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What warbird restoration are you most excited about seeing completed?

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Zack Baughman
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#1 Posted: 8/18/2009 14:54:12

I myself can't wait to see the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum's P-61B restoration completed and FLYING!!! 

http://www.maam.org/p61.html

 

Zack

 



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Adam Smith
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#2 Posted: 8/18/2009 22:49:01

Great question!   The Fighter Collection's Bristol Beaufighter at Duxford has to be my number 1... seems to have stalled a bit in recent years but that will be a stunning sight when it finally flies.

There are some epic projects out there like the B-29 in Kansas and the Mosquito in New Zealand.  I really admire the people who sticck to the dream, sometimes over decades.



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#3 Posted: 8/19/2009 11:06:23 Modified: 8/19/2009 11:07:49

For more on the aircraft listed in Adam's post, visit:

The Fighter Collection's Bristol Beaufighter

http://www.fighter-collection.com/pages/aircraft/beaufighter/index.php

 

B-29 Restoration in Kansas

http://www.b-29doc.com/

 

Mosquito project in New Zealand (there are actually two that I am aware of)

http://www.mosquitorestoration.com/

http://www.fighterfactory.com/restoration/dehavilland-mosquito-aircraft.php

 



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Matthew Gjedde
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#4 Posted: 8/19/2009 13:17:31

I hadn't heard about the B-29 project. It's unfortunate that they don't have sufficient funds to continue the project. So far, only one B-29 is flying, CAF's Fifi. I don't know if it's even active now. It was scheduled to come to Oshkosh two years in a row, but missed both due to engine problems.



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Reggie Smalls
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#5 Posted: 8/19/2009 13:37:25

I saw a Seversky P-35 under restoration at Kermit Weeks' Museum in Florida.   That will be one sexy airplane when completed.



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#6 Posted: 8/20/2009 06:37:44

How is that museum? I'm in Orlando every year or two and have considered visiting.



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Adam Smith
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#7 Posted: 8/21/2009 18:12:52

Fantasy of Flight is definitely worth a visit if you like old planes. A couple of highlights for me were the "backlot tour" of Kermit's storage and restoration areas where all kinds of rare treasures can be seen. Also the "airplane of the day" demonstration where something rare from the collection is pulled out and flown, often by Kermit himself.   The best thing I ever saw there was Kermit flying his Fokker DVIII from WWI, complete with original rotary engine.  That was VERY cool.



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#8 Posted: 8/21/2009 22:33:59

There's a B-17 being restored at Grimes Airfield in Urbana, OH. It's a really neat project and the guys doing it are extremely nice and will let you look at it whenever they're there working. Let's see if the the link will work for the projects site.




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#9 Posted: 8/22/2009 19:41:37

Tom Reilly is working on the XP-82 down in South Georgia.  He got the pieces from Walt Soplata and is putting it together.  A friend of mine is building some of the parts for him.



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#10 Posted: 8/28/2009 12:17:54

That XP-82 project sounds cool!  I have been wondering what is the delay with the CAF's Twin Mustang?  If a prop is not available, can't they be manufactured?  I also would love to see the P-61 from the Mid Atlantic Museum get finished soon!



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#11 Posted: 9/6/2009 11:45:07

 

How about the B-17E project in Marengo Illinois? I first saw it at Galt Airport about 15 years ago. The wings and engines were in trailers and the fuselage was next to them. It’s taken a long time to get this far.

Go to http://www.aerovintage.com/rat-2.htm for a more through look and history of this rare B-17E.

 

 

 



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#12 Posted: 9/9/2009 23:46:18

The CAF are in a major dispute with the US Air Force Museum about the P-82, over who owns it.   I think it's been to court and the USAF won.



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#13 Posted: 9/10/2009 09:09:42

I don’t know if this is what you are looking for, but I'm going to put it out there…

I would be interested in seeing and/or working on a flying wing.

I think the only Northrop is a N9M... I am not aware of any others.  I think the only N1M is a static display at the Smithsonian. I believe that all of the YB/XB-35’s and YB-49’s were destroyed, I believe that Edwards  AFB is named after the pilot that crashed a YB-49.

XP-56 replica would be an interesting project. It looks a lot like an EZ, and many of the technical problems like countra-rotating props and yaw control are not as complex as they were in 1940.

I am always amazed at the progress and vision in these early stealthy planes. I would bet that most people are unaware of the long history of flying wings and that they assume that the B2 is “all new” technology.

 



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#14 Posted: 9/20/2009 19:25:39
Matthew Gjedde wrote:

 

I hadn't heard about the B-29 project. It's unfortunate that they don't have sufficient funds to continue the project. So far, only one B-29 is flying, CAF's Fifi. I don't know if it's even active now. It was scheduled to come to Oshkosh two years in a row, but missed both due to engine problems.

 

CAF's Fifi is doing much better now from what I understand.  I spoke to a few guys back in Sun 'n' Fun when their Liberator made its way over there.  They said they had to get all new engines for the gal cause the other engines were spent.  But fear not, they did get the engines in and hopefully it will be flying soon, if she is has not done so already.