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About Me:
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?
Yes
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At 8:30am on October 21, 2014, Craig Modlin said…

Hey Tom, 

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. 

-Craig

At 11:01am on September 24, 2014, patrick cole said…

thanks

At 10:00am on September 24, 2014, Olivier Duque said…

Many Thanks Tom. I discovered Porterfield plane and I try to make it known in Europe (2 s/n only) and particularly in France where there are only mine sn 720.

Regards

Olivier

At 10:24pm on May 31, 2013, t j neff said…

hello Tom,

 

T. J. Neff here. I have a 1941 LP65. I desparately need a self started or and engine mount to convert to a Continental 85 or ??

Any leads/

 

TJ

At 4:57pm on May 31, 2013, Calvin Wiley said…
Thanks guys, got mine sold a couple weeks ago but I'm sure I'll have another down the road!
At 11:24am on October 25, 2012, Richard Earl said…

 Thank you Tom

 No we still own the CP 65   such a delightful aircraft

 Do you know anyone who would love to acquire BVWY ?

 very best

 Richard

At 6:07am on October 8, 2012, Marv Hack said…

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.

Marv

At 7:29am on August 17, 2012, James M. Jones said…

Hi Tom, 

Tail number was N32417, Lyc 65.  Aug through Oct, 1962.  Flew at St. Joseph, Mo from a "contractor's" strip that had been built along I-29.  Replaced by a shopping center in the late '60s.  Airplane was $4/hr and instructor $2. 

At 11:29am on August 6, 2012, Byron Blauman said…

They are now owned by Mr. Stewert in Cashmere, WA  (NC32433 and NC44486.) I remember being 4 or 5 (mid 1960's) and sitting in the striped down fuselage pretending I was flying it (in our back yard). 

At 10:04pm on June 11, 2012, Wesley Brown said…

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 .  

At 4:51pm on June 3, 2012, Richard Earl said…
Hello Tom ,
very glad to join,
fantastic little aeroplane that is in perfect condition and flying .
No floats though!


We have all documentation from day one , and I shall forward more about it as I gather images etc
Porterfield cp 65. G-BVWY
Best regards

Richard and Brian
At 6:53am on May 18, 2012, Kay R Hamm said…

Thank Tou for the warm welcome .

At 9:00pm on February 2, 2012, Gregory Eberhart said…

Well thanks Tom.  I am sure with some help of the members I will fill that hanger.  Greg

At 3:22pm on December 28, 2011, Heather Greer said…

Oh, ok :)  Mark is a auto mechanic and went to California to help me learn about the planes and figure out what to do with everything.  I still have 5 planes that I need to find homes for.  I knew before I got there that I wanted the Porterfield, I had researched all of my grandfather's registered planes and also knew that there must be a reason that he kept that one at the house.  But it sounds crazy for a girl like me to own a plane, much less learn everything about it, bring it to Texas, restore it and fly it.  So I slowly but surely convinced my mother (executrix of his estate) that I was serious.  They wanted to get rid of it, one of my aunts suggested we donate it to a park where it could be used as playground equipment!  I had to save him!  :)

At 6:08pm on December 26, 2011, Heather Greer said…

Hi Tom, yes he was a preacher and lived in Anaheim.  His name is Bill White.  I live in Texas near Houston and I hope to bring his porterfield here soon, I just need to find a place to store it and meet the right people I guess.  Did you know him?  Porterfields are so rare, I was kind of hoping that someone in this club might have had some kind of contact with him.  I have found most of logs and paperwork for all of his antique airplanes, except for the Porterfield.  He kept everything, so I know I will find it someday.  I just don't have any information on this plane.  I haven't had a chance to thoroughly go through his garage yet.  I did come across an old newsletter from 1977 where his plane was featured as Porterfield of the month for the club he was a member of.  I'll scan it in soon.  That's what gave me the idea to join this club.  This site has given me a lot of insight already.  I could find nothing at all on the web when I was searching last year.

At 9:18pm on December 23, 2011, Garth Elliot said…

Tom,

If you want to send me a telephone number I can call you...at a time you might specify. Day or evening matters not to me. I use skype.

Also, I am "casually" looking for an 8-bolt "climb" prop to fit a Continental engine...125 HP...would prefer a long wood prop...say an 80X36 wood......but might have to use an aluminium prop...from a Cessna with a C-145 or...?

At 12:20pm on December 5, 2011, David L. Brown said…

Tom,

Sorry I have not gotten back with you.

Thanks for letting me be apart of the Porterfield club.

Well it looks like winter is here in Ohio. Time to hide in the shop for the winter. I have big plans to work on the Porterfield this winter.

How do I talk to about drawings for the porterfield?

Right now I am planning on doing all the wood work on the fuslage. stingers, bulkheads, back window frame, floor boards, etc.

Your help in sending me in the right direction would be great.

To answer your question my airplane is 1940 cp-65 NC25563 S/N 671

Thanks  Dave.

davebrown3@hotmail.com

dave@davebrowndesigns.com

dave@tailwheels.com My aviation cartoon

 

 

At 2:04pm on November 2, 2011, Y B said…
Dear Mr. Porterfield
I'm happy to join your great club, I'm planning to upload some pics and info about our project soon.
I am hoping you can help me out with some questions regarding the LeBlond 70 engine.
My main inquiry is about the magneto couplings.
Do you know of someone who sell these kind of couplings?
If not do you know someone that manufacture them, or can you advise on how to manufacture them ourselves?
Do you know if an impulse coupling is required?

I sincerely appreciate your time for answering these questions.
Thank you and I hope to hear from you soon,

Yaad Barak
Air Paradive Ltd.
Tel: +972- (0)4- 6391068/9 
Fax: +972- (0)4- 6391301

At 11:04am on October 29, 2011, Bob Mabrey said…
Thanks Tom

Sorry no pictures, just a complete CPT pilot log in great detail and a few camp fire stories from the fishing trips to the high Sierras to remember.He did his first 35 hours and solo in N25495 at Kansas City through University of Missouri CPT Program (Kansas City Flying Service Muni Airport) 7/15/40 to 10/8/1941.Spins must have been a thrill with 50hp. Would love to have some additional photos myself, could not believe my luck, when I ran across Michael's great restoration (airplane looks great) in Barnstormers.

My Dad went on to the RAF in Terrell Texas , test pilot Douglas LAX and Captain TWA l1011s in SFO.

If Michael would like copies of my CPT Program log I would be glad to supply them .

I meet with Evergreen Museum staff next week to discuss possible CPT project , will keep you informed.

Thanks for all your help, you guys are doing a great job..
At 9:44pm on October 13, 2011, Thomas C. Wottreng said…

I am helping get a CP-65 back in the air. It is ser. no. 660. I am in need of the factory drawings for the parking brake. Think you can help me find them?

By the way, Chuck Lebrech flew from Dacy airport where I grew up.

Thanks-Tom Wottreng

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"Hey Tom,  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…"
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"Many Thanks Tom. I discovered Porterfield plane and I try to make it known in Europe (2 s/n only) and particularly in France where there are only mine sn 720. Regards Olivier"
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"Craig, Welcome to the Porterfield Airplane Club on-line. Tell us about your Porterfield."
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"Jerome, Welcome to the Porterfield Airplane Club. Thank You for posting the pictures of F-AYRJ. Are you co-owner of it with Olivier?"
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t j neff left a comment for Tom Porterfield
"hello Tom,   T. J. Neff here. I have a 1941 LP65. I desparately need a self started or and engine mount to convert to a Continental 85 or ?? Any leads/   TJ"
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Calvin Wiley left a comment for Tom Porterfield
"Thanks guys, got mine sold a couple weeks ago but I'm sure I'll have another down the road!"
May 31, 2013
Tom Porterfield replied to Andy Gelston's discussion seating measurements in a Collegiate
"Front seat to pedals is 24" and then front of seat to rear of seat is 13". Total 37" Rear seat front to petals is 24" front of rear seat to rear of seat is 14". Total 38""
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"Donald, Welcome to our Porterfield Airplane Club on-line. Do you know the N# of the Porterfield you use to own, I'll check and see if it is still around. It's good to have you aboard. Tom Porterfield"
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