get the film edited in time to be available in the Summer of 2022 as we had hoped.
We are getting close now and we plan to submit the film for consideration for the 2024 Sundance festival.
As we await a new, updated "Trailer" which will highlight key features of the film,
we invite you to watch the "PRACTICE RUN" which was shot in April 2022.
We used our pilot's Cessna 206 to 'simulate' what the Spirit of St. Louis by JNE would do when we were finally able to film her. This "practice run" enabled the photographers and videographers to figure out just how they would need to set their cameras to capture the desired footage to be used in the film.
Thank You for your patience as we all await the premier of
A DREAM TAKES FLIGHT
When we have more information available, we will post it here!