Commentary on researching, restoring and flying vintage aircraft from another time.
Oshkosh AirVenture 2017 Photos
Wichita based B-29 "Doc"
Oshkosh 2017 was an outstanding show. I attended the first couple days of the show this year. It worked out well to see the highlights I hoped to see. Two B-29s at one show and in the air together was an aviation first for me and I would guess for most at the show. "Fifi" from the CAF and "Doc" from Docs Friends. Over a dozen B-25s were on hand to commemorate the Doolittle Raid. Three P-63 Kingcobra's along with an Aircobra had the Warbird community buzzing.
Atlanta based CAF P-63
So many Warbird highlights I can't list them all. Just take a look at the photo album linked below.
The Vintage parking was packed full of gorgeous show planes. It was awesome to see two Howard 500s parked side by side. The shine on Cessna 172 serial number one caught the attention of the crowds. Thousands of airplanes on the field so follow the link to my photo album so the photos will describe what I can't in a thousand words!
The Mighty Howard 500 was a conversion from a Lockheed twin that makes a ramp presence like very few airplanes today. If you were to see a Howard 500 on a ramp full of Challengers, Gulfstreams and Falcons... which do you think YOU would be drawn to? Watch the video above and tell me you wouldn't skip the others and walk around the Howard! Thanks to collector Toni Phillippi in Minnesota there are now two preserved Howard 500's in flying condition. I first saw the Howard 500 at Oshkosh and walked by it several times a day for the week that I was there. The powerful twin just draws you in. If I were assembling a dream fleet of airplanes for my personal collection, A Howard 500 would be my traveling machine! The video above shows that Mr. Phillippi flies his Howard's all over the country and even went to great lengths to return one from Europe to the United States.
It is a cold and icy day here in North Texas. So that has me looking over aircraft for sale around the country. The internet sure makes dream airplane shopping fun. All your dream airplanes right on your screen!
Two of the coolest listings I found are on www.courtesyaircraft.com and if I were to buy a time machine back to the 1920s I would snag one of the Ford TriMotors!
When a unique airplane comes up for sale and deserves a good home... I just have to spread the word... Dan
1977 Great Lakes 2T-1A-2 offered for sale. The Great Lakes is a
wonderful biplane and is a very capable entry
into moderate level aerobatics, that is also fun to fly low and slow
with the wind on your face. It will do everything a Stearman does, but
fits in a t-hangar and only burns 10gph. It can easily be rolled in and
out of the hangar with one person. This
offering is N3823F, serial number 791, aircraft total time approx.
2050hr, annual Inspection May 2013, Engine-Lyc. AEIO-360-B1G6, approx.
40hrs SMOH by Buldoc 2009, Prop-Hartzell
HC-C2YK-4F, Overhauled by Maxwell 2009, Factory new in 2000.
disassembled and restored in 2009-2010. Reassembled with all new
hardware. Fuselage completely stripped, inspected, and refinished. Wings
inspected, replaced one wood spar (small end crack). All fabric
replaced with Ceconite.…