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Bill Skinner
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  • Fort Worth, TX
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Unknown Elevators
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To All:My dad saved an old set of elevators. They were of some significance to him as they were "representative examples" of production articles. For what aircraft I do not know, and that is the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bill Skinner Jul 4.

Sensenich Propeller
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I have a Sensenich Propeller that I intend to sell. I am doing some background research on the prop and would appreciate members feed back and comments.The prop is a Sensenich Model W72F-44, S/N…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bill Skinner May 30.

 

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Bill Skinner commented on Victor Briley's blog post need fairleads for 1940 Collegiate
"Just FYI. The box of spruce rib materials I had (mentioned in this thread) has been donated to a local EAA chapter. They hold classes and youth demos for homebuilders and will use this material in those classes and to complete a static display they…"
Oct 3
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"Andy, you are probably correctly that this is set up as an instrument trainer. i had not really studied the photo, but that does look like a blackout curtain. I have seen something about "options" somewhere in the paperwork, but I…"
Sep 1
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"Why does this remind me of the movie, Young Frankenstein? Gene Wilder: What big knockers! Terri Garr: Thank you, doctor."
Aug 31
Andy Gelston commented on Bill Skinner's photo
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"You can still learn to fly there, except a younger Rankin will be your instructor..."
Aug 31
Andy Gelston commented on Bill Skinner's photo
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"I know EE was glad to see Turner go, as VP, so I wonder how he got along with Ward?"
Aug 31
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"I'm more curious about what wheels and brakes she had!"
Aug 31
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"I wasn't aware the Zephyr had a big, Zorro Z on her side...pretty cool. Thanks, Bill!"
Aug 31
Andy Gelston commented on Bill Skinner's photo
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"This must be an instrument trainer, Bill, with that big panel and curtain for the back seat. The safety pilot would sit up front, where he has the stock factory panel. This is a nice view of what instruments were original to the factory panel. I…"
Aug 31
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Porterfield Cabin.This is an old picture from my father's files.I believe he kept this picture because it shows the original production configuration of the instrument panels, and the panels "Craquelure" paint scheme. I do not know which ship this…
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"A friend I met while studying some of my Dad's files sent me some pictures from the Smithsonian archives."
Jul 30
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Jul 30
Andy Gelston commented on Bill Skinner's blog post A Tribute to My Dad
"Nice tribute, Bill!  Thank you for typing this all up for us.  I enjoyed watching the video of him at the reunion, also."
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About Me:
My name is Bill Skinner. I am the son of the Bill Skinner that was an Engineer for Ed Porterfield and who was a designer engineer for some of the Porterfield Aircraft. I was a pilot, briefly. I have worked in the Aviation industry for my entire career. I am now retired.
Do you own a Porterfield Airplane?
No,
Are You a Pilot?
No

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At 4:46pm on July 7, 2010, Gloria C Conolley said…
As an old friend of your Mom and Dad. I want to welcome you to our club. His picture is in the photo's section, in front of my old Porterfield...
At 4:17pm on July 6, 2010, Tom Porterfield said…
Bill,
We are happy to have you as a member in our Porterfield Airplane Club. Feel free to share your pictures and stories with us. Welcome aboard!
Tom Porterfield

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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.

Posted on July 13, 2020 at 12:51pm — 2 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…

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Posted on July 10, 2020 at 7:44am — 1 Comment

 
 
 

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