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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, 2018.

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, 2018

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, 2018.

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 Nov 18, 2018.

 

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Mike Dirksen left a comment for Andy Gelston
"Hello Andy. I joined to learn about the Porterfield. Have never owned one. After 20 years in single engine GA aircraft, I started flying ultralights. I built my last ship, a single place SkyRaider (Kitfox spin off) that weighed 364 lbs. The…"
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Andy Gelston commented on Daryl Johnson's blog post No Title
"I saw a decal set on eBay...just search for ”Porterfield Aircraft”, and you’ll see them from the Philippines.  These “Porterfield-Turner” decals were used on mid-production Collegiates and Flyabouts, not the…"
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Andy Gelston left a comment for Mike Dirksen
"Welcome to our wee club for the skinny birds, Mike!  Are you thinking about buying a Porterfield?  Most new members wonder if they’ll even fit in a Porterfield, as they aren’t built for the corpulent nor the claustrophobic: six…"
Saturday
Andy Gelston left a comment for Matthew Brindley
"Welcome to our wee club for the skinny birds, Matthew!  Wander through the archives and you’ll find a lot of good information that may help you with your restoration project.  Thank you for your efforts to get another of these grande…"
Dec 30, 2018
Chris Porter left a comment for Andy Gelston
"That'd be a twofer. Never flown a Porterfield. Never flown off of skis! That would be super fun! If I have an open weekend (with a 5 month old baby, those are tough to find!) I'll let you know! Thanks very much for the invite. "
Dec 4, 2018
Andy Gelston left a comment for Chris Porter
"Come up in the winter and we’ll fly off skis! Andy"
Dec 4, 2018
Chris Porter left a comment for Andy Gelston
"Thanks Andy! Lucky for me I'm under 180 and just a hair under 6 feet tall. Maybe I'll get up to see 41VermonT one of these days. "
Dec 4, 2018
Andy Gelston left a comment for Chris Porter
"Welcome to our wee Club for the Skinny Birds, Chris.  I fly out of Post Mills, VT, aka “North Boston.”  You’ll find a lot of info in the archives, even a few for sale. If you’re over 6’ and 180 pounds, you may…"
Dec 3, 2018
Andy Gelston replied to Andy Gelston's discussion What's happening at Rankin Airport
"I always hand prop from behind.  First, I spin the engine over about 8 revs after priming, then I set the throttle to 1/8 - 1/4 inch and turn the mags on.  I place my left foot in front of the right tire and hold onto the front right wing…"
Nov 18, 2018
Mark replied to Andy Gelston's discussion What's happening at Rankin Airport
"That’s a good idea Andy. It’s easy to get distracted when other airport geezers interrupt your preflight. I’ve heard of a cub guy who rigged a string to his mag switch, and somehow had the string run under a tire. So when he was…"
Nov 18, 2018
Andy Gelston replied to Andy Gelston's discussion What's happening at Rankin Airport
"Yes, a spring type clothespin works great!  41VermonT’s has a heavy string tied to it so it can pass thru the front, side window, across the cockpit and the loop on the end goes over the inside door latch handle.  With this…"
Nov 17, 2018
Mark replied to Andy Gelston's discussion What's happening at Rankin Airport
"When our little Skinny Gal is awaiting her next venture into the lofty heavens, we use a clothspin to hold the rod indicator and thusly the corkage out of the gasoline........"
Nov 16, 2018
Andy Gelston left a comment for Peter A Smith
"Welcome to our wee Club for the skinny birds, Pete.  We have photos of your old girl, blanketed in guano in her hangar, on our site.  Are you still thinking about selling her?  I understand the glider club no longer operates out your…"
Oct 20, 2018
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,…"
Sep 21, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018

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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 1:33pm on January 12, 2019, Mike Dirksen said…

Hello Andy. I joined to learn about the Porterfield. Have never owned one. After 20 years in single engine GA aircraft, I started flying ultralights. I built my last ship, a single place SkyRaider (Kitfox spin off) that weighed 364 lbs. The Porterfield office looks huge to me. My Porterfield interest was kick started by the possible availability of N32362 here in Sonoma. I want to learn about the advisability of Porterfield operation at my home airport before making contact with the owner.

At 7:41pm on December 4, 2018, Chris Porter said…

That'd be a twofer. Never flown a Porterfield. Never flown off of skis! That would be super fun! If I have an open weekend (with a 5 month old baby, those are tough to find!) I'll let you know! Thanks very much for the invite. 

At 1:32pm on December 4, 2018, Chris Porter said…

Thanks Andy! Lucky for me I'm under 180 and just a hair under 6 feet tall. Maybe I'll get up to see 41VermonT one of these days. 

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. :-)

 
 
 

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