Trip report: American Aero Services

I have made a few other posts on some of the work being done at American Aero Services, like P-40, B-17 and the N1K1, but there is other work being as well as other aircraft on site awaiting action.

The former VAC TBM Avenger that landed in the Atlantic Ocean during an airshow.

The Collings Foundation’s TF-51 “Toulouse Nuts”.

The Collings Foundation B-25 “Tondelayo”.

Some PBY work being done.

Japanese N1K1 “Rex” restoration by American Aero Services

At American Aero Services, the restoration of a Japanese Kawanishi N1K1 Kyofu “Rex” is about to begin. This aircraft known as “Rex” 565 was part of the 951st Kokutai (Air Group) at the tail end of WW2. Its role with the Imperial Japanese Navy was to be a floatplane fighter. It is believed that less than 100 airframes were built.

This aircraft was 1 of 4 that were brought back to the United States for technical evaluation.

After the evaluation, the aircraft was displayed at Willow Grove NAS from 1946 until 1982 when it placed into storage by the National Museum of Naval Aviation. Now in the possession of American Aero Services, this aircraft will be restored for display purposes.

This should be an amazing restoration to follow.