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Tom Porterfield
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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?
Do you have a MYSPACE profile, email address or personal website that you would like to share with others?
http://e-mail porterfieldprops@sbcglobal.net

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At 12:45pm on November 3, 2015, t j neff said…

Hi Tom,

Hope you are well.  Thanks for keeping this club going.

I need a Marvel brand carburetor with mixture control for my LP65.

If I could find a C85 with electrical system and an engine mount I'd strongly consider make the conversion.



At 2:42am on September 8, 2015, Stan Hyde said…

Hi Tom ,I attempted to add a video to the Porterfield site and and did something wrong .Can you remove them and I will try again later.

Cheers Stan Hyde

New Zealand

At 8:35am on June 1, 2015, Mike Polley said…


I am looking for advice on how to rig the wings of my CP-65.  She is right wing heavy.  I read the assembly and rigging instructions but still need help.

At 12:59am on April 29, 2015, Stan Hyde said…

Thanks for the welcome .I take delivery of the Porterfield in about three weeks and cant wait.Will send updates and question as I get to know the old bird better.

Cheers Stan Hyde

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. 


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


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.



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/



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


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.


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


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.



dave@tailwheels.com My aviation cartoon



At 2:47pm on August 18, 2011, Bob McCaa said…

Hi Tom;


I hope to. We are working to get the thing back into the air. Waiting for an Airworthiness Certificate.




At 6:53am on August 11, 2011, Hal Wyborny said…


 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.

 Thanks for your work for the club!


At 7:22pm on July 8, 2011, Bryant K Chambers said…

Tom -

Thank you for your welcome!

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.


Bryant Chambers

At 3:06pm on June 30, 2011, Jason Algra said…

Looking to sell my Porterfield LP-65 project.  Email me for details if you are interested at  porterfield1940@live.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.

At 12:19pm on May 25, 2011, Ryan Wubben said…
thanks for the welcome. I'm keeping my eyes open for flying aircraft, projects are beyond me right now...
At 4:08am on April 25, 2011, Steve Sharpe said…



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.

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