The Fury next showed up in the display window of a large department store in Bridgeport during Christmas season. As this was the big sales season I'm sure the stores owner thought it a good way to attract shoppers. Russ was working on the airplane in the show window. When the Christmas season was over Russ was once more asked to leave.
We next pick up the thread at Floyd Bennett field in New York City. The airplane was being worked on at Malin Burns's hanger. Somehow Russ had arranged for students from the Brooklyn High School of Aviation Technology to help work on the airplane. They worked on the wing and the fuselage at Floyd Bennett for a time. How long we will never know but eventually the Fury was moved again, this time to the North Beach (now LaGuardia) airport. The airplane was essentially completed at North Beach, enough to allow run ups of the engine at least, and perhaps taxi tests.
Next, the chronology becomes just a bit murky. We pick up the trail again with the airplane at what is now Smith Field, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. While at Fort Wayne the airplane must have been involved in a taxi accident or perhaps an aborted takeoff attempt. For whatever reason, the main landing gear legs were changed. The original legs were made of round tubing. Photos taken at Smith Field definitely show the airplane with square tube legs. Also, Russ had determined that the upper strut attach points (for the wing struts) needed reinforced. These were made heavier and no longer fit within the wing so covers were made that are plainly visible in the photographs. After another period of time and for whatever reason, probably because Russ was still running his flight school at Huntington, the Fury was moved to Huntington. It was placed in a barn near his sister's home and the work attracted the usual crowd of curious onlookers. After a period of time, the airplane was moved again.
Russ taxis the
Fury on the frozen surface of Lake Wawasee, Indiana in
February/March of 1941.
The Fury on the
ice again at Lake Wawasee, site of the airplane's only flight.
The Fury on the
ice at Lake Wawasee. Hitting ice-fishing holes in the surface of
the lake caused serious landing gear problems for the airplane.
Eventually a set of skis was made to solve the problem.