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Oshkosh 2024

Any Porterfields or owners attending Airventure 2024?

My FP65 is not ready. I hope 2025 will see me fly in.

I'm new here.  Are there any type meet ups planned?

Added by Rex Porter on May 26, 2024 at 5:54pm — No Comments

1947 Porterfield For Sale

  1. I have a 1947 porterfield For Sale if anyone is interested please get with me thank you! 

Tom 870 955-0849


Added by Tom Grafe on May 14, 2024 at 7:11pm — 3 Comments

tail support wires

I am missing the upper tail brace wires.  I have the lower and they are the streamline type.  What are other restorers using for the upper wires and what is a good source?  Thanks.

Added by Terry Bryson on May 7, 2024 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments


So can you fly the Porterfield from the back seat . I can't find that info. 


Added by Bobby Jones on April 21, 2024 at 6:01pm — 3 Comments

Fuel shut off valve

I am currently at the point in restoration of hooking up the engine ( A65) and mounting the gas tank but notice there is no fuel shut off valve.  Any advice on what type to use?

Added by Terry Bryson on December 23, 2023 at 5:28pm — 3 Comments

Ownership of Porterfield Aircraft Co??

This may have been answered before and I have missed it, but who currently owns the 

Manufacturing rights to the Porterfield Aircraft Company?  The last I have found is the Ward Furniture co.  Any historians in the group know the answer.??


Added by Bill Bussel on August 6, 2023 at 2:08pm — 1 Comment

Oshkosh 2023

I own a 35/70 Porterfield in Australia which I have been flying since 1955.

I am visiting Oshkosh this year (first time) and would like to catch up with other Porterfield owners.

I will be in Seattle for three days, Washington DC for 4 days and Detroit for 3 days all before Oshkosh.

Lets keep the skinny birds flying.

Trevor Bange

Queensland, Australia.

Added by Trevor Bange on May 3, 2023 at 8:44am — 4 Comments

Sport Flying - 1975, Vol 1, Iss 2 - Porterfield Article


I was cleaning some shelves in a closet and found an issue of Sport Flying that my dad saved. It has an article on the Porterfield Aircraft Company in it.

I remember there being much discussion around the article at our house. I think that the author of the article, Don Pratt, may have contacted my dad…


Added by Bill Skinner on March 6, 2023 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

Porterfield Plans

The original Taylorcraft company produced an Aircraft Service Manual that contains scale fuselage and wing plans and an isometric drawing of the complete steel tube structure.

I am familiar with: http://airfoiltools.com/airfoil/details?airfoil=m6-il

Are scale plans or drawings of the Porterfield Collegiate-- fuselage, wings or wing ribs-- available? 

Added by NaHeMeKa on November 9, 2022 at 11:24am — 1 Comment

Looking for Tips on Flying the CP65

I’m days away from getting our 1940 Porterfield C65 airworthy after not flying since the 1960’s. I am seeking any advice from those with experience flying the skinny bird.

We do not have anyone in my area familiar with the type for a formal check out so at this point I am planning to just take it out like I stole from Dad’s garage. Insurance is fine with my total tail wheel time( predominately in a Stinson 108-1)but they want 10 hours in type first before coverage… Continue

Added by Trevor Burns on September 1, 2022 at 8:18pm — 5 Comments

37-70 , N17027

Hi Porterfield fans,

We own  35-70  N17026, and wondering how many are currently under restoration these days. I'm starting work on 2 LeBlond 5Es and wondering if anyone has had gaskets made for Leblonds, or sources / substitutions for pistons, piston pins, valves, etc. Also if any of you have had cast iron cylinders chromed.  Thanks 

Added by Paul Workman on December 2, 2020 at 8:35am — 2 Comments

AD's on wing struts

The IA I am working with wants to know if there are any AD's on the wing struts of my 1940 Collegiate. He said I should have my wing struts punch tested for thin spots but would like to know if there are any AD's first.

Added by Victor Briley on October 15, 2020 at 3:22pm — 1 Comment

Restoration Continued

A few weeks ago, my dad and I resumed the restoration of his Collegiate.  This time we have help from a friend who's an A&P and another who's an IA.

The wings and engine were rebuilt, and the fuselage was hand sanded and repainted.  We have most of the old parts, but many of them, including the wing struts, windscreen, cowling, and cables, need to be replaced.

We also need a few critical drawings.  At the moment, drawings of the engine compartment for the…


Added by Bryant Chambers on August 3, 2020 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments

Porterfield Club Newsletters

I have within my fathers paperwork / files a number of Porterfield Club Newsletters. Would current club members be interested in a project to have these inventoried, scanned into searchable PDFs, and either posted to the club site or made available to club members? Any and all thoughts on this would be appreciated.

Added by Bill Skinner on July 13, 2020 at 12:51pm — 3 Comments

A Tribute to My Dad

Today is July 10th, 2020. My mother and father would have been married for 80 years today. They have long since passed, but I am still amazed by their lives. Happy anniversary Mom and Dad.

Since my dad was so involved with the Porterfield aircraft, I wanted to re-share a bio that appeared in the Porterfield Club newsletter in April of 1978. It was authored by Chuck LeBrecht with inputs from my dad.

There are some errors, spelling, grammatical, and factual (I…


Added by Bill Skinner on July 10, 2020 at 7:44am — 1 Comment

need fairleads for 1940 Collegiate

I am restoring a 1940 Collegiate and need to find a source for control cable fairleads. The fairleads are .550 in diameter and 1" long. I have checked all the traditional sources and they all have Piper cub fairleads that are .750" in diameter. Does anyone have a source for Porterfield fairleads?

Added by Victor Briley on June 29, 2020 at 3:06pm — 21 Comments

FP-65 Motor Mount

Looking for a FP-65 motor mount to buy. Or drawings so I can fabricate one.

Contact Bob Hayden @ bob.hayden@indmetfin.com or (714) 336-8619

Added by Bob Hayden on June 2, 2020 at 1:17pm — No Comments

LP 65 to C85 Conversion

I have been working on the C85 conversion for my LP 65 Porterfield for a few months now and have accomplished the following:

I have approval and data to use for the engine change figured out and ready to go

I have located a C85 which is being zero timed

My mechanic has fabricated the mount from the Porterfield factory drawings

I also have data and drawings for wing tank fabrication and installation

My new mount is on and we are now working on cowl issues… Continue

Added by john elliott on April 27, 2020 at 5:39pm — 6 Comments

Replacing Bendix SF4-RN8 mags with SLICK 4333

Has anyone preplaced the old Bendix SF4 mags on their CP-65 with SLICK 4333 mags?

It appears that spacers are required between the accessory case and mag to accommodate the required impulse coupler. I welcome any and all information or comments on the conversion process and parts required.

Added by Mark Lawrence Storey on March 3, 2020 at 1:18pm — 1 Comment

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