Keep the Skinny Birds Flying Safely
I also read that and agree that it does seem low, but it may be more accurate than we'd care to admit. About 14 years ago, I created a spreadsheet for Chuck LeBrecht with all the Porterfield and American Eagle aircraft still in the FAA registry. I don't recall what the total was, but many were expired. There are many projects out there, either being actively restored or just sitting in storage, waiting for someone to take them home.
A friend of mine wheeled and dealed in small planes in the 50's and told me that the Collegiate was kind of an unwanted orphan because not many appreciated how well they flew and were afraid of the all wood wings. Many were purchased for under $50 and stripped of usable parts for homebuilts and other aircraft. What was left was pushed off into the weeds to rot into the ground.
Oh yes, Mark, and if they ask, "is that a Champ...or a Funk...or an Interstate Cadet?", I always respond with, "that's a good guess, but look again at the parallel wing struts and the shape of the tail. She's a Porterfield Collegiate, built before the US entered WWII."
Thank you for not giving up on ol' 249er and getting another of these college girls back in the air!
Ha! If you read my travel story in the blog section:
you'll get so much of my style it will put you to sleep!