Keep the Skinny Birds Flying Safely
1940 PORTERFIELD COLLEGIATE • $37,000 • FOR SALE • Beautiful Porterfield Collegiate with C85 engine and…Continue
Started Jan 28
1936-1937 Porterfield Aircraft Both restored, wings removed for storage in hangar.5 cylinder Le Blond engines, 90 hp, 200 hours TTceconite cover, redone ready to fly when wings attached, second one…Continue
Started Oct 17, 2022
PORTERFIELD C65 • $31,000 • AVAILABLE FOR SALE OR TRADE • Regularly Flown, For Sale or Trade: "Skinny Bird"…Continue
Started Oct 7, 2022
Our newest member has his Collegiate posted on Barnstormers. com:1941 Porterfield Collegiate CP-65. 2320 TT. 37 SMOH A-65 Continental. Superior cylinders. Slick mags. Beautiful nicely kept aircraft…Continue
Started this discussion. Last reply by Andy Gelston Nov 24, 2022.
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…Continue
Posted on October 14, 2013 at 6:30am — 3 Comments
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…Continue
Posted on July 23, 2013 at 9:30pm
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…Continue
Posted on April 12, 2013 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments
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…Continue
Posted on March 3, 2013 at 1:10pm — 1 Comment
Thank you, Andy. That certainly clears up some of the mystery about front/rear seat solo flight in the Porterfield. The airplane I plan to purchase (John Elliott’s Collegiate) has had the little Lycoming 65hp engine replaced with a Continental C-85, which I imagine is heavier. With John’s help, I’ll be taking a close look at the W&B before I fly her.
Thank you very much, Andy, for welcoming me to the club.
I have sat in both seats of the Porterfield. When I sat in the front seat, it reminded me of the two Dehavilland Chipmunks I owned. The instrument panel in the Chipmunk is very close to your face, also, though not as close as the panel in the Porterfield.
Regarding solo flight from the front seat…there are pictures and videos online of Porterfields being flown solo from the front and the back seat. I look forward to learning more about that mystery.
You asked what happened to my DH-1. I assume you mean my second DHC-1 Chipmunk, which was sold about 18 months ago to an individual who keeps it based on a grass field east of St. Louis. I replaced the Chipmunk with the aircraft that replaced the Chipmunk in RAF service as a primary trainer, the Scottish Aviation Bulldog. Nice airplane, but the little wheel in the back isn’t there…they put it up front, under the engine, and made it larger! Sacrilege!!! After 18 months of no tailwheel time (and really missing that kind of flying), I started looking for something with a tailwheel that was different from Cubs, Champs, etc. Since there were no Spitfires on the market at the time (that I could afford), I began searching for a Porterfield. Happy to say that I found one.
Again, thanks for the welcome. Looking forward to continuing my education regarding the skinny bird.
Hi Andy, is new member James Pollard a hacker?
What'cha mean? Don't all engine heads have to be re-torqued every dozen hours? :)
Thanks, Andy, and thanks for letting me join!
I know very little about Porterfields and that tip about the Collegiate helps!
I have a copy of a pilot manual and maintenance manual and that is it so any additional information you might have would be fantastic!
Thanks a lot! Figured I would have to go that route, not a big deal but it’s always nice to find one on a shelf, one the the struts has some airworthy but ugly repairs which really takes away from the rest of the ground up restoration.
Also, is there anyone that might have a replacement front RH wing strut?
N27288 S/n 769 I got my A&P in Alaska.
No, I did not buy Roger’s airplane. I’m finishing the the paperwork for a ground up restoration on a 1940 LP65 that has been converted to a CP65. Not sure that it will make it to Oshkosh, but we shall see. Also, Has anyone put VG’s on a porterfield yet?
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