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Andy Gelston
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  • Grantham, NH
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Started Sep 19

brake pedal return spring
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My brake pedals are laying back, towards my feet, and I discovered the single return spring is missing.  Looking at the location and the job it has to do, I’m guessing this spring maybe the same…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andy Gelston Jul 25.

35-70 4 sale: not cheap!


Started Jul 3

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PORTERFIELD PARTS AVAILABLE • PARTS FOR SALE • Limited Porterfield parts for sale. Inquire by email with your needs. • Contact Perry Chappano - POLESTAR, INC. , End User - located Columbus, OH United…Continue

Started Jun 7


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Andy Gelston left a comment for Joseph M. Vulgamore
"Welcome to our wee club for the skinny birds, Joseph!  Your LP-65 is probably a 1940 model, or a late ‘39.  Do you not have her original logbooks?  Have you purchased her records on CD from the FAA, yet?  We have lots of…"
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From Barnstormers.com:PORTERFIELD PARTS AVAILABLE • PARTS FOR SALE • Limited Porterfield parts for sale. Inquire by email with your needs. • Contact Perry Chappano - POLESTAR, INC. , End User - located Columbus, OH United States • Telephone:…See More
Sep 19
Andy Gelston left a comment for Richard Nelson
"Did you locate the rest of the airplane pieces?  I have a good pair of wings & tail surfaces for  your Porterfield, if you’re in need of them...though it's a bit of a commute to central New Hampshire... Andy"
Sep 5
Andy Gelston left a comment for Allison H.
"Did you receive the drawings?"
Sep 5
Andy Gelston commented on Bill Skinner's photo


"Why does this remind me of the movie, Young Frankenstein? Gene Wilder: What big knockers! Terri Garr: Thank you, doctor."
Aug 31
Andy Gelston commented on Bill Skinner's photo


"You can still learn to fly there, except a younger Rankin will be your instructor..."
Aug 31
Andy Gelston commented on Bill Skinner's photo


"I know EE was glad to see Turner go, as VP, so I wonder how he got along with Ward?"
Aug 31
Andy Gelston commented on Bill Skinner's photo


"I'm more curious about what wheels and brakes she had!"
Aug 31
Andy Gelston commented on Bill Skinner's photo


"I wasn't aware the Zephyr had a big, Zorro Z on her side...pretty cool. Thanks, Bill!"
Aug 31
Andy Gelston commented on Bill Skinner's photo


"This must be an instrument trainer, Bill, with that big panel and curtain for the back seat. The safety pilot would sit up front, where he has the stock factory panel. This is a nice view of what instruments were original to the factory panel. I…"
Aug 31
Andy Gelston left a comment for Mark Mondello
"Welcome to the wee club for the skinny birds, Mark!  I’ll have to fly over this summer and we can compare Collegiates."
Jul 28
Andy Gelston commented on Bill Skinner's blog post A Tribute to My Dad
"Nice tribute, Bill!  Thank you for typing this all up for us.  I enjoyed watching the video of him at the reunion, also."
Jul 25
Andy Gelston commented on Victor Briley's blog post need fairleads for 1940 Collegiate
"Victor: Don't bother with envelopes, they don't work well with the Collegiate fuselage.  Get some heavy fabric for the belly and interior (I recommend heavy fabric for the bottom surfaces of the horizontal tail, also, but you've…"
Jul 25
Andy Gelston replied to Andy Gelston's discussion brake pedal return spring
"I ended up using a tension type spring that connects the rudder arms to the tailwheel arms, and it's working very well.  Thanks to my friend Don Bradford, who flys his Vagabond out of Northampton, Massachusetts, for giving me his old…"
Jul 25
Andy Gelston replied to Bill Skinner's discussion Unknown Elevators
"Do you have dimensions to go with the photo, Bill?  Was this originally one piece and it broke/rusted in the middle?  Can you take a photo more straight on so we can get a better sense of the profile?"
Jul 4
Andy Gelston posted discussions
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About Me:
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Do you own a Porterfield Airplane?
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 — 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…


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 — 4 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 1:16pm on May 9, 2020, Allison H. said…

She is a project. I bought her from Jason Algra back in 2015, then immediately had to find a new job. Been concentrating on flight training but 368, also known as Maggie Lou, is never far from my mind. She's housed at the Vintage Flying Museum in Fort Worth, TX. 
I'm really hoping factory drawings are still available. I'm used to working from parts catalogs. 

At 5:06pm on April 2, 2020, David Trost said…

Is there a place where I can find any airworthiness directives for the Colliagiate?

At 4:56pm on April 2, 2020, David Trost said…

Collegiate SN 938 NC37709 We hope to have it ready to fly soon

I will say Hi to Ken for you

At 9:01pm on September 30, 2019, Harry Taggart said…

That Porterfield for sale in Kansas is in a Facebook Airplanes For Sale Group. Doing research on it is what led me to your group. I won't be able to act on anything until Spring at the earliest. Looks like a sweet plane at a good price though.

Small world about the Starlite for sure! I didn't berlong to the Yahoo group. There was another Starlite owner about 40 miles away from me and we always got together at fly-ins around Tennessee. I was not the original builder of mine. I acquired it from a guy who bought it from the builder (who was afraid to fly it) and then promptly ground looped it, collapsing the gear, which drove a wheel through the right wing and hit a runway light with the left wing leading edge.  You, of course, know how close coupled the controls were and you just cannot get heavy handed or heavy footed with a Starlite on the ground. I traded a 1980 Cadillac Eldorado for it, put it back together and had a ball flying it. As you know, Starlites always draw a crowd wherever they go. I took it to Sun 'N Fun twice and eventually sold it to get the Champ.

As for the Starduster, I did not build that one either. The turtledeck (aka 'storage area') was fiberglass. It was a dream to fly and one of the best landing taildraggers I ever flew. But I outgrew it (weight-wise) too quickly.  At 210# I could barely get my hips in and out of the cockpit opening and a parachute was definitely out of the question. My lifelong dream was to own and fly a Stearman. The Starduster was as close as I ever got. No matter. It always put a smile on my face.

I'm looking forward to learning more about the Porterfield from you and your members. Thanks again for adding me.

At 8:08pm on September 30, 2019, Harry Taggart said…

Thanks for the welcome, Andy. I'm more interested in a flight worthy A/C rather than rebuilding. Just looking for now. My center of gravity has "shifted" significantly since my days with the Starlite and Starduster.  I'm 5'10 but close to 250#. I can handle close quarters at the controls. Just concerned about CG problems at this weight. The Porterfield caught my eye due to its close appearance to my Aeronca. This is the first I've ever heard of a Porterfield.

At 9:50pm on September 11, 2019, Luigi Ricci Moretti said…

The Fleet is a Model 7B, N174RS. 

Thanks for the add. 


At 11:58am on August 26, 2019, Richard Nelson said…

At 9:41am on August 26, 2019, Richard Nelson said…

Hello Andy

We just found a couple old planes in the backwoods of Louisiana( a 42 PT26 and a Porterfield. They have been taken apart and stored in various sheds, barns and old cars. I found the serial id tag in the back of a 59 Edsel wagon, the wings stored in the rafters of an old barn... Still searching the jungle for the rest of it( engine ,cowl etc) 

I need help to id which plane i have. The wheels are dated 1937, id tag 36-70, august 1938, serial # 337

Will post pics soon. 

Thanks Dick Nelson

At 3:41am on August 13, 2019, Al WARD said…

Hi Andy thanx for the reply note... funnily enough I knew Doug Sales quite well in the mid to late 60's as we used to hang out together And have been to many of the Hot air ballon shows in Hamilton.. but on another matter on the 2nd page of the groups photos there are  4 pix of 3 Porterfieds labelled Red White & Blue.You wouldnt have the "N" number of the lite blue (taking off) one would you as thats the color I have used on the model I am building!! If you know it  I will put it on my model......Thanx a lot...Regards Al Wqrd..NZ

At 1:54pm on August 5, 2019, Bo case said…

Hello Andy.   The skinny bird I just acquired is a CP-65,  very good shape but hasn't flown since 09.  Lewis Mitchell owned this aircraft for many years here in TX. Lewis is a WWll vet and retired from a flying job with the FAA.  He is 95 now.  I've been running this plane off and on for him for the last 3 years and will fly it soon.  I'll send pics. bo case rhome tx


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