Curtiss P-40E 41-13570

p-40e41-13570This P-40E is headed to Pioneer Aero in New Zealand for restoration work.  Pioneer Aero has announced that it will be arriving at their shop in mid September.

Some information on the recovery and condition of this P-40E from lend lease aircraft: “The P-40E was recovered from its watery grave of 55 years on 31 August 1997. Although the lake was relatively shallow, the aircraft was brought to the surface using flotation gear and gradually brought to the shore. In shallower water the tail plane and fin were removed along with the ammunition boxes and covers to the wings. The P40-E seemed remarkably complete and well-preserved.  The only effects from the water seemed to be corrosion to the ferrous elements. For example, the metal handles for the ammunition boxes had rusted away. Likewise, the magnesium cam covers and items on the rear of the Allison engine had literally dissolved to nothing. The wheel hubs that appeared to have been protected more by the silt looked to be intact and the tires were still inflated.”

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Information Sources and Photo Credits:

http://lend-lease.airforce.ru/english/articles/sheppard/p40recovery/

Pioneer Aero


Heritage Aircraft Collection

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Heritage Aircraft

The late John Desmond of Chalfont, Pennsylvania was a successful businessman and a collector of vintage aircraft from the 1920’s and early 1930’s.  Mr. Desmond’s collection of aircraft, engines, and other small parts represent over 45 years of collecting.  The collection of aircraft consist of a Pitcairn Super Mailwing PA-6, a Travel Air S-6000-B, Waco CTO, Waco GXC, an ultra-rare Kinner Playboy R-5, and the only soon to be completed wooden Lockheed Vega just to name few.  Due to Mr. Desmond’s passing the entire collection is going to be sold.

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The only wooden Lockheed Vega in the word in existence, seen here under restoration. This Vega served with Shell Oil. Photo Credit: Heritage Aircraft

Some of the aircraft have been sold, but it is not too late to own one of these one-of-a-kind aircraft.  There will be a public auction in Chalfont, Pennsylvania on October 9th and 10th 2015.  According to Heritage Aircraft, bidders at the auction will have the opportunity to bid on complete aircraft, aircraft restoration projects, engines, propellers, and vintage aircraft instruments.  For More information visit:http://www.heritageaircraft.net/

Videos of Heritage Aircraft S-6000-B First Fly on May 27, 2015:

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Some Pictures of the Collection:

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Video Credit: Heritage Aircraft

Miss Liberty Belle B-17G On The Move

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“Miss Liberty Belle” B-17G on outdoor display at the Grissom Air Museum in Peru, Indiana. Photo Credit: Django Studios

B-17G “Miss Liberty Belle” has been on outdoor display at the Grissom Air Museum in Indiana since 1961.  It will soon be moved indoors to the Museum of Aviation in Georgia.  The B-17 is scheduled to be moved in August 2015.  The restoration will be carried out while the aircraft is on display, similar to the restoration of B-17G  “City of Savannah” at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum in Savannah, Georgia.

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B-17G “Miss Liberty Belle” nose art. Photo Credit: John Weeks

How You Can Help:

The Museum of Aviation has started a fundraising effort in order to help with the $70,000 relocation cost and the complete restoration of “Miss Liberty Belle” to static display. Click here to donate.

Credit: Aero Vintage Books

The Warbird Watcher Recognized By Connecticut Air And Space Center

 

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Steve Ferraro, part of the T-33 Crew, posing with the new gear door. Photo Credit: Connecticut Air and Space Center

Thank you to our friends at Connecticut Air and Space Center for your shout out with regard to the gear door, we helped locate for your TV-2 Seastar.  Pretty cool, that you guys were able to acquire one after nearly 15 years of searching. One step closer to completion. Keep up the good work.

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