Kermit Weeks bought a I-16 Rata from the CAF

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Trip report — American Aero Services, 3 May 2019

On Saturday, stopped by American Aero Services to visit some of the work and aircraft currently on site. Thanks to the guys at the shop for letting us walk around while eating lunch.

This beautiful TBM was in the hangar undergoing some maintenance. The TBM “She’s the Boss” was at the shop and somehow, we forgot to take a photo.

The Collings Foundations P-38 is still undergoing some work to get it ready to be a regular flyer again.

Also, the Collings Foundation P-51B, is coming along nicely. Fuselage is together and the wings are on site. Looks like there may be a name change for this aircraft in the near future.

Getting close for flight is the Collings Foundation F6F Hellcat. Paint looks great on this aircraft.

Saw this on the walk out. Would make a great addition for the house!

Sanford-Orlando Airport, PV-1 Ventura moved to new location

The Lockheed PV-1 Ventura, that is on loan from the US Navy, is getting one step closer to be finished. The aircraft was recently moved and lifted to the new terminal that is under construction.  Restoration began back in the 2000 (history of the aircraft) with a different plan before the growth of the airport.

Here are some photos of the restoration from 2014.

Can’t wait to see this aircraft once the new terminal is open.

Photo credit: Orlando-Sanford Airport

 

2019 Space Coast Warbird Airshow — Information

In case you are following my site for show info, please read up on some of the rules about the show here. Cant stress enough that water and sunblock are two important items along with a hat. Sun can be brutal and if you are fare-skinned like me, it hurts.

Tickets can be bought online and I suggest doing the before arriving as the lines could be long. There is a golf cart shuttle from the main parking lot to the entrance.

Here is an always “tentative” schedule of events for the weekend:

 

2019 Space Coast Warbird Airshow Performer Alert — USN Tailhook Legacy Flight with T-45 Goshawk & F4U-4 Corsiar

From the Valiant Air Command:

“United States Navy Tailhook Legacy Flight

The Valiant Air Command, Inc. is honored to announce that our 2019 Space Coast Warbird Airshow has been selected to host a Navy Tailhook Legacy Flight Foundation Legacy Flight during this years airshow! This years Legacy Flight will feature both the exceptional USN T-45 Goshawk Trainer and the incredible “Korean War Hero” F4U-4 Corsair. ”

2019 Space Coast Warbird Airshow Performer Alert — B-17 “Movie Memphis Belle” CANCELLED

This aircraft wont be able to attend as it is DOWN for maintenance.

Coming to Titusville again to attend the VAC airshow, is the National Warplane Museum’s B-17 “Movie Memphis Belle.” Flights will be available in this aircraft and can be booked by visiting this link.

Image credit to Kenneth Strohm