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Oshkosh bound???
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I thought it might be prudent to perform an annual inspection on 41VermonT yesterday, before heading west to the big EAA convention.  Weather forecasts said we could make it in one day, today only,…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andy Gelston Aug 7.

Another member's project on Barnstormers...

I see on Barnstormers.com that member Karl Engelskirger is selling his 1930's race plane, "Mike."  Does this mean he'll soon be starting the restoration of his 35-70?Continue

Started Apr 17

Texas Flyabout on Barnstormers
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PORTERFIELD 35-70 • $25,000 • FOR SALE • 1935 Porterfield 35-70. Approximately 1400 TT, 300 TSMOH, restored in the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andy Gelston Mar 6.

What's happening at Rankin Airport
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I spoke with Kevin Rankin, Joe's son, who inherited the Rankin Airport (78Y) when Joe passed.  Kevin's son, Brad, inherited Porterfield Aircraft.  Everyone is busy, but fine, Kevin will soon be a…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andy Gelston Apr 2.

 

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Andy Gelston commented on Daryl Johnson's blog post No Title
"Check the archived forum, or maybe blogs, for the foil stickers.   LP Aero Plastics in Jeanette, PA has the mold for making Collegiate windshields, and they make lovely ones (I have one of theirs on my Collegiate), BUT they have no PMA for it,…"
17 hours ago
Andy Gelston left a comment for William Robertson
"Welcome to our wee club for the skinny birds, William!  Are you looking for a flying Porterfield or one to restore?  Are you interested in the Flyabout or the Collegiate...or both? Soft landings, Andy"
Sep 13
Andy Gelston left a comment for Scott Clement
"Welcome to our wee club for the skinny birds, Scott.  Are you looking to find a project to restore?  There are quite a few out there.  There’s one in Bryan, TX...unless Pat Cole has already sold her. Soft landings, Andy"
Sep 12
Andy Gelston replied to Robert Wade's discussion Solo from the back?
"Lil’ ol’ #704 is designed to be soloed from the front only. She can be soloed from the back, but the CG is so far aft that you have to stay sharp on the rudder pedals to counter the adverse yaw in turns, etc. Solo from the front and you…"
Sep 12
Andy Gelston left a comment for Robert Wade
"Welcome to our wee club for the skinny birds, Robert.  We look forward to reading of you many adventures with your Collegiate in the Discussion and Blog sections of the website. Soft landings, Andy"
Sep 11
Andy Gelston left a comment for Roger
"Welcome to our wee club for the skinny birds, Roger!  Is your Collegiate flying or a project?  Please regale us with your Porterfield adventures or ask any questions you may have about restoration (also, read through the older…"
Aug 21
Andy Gelston replied to Andy Gelston's discussion Oshkosh bound???
"I got there, but not the way I'd hoped.  Anyone who has used the Polyfiber process may recall that it is vinyl based, therefore it requires MEK solvent...well it's not easy finding MEK in New England, because of all the VOC's it…"
Aug 7
David G Reichard replied to Andy Gelston's discussion Oshkosh bound???
"So did you arrive? What row?"
Jul 24
Morgan Walker replied to Andy Gelston's discussion Oshkosh bound???
" Enjoy your trip and Happy Landings!"
Jul 22
Andy Gelston posted a discussion

Oshkosh bound???

I thought it might be prudent to perform an annual inspection on 41VermonT yesterday, before heading west to the big EAA convention.  Weather forecasts said we could make it in one day, today only, with tailwinds the whole way, courtesy of a big high over Michigan.  But I discovered a loose piece of 1/4” plywood that is the main structural part of the inboard hinge in the starboard aileron.  The old glue joints had failed, but I was able to effect the repair and get everything cleaned up and…See More
Jul 19
Eric Kaufmann left a comment for Andy Gelston
"Sounds great - I will stop by sometime in the next few days.  I have a friend visiting who has flown Werner Griesbeck's bird in BC.  So he can show me which is the front and which is the back."
Jul 13
Andy Gelston left a comment for Eric Kaufmann
"Yep, life seems to just roll along, doesn't it, Eric?  41Vermont is in an open hangar overlooking the runway at Post Mills, so you can go there anytime and sit in her. Shee's the only red plane on the field, and also the only one…"
Jul 13
Eric Kaufmann left a comment for Andy Gelston
""Andy - my apologies for a tardy (understated) response . But I am still interested in trying 41 VT on for size - any chance a day next week would work?""Andy - my apologies for a tardy (understated) response . But I am still…"
Jul 12
Andy Gelston left a comment for Charles D. Byram
"We have several members with Collegiates in your area.  If you're not too tall or too big around, you should be able to fit in one of them so we can correct that omission in your life."
May 10
Charles D. Byram left a comment for Andy Gelston
"Hi Andy and all! Thank you for adding me to the club.  I don't have any brochures, paperwork or etc. from Uncle Parker's days as a Porterfield dealer myself. I will check with my cousin Mary Ann to see if she might have something she…"
May 10
Andy Gelston left a comment for Charles D. Byram
"Welcome to our wee club for the skinny birds, Charles!  Do you have any photos, sales brochures, or other items from your uncle's and grandpa's dealership?  What do you fly now? Andy"
May 10

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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…

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Posted on October 14, 2013 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

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…

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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…

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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…

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

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At 11:08am on July 13, 2018, Eric Kaufmann said…

Sounds great - I will stop by sometime in the next few days.  I have a friend visiting who has flown Werner Griesbeck's bird in BC.  So he can show me which is the front and which is the back.

At 2:54pm on July 12, 2018, Eric Kaufmann said…

"Andy - my apologies for a tardy (understated) response . But I am still interested in trying 41 VT on for size - any chance a day next week would work?""Andy - my apologies for a tardy (understated) response . But I am still interested in trying 41 VT on for size - any chance a day next week would work?"

At 11:04am on May 10, 2018, Charles D. Byram said…

Hi Andy and all! Thank you for adding me to the club.  I don't have any brochures, paperwork or etc. from Uncle Parker's days as a Porterfield dealer myself. I will check with my cousin Mary Ann to see if she might have something she could share. I got into the kid raising business years back and have not done any flying by myself since. I attend and volunteer at airshows and have been fortunate to ride in some antiques and warbirds but never a Porterfield.

At 7:54pm on March 25, 2018, Wade Laney Eakle said…

Thanks Andy, there's a 1940 CP-65 for sale there that I just had a pre-purchase inspection completed on, resulting in a thumbs-up. Still waiting to hear from the airport owner if there's hanger space available. 

At 1:11pm on March 20, 2018, Jim Holdeman said…

Hello Andy,

I would love to "supplement" the Bonanza with a Porterfield. I like old cars (63 Studebaker Lark), old trucks (78 Dodge D-100), old motorcycles (82 Goldwing, 67 Triumph), old airplanes (53 Bo) probably because I was born in 52 ( although I don't consider myself old...that "old" bar gets moved up as we age), and have a special appreciation for old yet useful things that were well crafted when they first were built. Plus, I believe having these old machines are of no use if we don't use them. So, all of these vehicles get used and maintained since, I believe, their useful life is not over with. And I enjoy the fact that in a modern cookie cutter society, these vehicles not only allow me to enjoy yesterday today, they have an identity all their own. A Porterfield would fit very well into that mode of thinking. Something to think about.

 

Thanks for the encouragement,

Jim

At 5:07pm on January 29, 2018, Leslie R. C. Chill said…

Iv'e owned quite a few different birds in my time but never a skinny bird- maybe if Santa is kind to me I will acquire one !

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?

 
 
 

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