- Opportune Harpoon
- In Pursuit of Magic
- Is Fast Ever Enough?
- The Final Toast Seventy
- That Guy was Me
- Ken’s Kanbaku
- Target Drone Survivors
This PV-2D Harpoon could have been scrapped several times during its tenure, but fate and dedicated people prevented its destruction and restored it to its original military configuration.
When Manfred Rusche found several East German L-39 carcasses stacked in the grass he decided one of them would be his next big goal in life. His pursuit of perfection ultimately paid off after the jet was shipped to the USA for assembly and flight testing at Code 1 Aviation.
When speed was king this P-51 Mustang served NACA, the forerunner of NASA, in testing new ideas and technologies. Bill Allmon found it rotting away atop a pole, and then enlisted John Muszala to return it to its original glory.
Seventy one years after they launched from the deck of the carrier Hornet, three of the four surviving Doolittle Tokyo Raiders traveled to Dayton, Ohio, for a final toast to their comrades. Five B-25 bombers made the trip to provide a special flyover to honor the survivors and those who have passed away.
As far back as he could remember Andrew McKenna had his face turned towards the sky. As a boy a great tragedy was tempered by a special T-6 ride. Little did he expect that the very T-6 he talked about for years would reappear to become an instrument of healing, as well as his door to the warbird world.
When surviving examples were lacking, Hollywood contracted the conversion of Vultee BT-13 trainers into accurate looking versions of the original Val dive bombers. This story looks at Ken Laird’s reproduction Val and the history of Kanbaku actions of World War II.
A unique collection at the Planes of Fame Museum in Chino, CA includes three target drones that survived to represent the thousands that were sacrificed for the improvement of American airpower.