Showing posts from January, 2014

North to the Orient - Erik Lindbergh

Recently announced on Erik Lindbergh's Powering Imagination web site is his plan to fly the Orient again like his famous Grandparents, Charles and Anne Lindbergh.

The news brief below was taken from the Powering Imagination web site...

North to the Orient
In 1931 Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh took off for a groundbreaking flight from the US to China, via Canada, Siberia, and Japan. This flight showed the world the potential for aviation to bring the world together. This journey was immortalized in Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s book: “North to the Orient” and was also captured in the photos from this 30,000 mile journey that were immortalized in an extensive photo essay in National Geographic Magazine.
In 2016 to commemorate the 85th anniversary of his grandparents’ flight, Erik Lindbergh plans to retrace this journey in a plane powered by biofuels. This adventure will show the possibilities that new sustainable power technologies create, and it will allow Powering Imagination to direct…

New Home for Cessna Airmaster

Cessna Airmaster NC25485 now has a new home in Deer Park, Washington with Chad Vanderhoof.  Kelly Mahon did the honors to fly the ship to its new home.  NC25485 was purchased from the Russell Williams collection and flown across Washington State yesterday.  Congrats to Chad for reviving and flying this rare ship. Hope you see many happy hours ahead flying the 165hp antique!

World War One Aircraft - The Vintage Aviator

Just within the last couple of years I have taken greater interest in the aircraft of World War One - The Great War.  A visit to Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome was one spark that lit the fire.  If you have not visited Old Rhinebeck it is a MUST SEE for any aviation enthusiast!  Another spark was my wife giving me the book Ghosts of the Great War by Phillip Makanna.  It is a spectacular photographic book on the subject.

In recent years the aircraft rolling out of the shop at The Vintage Aviator in New Zealand will keep Great War aircraft flying for years to come.  They build and rebuild aircraft for their own collection and for other museums/collectors all over the world.  Hats off to Peter Jackson (famous director of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit) for spending his money through The Vintage Aviator to rebuild and build those airplanes. They even building some of the engines from scratch!  Visit their awesome web site for an in depth look at their aircraft projects.

My uncle sent me an e…

New Year - New Aircraft Restorations for 2014

Happy New Year to all vintage aircraft enthusiasts!  2013 was very memorable for me with the birth of our son, Brennen.  I can't hardly wait to take him on more outings to see vintage airplanes in the coming year!  Also a sad memory from this year being that I sold my Cessna 170.  It has an appreciative new owner taking good care of it so that makes me happy. This was a good year seeing more vintage aircraft return to the skies.  Be sure to look back over this blog for some of the highlights and see the links below for some of those.  Also we listed some to watch in 2014.

Great to see this Jenny return to the air in 2013... as we have been watching the restoration on the blog.

Progressing well during 2013 is the restoration of the XP-82.  Keep a watch on this one!

One to watch is the restoration of the P-61 up in Pennsylvania at the Mid Atlantic Air Museum.…