Calvin Karschner and Rebecca Harman helped construct this airplane which is used to promote Vacation Bible School in Charlestown. Missing from the photo is Rachel Harman, who also spent many hours putting the plane together.
by Lisa Tome
A 20-foot piece of drainage pipe has taken Charlestown Missionary Baptist Church to the moon and back. In the past three years, the pipe has been a rocket, a caterpillar, and is currently an airplane as a way to promote the church's annual Vacation Bible School. Church member Calvin Karschner built this year's creation, the plane, using the pipe and some scrap materials he had around the house. The plane is more than 20 feet long and has wings and wheels. Sand buckets were used to simulate flames in the tail.
Karschner, who works as an engineer technician for the government, said Patriotic Fireworks donated some wood and other materials for the construction. The base was built from scrap lumber. The plane weighs 600-700 pounds and was trucked in from Karschner's home in Perryville. It cost over $60 to build with paint, nails, and the sand buckets which will be reused by a daycare.
The plane has attracted a lot of attention. People stop and photograph it. Karschner cautions that children should not sit on the plane for fear of collapse. A storm last week, caused damage and parts had to be touched up with paint in the wake of the storm.
Vacation Bible School is currently underway at the church and runs nightly from 6:30-8:30 p.m. through Friday. The theme is Investigation Destination. All are welcome.