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Travel Air 5000 Restored

When I stepped inside the Cowtown Aerocrafters hangar near Justin, Texas in September of 2013 I saw a unique round tail. A tube fuselage that had me wondering. My friends were grinning when they saw my puzzled look. Was it something Fokker made with that round tail? My face lit up when they said Travel Air! Cool... wait... what model of cabin Travel Air? 5000? OK... I had heard about a Travel Air 5000 being restored in Texas and come to find out, this was it!


Amon Carter, famous Fort Worth, Texas businessman, had owned this Travel Air after it was retired from service with National Air Transport Flying Service. C3002 flew with NAT from 1927 until 1931. In the mid-1930s Carter parked the Travel Air on his ranch near Fort Worth. It was left outside until saved by pilot, Harry Hansen. Hansen spent many years working on the aircraft intending to return it to flyable condition. To push through to save the airframe from inactivity the project was moved to the Cowtown Aerocrafters hangar. Th…

Cavanaugh Flight Museum Fall Fly Days

Back in September the Cavanaugh Flight Museum hosted a Fall Fly Days.  Some of the visiting aircraft were from Texas Flying Legends. It was great to see three P-40 Warhawks flying together! Along with a Zero, Avenger and another visitor from Florida, the Reno Air Racer Precious Metal. The weather was perfect so the day produced memorable sites, sounds and photographs.






Links - Cavanaugh Flight Museum - Texas Flying Legends - Precious Metal Air Racing




Oshkosh 2014 Warbird Highlights

It was not a huge turn out in the Warbird parking for Oshkosh this year but there were plenty of highlights. Some high quality restoration were in attendance.  Below are the ones that attracted my attention.











Oshkosh 2014 Vintage Aircraft Highlights

After concentrating my efforts on Lockheed 12 photos and notes I walked around as much of the Vintage Aircraft parking in the time that I had.  A few more highlights are pictured below...















Oshkosh 2014 Highlights - Spartan Executive

After many years of communicating via email and telephone it was nice to shake Jim Savage's hand and talk Spartan Executives face to face.  Jim is the very enthusiastic owner of Executive serial number 17. He invited me to look through the restoration photos and sit in the pilot's seat of his imaculate Executive. It was one of the top highlights from my trip. Hats off to Jim for saving and restoring this ship!







To see photos of surviving Spartan Executives see our listing by clicking the link on the main page at www.flytoanothertime.com