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Web Site Updates and New Stearman Page

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Hope all you vintage aircraft enthusiasts have had a Happy Holiday season. We have had several snow days here in Texas this last week so I have been busy updating my web site and building a new "survivors" page. Now listed on Another Time is a listing of surviving civilian model Stearmans. Take a look and send in updates and pictures to us.

Civilian Stearmans

Stinson O Restoration

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The crew at Evergreen Aviation Services has been restoring/recreating a rare Stinson Model O. I have been watching their progress on their web site over the last year and it is quite impressive! A photo gallery is here. As noted on the Antique Airplane Assoc. web site the engine has made its first run. Take a look at the video here. Hats off to the crew for their efforts to recreate a once extinct type that will return to the air for future generations to see.

Merry Christmas 2009

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May your Christmas be Merry! Happy Holidays! (Photo from the Wichita Photos web site.)

Oldest Boeing... Newest Boeing

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In honor of the newest Boeing airliner making its first flight today... the 787... I post a picture of the oldest Boeing airliner! Addison Pemberton in his Boeing 40. Photo by Ryan Pemberton.

Sky Billboards 1935

You gotta love the way these old movies are made... check out this video of three vintage Waco biplanes skywriting.

Always Polishing

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The Friday after Thanksgiving was a perfect airport day. Mild temperatures, sunny skies and light winds in the morning. A formation of 4 Rv's and a Swift were out keeping their skills sharp. I took the 170 up for about an hour. The winds aloft were blowing 20 knots out of the West. A sign of a windy afternoon to come. After looking over a few grass strips for activity I made a pass over my house for some pictures. Fun to wave at the family on the ground as I flew over. They are even visible in my picture!
Back at the airport I put the 170 in the hangar and went lunch with some friends. The 170 had been polished by a hired crew back in June and is starting to need some touch up. I broke out the Nuvite polish and worked on the leading edges. The hired crew used their brand of polish and it is starting to show. The shine just didnt last as long as when I do it with Nuvite. So over the winter I plan to go over the whole ship again to bring back that deep Nuvite shine. O…

Bleriot

Wow... take a look at this "kit plane" built by Eric Presten! Knowing Eric and his love for vintage aircraft this "kit" 1909 Bleriot had to be right up his alley! Built with wing warping and all! Take a look at the forum post here. Nice photos by Eric and Roger Cain.

Corsairs New Paint

Photos of F4U-4, 97264 wearing its new colors have been posted on WIX. Check out this forum post. Nice to see a Blacksheep paint scheme.

Antique Aeronautics On My Mind

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As the day wore on I had my mind fading from the Learjets and Challengers at work and thinking about vintage Cessnas and Beechcrafts. No more thoughts spent on jets. My mind has wondered off to antique aeronautics!
I left work early to head out to the airport. Hopefully I might catch a few hangars open to see the progress on some antique airplane projects. Ah, good. As I pull into the airport I spot an open hangar. A few minutes are spent looking over a Staggerwing project before I make my way down to my hangar. Looking good. The fuselage, tail surfaces and control surfaces are up thru silver. The owner tells me of paint color options and interior materials. I can almost see the Beech Speed Bird appearing on the fuselage and the smell of leather fills my nose. Maybe she will fly next year sometime, maybe.
The sun is going down so I pull myself away from the Staggerwing and pull the 170 out of the hangar. The engine is running smoothly so we launch off to cruise over some grass strips.…

Skagit Aero Museum

In Northern Washington is another nice collection of vintage aircraft that I have never heard of before. Check out the aircraft collection at the Skagit Aero Education Museum. Two nice ships that caught my eye... their Fairchild 24 and the Ryan STA.

Travel Air 6000 Makes Rare Outing

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This Travel Air 6000 made a rare outing to the annual Reklaw, Texas fly-in last month. It is based out of Mount Pleasant, Texas. Good to see the rare aircraft make the rounds at local fly-ins. Sounds like the Reklaw fly-in was a resounding success with over 500 aircraft in attendance. Thanks to Richard Kaminski for the picture.

Another Mustang Returns to the Air

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American Aero Services in Florida has completed the restoration of Selby Burch's D Model Mustang. Pictures of the restoration here. While looking up the pictures of the D Model check out the on going restoration of the A-36 Mustang!

Max Shoots The Albatross

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Max Haynes does it again with a beautiful photo essay of a Grumman Albatross. If you are a fan of the Grumman seaplanes this is a must see! The paint scheme is one of the slickest schemes I have ever seen applied to a seaplane. The inside looks like a yacht. How would you like one of these to fly around the world in?

See the photo essay here.

Hamilton Metalplane

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Pictured above is a scene right out of the past... A Hamilton loading up for a working flight. The only one of these rare birds was restored back in the 1970's and has been stashed away in a hangar up in the North. Max Haynes has put together a stunning photo essay of the one of a kind Hamilton Metalplane. Take a few minutes to travel back to another time...

Hamilton Metalplane by MaxAir2Air.

Red River Swift Fly-in

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Enjoyed a full Saturday of flying last weekend. Was able to take family for a short ride in the morning... another blog post on that later... and then flew down to Granbury, Texas in the afternoon for a local Swift Fly-In. I have been a fan of the Globe/Temco Swift for a good many years having worked on one as a job. My good friend Kelly talked me out of buying his nice, stock Swift to show me the 170 that I own. Happy with my choice of the 170 but I do admire the classic Swift. The Red River Swift Wing is an enthusiastic bunch. About fourteen of the slick birds came from around North Texas and even Arizona for the weekend of flying and fun. Locals held dinners and shuttled friends and fellow Swift owners around to the planned events. Thanks, Stan for the invite down... good to see you Janet and Alan! A few of my pictures are here. Stan wrote up a detailed report of the event here. Good times!

Evergreen Museum - Video

This new video was posted recently on Aero-News. Net. Take a few minutes to watch the video to hear about the museum that is home to the Spruce Goose.

Aero-News Video

DH-4 in the National Postal Museum

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A friend of mine told me to drop in the National Postal Museum in D.C. so when my wife and I were there last week we went by. It was a treat to see three vintage aircraft hanging in the main display hall. A Stinson SR-9 and DH-4 and a Curtiss Pusher hang from the ceiling. Pictured is the DH-4. More pictures to come from our recent trip to Washington.

Gray Eagles Film

When you have 30 minutes to sit down at your computer take the time to watch Gray Eagles, a film by Chris Woods. Mr. Woods owns the Mustang "February" and the film tells the story of the original pilot Jim Brooks. The film has been posted on ASB.tv so follow the link below and run your mouse over the available films on the left side of the screen. As of this posting it is the third video down.

Gray Eagles

Hinton Wins Gold

Steven Hinton Jr. took Strega to the winners circle after winning the Gold race at 491MPH!

WWW.AIRRACE.ORG

Reno Qualifying Speeds Posted

Just found the listing showing the qualifying speeds for the Unlimited Class of air racers at Reno. Unlimited heat Races start Thursday. We will see who can keep the speeds up and keep their motors running.

Check out AAFO.com and AIRRACE.org

NASM Blog

In my preparing for a trip this month the the National Air and Space Museum I came upon the blog that the Smithsonian now publishes for the museum. Fun to read about the latest activities from this premier aviation museum. Check it out here. This will be my first time back to the museum since the Grand Opening of the UdvarHazy Museum out at Dulles back in 2004. From what I have read they added quite a few new aircraft to the museum from storage. Highlights I am looking forward to... the P-61 Black Widow and the Turner Meteor! Watch this space for pictures in a few weeks.

P-82 Progress Report

Thanks to Max Air 2 Air for posting a progress report on the P-82 rebuild by C&P Aviation. Exciting to see the little pieces being added to the big pieces! Click here for the photos. Nice shot of the Consolidated/Vultee L-13 they own as well.

National Waco Club Fly-In Pictures

The National Waco Club held their 50th Annual Fly-In back in June and these pictures were just sent to me. Over 100 quality pictures of some rare and beautiful Wacos.

Check them out here.

Two Spartans

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Two Spartan Executives now call England home. This picture was taken recently after S/N 14, NC17615 made the flight across the Atlantic. Thanks to Nick Blacow for the image.

Northwest Antique Fly-In 2009

Here it is the year 2009 and I am loading up in a modern airliner to travel to Vancouver, WA to see a showing of aircraft from the 1930s. Would the people back in the 1930s laugh today if they knew we would go to such great lengths to restore, fly and display aircraft from that era? To them these aircraft were machines that transported them the next town or even across the country. Collectibles? Museum Pieces? Objects of men's desires to transport them back to another time? I don't know for sure but I think they WOULD be laughing at us! For me this was another opportunity to view these rare aircraft in an environment where they are truly appreciated.
I have written before about how when traveling across the country at 30,000 feet in an airliner bound for a vacation or aviation event that I wonder what it would have been like to travel back in the 1930s. Dressing up in a suit, hat and boarding a classy Ford Tri-motor with wicker seats, that had to be quite an exciting experie…

Northwest Antique Fly In Friday

Traveled up to Portland, OR via the airlines yesterday with my wife and a good friend. My wife has family and friends we can visit in Vancouver, WA so I found that the 50th Northwest Antique Flyin would be this year at Pearson Field. Texas in August is usually warm so these 60-70 deg. temps make for pleasent walking around airplanes weather!
This afternoon we walked around the early arrivals at Pearson. So far a fairly good turn out... maybe 50 airplanes. Two very nice 1934 Waco YMFs and two nice Fleets. A good number of classic Pipers and Cessnas. Should be a good show! If time allows I will post the highlights from the show tomorrow night. Pictures to come when we are back in Texas.
Northwest Antique Fly In.

Oshkosh 2009 Award Winners

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The 2009 Award winners are now posted on the AirVenture web site. Check them out here. Sounds like this was a good year for the P-40s. I read that 5 of the Curtiss fighters made the event. Al Sauer shot the beautiful nighttime shot of Ron Fagan's Grand Champion P-40E. Thanks to Al for letting me post the shot.

Matching Cadets

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Oshkosh has really kicked into high gear and a lot of pictures are hitting the forums and news sites. One article off of EAAs web site was a fun read. The Morris family completed the restoration of two Culver Cadets and they are on display at Oshkosh this year. Read the article here. To read the detail story of the restoration of one of the Cadets and view the series of pictures go to Taildragger Aviation. A few months back I received a picture from the Morris' of one of the Cadets airborne. Outstanding restoration of one of the little known vintage cruisers!

CAF P-51C Returns to the Skies

Happy to see the P-51C airborne again after its unfortunate accident a few years ago. MaxAir2Air has the photo essay here.

Another Spartan to the U.K.

NC17615 has been spotted in Greenland on its way to the U.K. So this makes two Spartan's that will be based far from their homeland. Hope to post a few pictures of it at its new home when I can round them up.

New Gallery on lightandlift.com

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Scott Germain has posted his most recent Warbird photography on lightandlift.com. Highlights of the gallery are the formation of P-40s, the Grumman formation with two Bearcats and two Tigercats, and one shot of five Bearcats in flight! Check out the gallery here.

Flying Legends Saturday 2009

A few pictures have been posted from Saturday at Flying Legends. Click here to see the pics. The Fw190 pictures are worth checking out!

Flying Legends Early Arrival

This weekend over in Duxford, England is the annual Flying Legends Warbird show. The Plane Talk forum should be THE place to catch up on the latest pictures from the event. One of the early arrivals was the Fw190 from France. Check it out here! Who would have thought we would ever see the shape of a Fw-190 in the skies again!? Watch here for links to more highlights.

Amelia Movie Trailer

Being the Lockheed fan that I am I have been keeping up with the filming of the upcoming movie AMELIA. The movie trailer is now starting to make its rounds on the web... check it out... looks like some stunning film footage!


Jenny Flies!

A Curtiss Jenny has flown after its restoration by the crew at Grimes Airfield in PA. Pictures of the red beauty here.

July 4th Flying

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About two weeks ago I had a crew from Detail Werks come out and help me catch up on my polishing. They did a professional job and the shine is the best it has been in years. I highly recommend these guys. If you have a polished airplane and you are in the DFW area. Give Brian a call and tell him Dan sent you.
July 4th my buddy Jay and I took to the skies. It was warm and bumpy but worth the flight. We also took some time to shoot some videos of the flying. Hope to release that video soon. The picture above was taken out in the sunshine so the new polish job can be seen at its best!

P-51C Close to Flight

The Paul family in Idaho is getting close to flight with the restoration of their Razorback P-51C. Pictures were posted on the WIX forum of the ship. This ship has caused some confusion over the years as being noted as a North American A-36. From what I understand the Paul family sold off their stash of parts to an A-36 and built up this C model Mustang from other parts and new build pieces. Hope to post the news of the first flight soon!

ASB Video Widget

170 Flies and Texas Antique Fly-In

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Took off early Saturday morning on the 170s first post paint and post annual flight. After a once around the patch I checked it over. All was well so launched off to Gainesville for the Texas Antique Fly-In. Very low attendance but fun to see a few new ships. For a few pictures from the event click here. Highlight of the event for me was seeing the Fairchild 24. Nice restoration of a 1947 TEMCO built ship. The day heated up fast so I flew home before lunch. Feels good to have the 170 flying again. Great outing to see some vintage flying machines.

Lysander Flies in Canada

The Canadian Warplane Heritage has flown their Lysander! Pictures are here.

GeeBee R-1 Project Underway

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In thumbing thru the latest SPORT AVIATION magazine I came across a short article about a GeeBee R-1 project. The R-1 is the 1340 powered racer so this will be quite the beast! (Edit - the link to the web site has been removed.  The project web site has disappeared.  Sorry!  Maybe one day the R-1 replica will just show up at an airshow near you.)

Another Time Web Site Overhaul

The new web site layout is now online! About two months worth of work went into the overhaul of the FLYTOANOTHERTIME.com site. Take a look and let me know what you think.

ASB Video Widget

Caudron C.460

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A few years back I made it by Flabob Airport in Riverside, California and saw the makings of a unique flying machine. I was told it was a replica of the fast racing ship, the Caudron C.460. It is now hitting the press that this sleek ship is flying. AEROPLANE magazine, the May 2009 issue has a short write up... also EAAs VINTAGE AIRPLANE magazine, the May 2009 issue has great pictures and a complete write up. I found the above picture on the Antique Airfield web site. Nice shot of this slick ship! Hats off to the crew at Aero Craftsman!

170 Out of Paint Shop

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The best flying weather of the whole year was this week... and I take my 170 down for paint! But... it was in the paint shop for only 5 days! GLO Custom at Northwest Regional did a very nice job painting the undersides of the wings and fuselage. Just rolled it back into my hangar today. Flaps and ailerons will go back on next week during the annual. Will start polishing it up for the summer fly-ins after the annual. A few more pictures here...

http://picasaweb.google.com/dtlinn/170Paint

Hope to be back flying in time to make the Texas Antique Flyin at Gainesville.

Chino Pictures on WIX

If you have the time to scroll through all the posts you will be rewarded with some pictures from the Chino Airshow on this forum thread. Note the new paint scheme on the Planes of Fame P-40. Nice checkers! I know more pictures will show up. Watch here for more links.

Chino Grummans - video

Just found this video posted on WIX of the Grummans flying at Chino!

Chino Airshow This Weekend

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The Chino Airshow is this weekend and I cant hardly wait for the pictures to hit the forums! This should be quite the show. The theme for the show this year is Grumman aircraft. Above is a shot of three of the Bearcats that will be in attendance. The full line up of Grumman fighters is slated to fly. Watch here for links to the pictures as we find them!

Update - Vintage Wings P-40 A2A

Awesome new air 2 air shots of the Vintage Wings P-40 here!

Vintage Wings P-40 Flies

This story was posted on a forum reporting that the Vintage Wings of Canada P-40 had its first post restoration flight and was its first flight in 65 years! Vintage Wings as assembled a rare collection or World War Two fighters in recent years. The P-40 first flight was in New Zealand and will travel to Canada in the near future.

Vintage Wings P-40 article here.

P-40F Flies Downunder

This just posted on the PlaneTalk forum... F model P-40 first flight in Australia. The F model is powered by the Merlin and not the usual Allison that most other models flew behind. Check out the pictures here!

Bearcats

The "Horseman" team is flying the Corpus Christi airshow this weekend in three F8F Bearcats! As pictures become available I will post some or provide links. Over on Airshow Buzz some videos have been posted of their practice sessions.

http://www.airshowbuzz.com/videos/view.php?v=4da932a1

http://www.airshowbuzz.com/videos/view.php?v=1ad8456d

Bearcat of Another Color

Over on WIX there is a forum post of a newly painted Bearcat. Nice to see another scheme other than blue... even though I prefer the blue. The Bearcats that flew for the Thai Air Force flew in this overall silver scheme. Pictures are here.

Cub Waits in Barn for 59 Years

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Read this story in the Texas Antique Airplane Assoc. newsletter and had to post it! What a cool story and amazing find. Enjoy! Thanks Jared for letting me post it.

Cub Waits in Barn for 59 Years
By Jared Calvert

When I first step in the barn I realize building a clip-wing Cub will have to wait. I stood by myself, in awe at the sight. I was only told the plane, built in Lock Haven in 1946, had been sitting for “a while”. I figured a high time, beat-up Cub would be a good base for a clip-wing and make a nice hangar mate for my Pitts. But seeing the short lightning bolt, “Cub” inscribed tires and cotton fabric, I knew this Cub had been in this barn for a very long time. It would have to be restored to original.

NC7057H, a Piper J3-C-65, was purchased new for $2,352.00 by Charles Moseley of Santa Anna, TX. After taking possession of the aircraft in Fort Worth and flying it home to Coleman Co, Moseley’s airplane had flown 16.5 hours. For three years Charles and his daughter Charlotte flew th…

Backyard DC-3

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Was flying the 170 around West of Justin, Texas earlier this evening and came upon this DC-3 sitting in someones backyard! It is at the South end of Fairview airfield.

Addison Texas Spartan

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I made a visit to Addison airport, North of Dallas, last week to attend the FLYING magazine Parade of Planes. While I was there I was able to arrange a visit to see Spartan Executive s/n 26. Very clean, very nice. The metal is nice and straight... not a dent or a ding in the clean light gray and blue paint scheme. In talking with the owner, Bobby Lett, he suspected that since this ship flew with the military it has been wearing full paint since it left the service. S/N 26 was in the service from 1943-1945. It flew in the USAAC as 42-38266 . The Des Moines Register newspaper was its first owner and it was fully polished when it left Spartan.

Additional Spartan news...

S/N 17 is making progress toward flight. Current work has its legs being rebuilt so it can stand on its own wheels again. Centennial Aircraft Services is returning this ship to flight status.

S/N 13 is also being brought back to flight status. Follow the progress of this ships rebuild here.


Skyraiders New Paint

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Skyraider Bu.# 135188 is now wearing a new coat of paint. This ship was first restored for collector Bob Pond back in the early 1990s and flew in a bright blue paint scheme for many years. It was flying out of Olympia, Washington from 2001 until recently. It is now based with Brent Hisey in Oklahoma. Brad Pilgrim caught the ship in its new overall gray/white scheme and has allowed me to post a picture. Thanks Brad.

Three Lockheeds

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Les Whittlesey (owner of NC18906) sent me a few pictures from the Casa Grande Antique Fly-In out in AZ from this past weekend. Three restored Lockheed 12s were on the ramp. NC14999 has returned to the U.S. after having spent a few years in New Zealand. NC2072 is now wearing its originally restored colors after wearing movie paint for its role as Amelia Earharts Lockheed. Then NC18906 is the award winning polished and red ship. These three have not yet attended a show together so it made for quite a site!

Windy Day in Texas

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Last Sunday was an awesome flying day. Flew the 170 to enjoy the unlimited visibility and light winds. It is a bit windy in Texas today so I just did lunch with my airport friends. Winds gusting to 37mph! Will spend the rest of the day scanning some pictures for the web site and off to church with the family.

Thunderbolts!

Saw this music video posted on the WIX forum. Mechanical music that is! Fly along on a flight of two P-47 Thunderbolts. There is nothing like the roar of an R-2800 and to hear two is just musical! Check it out! These Thunderbolts are based at the TN Museum of Aviation.

P-47 Progress

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While looking thru the forum posts on Plane Talk yesterday I came across some recent pictures of the P-47 under restoration with The Fighter Collection at Duxford. Years ago this P-47 was on display at the Lone Star Flight Museum but had not flown in years. The picture above in the "Little Demon" markings is a shot I took while it was in Texas in the early 1990's. When I heard it was to be restored I made note to follow along as best I could. This "razorback" P-47 will be one of the few P-47s flying of this model. I hope to post more pictures as it nears flight. Thanks to Brian for permission to post his picture.

Corporate Wings

The Antique Airplane Association has announced its fly-in is going to feature Corporate Wings this year. Check out the details on their site. A gathering of Howards should be worth the trip!

Web Site Updates

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Hello friends... I have spent some time today updating my web pages. Most of my site work has been concentrated on moving the aviation content from my personal site dtlinn.com to flytoanothertime.com. Hopefully the search engines will catch up with my move. My rare aircraft listings have been on dtlinn.com for years! Countless hours have been spent researching these rare survivors. Several contributors have send recent pictures of rare ships that have been hiding in hangars either in storage or under restoration. Be sure to check back often as I add content on a regular basis. My research and development continues!

Hurricane Hits England

The airworthy population of Hawker Hurricanes is now one more! Hangar 11 flew their Hurricane out of North Weald TODAY! Pictures are posted here on the Plane Talk forum. Read more about it's restoration here.

P-40 Flies

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TP-40N flies in Sonoma, CA! Thanks to Roger Cain for capturing it on film with this shot above! Below is a video I was directed to on YouTube posted by Taigh Ramey.

Spartan Executive Web Page

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With the motivation and help from a few Spartan enthusiasts I have update my Spartan Executive web page. It really is amazing the fascinating stories behind these rare ships! As I research and swap stories with owners it is interesting what comes to light. Howard Hughes and Paul Mantz both flew Spartan 7Ws. Oil executives, Kings, Governement personel and race pilots wheeled these ships around the skies! Different ships have been wrecked almost to the point of scrapping but they live to fly again! Follow the link below to read up on the Executive line produced by Spartan.

http://www.flytoanothertime.com/
(edited blog - July 2011. Click on "Spartan Executive" on the main page.)

If you are reading this blog and have pictures of any Spartan Executives please drop me a note!

Alaska to Missouri via Waco

Check out this write up on the Vintage Aviation forum... notes and pictures of flying a Waco UPF-7 from Alaska to Missouri! Imagine flying an open cockpit biplane of those huge mountains!

Twin Mustang

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Check out the progress on C&P Aviation P-82 Twin Mustang project! The quality of workmanship appears to be amazing! This P-82 once flew with NACA and was stored with Walter Soplata from 1956-1997. Now owned by Chris and Pat Harker in Minnesota, we should see this machine flying with in next couple years. Thanks goes out to Max Haynes for the photo essay on this rare twin fighter.

170 Featured in 1953 Video

A friend sent me the link to this fun "Learning to Fly" video. Great shots of a 1953 model Cessna 170.