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.
Good morning Tom, Thank you and all you folks for the fine welcome. I forgot to mention that in the early nineties I restored the number one Eaglet 291N, and donated it to Kansas City. The last time I saw it it was at MKC.
I also had the extreme pleasure of flying "Spinach" one time at Blakesburg.
I plan to get my present Eaglet going soon, NC548Y
Thanks for the welcome. The 75C is a project at this time. We are currently doing a full restoration on a PA-11 and recovering some Ercoupe wings with the class. I own a Skybolt and am currently repainting all of the metal and fiberglass. It should be ready in about a month.
Thanks for the reply Tom. My Father bought 249 new in oct 1940. It left the the family during the war. I found it in So Cal about 1990 and started the restoration while I was in Santa Maria CA. I brought it to WA when I was transfered back up here. It is ready for cover as soon as I finish the new control cables. I hope to make it as origional as possible Regards , Bob L
That's great Tom, I was so glad that they called to see you, John used to fly but medical problems grounded him I hope you now know what friendly people we are down under.
All the best keep and the skinny birds flying.
Is it really a year since you put us all on the net? Doesn't time fly? (sorry about the pun). Good to have so many members, but I do feel a bit lonely on the video front, surely there must be lots of other Porterfield flying clips out there. Great set of photos on the site.
ZL's flying well at the moment (touch wood), should be airborne in her on Sunday possibly going to an air display at an old USAF fighter base at Bentwaters in Essex.
By the way you're right about Pink Floyd's line up being aircraft enthusiasts, the drummer, Nick Mason has had a few planes and lots of expensive cars, but now is mainly into helicopters I think. Dave Gilmour, the lead guitarist, used to have the odd jet fighter too, and a DC3 I think. The airline pilot/rock star you're referring to is Bruce Dickinson, lead singer in Iron Maiden a long established heavy metal band. He turns up at our club occasionally, sometimes flies a Nanchang, I had a drink with him a year or so back. He's an all round clever chap, apart from leading IM and being a 757 Captain (for Astreus airlines) he's also an author, had a show on national radio and once fenced for Great Britain. He's done some flying shows for Discovery too, which are worth catching. If only most of us had 10% of that talent!
All the best, Steve..
No there is no plan to restore it. The plan is to put it up for sale. I have my wife taking pic's of it, I am in Maryland working SH-60 SAR. It has the Lyc eng. with papers of overhaul, it has been recovered. The rudder was modified by the old owner and was on our list to repair to OEM spec's.. My Dad and I were going to make it fly before he got sick. I inspected the frame for any mods or bad repairs and found none except brazing on the seat frame to make it look good. Anyone intrested let me know. Jim Foley AP/IA
Tom- good afternoon to you- we've made some different porterfield shirts -thought you'd like to see a mockup of one-- The back of this one has the 3 Porterfields of Cable, and the front has the 'king of the air' Porterfield logo on the left chest. Give me an address and we'll send one out!
Thanks much for the response. Is Bill Buxton a member? I didn't find him in the roster. I do remember his name though from oh , so long ago. Wish I were young again. I'd like to take on his project ! Those days are over for me.
Hi Tom, The Porterfield NC27281.... Is that your plane ? For a moment I thought it was my old plane NC27280. Guess it is because it is the same color. Anyhow, Who did you buy it from. That is my sister ship. Well.... use to be. Funny how you can't forget an old friend ! I have been very busy With paperwork and things, after my husband died so I haven't been able to get to the archives on the Porterfield that I have stashed away ...someplace.
Yes, you are correct, that is the aircraft belonging to Keith & Trevor Bange. You may beinterested to know that I have a pic of my mother standing beside the same aircraft after she had been for a joyflight in it sometime in 1939..quite amazing