She was a great lady with a mind of her own, but when she was treated nicely, she would perform very well. At the time she retired from active duty at the end of 1996 she had achieved the second largest total production of any wind turbine in the world, only a few percent behind a Swedish turbine.
She did experience health problems. Her first healthcare provider had her de-rated from 3.2 MW to 700 kW. The second got her back to full production, but she had already developed some teeter bearing problems for which a cure was started just before the provider ran out of money. A year later her vital organs (gearbox and generator) were donated to NREL.
To most people, at the end she was just a 450 ton heap of scrap metal, but to us, who had the opportunity to help her to keep running, she will remain in our memories as a very special and dear old lady forever.