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I don't know if any of you were a member of the "Porterfield Airplane Club" which Chuck Lebrecht hosted for many years. Chuck has decided to give up the Porterfield Club due to health and economic reasons. I've taken it upon myself to keep the legacy going and have started this social web site dedicated to "Keeping the Skinny Birds Flying".

The site will be a good place to share information, pictures, stories, videos, parts, and to create lasting friendships for people with an interest or knowledge of the Porterfield Airplane. I just started getting this site together June 1st, 2009, so there is a limited amount of information. If you have any information to add, please do. If you have parts for sale, help items, technical info, or just want to share your airplane pictures please join us.

Also, if you have any ideas to improve the site, please feel free to comment and/or help build the site. I hope that this site will generate a database for information and history pertaining to the Porterfield Airplanes that may be shared and used by all interested. As well as a place to meet and make life long friends whom share some of the same interests of flying, building, and knowledge of the Porterfield Airplane. If you know any others that may be interested please invite them to join.

Brief History of the Porterfield Airplane

The American Eagle Aircraft Corporation was started in 1925 by Ed Porterfield for the express purpose of providing a safe training aircraft for the fledgling Porterfield Flying School. Porterfield felt that a safer, better performing trainer was badly needed to replace the existing "Jennys" and Lincoln "Standards" being used in his flight school. In April 1926, the American Eagle, Model A-1, first flew from Richards Field in Kansas City, Missouri. The airplane had been designed by Waverly Stearman after much consultation with Porterfield concerning the characteristics necessary for a good training aircraft. It was a three-place, open cockpit bi-plane that was suitable for both training and light commercial activity and was typical of the era. In November, 1927, the OX-5 powered A-1 received an Approved type Certificate - ATC #17. Various changes were made to the original A-1 design (The most notable being the addition of ailerons on the lower wing.) leading to the A-101 designation. Most Eagles were powered with war surplus Curtiss OX-5 engines, but variations were available with the OXX-6, Hisso, Anzani, and others. During may of 1928, production was 12 planes per week with ever increasing orders. In mid-1928 an OX-5 powered A-101 sold for $2815. Approximately 300 of the A-1 / A-101 models were sold.

In 1929, American Eagle brought out a new model, the A-129, which received ATC #124. The new model was very similar to the earlier "Eagles" except that it was powered by a 5-cylinder Kinner K5 engine which required a longer nose on the aircraft to maintain proper balance. This gave rise to the "Eagle" A-1 and A-101 versions being called "shortnose Eagles", and the A-129 Kinner powered model being called the "longnose Eagle" and other such names. The A-129 "Kinner Eagle" would not win any beauty contests, but it was stable and reasonably easy to fly. The A-129 was also sold with several other engine configurations including the OX-5 and OXX-6.

During 1928 and 1929 business was booming for the American Eagle Aircraft Corporation and they produced several other aircraft in addition to the A-101 and A-129. None of these sold as well, but production of the A-201, A-139, A-229, A-329, A-429, as well as several prototypes, placed the company near the top of the vibrant aircraft industry. The stockmarket crash in late 1929 changed all that, and in 1930 the company found almost no market for its aircraft. In desperation, Porterfield started the design that eventually became the American Eaglet monoplane. It was a small, light weight, parasol design that was powered by a three cylinder Szekely radial engine. Although the "Eaglet" sold fairly well, the company was in trouble, and in May 1931, the American Eagle Aircraft Corporation merged with the Lincoln Aircraft Company. The new company was known as the American-Eagle-Lincoln Aircraft Company, and most of the production was focused on the "Eaglet". However, the deepening depression soon ended this last gasp of American Eagle. Ed Porterfield went on in later years to organize the well known Porterfield Airplane Company.

During its six years in existence the American Eagle Aircraft Corporation produced over 700 aircraft and held eight Approved Type Certificates issued by the Department of Commerce. It was the third largest producer of commercial aircraft in the world at the time of the depression, and its products were among the finest private aircraft manufactured during that era.

History from Wings of History Museum.


During the 1930s, the firm of Porterfield Aircraft Corporation, located in Kansas City, was enjoying a modest success with the Model 35 light aircraft - a tandem two-seater built of traditional steel tube fuselage with a wooden wing - all, of course, covered in fabric. The exceedingly slim fuselage sported a variety of engines including the five-cylinder Warner Scarab junior radial of 90-hp. Aimed at the lower-cost sport flying market, the Model 35 could be fitted with various options and numerous paint schemes were available.

As the new four-cylinder opposed powerplants came available, Ed Porterfield modified his basic design a bit to take advantage of these new and reliable engines. The CP-50 retained the standard Porterfield profile but it was fitted with either Franklin, Continental, or Lycoming engines - all of 50-hp. Given the name Collegiate, famed race pilot Roscoe Turner was briefly the sales manager and director of advertising for the new design. Available in variants ranging from a very basic training machine to a more deluxe sports model, over 50 were built before attention was turned to the higher-powered CP-55 and CP-65 models.

Once again, these aircraft were all fitted with opposed engines from the three manufacturers but the airframes were basically similar to the earlier design.
Porterfield never achieved the numerical success of the larger light aircraft manufacturers such as Piper, Aeronca, and Taylorcraft but the planes were well made and popular with pilots. However, with the start of World War Two, light aircraft production for civilian use came to a stop and the bigger companies benefited greatly from military contracts but Porterfield, with no large military orders forthcoming, quietly faded away.

Porterfield 35
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Model 35 Flyabout
Role two-seat cabin monoplane
Manufacturer Porterfield Aircraft Corporation
Designed by Noel Hockaday
First flight 1935
Introduced 1935
Number built 240+

The Porterfield Model 35 Flyabout was an American two-seat cabin monoplane built by the Porterfield Aircraft Corporation of Kansas City.
Development
The aircraft was designed by Noel Hockaday and was built by students at the Wyandotte High School as the Wyandotte Pup. Porterfield Aircraft recognised the potential of the aircraft design and bought the design rights and also the services of Hockaday as works manager and designer. The Pup was developed to appear in 1935 as the Porterfield Model 35 Flyabout a braced high-wing-monoplane. It had a fixed tailskid landing gear and room for two. It was originally powered by a 60hp (45kW) LeBlond 5D radial engine. Variants later appeared with different engine installations and a deluxe model the De Luxe Sport. Over 240 aircraft were built.

Variants
Model 35
1935 production variant with a 60hp (45kW) LeBlond 5D radial engine
Model 35-70
1937 production variant with a 70hp (52kW) LeBlond 5DE radial engine.
Model 35-V
Variant powered by a 65hp (48kW) Velie M-5 engine.
Model 35-W (De Luxe Sport)
Luxury model (also known as the Model 90) with a 90hp (67kW) Warner Scarab Junior radial engine.

Specifications (Model 35-70)
Data from The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985), 1985, Orbis Publishing, Page 2760
General characteristics
Crew: 1
Capacity: 1 passenger
Length: 20 ft 3 in (6.17 m)
Wingspan: 32 ft 0 in (9.75 m)
Height: 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Wing area: 147 ft² (13.66 m²)
Empty weight: 806 lb (366 kg)
Gross weight: 1310 lb (594 kg)
Powerplant: 1 × LeBlond 5DE radial piston, 70 hp (52 kW)
Performance
Maximum speed: 115 mph (185 km/h)
Range: 360 miles (579 km)
Service ceiling: 15,000 ft (4570 m)

Porterfield Collegiate
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Collegiate
Role two-seat monoplane trainer
Manufacturer Porterfield Aircraft Corporation
First flight 1936
Introduced 1936
Produced 1936-1941
Number built 400

The Porterfield Collegiate was an American two-seat training monoplane built by the Porterfield Aircraft Corporation of Kansas City.
Development
Developed originally as the Porterfield Zephyr a light-weight version of the earlier Model 35 Flyabout for use a pilot trainer. Powered by a 40hp (30kW) Continental A-40 engine it was later re-designated the Porterfield CP-40. To improve performance the engine was replaced with a 50hp (47kW) Continental A50-4 engine and re-designated the CP-50 Collegiate. It was a braced high-wing monoplane with a tailskid fixed landing gear. Total production was about 400 when production stopped in 1941 at the start of American involvement in the Second World War. A number of variants were produced with different engine installations.

Variants
CP-40 Zephyr
Original 40hp version
CP-50
Improved production variant with a 1935 production variant with a 50hp (47kW) Continental A50-4 engine
CP-55
Revised engine cowling
CP-65
Powered by a 65hp (48kW) Continental A65-8/9 engine.
FP-60
Powered by a 60hp (45kW) Franklin 4AC-171-A1 engine.
FP-65
Powered by a 65hp (48kW) Franklin 4AC-176-B29 engine.
LP-50
Powered by a 50hp (37kW) Avco Lycoming O-145-A1 engine.
LP-55
Powered by a 55hp (41kW) Avco Lycoming O-145-A3 engine.
LP-65
Powered by a 65hp (48kW) Avco Lycoming O-145-B1/B2 engine.
Specifications (CP-65)
Data from The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985), 1985, Orbis Publishing, Page 2760
General characteristics
Crew: 2
Length: 22 ft 8 in (6.91 m)
Wingspan: 34 ft 9 in (10.59 m)
Height: 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Wing area: 168.80 ft² (15.68 m²)
Empty weight: 671 lb (304 kg)
Gross weight: 1160 lb (526 kg)
Powerplant: 1 × Continental A65-8/9 flat-four piston engine, 65 hp (48 kW)
Performance
Maximum speed: 108 mph (174 km/h)
Range: 300 miles (483 km)
Service ceiling: 15,000 ft (4570 m)


High Flight

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long, delirious burning blue,
I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew.
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untresspassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

John Gillespie Magee, Jr

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FOR SALE

1940 Porterfield LP65, N32328

Serial # 786

Posted Oct 9, 2016



Cleveland wheels and brakes, second propeller (climb), spare yellow tagged engine in parts.

Total Time: 1664 hrs.

Total Time: 1664 hrs. Engine: Lycoming 65 hp 94 SMOH Prop: Comes with a second (climb) prop Annual: Current

Exterior: The aircraft is done in the original Porterfield colors and scheme, with silver wings and red fuselage with silver trim. It was covered doped with the Stitts process and is flawless. Interior: A burled wood instrument panel and gray leather seats set off this gorgeous interior. No detail was overlooked. It must be seen.

Comments: This airplane will empty the pilot's lounge wherever it taxies in. This restoration makes the aircraft look as if it should be under lights in a museum. One of the most stunning ground up remanufacturing that I have seen in many years. Done at great expense and perfectly kept since. The aircraft has 1,664 hours total time on the airframe since new and 94 hours since major overhaul on its Lycoming 65. The annual has recently been done. Of course the airplane is hangared and has never sat outside overnight since its rebirth. Call me now to discuss this plane.

Steve Weaver Aircraft Sales Phone: 843-475-6868

PORTERFIELD • $15,000 • MUST SELL 1940 Porterfield LP-65 Collegiate, TTAF 5395 Hr, TACH 1754 Hr., TTENG 3154.6 Hr., TSO 454 Hr., TSTO 112 Hr., Continental A-65-8F, Sensenich 7244 Propeller TSN 1756 Hr., Terra 720 Com Radio, CIR-11 ELT, Intercom, Must Sell, Health issue forces sale. The aircraft was restored in 1979 and covered with POLY Fiber process. Two 8.5 Gallon Wing tanks installed. Aircraft very well maintained and operated by owner A&P, IA, ASEMLG. For more information and details please call LeRoy Blum. 1-509-258-4543 between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm PST. Asking $19000.00 or make offer. • Contact LeRoy Blum, Owner - located NINE MILE FALLS, WA USA • Telephone: 5092584543 . • Fax: 5092584543 • Posted October 7, 2016 • Display Specs Page Show all Ads posted by this AdvertiserRecommend This Ad to a FriendEmail AdvertiserSave to WatchlistReport This AdView Larger Pictures

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Installer per Porterfield blueprint for CP-65 - Porterfield

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Posted Jan 15, 2016

1940 PORTERFIELD • $22,000 • FOR SALE TO GOOD HOME Sweet "P" Field Needs New Guardian. 1940 Porterfield LP-65, NC27291, TTAF 5394.4, Cont. A65-8F, TTE 3200, TSCO 450. Airplane restored on a professional level for our second time in 1979, previously restored in 1957. All logbooks and paperwork perfect. Owned and operated by professional pilot/mechanic. $22,000 or Acceptable Offer. 2 Porterfied, Model LP-65 projects and spare parts also available separately - Make Offer. Buyers call 1-509-258-4543 for information between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm PDT. • Contact LeRoy Blum, Owner - located Deer Park, WA USA • Telephone: 509-258-4543 • Posted January 15, 2016 • Display Specs Page Show all Ads posted by this AdvertiserRecommend This Ad to a FriendEmail AdvertiserSave to WatchlistReport This AdView Larger Pictures



Latest Activity

Joel E. Harris is now a member of Porterfield Airplane Club
9 hours ago
Andy Gelston posted a discussion

LP-65 for sale on Barnstormers

1940 PORTERFIELD LP-65 • $17,500 • FOR SALE BY OWNER • 1940 Porterfield LP-65. Newly restored. TT: Unknown. TSMOH: 15 hrs. Annual: current. LSA eligible. New Sensewich prop, tires, and Shinn brakes. • Contact Harlan W.…See More
Tuesday
David G Reichard replied to David G Reichard's discussion Thinking of selling NC32412
"Airframe  log since October 1951 Total Time 1095 Cover Superflite 102 March 2008 Engine Lycoming O-145-B2 Total time Unknown SMOH 166 log since March 2008 Magnetos Scintilla SF4L Carbeuretor Marvel Schebler…"
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Liza Porterfield replied to Andy Gelston's discussion LeRoy's Sweet Pea featured in this week's Barnstormers eFlyer
"Hi Andy, Work has been keeping me busy, but I plan on contacting LeRoy this weekend. I am interested in looking into his aircraft for sure.  Thank you for sending me contact names for the other skinny planes to possibly purchase.…"
Mar 16
Andy Gelston replied to Andy Gelston's discussion LeRoy's Sweet Pea featured in this week's Barnstormers eFlyer
"Did you have any success with contacting LeRoy yet?  His Collegiate is the traditional red fuselage, silver wings and horiz. tail, with silver ball & stripes down fuselage Club member Heather Greer is selling her grandfather's…"
Mar 15
Liza Porterfield replied to Andy Gelston's discussion LeRoy's Sweet Pea featured in this week's Barnstormers eFlyer
"Ok thanks Andy!"
Mar 14
Liza Porterfield is now a member of Porterfield Airplane Club
Mar 13
Andy Gelston replied to David G Reichard's discussion Thinking of selling NC32412
"Can you tell us a bit more about her...and your asking price?"
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Profile IconPatrick Garvey, Joseph B. Stanistreet, Bradley and 6 more joined Porterfield Airplane Club
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Andy Gelston posted a discussion

'Twas the night before Christmas

'Twas the night before Christmas, and out on the ramp,Not an airplane was stirring, not even a Champ.The aircraft were fastened to tiedowns with care,In hopes that come morning, they all would be there.The fuel trucks were nestled, all snug in their spots,With gusts from two-forty at 39 knots.I slumped at the fuel desk, now finally caught up,And settled down comfortably, resting my butt.When the radio lit up with noise and with chatter,I turned up the scanner to see what was the matter.A voice…See More
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David G Reichard posted a discussion

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If anyone is interested, send me a note. Will be a bit before it goes on Barnstormers.See More
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Andy Gelston replied to Andy Gelston's discussion Joe Rankin, Owner of Porterfield Type Certificate, Flown West
"I spoke with Kevin Rankin, Joe's son, last night: real nice man.  He said they're still sorting through his Dad's things and will eventually locate all the Porterfield related stuff and consolidate it.  Until then,…"
Feb 28
Andy Gelston posted a discussion

Joe Rankin, Owner of Porterfield Type Certificate, Flown West

Donald Joe Rankin, 83, of Maryville, MO, passed from this life on Monday, October 31, 2016, at his home near Maryville.Joe was born in Bedford, IA, on November 26, 1932, to Carl Ordell and Frances Louise Masters Rankin, they preceded him in death. He was also preceded by his brother, Rolla Rankin, and his granddaughter, Julia Lynn Rankin.Joe served his country first in the US Air Force as an Air Policeman, then served in the US Army as a helicopter pilot. On November 26, 1950, Joe wed Jo…See More
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David L. Brown posted a status
"I have NC25563 is a project ....but complete airplane. Have logs for both airplane and engine. If interested Davebrown3@hotmail.com"
Jan 30
Lloyd J Probst is now a member of Porterfield Airplane Club
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Mark posted a blog post

Sensenich Wood Prop For Sale

W70DK42 185 hours TT, beautiful condition. Log book and mounting hardware inc. Great prop for Continental 65. Call Mark, 425-760-8765 or email at sporty 140@me.com
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Gary Van Farowe is now a member of Porterfield Airplane Club
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Hal Wyborny posted a blog post

I have completed restoration of a 1940 LP-65 Porterfield. It has been flown twice. I restored it as a favor to a late friend and his son. I never intended to keep it. One plane, a Cessna-172, is enou…

I have completed restoration of a 1940 LP-65 Porterfield. It has been flown twice. I restored it as a favor to a late friend and his son. I never intended to keep it. One plane, a Cessna-172, is enough for me. I am hoping to recover my restoration expenses.See More
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Andy Gelston commented on Shawn Mielke 's blog post Rubber Shock Absorbers for sale
"I recall that both type A and type B landing gear use the same donuts.  What rubber did you use?  There is a specific type called out.  Use the wrong stuff and the gear will be either too soft or too stiff, and you'll be missing…"
Dec 29, 2016
Shawn Mielke commented on Shawn Mielke 's blog post Rubber Shock Absorbers for sale
"Also I should state that these were made for and put on our 1941 CP-65(unsure if other years or models had different size cuts)"
Dec 20, 2016
 
 
 

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