Fantasy of Flight posted pictures on Facebook yesterday of the engine run of their TBF. They are currently working on getting this airframe current so it can be flown, as well as painted.
This aircraft was part of the Taimiami museum and was the last aircraft owned by Mr Weeks to be brought out of his old museum site.
American Aero Services will host an Open Hangar Day on 5 January at the New Symnra Beach Airport starting at 9 AM. The Collings Foundation’s B-17, B-24 and P-51 will be on display along with military vehicles.
Also, Florida Sport Aviation Antique and Classic Association (FSAACA) has been invited to attend so expect a few fly-ins.
The Fantasy of Flight has recently attached the wings to the Stinson L-1 and this restoration is in it final steps. Hopefully a return to the air will happen soon.
According to wikipedia, “The Stinson Vigilant was used in diverse roles such as towing training gliders, artillery spotting, liaison, emergency rescue, transporting supplies and special espionage flights.”
The USAF F-4 Phantom on display on US 1 has been removed for normal maintenance and painting. Story details are found here.
American Aero Services has posted pictures of the Collings Foundation A-36 Apache with its final paint scheme.
The first engine run of P-51 Luscious Lisa occurred a couple of month ago at the Trudeau Warbird Enterprise in Punta Gorda. This is the first running of an engine on this airframe since the hard landing back in 2008.
The Florida Wing of Commemorative Air Force has posted their Dec 2011 newsletter online. Great story about the history of the current wing dating back to 1995 to current.
Goal is early 2014 to get the TBM in the air.
The latest edition of the “Unscramble” newsletter for the Valiant Air Command has been posted on their website.
- Pictures of the TBM restoration and engine run up from October
- Plans for the 2012 Tico Airshow to include info of up to 6 B-25 Mitchells to be in attendance
- A “Beer Garden” on the show line
- Story of the engine fire on the C-47 “Tico Belle”
- VAC acquisition of a retired US Navy T-34C Mentor and BAe Canberra, that was abandoned at Merritt Island
The Valiant Air Command has been working over the past couple of years to bring back to airworthiness a Grumman TBM 3E. This aircraft was acquired in 2002 by the VAC from Environmental Aircraft Services and was previously flown by the US Navy and the US Forest Service. A detailed history of the aircraft can be found here as well a picture of this aircraft from 1962 when it flew for the US Forest Service.
The VAC is painting this aircraft as one of the planes of Flight 19, which was a navigation training flight of 5 TBMs that were lost. The anticipated first flight is early 2012.
A Vietnam veteran A-4 has recently taken to the sky in Sanford. BuNo149606 was delivered to the US Navy in 1962 and served until 1976. Deployments include time on the USS Hancock and USS Bonne Homme Richards. This aircraft was sold for scrap in 1985 and purchased by Skyhawk Ventures in January 2004.
This A-4C has been under restoration for the past 7 years and is owned by Skyhawk Ventures.
“Coconut Flyers” of Ocala, Florida has posted some pictures of a restoration of Stearman that they are working on.
The World War II Fighter Aircraft Foundation Museum and Restoration Center has posted some new pictures of the restoration work of the Fw190 F-8 that they are returning to airworthy condition.
photo credits to the World War II Fighter Aircraft Foundation Museum and Restoration Center
The team over at American Aero Services have updated their website with new pictures and new layout. The site is nicely done. Current projects at their hangar include the A-36 Apache and Stinson L-1.
Here is a picture of the A-36 on its wheels with wings attached.
The Deland Naval Air Station Museum’s TBF now has its engine attached to the airframe.
The last of the photo set shared by JohnK shows the progress of the restoration of F4U-1 (02465) at National Naval Aviation Museum.
This aircraft crashed in June 1943 in a landing mishap while shooting landings on the carrier Wolverine in Lake Michigan.
This rare birdcage Corsair is undergoing restoration for display hopefully in the next 3 years.
More photos can be found here.
The May 2011 edition of the Florida Wing, Commemorative Air Force’s Newsletter is available online. Coverage of the restoration of their TBF Avenger is the main news to include the engine and propeller being mounted along with continued work on the fuselage, wings and bomb bay.
As a continuation of the restoration photos that JohnK from the WIX forum, here are some of photos iof the F6F-3 restoration taking place at the Naval Aviation Museum.
This aircraft crashed in Lake Michigan in 1945 and was recovered in late 2009. The recovery of this aircraft was sponsored by Enterprise Rent A Car CEO Andy Taylor and he requested that this aircraft be displayed as the one his father flew during the Second World War.
More pictures can be found here.
The DeLand Naval Air Station Museum has announced that the TBF Avenger they are restore will be gaining its engine soon. The engine is a static one having been damaged years ago. End of June is the anticipated date for this.
JohnK from the WIX forums has been kind enough to share with us three different sets of photos of restorations currently happening at the National Naval Aviation Museum. The first set is of the restoration of a Dauntless SBD-5 36291, which was crashed during carrier qualification flights in November 1944 on Lake Michigan.
It is estimated that it will take 2-3 years to make the restoration complete so that it can be displayed at the museum. For more information about this aircraft, visit the National Naval Aviation Museum website.
More pictures can be found here.
Yesterday, the Deland Naval Air Station Museum placed the TBF that they are restoring back on her wheels after 70 years.
photo credit to DNAS via Facebook
The WWII Fighter Aircraft Foundation, who is rebuilding a FW 190 (White 1) and a P-51 (44 -74960) has moved over to Stallion 51′s Hangar 2 at Kissimee Airport. Tours are provided free to members and via reservation.