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Second Porterfield now registered in Oz!

I made an error advising the rego I had reserved. It is VH-POF which was added to the register today. So now we can have "papa oscar foxtrot" calling. I have not found any handling notes or Flight Manual with the LP-65. Is anyone able to advise the status of such documents please. Remember, "its always tomorrow in Australia". Regards, Rob.

Added by Rob Glenn on November 28, 2011 at 1:30am — No Comments

N37733 arrives in Australia.

Our Porterfield, LP-65 N37733, purchased from Don Bishop, Bowie, Texas, arrived in Australia this week and came out of the sea container in Sydney for road transport to Bathurst NSW. Some hold up to get through customs, where the container was x-rayed, and quarantine looking for all sorts of bugs trying to escape from the US. Amazingly, nothing was damaged in the slightest during the long voyage. Job now is to get the aeroplane assembled and finalise the paperwork to get full registration…


Added by Rob Glenn on November 26, 2011 at 6:28pm — 1 Comment

LP-65 Porterfield Receives Best Antique Trophy 2011

Jay Underdown took his LP-65 Porterfield NC32417 to the Alton Illinois airport  (ALN) for their wings and wheels fly-in a few weeks ago and received the Best Antique 2011 Trophy. NC32417 is also co-owned with Larry Lightstone and Mike Weidhaas and based in O Fallen, Missouri.



Added by Tom Porterfield on October 30, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

50th Annual Bean Dinner Fly-In

Don Siemens of Airman Acres in Collinsville, Oklahoma and Owner of a Porterfield LP-65,

NC37856 held his 50th annual Fly-In Bean Dinner on Sep 24, 2011. They had quit a good turn out. I've never seen such big pots of beans cooking. Here are links to 2 videos of the Fly-in on You-Tube.

The first one is 15 minutes long.


Allen Deiter did a real good job on…


Added by Tom Porterfield on October 5, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Lone Eagle Porterfield makes it to Blakesburg Fly-in, Sept 3rd 2011

See Jay Underdown and Partner's (Larry Lightstone and Mike Weidhaas) Lone Eagle Porterfield at the Antique Aircraft Associations Annual Blakesburg, Iowa Fly-in. It is on the Part 2 Saturday Roll Call picture video of the link below at minute 7:32.


Part 1 of 2 Saturday Roll Call: http://youtu.be/IODWy_FIcao


Part 2 of 2…


Added by Tom Porterfield on September 8, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

N32347 LP-65 father & son rebuild

A few weeks ago I took on the task of helping my dad finish the Porterfield project that he purchased in 1985.  Although I have no experience rebuilding a plane, my father belonged to a group, for a short time many years ago, that restored old planes.  However, in spite of his knowledge, there are still some questions that I have that he is not able to answer.  Therefore, I would be eternally grateful for any information, advice, or support that fellow club members are able to provide. …


Added by Bryant K Chambers on July 27, 2011 at 8:00pm — No Comments

1948 Curtis Wright Model 5

Anyone interested in purchasing a 1948 Curtis Wright Model 5.  It is time to sell it because I have too many projects and no time or space for this trailer anymore.  Email me at CurtisWright1948@live.com if interested.  If you do let me know you are in the Porterfield Club.



Added by Jason Algra on March 9, 2011 at 2:56pm — No Comments

ZL update Feb 2011

ZL was quite busy in 2010, we made it to lots of fly-ins throughout the south and midlands of England and I did a long trip to Cornwall to visit my son.  ZL performed well all the way through.  Paul and I did Oshkosh, had a great time but we were disappointed that no Porterfields made it, understandable I guess considering the inclement start to the week!  I flew in the B17 and we also managed rides in the Trimotor, a Breezy, Cessna 180, Cub and aeros in an Extra 300.

We've fitted a…


Added by Steve Sharpe on February 4, 2011 at 12:07pm — 1 Comment

Needed: nose cowl, chin cowl, drawing for battery installation and Porterfield decal

Does anyone have these cowls or know who might be making them? Secondly, Joe Rankin tells me that there is a factory drawing showing the installation of a battery system for the CP65 and 75. Joe said he would look for it but her hasn't come up with it yet. Does anyone have one I could get a copy of? And finally can someone tell me where to get a stencil or decal of the Porterfield-Turner emblem. Thanks Darryl Coit dcoit@mchsi.com, Joplin, Mo.

Added by Darryl Coit on November 10, 2010 at 9:07pm — 3 Comments

I have a source for shock discs

I recently had some very nice shock discs made by a local commercial gasket company. They are made out of neoprene rubber and look great. They were cut using a CNC water jet and are made exactly to the Porterfield drawing. I chose a shore A value of 60 for my discs but I haven't tried them yet since my CP65 project is not quite finished. They may be a little stiff. They can make them in any hardness that you want. They are not a PMA part of course but you can have them made under your… Continue

Added by Darryl Coit on November 10, 2010 at 8:56pm — No Comments

OSHKOSH Airventure 2010

Hello Tom.

Paul and I had a great time at Airventure, despite a bit of a wobble when we arrived and they were not allowing RVs in due to the waterlogging, but we blagged our way in and found a dry spot. We were disappointed there were no Porterfields, not surprising considering the previous week's weather I guess, although we did meet a young chap in the bar who had flown one! We met some friends who had flown a C180 in, we were at their plane when we witnessed the Jack Roush…


Added by Tom Porterfield on August 19, 2010 at 5:39pm — No Comments


I have a cp65 Porterfield N25542 . Does anyone know of a cp65 with a 85hp in it?

Added by Daryl Johnson on August 15, 2010 at 3:46pm — No Comments

Porterfield 35-70 to California

After five months of planning and work, I finally pushed my Porterfield 35-70 project into the hangar at Hollister today. I'll try to put together some photos of the plane. It also came with several copies of Leblond/Ken Royce manuals and other Porterfield material in which some of you may be interested.

Added by Carl Prather on August 13, 2010 at 5:51am — No Comments

porterfield project

To one and all, I have purchased a porterfield project s/n 1006 with a Franklinn 65 no.101336 so the logs say. The porterfield went through the dingweeds and trees I would appreciate an drawings of sheet metal parts and a engine mount actual or drawings. The brakes I have are the original cable spring type, is there a better stc brake or do I find parts? Does anybody have a recommended faberic system? I also recieved all of the maintenance records from the beginning no1006 first flew on 9/3/41… Continue

Added by John E. McCarty on July 9, 2010 at 5:49pm — 1 Comment

Oshkosh 2010

Anybody off to Oshkosh this year?

Paul and I will be there from 24 July onwards, representing Great Britain (well somebody's got to). We are renting a camper van in Chicago so will be setting up shop on the campsite some time late afternoon on the first Saturday, plan on staying until the following Friday or Saturday, all depends on how saturated with aeroplanes we get. We hope to catch up with some Porterfields and their owners, don't know how we'll meet up though! Will…


Added by Steve Sharpe on May 27, 2010 at 5:11am — 2 Comments

John Bange of Clifton Australia with Porterfield

Picture of / about 'Clifton' Queensland - Unique Porterfield Special aircraft with owner John Bange, ca. 1950

John Bange standing beside his vintage Porterfield Special monoplane, UH-UVH on his property at Back Plains, Queensland. A pioneering glider pilot, Bange designed and built the first enclosed-fuselage glider which made its maiden flight over Clifton on the 27 October 1935.…

Picture of / about 'Clifton' Queensland - Young glider pilot, John Bange at the controls of his hand-built glider, ca. 1935

Picture of / about 'Clifton' Queensland - Ultimate speed on a racing bike, Clifton, ca. 1930


Added by Tom Porterfield on March 15, 2010 at 1:00am — No Comments

NC18088 CP-40 Zephyr, US Airmail

The Air Mail mural was designed and painted by Mark Pestana, noted test pilot and Tehachapi artist. On May 15, 1938, The U.S. Postal Service issued a new Air Mail stamp as part of a national celebration for the 20th anniversary of the first U.S. Air Mail. Tehachapi marked the occasion with its inaugural Air Mail flight to Bakersfield. Harry Beauford, Jr., a Tehachapi resident and pilot, is shown standing next to his plane at Tehachapi…


Added by Tom Porterfield on March 14, 2010 at 11:30pm — No Comments

1939 CP-40 and Myron Collier, NC18743

Myron Collier was born June 8, 1930, on a farm near Butler, Ohio. He built model airplanes and, though he didn't know any pilots, knew he wanted to be one. An hour's worth of instruction was too expensive, so he paid for 15 minutes at a time. What he lacked in finances he made up for in determination, and by age 23 he had accumulated private, instrument, commercial, multiengine, instructor and ATR ratings. He financed his by teaching flying, and entered the…


Added by Tom Porterfield on March 14, 2010 at 11:00pm — No Comments

1939 Porterfield "Spirit of New China" with Roscoe Turner and Hilda Yen

April 3, 1939. Washington, D.C. "Col. Roscoe Turner, winner of speed trophies in the air, dropped down to Washington Airport today with a red high-wing monoplane which he presented to the friends of New China, represented by Miss Hilda Yen, Chinese Aviatrix. The plane, 'Spirit of New China.' was built by the Porterfield factory." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.…


Added by Tom Porterfield on March 13, 2010 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Fifteen minutes of fame for ZL

The editor of the UK's most popular pilot's mag has been wanting to do a flight test of ZL for some years. Finally this happened in September 2009, the month of ZL's 70th birthday. The photoshoot was "interesting", the camera ship being a locally based Cherokee 6 with the back door removed, with me in the back seat of ZL offering advice. I've added some photos from the sortie and will post the article on the site when I get the pdf from the editor. He was quite complementary about the…


Added by Steve Sharpe on February 12, 2010 at 3:32am — No Comments

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