Those that have been warbird enthusiasts since the 1980s fondly remember Pete Regina’s P-51C restored as Don Gentile’s Shangri- La. After Regina sold the airplane it nearly disappeared from site until Stephen Grey purchased it and began a long term restoration. Changing priorities at Grey’s Fighter Collection led to its recent sale to Jim Beasley. Beasley shares with Warbird Digest his passion for warbirds and all things Mustang and relates the profound impact his father had on his life.
Frank Mormillo traveled to the United Kingdom to welcome “Glacier Girl” to Duxford, but unfortunately engine problems prevented that arrival. Even without the historic P-38 the show was impressive.
Most warbird aficionados are well aware of the The Air Museum-Planes of Fame at southern California’s Chino Airport. Lesser known is the Planes of Fame facility at Valle, Arizona. A significant collection in its own right, this museum hosts its own aerial event each year. Frank Mormillo brings the story.
The Unlimited Gold race at the 2007 National Championship Air Race was one of the most exciting in years. Scott Germain brings the story of a week full of drama and fierce competition.
We have come a long way since the warbird movement started in the late 1950’s. Doug Fisher brings us a selection of photos and traces the history of these venerable classics.
An ambitious project is underway to return a significant piece of Canadian aviation history back to the air. Michel Côté describes the difficult task ahead.