Commentary on researching, restoring and flying vintage aircraft from another time.
Evergreen Aviation Museum Visit
Hughes H-4 Hercules
A family trip had us in the Pacific Northwest about two weeks ago. One day I took our boy to the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville, Oregon. My last visit there was over 10 years ago so I was curious to see the museum again. A good number of the Warbirds in the collection were purchased by the Collings Foundation but I was pleasantly surprised that there were plenty of unique airplanes on display. A good number of vintage, Warbird and jets fill the space around the flying boat.
H-4 is just huge!
The main mission for the trip was to have our boy see the Hughes H-4 Hercules flying boat. The massive airplane just overwhelmed him! The 8 engine, one of a kind aircraft fills the main display building with ALL the other airplanes fitting under its wings and tail!
The Goose and PBY look small.
Me-262 replica on display.
So I highly recommend the museum. Plan on spending 4-6 hours there to make the cost worth it and explore the multi-building museum.
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.
Back in 2003 my dad and I flew the 170 up to Bartlesville, OK for the annual fly-in. The weather was great and it was a nice flight. Clear blue skies. This was one of my first aviation events with my new digital camera. The event produce a good number of great pictures.
One unique airplane on the field for the event was the Grumman Widgeon N4453. This Widgeon has the radial engine conversion so it looks much like its big brother the Grumman Goose. When I inspected the airplane I was surprised to see that this airplane's history had it on TV for the show "Fantasy Island" as "De Plane." N4453 now calls Brandson, Missouri home. Included in this post are a few pictures of this famous seaplane.
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.…