Warbird Restorations

DAYTON, Ohio -- The B-17F "Memphis Belle" is readied for restoration at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Memphis Belle to be Placed on Public Display in May 2018

One of the most recognizable symbols of World War II will once again report for duty exactly 75 years after its crew finished their last mission in the war against Nazi Germany on May 17, 1943.  The B-17F Memphis Belle™ – the first U.S. Army Air Forces heavy bomber to complete 25 missions over Europe and return to the United[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…]

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…]

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…]

CAF’s Consolidated PBY-6A Catalina Restoration Update

CAF’s Consolidated PBY-6A Catalina Restoration Update

Over the years, the Commemorative Air Force has owned and operated five different PBY Catalinas, but unfortunately the type has so far not enjoyed much longevity with the organization with PBY-6A Bu.64000 being written off in a crash in 1975; PBY-5A Bu.46590 succumbing to corrosion in 1984 (and now parted out); PBY-6A Bu.63998 being written off in an accident in[Read More…]