April 2, 2014
By Julie Summers Walker
Californians Jeanette and Roger Glazer have enjoyed their Twin Bee UC-1 for the past six years, but recently considered selling it. Instead the Seaplane Pilots Association convinced the couple to donate their storied aircraft.
The aircraft will be donated to the Vermont Flight Academy, a nonprofit, Part 141-approved flight school affiliated with Vermont Technical College, which offers a four-year aviation degree program.
“This aircraft has a colorful history,” said Eric Weaver of the Seaplane Pilots Association. The Twin Bee appeared in the movie Caddyshack and was a personal aircraft of Bebe Rebozo, who flew then-President Richard Nixon in the 1970s—N-number One-Two-Three-Bravo-Romeo.
The Glazers restored the Twin Bee with the help of Amphibians Plus of Bartow, Fla., owned by Harry Shannon. Shannon donated a portion of the annual to the Seaplane Pilots Association. The aircraft is valued at between $180,000 and $200,000.
“My dream has been to create a quality flight school that offers a seaplane rating,” said Doug Smith program director of Vermont Tech. “Through the benevolence of the Glazers, they will affect the lives of hundreds of students.”
AOPA Senior Features Editor Julie Summers Walker joined AOPA in 1998. She is a student pilot still working toward her solo.
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