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Vintage Lockheed Electra Junior Advertisement

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My current research "dive" has been into my magazine collection. The hunt for rare aircraft featured in company advertisements. I love the art, the ad copy and the company logos. Can you imagine the conversations around the boardroom tables in the 1930s as the executives crafted their next company ad campaign? It must have been pretty exciting. The Lockheed ad above even features a comic style story! Fly along as the owner does business all over the country.
Watch this space and the Instagram page (user name dtlinn) for more of the art as I continue to scan these cool ads.
Link - Instagram dtlinn

Matt's Luscombe 8A - N71556

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Luscombe N71556 is a 65hp 8A owned by Matt Hood of Argyle, Texas. Matt purchased the Luscombe in 2014 from his dad in Indiana and brought it to Texas. It is not what the owner would call a show plane but a flyer. It has had some interesting adventures in its life. The logs tell the tale of an off airport landing. The metal doesn’t shine of new aluminum but that suits Matt just fine. Winning awards wasn’t in the plans for this ship even though it won a “Most Original” award at the Blakesburg, Iowa antique fly-in!
Matt flies the airplane often and loves sharing flights with others. One day I caught Matt at the gas pumps at Northwest Regional airport as he prepared to launch on a tailwheel lesson for a daring young aviator. The mission for this little Luscombe is not to gather dust. It is to introduce the next generation of pilots to cool vintage airplanes.
Based at Northwest Regional it shares a hangar with a classy Cessna 170. When not flying Boeings for Southwest Airlines you will fi…

Legend Airways DC-3 N25641

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I first remember seeing the Legend Airways DC-3 at Oshkosh many years back. I was able to peak inside and I took a full photo walk around.It was a beauty! On a recent cruise of the Aerometal International web site I found a listing of N25641 for sale. Hopefully she will find a new owner! See the listing below. 



LEGEND AIRWAYS” – S/N:9059 – 1943
A spectacular corporate aircraft. This aircraft has not flown in a little over 6 years. The current owner is “considering” selling her as is. She has been hangared and has not deteriorated significantly since the images (of her in flight) were taken in 2010. The following images of her in the hangar were taken in 2015. This aircraft is another remarkable example. She under went a multi million dollar overhaul with Basler turbo Conversions in 2006. Her corporate cabin interior is nothing short of spectacular, a unique 14 seat configuration with lavatory and galley. R-1830-94 power and an FAA approved Flight Manual supporting operation at 26,900lbs a…

Air Racing T-shirts - BVR Design

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Rare Porterfield 35-70

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This rare Porterfield 35-70 came up for sale recently. It comes from a collection in Texas that I have loved to visit for years. History and nostalgia are experienced when you land on a grass airfield and see an aircraft like this Porterfield. Below is the Barnstormers.com listing and some photos of this rare ship.


PORTERFIELD 35-70 • $25,000 • FOR SALE • 1935 Porterfield 35-70. Approximately 1400 TT, 300 TSMOH, restored in the late 1980's. Last flown about 10 years ago, ran great then. Spare LeBlond engine for parts. Always hangared. Beautiful airplane. Located in Krum, TX, just north of Dallas. As is, where is. $25K firm. Leave message. • Contact Jake Bilstad, Friend of Owner - located Plano, TX USA • Telephone: 817-709-8663




Taylorcraft BL-65 Showpiece

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When Jake Bilstad purchased his 1940 Taylorcraft BL-65 (N27652) in 2001 at Spinks Airport in Fort Worth, Texas it was in need of some serious attention. It was just a big pile of parts. It last flew in 1970, then it was disassembled for restoration.
When I first met Jake he passed me in the hallway at work. He had a bag full of parts over his shoulder and I caught site of the large diameter tachometer. So I just had to ask what it was for! Being a former Taylorcraft owner myself I knew it might be from an early model Taylorcraft. Over the years Jake and I exchanged emails as I checked in on the progress of the rebuild.
The slow but steady rebuild was finished in 2013. Jake said he loves flying it “It performs really well with the C85 engine.” When asked what the biggest challenge was in the restoration Jake said “Finding the time, space, and money to finish it.” The logbooks told a story that took the history all the way back to 1940. It spent most of its life as a trainer at a flight s…

Lockheed 12 For Sale

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This beautiful example of a Lockheed 12 (NC25628, Serial Number 1286) has come up for sale in early 2018. One of about a dozen actively flying Electra Juniors, this is a rare opportunity to purchase a Lockheed. I was fortunate enough to see this example at Oshkosh 2014 when seven were in attendance for AirVenture. Like many early Lockheed this one served as an executive hauler for an oil company having flown for Humble Oil Company.



Text from the advertisement on barnstormers.com


1940 LOCKHEED 12A • $595,000 • HISTORICAL AIRCRAFT FOR SALE • Classic 450 HP R-985 P&W twin. Right engine- 33 SMOH and left engine- 75 SMOH by Kenmore Air Harbor. Landing gear overhauled with new jack screws and gearboxes. Factory installed 50 gallon auxiliary fuel tank- 250 gallons total. Factory installed and functioning engine fire extinguishing system. Humble Oil Company corporate aircraft 1940-1963. Outstanding Antique Transport Aircraft- Oshkosh 2004. One of the "Magnificent Seven" featured …

Grumman J2F-4 Video

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When the video footage is too good NOT to post! Sit back and watch the air to air video by Scott Urschel. The Mid America Flight Museum's Duck flown by Kelly Mahon.

https://youtu.be/-kX-CwMJ-is