- Svetkoff’s Starfighters
- Inside the Swamp Ghost Recovery
- Aviatrix Aspirations
- Fairchild Mystique
- Britain’s Glorious Gladiator
Beginning in the 1990s, warbird enthusiasts were excited and amazed when Rick Svetkoff’s F-104 Starfighters streaked across the sky at air shows across the United States. Since then Svetkoff has grown his fleet and utilized the jets’ amazing capabilities to build a high-tech niche within the flight testing and aerospace research industry.
Ken Fields grew up idolizing his dad, who was checking out his new B-17E on December 6, 1941, a day before the Japanese attacked Hawaii. Through 435th BS and 19th BG reunions, Ken befriended the crew of an ill-fated B-17E that had been sitting in a Papua New Guinea swamp since early 1942. Ken conspired with Glen Spieth and Fred Hagen to recover and sa ve the aptly named Swamp Ghost from decay and inevitable destruction.
When she was knee high to a grasshopper, Laurie Clark fell in love with aviation. As a teenager, when she was told by the local airportmmanager, “We don’t reallyhave anything for a girl,” she didn’t let it stop her. Although she didn’t set out to be a role model, her story of becoming a corporate and warbird pilot serves as motivation to her daughters, family and friends, and student pilots.
This Fairchild PT-23 is not only a piece of military aviation heritage, but also a slice of “warbird movement” history. From Paul Poberezny training cadets in Arkansas during WWII, to the homegrown flight school of twin brothers Harold and Howard Miller, and to current owner Paul Quinn, this Fairchild possesses a unique mystique!
Although technically obsolete at the start of World War II, the Gloster Gladiator was flown in combat. From China to Finland there were several pilots who became Aces in the two-winged wonder. Representing the pinnacle of biplane fighter designs, today only two examples of this venerable airplane exist in flying condition within the United Kingdom.