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1941 PORTERFIELD CP-65,SN 1029 • $22,000 • FOR SALE • Continental C85B, TSMO 195; TTAF 4735; Aux.8 Gl.wingtank; Microair Com&TPX; 406 ELT; Wind Alternator • Contact Werner Griesbeck, Owner -…Continue

Started Nov 15

Type Certificate A-720 now owned by Brad Rankin
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Looking in the FAA database, I see that as of 03/08/2017, Bradley Rankin now owns the type certificate.  He inherited it from his grandfather, Joe, who passed away last fall.  He hasn't transferred…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andy Gelston Aug 22.

John Bentley's Collegiate project is posted on Barnstormers.com

PORTERFIELD 1941 • $13,000 • AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE SALE • 1941 CP65 Porterfield project for sale, Fuselage…Continue

Started May 17

LP-65 for sale on Barnstormers

1940 PORTERFIELD LP-65 • $17,500 • FOR SALE BY OWNER • 1940 Porterfield LP-65. Newly restored. TT: Unknown.…Continue

Started Mar 20


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Andy Gelston commented on Bill Skinner's video

Porterfield On Floats

"Thank you for posting this, Bill!  This is the first I've ever seen of the aux. fin that is required by the Type Certificate.  This was shot in the summer of 1940 on the southern end of Lake Skaneattles, one of the Finger Lakes in…"
Dec 4
Andy Gelston replied to Kyler Dinger's discussion Flying Wires
"You can email Tim at ragwood@televar.com.  He has at least one wire that is 47" long, that you may be able to cut down to 46" if necessary.  I don't know if it's round or streamlined though."
Dec 4
Andy Gelston left a comment for Eric Kaufmann
"Hi Eric:   41VermonT is based at Post Mills Airport (2B9) in Post Mills, Vermont, which should be pretty easy for you to get to, as it's just up I-91 from you (Exit 14).  When would you want to visit her an try her on for…"
Dec 2
Andy Gelston replied to Kyler Dinger's discussion Flying Wires
"Were you able to get what you need from Tim Talen?"
Nov 16
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1941 PORTERFIELD CP-65,SN 1029 • $22,000 • FOR SALE • Continental C85B, TSMO 195; TTAF 4735; Aux.8 Gl.wingtank; Microair Com&TPX; 406 ELT; Wind Alternator • Contact Werner Griesbeck, Owner - located Langley, BC Canada • Telephone: 604 856-5222 • Posted November 5, 2017Maybe those of you looking to upgrade to a C-85-8 could query him about his mods and documentation and let us know what you learned...She must be one of the last Collegiates off the production line!See More
Nov 15
Andy Gelston replied to Roger Allen's discussion A65
"Try Gibson Aviation in ElReno, OK. They have a LOT of new A65 parts at reasonable prices."
Nov 11
Andy Gelston left a comment for Chels
"Welcome to our wee Club for the skinny birds. On which side of the pond is the project you're preparing to purchase located?"
Nov 6
Andy Gelston commented on Steve Sharpe's blog post G-AFZL in the wars again
"I was saddened to read of G-AFZL's attempt at gardening, but glad to see she's back in the air, no matter how damp it may be.  To avoid creating furrows with the prop, I always turn the wee trim crank so the elevator is up, which will…"
Oct 24
Don Murray left a comment for Andy Gelston
"Thanks, Andy.!  The Collegiate is my current heartthrob. :-)"
Oct 22
Andy Gelston left a comment for Don Murray
"Welcome to our wee club for the skinny birds, Don.  Are you lusting for the pressure cowled Collegiate, or the round engined Flyabout?"
Oct 22
Andy Gelston left a comment for Eric Kaufmann
"Welcome to our wee Club, dedicated to keeping the skinny birds flying, Eric!  The Porterfields definitely have style, and fly beautifully, provided you can fit in them. Andy"
Oct 13
Andy Gelston replied to Donald Irish's discussion 1935 35-70 Porterfield Flyabout
"The photo of her can be seen in the photos section, here: http://porterfieldplane.ning.com/photo/img-4868?context=latest Is she still flying, Donald, when not collecting bird poo?  Does her current caretaker have any interest in finding a…"
Oct 13
Andy Gelston commented on Donald Irish's photo


"This old gal looks like she could use a bath and some TLC!  Are you now her caretaker, Donald?  Anyway, welcome to our wee club, dedicated to preserving the skinny birds.  We look forward to hearing from you about whatever Porterfield…"
Oct 13

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NC41VT, 1941 FP-65, S/N 875 Has a Franklin 90 installed by Angelo Forte, under a one-time STC, in the mid-50's, and has had the seaplane conversion done to it (would that make it a FS-90?). I just need a cheap set of Edo 1320's now!
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NC41VT and I are now back home in Vermont! How we got here...

I'm sitting in KMHT, writing this while waiting for my flight which should be wheels up in about 10 hours.  I fly to Newark, then to Seattle, then to Great Falls, and should be wheels down at KHLN about midnight (about 31 hours from now).  Hey, I live in New England!  We can't get anywhere from here!  41VT is at Boulder (K3U9) Airport, about 25 miles south of Helena, MT.  I'll buy a used bike  Wednesday morning (I hope), and pedal on down to Boulder to start prepping myself and 41VT for our…


Posted on October 14, 2013 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Ad for NC41VT, a FP-65 converted to a FS-90

DESCRIPTION: NC41VT is a 1941 FP-65, S/N 875, with an STC’d Franklin 90 installation, completed by Angelo Forte in the mid-50’s, turning a Flottorp wood prop.  She has fresh Polyfiber covering and finish with the factory red and silver color scheme (ball with 2 stripes on each side).  Medium weight fabric was used throughout, with heavy weight fabric used on the belly and lower surfaces of the horizontal stabilizers and elevators.  The instrument panel is the deluxe version, made to…


Posted on July 23, 2013 at 9:30pm

Update on my '41 FP-65 project

After tinkering for over three years on my Collegiate, the novelty finally wore off for Pokey Gordon and he asked me to remove the old girl from his shop in Helena, MT.  Club member Tim Talen, who has a hangar in Boulder, MT, about 30 miles south of Helena, came to the rescue and arranged for a Boulder friend of his to rent a truck and haul the project to his hangar. 

Tim's is a master restorer who specializes in Interstate Aircraft.  I restored an Interstate Cadet back in the 80's…


Posted on April 12, 2013 at 1:00pm — 5 Comments

Seen on Barnstormers: 1940 PORTERFIELD CP-65 for $25K

FOR SALE • 1940 PORTERFIELD CP-65 Collegiate $25,000 LSA Qualified. First Collegiate 499.9 SMOH. 5519.1 TT. Hangered since restoration in 1967. Flying Airplane. All logs Books available on PDF. Current annual good to 01/31/2014. Located at AJO. Corona municipal airport, CA USA. Telephone: Contact Eric 951-247-9541 • Contact…


Posted on March 3, 2013 at 1:10pm — 1 Comment

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At 11:05pm on October 22, 2017, Don Murray said…

Thanks, Andy.!  The Collegiate is my current heartthrob. :-)

At 9:14pm on September 11, 2017, Roger Allen said…
I'm the proud to say that I'm now taking care of my good friend Richard Finley's CP 65
At 11:44pm on September 9, 2017, Mike Austin said…

Hey Andy! Say, is there any place I can get a complete plan or drawing set, while I keep an eye out for the right project and save $?? Thanks!

At 3:24pm on August 24, 2017, Mike Austin said…

Thanks Andy!  I'm still snooping through the site art this point.  Where are folks finding drawings, etc?  And are most parts needing to be fabricated more so that finding spares?

At 4:44pm on August 23, 2017, Mike Austin said…

Hi Andy - a pleasure to meet you!  That local Porterfield sold a week after it was posted.  That's OK - I'm in no hurry at all, with other projects to finish first, but I'll save my pennies and keep an eye out.  As far as being a tight fit, I'm a short guy at 5' 4ish but pushing 200.  Does that make me too heavy?  Also I was wondering about the scope of a Porterfield restoration, as opposed to other planes:  comparable in time and skill and $ as, say Piper's? Much harder, and really for seasoned restorers and not beginning ones? etc.  Sorry - lots and lots of questions!

At 11:45am on April 8, 2017, Jim Mullin said…
LeRoy was more than generous with his time. I hope I remember a good portion of the information he's shared. I spent two days up there and almost countless phone calls. I have a hanger and feel a privilege and responsibility more than ownership. I have a daughter in Brooklyn so there's a good chance we could meet in the next year.
At 5:50pm on March 24, 2017, Bradley said…

Im interested in the historic role of the Porterfeld as chase plane and filming platform for the 1st manned rocket flight (Ercoupe) at March Air Field in September 1941.

The pilot who made the flight was a good friend, Captain Homer Boushey who at the time worked at Wright Field. Would value any information from anyone as to exact model of Porterfield, engine type, manuals for the type, prop, markings et al. 

I would like to find a Porterfield with the exact specs. as the one used (there is footage showing it) to purchase and re-enact this historic event.  If your club owner/operators could educate me on that exact model that would be fantastic.

Thank you all for keeping aviation history alive.

All the best-


At 9:10am on March 17, 2010, Mark Lawrence Storey said…

The encoder is actually remote from the radio panel, I made a "trap door" in the right side cabin wall just below the upper longeron and just behind the instrument panel. The encoder is mounted on the back side of the trapdoor. The altimeter, airspeed and encoder static ports a r connected together and vented behind the instrument panel through a .032 dia. orifice to reduce "gauge flutter" The wiring connections between the encoder and TXPDR are routed up the right side rear edge of the windshield just ahead of the door frame.

FYI, I recall recently seeing an ad by Microair for a low power consumption TXPDR, that would be worth investigating if you a re planning to use total loss battery power system.
Let me know if there's anything more I can help out with
At 10:01pm on March 15, 2010, Jerri & Chris Bergen said…
Andy, Yes the wheel pants on my CP-65 are original. I'm extremely fortunate to have picked-up a Porterfield that has been restored to, what I believe, is as close to original as you can get. Fred Hollaway is the gentleman that did the restoration in the late 70's. To give you an idea of the detail Fred went to, he braided all of the control cables in the original fashion with a waxed cotton twine wrap. Just one example of many that make NC37895 very special. She fly's like a dream as well.
At 7:20pm on March 15, 2010, Judy Birchler said…
Well, it's got a big tail but a C90-12F so it's got a starter and a generator. Yeah, no more propping for me!

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