The C-47 That Led the D-Day Invasion- “That’s All Brother”


“That’s All Brother” C-47 42-92847 on June 5, 1944.

The C-47 42-92847 “That’s All Brother”, the aircraft that led the D-day Invasion on June 6, 1944 will be acquired by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF).  “That’s All Brother” is currently owned by Basler Turbo Conversions, a company that rebuilds C-47’s and DC-3’s and replaces their radial engines with turboprop engines.  The CAF recently launched a kickstarter campaign and within days the $75,000 goal to purchase the aircraft was reached.  With the campaign being open until July 5, 2015, the CAF has stretched its goal to $250,000 which covers the cost of complete restoration to “That’s All Brother”‘s original condition.

To help support the restoration of “That’s All Brother” please donate through the CAF’s kickstarter page by clicking the picture:


That’s All Brother C-47 42-92847 nose art.

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The American Airpower Museum’s P-47D Thunderbolt “Jacky’s Revenge” in flight. Photo Credit: MAAM

The Mid Atlantic Air Museum will put on it’s annual airshow World War II Weekend in Reading, PA from June 5th-7th.  This year is the 25th Anniversary of the show and the Mid Atlantic Air Museum (MAAM) is going all out this year.  Over 50 pristine WWII  and WWII era aircraft including the Commemorative Air Force B-29 “Fifi” and B-24 “Diamond Lil” , 4 B-25 Mitchell bombers, 3 P-51 Mustangs, and two  Grumman Avengers are just a few which will be in attendance.  Most importantly the MAAM’s P-61 Black Widow.  It was recovered from a mountain top in Papua New Guinea and has been under restoration since the early 1990’s.  Enormous progress has been made since last year, and it is getting closer to its first flight.  In fact at last year’s show $20,000 was raised in order to buy a rare Curtiss Electric propeller which was able to be purchased. Another Curtiss Electric propeller has been promised to the restoration, also.  In addition to aircraft there will be almost 30 WWII Veterans in attendance from pilots and aircrew to soldiers, sailors and medical personnel.  All with amazing stories to tell.  It should be a top notch show, as it always is!


The Yankee Air Museum’s B-25D Mitchell “Yankee Warrior” at sunset. Photo Credit: MAAM

World War II Weekend Main Site:

World War II Weekend 2015 Airshow Roster:


Aircorps Aviation Open House


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The Recovery and Restoration of Sanbar Mitchell


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. ”



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. ”

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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,…”



Source: Pioneer Aero




A Helldiver Story…the National Air and Space’s Museum’s Curtiss SB2C-5 Helldiver


The National Air and Space Museum’s Curtiss SB2C-5 Helldiver.

Every Warbird has stories to tell.  The National Air and Space Museum (NASM) in Chantilly, Virginia has many aircraft with enormous history.  From the Boeing B-29 Superfortress “Enola Gay” which was made famous for dropping the first ever atomic bomb, to the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird the top secret stealth strategic reconnaissance aircraft developed in the 1960’s, every turn at the NASM opens a door to the past.  One such aircraft in the collection, the Curtiss Helldiver, is no exception.  It is one of the newest restorations completed at NASM, and the first aircraft to be restored at the world-class Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar.The Curtiss Helldiver’s story begins in 1939 when it was ordered by the U.S. Navy, to replace the Vought SB2U Vindicator.  The Helldiver’s first flight took place on December 18, 1940, and  the prototype was lost eight days later due to stability issues.  The first production Helldivers rolled of the new Curtiss aircraft plant in Columbus, Ohio in June of 1942.  Although the Helldiver was in production, it encountered many issues during carrier trials in the beginning of 1943, most of which ended in crashes.  This earned the Helldiver respectable nicknames such as the “Big Tailed Bastard” and  “the Ensign Killer”.  In spite of its rough beginnings, the Helldiver played major roles in the Battle of the Philippines and the Battle of Leyte Gulf.

At the Battle of Leyte Gulf, the Helldiver which NASM’s recreates the one flown by Lt. Donald D. Engen.  Lt. Engen sank the Japanese carrier the Zuikaku during the battle.  Engen would later go on to be awarded the Navy Cross for his role in the sinking of the Japanese Battleship Hyuga, during which he was forced to fly under the bow of the ship after dropping his ordinance on it.  Engen also played a role in the sinking of the Japanese heavy cruiser Nachi.  Donald Engen retired from the U.S. Navy as a vice admiral and became an FAA executive, before becoming the Director of the National Air and Space Museum.  Shortly thereafter he was tragically killed in a glider accident in the summer of 1999.


Curtiss Cadettes, Betty Maskett and Jackie Davis standing in front of the National Air and Space Museum’s freshly restored Curtiss SB2C-5 Helldiver which they helped build during WWII.

After a complete restoration, the National Air and Space Museum’s Helldiver rolled out of the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar painted in Donald Engen’s Helldiver’s paint scheme in spring of 2014, 15 years after his death.  In attendance at the unveiling ceremony were two Curtiss Cadettees.  The two women, Betty Maskett and Jackie Davis, worked for Curtiss Aircraft.  Betty Maskett’s job was empenage manufacturing and Jackie Davis was in charge of quality control during WWII, while the men were off at war.  In fact, Betty and Jackie helped to build the museum’s Helldiver 70 years before at the Curtiss Factory.  A moment of history captured in the making!

Historical Side Note:


Original U.S. Navy Helldiver in VB-92 to carry ‘208’ markings, shortly before in crashed into the Pacific Ocean after overshooting the arresting wire on the carrier deck or a wire break on landing

This Curtiss Helldiver is the original Helldiver in VB-92 to carry the markings of ‘208’.  It is assumed that the pilot overshot the arresting wire on the deck, or it broke on landing.  The National Air and Space Museum’s Helldiver was the replacement aircraft for the one above.  This fact was confirmed by Scott Wiley one of the restoration experts at the museum that helped to restore this Helldiver.


National Air and Space Museum, Curtiss Helldiver. Restoration full speed ahead, March 12, 2014 -The Reilly Collection

Historical Credit:

-National Air and Space Museum

-The Nation’s Hangar- Aircraft Treasures of the Smithsonian (Pages 124-125)

-Scott Wiley- Docent and Restoration Expert at the National Air and Space Musuem

Photo Credit:

-National Air and Space Museum

-John Bretschneider (Navy Times)

-U.S. Navy

-The Reilly Collection

Help Ponderous Polly C123K Get Back In The Air!

Ponderous Polly C123K Restoration

C-123K “Ponderous Polly” in flight.

Please Click the Picture to go to their GoFundMe page!

Doc Rolls Out in Wichita!



Doc Rolls out 70 years after she was built in Wichita.  Although not airworthy yet, she is one step closer to flight!  First flight should be later this year.

Check out Doc Friends, the team restoring this B-29 at their website and on Facebook:

WANTED! Vought F7U Cutlass Parts For Restoration:


 -Parts or components bearing a CV10- part number prefix.
-Any Westinghouse J-46 engine parts or components.
-F7U-3/-3M canopy perspex and windscreen plexiglass panels.

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WANTED! for UC-61K Restoration

WANTED! for UC-61K restoration

Fairchild UC-61 Part Number: 44213
Fairchild PT-19 Part Number: 65103
Kollsman Model Type: 765