New Projects Arrive at Pioneer Aero

Three new projects arrived recently at Pioneer Aero’s restoration shop in Ardmore, New Zealand for restoration.

Bell P-39Q Airacobra:

“Ex Soviet Airforce, recovered circa 1995 being restored to fly as USAAC 220341. This aircraft is currently being assessed prior to the final phase of restoration to flying condition. ”

p-39pafull

 

Vought OS2U Kingfisher Bu. 5982:

“Originally intended for use by the Netherlands East Indies. Arrived in Australia April 1942 and received at Rathmines Put into Service September 1942. Served with the Seaplane Training Flight, later 3 OTU and 107 Sqn  Coded JE-H. On the 7th of December 1943 the controls became jammed and the aircraft flipped on takeoff near Wangi Point, Lake Macquarie. Crew; FO K Drury and FltSgt A Larsen both unharmed. The aircraft was towed to shore and righted, as the aircraft was submerged it was not flown again and reduced to spares. ”

kingfisher 1

 

Vought OS2U Kingfisher Bu. 5985

” Originally intended for use by the Netherlands East Indies. Arrived in Australia April 1942 and received at Rathmines. Into Service June 1942. Served with the Seaplane Training Flight, later 3 OTU and 107 Sqn in May 1943. Coded JE-B. Flown to Lake Boga VIC August 1945 where the last 9 remaining Kingfishers were stored. Sold in April 1947 to Mr Norman Padgett but not delivered. Displayed at the  Mildura Museum VIC and restored using other Kingfisher parts. Displayed, partially restored, at the Malcolm Green Aircraft Museum, Whaleworld,…”

kingfisher2

 

Source: Pioneer Aero

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Emerson says:

    Awesome who owns them all, didn’t know so many Kingfisher’s were still around, are either to fly?

    • Hi,
      The owners nor their status after restoration is completed is not known at this time, but I will keep you up to date as information becomes available. Thanks for taking the time to check out my site!

      -Thomas Reilly

  2. Its no secret who the owners are in fact one of them posted on his Facebook account what his intentions are. A little more research is needed here!

  3. Emerson,
    Thank you for your patience. They belong to Jerry Yagen and they will fly.

    -Thomas Reilly

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