Saturday, March 21, 2015

Texas Flying Legends to Saint Barths Airshow

Texas Flying Legends P-40

Texas Flying Legends along with Lewis Air Legends made the trip from Texas to Anguilla out past the British Virgin Islands! The crews from both Warbird collections have assembled quite the formation to make the LONG trip to perform an airshow at Saint Barthelemy.

Two B-25 Mitchells, two F7F Tigercats, a Zero, a P-40 Warhawk, a TBM Avenger and a F4U Corsair are on the adventure.

Check out this highlights video from the Texas Flying Legends cameras... video

All Things Aero reported on the beginning of the trip.... article here

It is exciting to see that the owners and pilots of these Warbirds will venture far and wide to display these historic aircraft!

Links - Texas Flying Legends - Lewis Air Legends


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Bata Lockheed 10 - Post Restoration First Flight

Wichita Air Services photo

Hats off to Wichita Air Services for the post restoration first flight of Lockheed 10 serial number 1091!

Watch the first engine start here... video

Watch the first take off here... video

This 10 has a unique history, as most vintage airplanes do, in that it was first purchased by Bata and will soon return to the Czech Republic to live near its original home!

A link to on post on the Bata company web site... Bata in the News

It's new home in the Czech Republic will be... Tocna

For more on surviving Lockheed 10 and 12 aircraft visit.... Another Time

Monday, March 16, 2015

St. Louis Robin - Curtiss Robin History Relived

Last November 15th I made the trip down to near Waco, Texas to see a historic airplane. A Curtiss Robin named The St. Louis Robin. Terry Bowden and his crew prepared the Robin for flight after it has been sitting for many years. Kelly Mahon would do the piloting. What took place on that day in November was not just some friends gathering to see the airplane... or even see it make a flight... there were family members of the original record breaking flight on hand! They all wanted to see history!

Dale Jackson and Forest O'Brine flew this very Curtiss Robin on a record breaking endurance flight of 420 hours and 21 minutes. Follow the link below to read Terry Bowden's blog with the back story on this historic Curtiss Robin.

Barnstormer's Random Aeronautics

A quick flight around the pattern was made and then Kelly took two of the three family members, relatives of Jackson and O'Brine, for a flight. An amazing day reconnecting to a historic event!

The St. Louis Robin

Close up of the name

View from the pilot's seat - "Like flying a jungle gym" said pilot Kelly Mahon

Curitss Robin

The Curtiss Challenger engine

A booklet preserved from the historic flight

Terry and Kelly prepare for engine start with a visiting Cessna 195 looking on

On take off roll

Pilot Kelly Mahon with the relatives of Jackson and O'Brine
The crew and the Curtiss Robin
 For more historic photos follow this link... St. Louis Today photos

Also.... a video featuring the St. Louis Robin... video

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Travel Air 5000 Restored

When I stepped inside the Cowtown Aerocrafters hangar near Justin, Texas in September of 2013 I saw a unique round tail. A tube fuselage that had me wondering. My friends were grinning when they saw my puzzled look. Was it something Fokker made with that round tail? My face lit up when they said Travel Air! Cool... wait... what model of cabin Travel Air? 5000? OK... I had heard about a Travel Air 5000 being restored in Texas and come to find out, this was it!
Travel Air 5000 tail
Travel Air project late 2013

Travel Air cabin model

Amon Carter, famous Fort Worth, Texas businessman, had owned this Travel Air after it was retired from service with National Air Transport Flying Service. C3002 flew with NAT from 1927 until 1931. In the mid-1930s Carter parked the Travel Air on his ranch near Fort Worth. It was left outside until saved by pilot, Harry Hansen. Hansen spent many years working on the aircraft intending to return it to flyable condition. To push through to save the airframe from inactivity the project was moved to the Cowtown Aerocrafters hangar. The new mission was to restore it to static condition for display in a new Fort Worth museum.

Wright engine parts
Wright engine core and mount
Restored engine parts

NAT stamp on the restored prop
Shine!
The large wings
May of 2014 progress

May 2014

In August 2014 the completed static restoration was rolled out for photos. It was moved at a later date to its new museum home in Fort Worth. It now hangs on display in the Morning Star private museum. (The only other surviving Travel Air 5000 "Woolaroc" is on display in Bartlesville, Oklahoma)
Static restoration complete for NAT serial number 17

NAT serial number 22

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Cavanaugh Flight Museum Fall Fly Days

Back in September the Cavanaugh Flight Museum hosted a Fall Fly Days.  Some of the visiting aircraft were from Texas Flying Legends. It was great to see three P-40 Warhawks flying together! Along with a Zero, Avenger and another visitor from Florida, the Reno Air Racer Precious Metal. The weather was perfect so the day produced memorable sites, sounds and photographs.

Texas Flying Legends P-40E

Texas Flying Legends P-40K

Cavanaugh P-40N

P-40E on takeoff

P-40K at gear up
P-40 art
Zero and Avenger
Happy Jack's Go Buggy P-51D

Precious Metal
Links - Cavanaugh Flight Museum - Texas Flying Legends - Precious Metal Air Racing