November 22, 2014

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.

P-40N Warhawk
P-40E Warhawk

P-51D Mustang

P-51D Mustang

P-51B Mustang
P-51D Mustang

TBM Avenger

P-38 Lightning

FG-1D Corsair

T-33 Shooting Star

November 16, 2014

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...

Beechcraft E17B Staggerwing

Cessna 170B
Fairchild 71

Fairchild 71

Replica GeeBee QED

Howard DGA line up

Beechcraft 18

Waco Custom Cabin

Cessna Airmaster

Ford TriMotor

Howard DGA

Spartan 7W Executive

Lockheed Detroit Vega

Monocoupe 90A

November 14, 2014

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!

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November 12, 2014

Oshkosh 2014 Highlights - Travel Air Sky Siren

Another highlight from Oshkosh this past summer was this custom Travel Air named Sky Siren.  I had watched the web site for the shop (Aerocraftsman) that restored it and was a fan of what I saw coming together.  Walking around it in person at Oshkosh had me captivated! Check out the cool art deco paint scheme on this 1929 Travel Air D4D!

November 11, 2014

Oshkosh 2014 Highlights - Monocoupe

One of the many highlights of Oshkosh... this Monocoupe is a stand out!  A 90A with a 145hp Warner.  I walked around it a couple of times admiring it and noticing the fine restoration. Just awesome...

November 9, 2014

Lockheed 12s at Oshkosh 2014

 Truly one of the highlights for many at Oshkosh 2014 was the gathering of Lockheed 12 Electra Juniors!  That was my main draw to have the opportunity to see seven of these vintage beauties in one place!  It was a whirlwind trip for me at just two and a half days on the grounds but worth every moment!

Below are some of my photos of the Lockheeds in attendance.

Serial number 1208, NC2072 owned by Joe Shepherd and based in Georgia. Joe restored this beauty over the years and has flown it all over the United States.  Most recently it saw a few moments of fame as it flew in the recent movie "Amelia" on Amelia Earhart. It was fun to catch up with Joe under the Lockheed during one of the afternoon airshows.  His excitement for the Lockheed 12 shows as he recounts it's history to those stopping to admire it.

Serial number 1222, CF-LKD is owned by the fine Canadian gentleman, Peter Ramm. Peter and his crew restored this former airline and oil company transport to Grand Champion quality. It is flown regularly and displayed at shows near its base in Canada.

Serial number 1250, NC18097 is owned by Dave Marco and is base in Florida.

Serial number 1252, NC14999 is owned by Patrick Donovan and is based in Washington state. Pat had the Lockheed owners and enthusiast captivated by his story of flying this 12 to the United States all the way across the Pacific from New Zealand where he lived for a few years!

Serial number 1277, NC18906 is owned by Les Whittlesey and is base in California. Hats off to Les for his efforts to organize this Lockheed 12 gathering this year! His Grand Champion 12 attracted a lot of attention on the Oshkosh line.

Serial number 1281, NC2633 is owned by the Perras brothers and is based in Vermont.

Serial number 1286, NC25628 is owned by John O'Keefe and is base in Washington state.

Check back in the coming weeks as I hope to post additional photos from Oshkosh and it will most surly include some more Lockheed 12 photos!

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