Aircraft Restoration

The XP-82 is getting really close to completion! (photo via Tom Reilly)

XP-82 Twin Mustang – February/March 2017 – Restoration Update

WarbirdsNews has received the latest XP-82 Twin Mustang restoration update from Tom Reilly at his workshop in Douglas, Georgia. This update is a couple of weeks later than usual, as they’ve had a lot on their plate finishing up all of the small, but still-hard-to-do details. So here’s what they’ve been up to this past month and a half! Lower[Read More…]

B-17 “Desert Rat” Taking Shape

B-17 “Desert Rat” Taking Shape

By Austin Hancock Woods Cross, UT – The B-17E “Desert Rat” project has come a long way in recent years. Once a “mystery Boeing in a barn,” the project has since teamed up with the Vintage Aviation Museum. The VAM also holds title to an earlier B-17C model, which in addition to the “Rat,” they plan on restoring to flight[Read More…]

Photo by Phil Buckley/Werribee B-24

Werribee B-24 Rising-Up, Down-Under

By Austin Hancock – From a report of Phil Buckley and photos by Dave Miller. Werribee, AUS – B-24 Liberator A72-176 is continuing to progress nicely through a static-display restoration. Since our last update, many notable tasks have been accomplished to round-out the 2016 calendar year. Our “man on the ground,” project member Phil Buckley has sent along the following[Read More…]

The XP-82 is getting really close to completion! (photo via Tom Reilly)

XP-82 Twin Mustang – January 2017 – 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! The team has been very busy this past month working to complete the hundreds of small “to-do” tasks that needed finishing, which included the gun sight, completing the 90˚ periscope for the gun strike camera, making heat and[Read More…]

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…]