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Bill Skinner
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  • Fort Worth, TX
  • United States

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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.
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

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.
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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…
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!
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