For a memoir in which I write about soloing in 1948 in a Porterfield with minimal instruments, I need to be told what, besides a throttle, compass and an altimeter, what those instruments were. As I recall, the instrument panel was very plain with just 3 or 4 dials.
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.
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.
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 .
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! :)
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.
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,
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.