I own a propeller repair shop at the Abernathy Municipal Airport (F83). I have been working on aircraft and propellers for over 20 years. I am rebuilding a 1971 Piper Arrow, and have a 1946 Ercoupe in a basket, as well as a 1941 Porterfield CP-65 that I have started to restore. Parts, drawings and knowledge of the Porterfield Airplane are hard to come by. I hope that this site will generate a data base for information and history pretaining to the Porterfield Airplanes that may be shared and used by all interested.
Do you own a Porterfield Airplane?
Yes, 1941 CP-65, In process of restoring.
Are You a Pilot?
Do you have a MYSPACE profile, email address or personal website that you would like to share with others?
Sorry for the late reply. My Porterfield is N27207, a 1940 CP-65. The previous owner was Earl Allen from Corning, CA. It was rebuilt in 2006 and it's a great plane to fly. I fly with the Cheap Suits Flying Club with their Cubs and it's fun when my little 65 horse can go faster than them :) I love taking this plane to events to put it on display. Everyone knows the Cub but not many know the Porterfield series.
Thanks for the welcome Tom. I believe I read that you are keeping a record of the Porterfields, if so the 88Charlies are rebuilding a 1940 75C serial # 1651, N32317.
For those that are not familiar with 88Charlies; 88Charlies uses aircraft restoration projects to demonstrate to students the practical applications of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. A second benefit is that the program promotes aviation by giving students the opportunity to construct, repair and pilot airplanes.
Thanks for the welcome . I have made several offers forr this plane and it has bitten me . hopefully I will make a deal and will be heading up to pick it up . I'll let you know if I get it . I had David call me with a lot of information and he was a great help .
Thanks for the birthday greeting. For the most part, the 1926 Model-T Coupe you saw in my (first--now replaced) photo sits in my hanger next to the Porterfield. Most of my time is being spent on restoring a car I have had since a young teen--a 1926 Model-T Tudor Sedan. I am beginning to work on glass and upholstery. So it should be finished this fall.
Upon completion of the Model-T, the Porterfield should get my attention. The wings were both damaged in 2005 in Hurricane Wilma. An A&P/IA friend in North Carolina, who has a vested interest in it, has already rebuilt one wing. He made a new spar and several new ribs. He should complete the other one this winter.
My father purchased his LP65 disassembled in 1985. This is the only plane that he has ever owned. Although he loves planes and flying, he has not piloted a plane in years. It is my hope that he and I can get this Porterfield back in the air after many years of being grounded. Although I am good at doing what I'm told and have an eye for detail, I know nothing about rebuilding a plane. In the '80s, my father belonged to a club that rebuilt planes, so he has some experience. My hope is that I might find information on this site that will help guide us through the reconstruction process.
Thus far, the Porterfield has had the wings rebuilt, the frame has be sanded and primed, and the engine has been rebuilt (my profile picture is of the rebuilt engine in it's current state). Nothing has yet been covered.
I would greatly appreciate any advice or direction that you or the other members can provide.
Thank you again for the welcome, and for creating this site.
Looking to sell my Porterfield LP-65 project. Email me for details if you are interested at email@example.com
This is a pretty complete project with the fuselage epoxy painted. Original engine and Log Books back to 1942 and this plane was used by the Department of Defense from 1940-1942 so it has a little history as well.
PS. ZL now fitted with Gennipod. Works well powering radio, i/com, GPS and LED strobe. Will probably need to fit mode S xponder before next year due to stringent Olympic games airspace restrictions which would stop us flying for 2 summer months without one.
I could not find the Porterfield in Seminole, Tx Ad in Barnstormers. Maybe you could direct me to it.
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