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Bill Skinner
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Sensenich Propeller
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I have a Sensenich Propeller that I intend to sell. I am doing some background research on the prop and would appreciate members feed back and comments.The prop is a Sensenich Model W72F-44, S/N…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bill Skinner May 4.

 

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Bill Skinner replied to Bill Skinner's discussion Sensenich Propeller
"Thanks Andy, good info. I found an old "wanted" post in the Taylorcraft forum for this exact prop. So far I have been unable to contact the person who made the post. I will keep looking however... Bill."
May 4
Andy Gelston replied to Bill Skinner's discussion Sensenich Propeller
"Hi Bill: This would be a cruise prop for the slower Pipers and Aeroncas, and a standard or climb prop for the better airfoiled Interstates, Taylorcrafts, and Porterfields.  I haven't seen any actually fetching $3K for a wall decoration,…"
May 3
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Sensenich Propeller

I have a Sensenich Propeller that I intend to sell. I am doing some background research on the prop and would appreciate members feed back and comments.The prop is a Sensenich Model W72F-44, S/N 59459, 2350 RPM, 65 HP. As I recall, this prop is one we had that came with a Franklin 65 engine.Looking through the application guide on the Sensenich web site, the prop is applicable to several aircraft with the Franklin engine:Aeronca L3DAeronca 65TF, 65TAFInterstate S 1 A 65 FPiper J 3 F…See More
May 3
Andy Gelston commented on Bill Skinner's photo
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"Thank you, Bill, this is very interesting!  It looks like ol' Ed didn't quite have biplanes out of his system from his American Eagle days.  That "thread through the needle" main gear suspension is quite…"
Mar 31
Andy Gelston commented on Bill Skinner's video
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Porterfield 50 Year Anniversary

"Thank you, Bill!  I especially enjoyed hearing your Dad talk about how production ended up going to Minnesota, and also about the AD requiring the aileron counterweights being issued solely for public relations.  I wish your parents had…"
Mar 31
Bill Skinner commented on Victor Briley's blog post Question about Headknockers - aileron balance weights
"I added a Video from 1990 in which W. R. Skinner explains a little bit of background on the aileron balance weights. You have to listen carefully as the audio is not very clear with the background noise ...."
Mar 21
Bill Skinner commented on Bill Skinner's video
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Porterfield 50 Year Anniversary

"To all: I have uploaded the 50th Year Anniversary video of Porterfield that was made in 1990. The video is about 19 minutes long and features several Porterfield aircraft. The video also features a short interview with Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Skinner…"
Mar 21
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Porterfield 50 Year Anniversary

This video is the 50th year anniversary get together for Porterfield aircraft. The video was made in 1990 and features several Porterfield aircraft and a sho...
Mar 21
Bill Skinner posted a photo

Porterfield-Turner-Advanced-Trainer

While looking through some old paperwork, I found this postcard. On the back of the card it states "Porterfield Turner Advanced Trainer". Additionally there was another photo showing the detail of the landing gear drag strut I believe.
Mar 11
Bill Skinner replied to Andy Gelston's discussion What's happening at Rankin Airport
"I am very interested in finding out if there will be a permanent archive or historical database of Porterfield information. My father, W. R. Skinner, was an Aeronautical Engineer for Porterfield Aircraft and I am in possession of his personal files.…"
Feb 18
Bill Skinner commented on Victor Briley's blog post Question about Headknockers - aileron balance weights
"attached are some additional details from my fathers files. note that these diagrams are all labeled "preliminary", and apply to Porterfield 55 and 65 series…"
Feb 16
Bill Skinner commented on Victor Briley's blog post Question about Headknockers - aileron balance weights
"I was curious, so i began looking through my father's old paperwork and found the following: Airworthiness Bulletin No. 81-B dated June 20, 1944 Models CP-55, CP-65, CS-65, FP-65, LP-65 Subject: Instructions Covering Changes Necessary to Lift…"
Feb 16
Bill Skinner commented on Victor Briley's blog post Question about Headknockers - aileron balance weights
"I vaguely recall my dad saying that someone stupidly exceeded red line in a dive and the ailerons fluttered and ripped off. And as i recall my dad mentioned that the FAA did issue a notice for these... I don't know what the notice was, or if a…"
Feb 10
Andy Gelston commented on Bill Skinner's video
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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, 2017
Bill Skinner replied to Kyler Dinger's discussion Flying Wires
"I will look around our house. At one time we had a set of these around, although I am not sure what aircraft they fit, or if they were in serviceable condition. Any specifics you could provide on how to properly identify the wires wand whether they…"
Dec 4, 2017
Bill Skinner and Chels are now friends
Nov 2, 2017

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About Me:
My name is Bill Skinner. I am the son of the Bill Skinner that was an Engineer for Ed Porterfield and who was the original designer for some of the Porterfield Aircraft. I was a pilot, briefly. I have worked in the Aviation industry for my entire career.
Do you own a Porterfield Airplane?
No,
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At 4:46pm on July 7, 2010, Gloria C Conolley said…
As an old friend of your Mom and Dad. I want to welcome you to our club. His picture is in the photo's section, in front of my old Porterfield...
At 4:17pm on July 6, 2010, Tom Porterfield said…
Bill,
We are happy to have you as a member in our Porterfield Airplane Club. Feel free to share your pictures and stories with us. Welcome aboard!
Tom Porterfield
 
 
 

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