Aircraft Restoration

Mike Porter's  Stearman 720 nearly completion.  ( Photo Via Mike Porter)

The Last of the Breed – Mike Porter’s Atomic Stearman

By Matt Jolley Atomic Stearman?  Yes, believe it or not, around fifty Stearman biplanes were still flying in the United States Air Force at the beginning of the atomic age.  It wasn’t until 1949 the newly minted United States Air Force, retired the last of it’s famous biplane trainers.  Stearman artisan, Mike Porter is completing his latest restoration,  Stearman 42-17720.  The buzz number is TF-720.  What, “TF”? [Read More…]

Tom Reilly working his magic on the English wheel. (photo via Tom Reilly)

XP-82 Twin Mustang – December 2016 – Restoration Update

WarbirdsNews has received the latest XP-82 Twin Mustang restoration update from Tom Reilly at his workshop in Douglas, Georgia. Here’s what they’ve been up to this past month! Fuselages The team has spent a lot of time final-fitting the rotating carburetor air temperature mechanisms, along with the air intake lips and the four side panels. As mentioned last month, all[Read More…]

A vintage shot of the Commemorative Air Force's Republic F-47N Thunderbolt 44-89136. A fundraising effort HERE is now underway to get this aircraft back in the air. (photo via Augusto de León Fajardo)

A Thunderbolt Survivor’s Latin American Story

The P-47 Thunderbolt was a massive fighter aircraft by WWII standards, but it excelled in combat none-the-less. It could carry a huge payload, and was used to great effect in the ground-attack role. Despite its bulk, several of Americas top-scoring fighter pilots in the European Theatre, such as Gabby Gabreski (28 victories) and Robert S. Johnson (27 victories), flew the bulk[Read More…]

by December 30, 2016 5 comments 12 Planes of Christmas, Aircraft Restoration
Corsairs On Deck

Corsairs On Deck

Without doubt, the mighty F4U Corsair is one of the most iconic warbirds of all time. It’s brutish, but elegant lines, combined with a superb fighting record and longevity as a frontline combat aircraft have permanently etched its name into military lore. Given its position in aviation history, it seems surprising that only a couple of dozen examples still fly worldwide. This is due mainly to[Read More…]

Nick Caudwell taxiing out for the first flight. (photo by Matt Savage/Mach One Photography)

Aussie Mustang Flies Again

Photography & Words by Matt Savage Shortly after 2.30pm on Friday December 16th, 2016 in Tyabb, Victoria, a crowd of over 100 people watched as Commonwealth CA-18 Mustang PR.22 A68-199 took to the skies on her maiden, post-restoration flight. Nick Caudwell was at the controls. Engineer Peter Robinson accompanied him in the rear seat, while Judy Pay flew chase in her North American[Read More…]