Did you hear the one about Tom, Dick, and Harry flying a Stratofreighter into southern Wisconsin? Sounds like the set up to a joke, but it’s real.

Donald J. Quinn was a pilot who bought a farm in Dodgeville in 1964, and built a 3,000-foot-long landing strip so he could fly his jet DC9 into his back yard. Four years later he had transformed the runway into Dodgeville’s municipal airport, and the old dairy barn into Dodgeville’s quirkiest restaurant.

He wanted the Inn to have something eye-catching out by the highway. So in 1977 he bought a huge Korean War vintage C-97 Stratofreighter, had it flown into Dodgeville’s tiny airport, and parked it in front of his motel.

The C-97 took on a lot of oil to run all of its 112 pistons. It had a 53 gallon oil tank and used two gallons of oil an hour. But by the time they came in to land, the low oil light came on.

One of only a couple dozen surviving, of 56 made, C-97 Stratofreighters, this plane was flown into  Wisconsin by pilot Dick Schmidt, copilot Tom Thomas, and flight engineer Harold Waligorski. It was towed to the Don Q Inn, to open it as a coffee shop, and it now sits in a field.

The plan was to buy other smaller aircraft and turn them into rooms for adventurous hotel guests, but today the C-97 stands alone because after buying the plane, he had a end of fortune, and his plans to
mount the giant airplane on stilts above the Don Q Inn parking lot fly in more planes and use them as motel rooms came to a stop, and 2 years later he sold the whole enterprise. 9 years later he was dead.

He said he would set one plane aside so that he could start a school for aircraft mechanics.

Since then it was used for filming a commercial in 1975 with Farrah Fawcett, she autographed the fuselage

The C-97 was based on the B-29 bomber and used during the Berlin Airlift and Korea War. With a wingspan of 141 feet and four 3,500-horsepower engines, the C-97 was once the largest thing in the skies.

The Inn was built in many strange ways, probably to generate word of mouth free advertising, and get some free publicity from tv shows, the main lobby has a fireplace made from the front of a steam locomotive, surrounded by barbers chairs, for example

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dodgeville_Municipal_Airport
https://thewalkingtourists.com/want-to-relax-lean-back-in-a-barber-chair-at-the-don-q-inn/
http://www.cultofweird.com/americana/don-q-inn-plane/
https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/c97-stratofreighter-at-the-don-q-inn

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Elmer Zurakowski has left the building, and the GM tech center at Warren Mi will never be the same… Mr Z had been working for GM since 1951. Yup, 67 years ago he was an 18 yr old and got a job and was one of the last of his generation to get one of those jobs that last a lifetime.

Since he started working, man has went to the moon, GM invented the Corvette, Ford created the Mustang, GM came up with a 30 years and retire plan that Mr Z has lapped TWICE, and someone invented the internet, flatscreens, 700 hp supercharged factory produced cars that can hit 200 mph, with a warranty, and porn is free on the internet.

A hell of a lot has happened while Mr Z has been punching a clock.

They created the interstate freeway system for Pete’s sake!

The UAW says Elmer Zurakowski is the highest seniority hourly employee in the all of General Motors. Mr. Zurakowski stopped at his local UAW hall before coming in to work on Wednesday.

There they showed him a plaque made for him by his co-workers celebrating a more than 67-year-long career.

“Well I started working when I was 18-years-old. I became a die maker apprentice. This was at Plant 23 in Detroit,” recalled Zurakowski.

It was 1951. He remembers as he started the job seeing workers building tanks for the Korean War. He was ready to learn.

“When I started the apprenticeship I wanted to go into the wood field. They said according to your tests it shows you would be better working with metal than wood. I didn’t know anything about metal, but growing up on a farm I used wood all the time. What they did, I think, they needed more die makers than wood pattern makers. But I went along with that and I was very happy with it,” said Zurakowski.

https://www.powernationtv.com/post/man-retires-after-record-setting-67-years-with-general-motors
https://www.facebook.com/uaw.union/posts/this-week-elmer-zurakowski-will-retire-as-the-highest-seniority-worker-at-gm-he-/10156842282951413/
https://www.wxyz.com/news/region/macomb-county/gms-highest-seniority-hourly-worker-retires-after-remarkable-67-year-long-career
http://gmauthority.com/blog/2019/02/oldest-worker-at-general-motors-retires-after-67-years/