Author Archives: EAA Warbirds

Craig Payne’s Nanchang CJ-6A

I am the first civilian owner; receiving this aircraft from the Peoples Liberation Army Air Force(PLAAF) in 1995. This aircraft logged over 13,000 landings over 2102 hours in both military and base flying club service. Since then I have logged over 1000 hours. The original engine was changed over to a Russian M-14P in 2000,… More

Texas Flying Legends Museum North American B-25J

Named in honor of General Billy Mitchell, pioneer of American military aviation, the B-25 Mitchell was manufactured by North American Aviation and saw service in every theater of WWII. Just when the B-25 bomber was considered the most modern aviation technology, Maj. Paul I. “Pappy” Gunn, an engineer in Australia, removed the bombardier-navigator from his… More

Texas Flying Legends Museum P-51D Mustang “Little Horse”

This P-51D Mustang served in the European theatre flown by Lt Charles Koenig who named it Little Horse. In May of 1944, Ken Dahlberg arrived in England on a troop ship and was assigned to the 354th Fighter Group. The only problem was that he had been practicing in a P-47, and the squadron he… More

Dick Janitell’s Orlik

Dick Janitell’s Orlik

History: Design of the P.Z.L. 130 Orlik (Spotted Eagle) piston engine two seat primary and basic trainer began in 1982. The first aircraft flew October 1983. Various testing and follow on aircraft were tested till January 1985. Two additional planes did not take to the air till February 1988. The hold up was due to… More

North American Aviation P-51D Mustang “Swamp Fox”

North American Aviation P-51D Mustang “Swamp Fox”

History: US Army Air Force and US Air Force History of P-51 Mustangs 44-15660 & 44-74202 P-51D-25NA, s/n 44-15660 (the original “Swamp Fox”) According to USAF records, the P-51D, s/n 44-15660, was manufactured by North American Aviation, Inglewood CA and delivered to the USAAF on 20 Oct 1944. It departed the US by sea on… More

Curtiss P-40E

History: Aircraft was flown in the Aleution Islands during 1942 after being delivered to the U.S. Army in January of 1942. Aircraft was in landing accident in September of 1942 and parted out as salvage. Aircraft was placed in a dump in Cold Bay Alaska. Aircraft recovered some forty years later and restored by Don… More

Texas Flying Legends Museum P-40K Warhawk “Aleutian Tiger”

Texas Flying Legends Museum P-40K Warhawk “Aleutian Tiger”

History: The P-40 was a fighter and ground attack aircraft that was first produced in 1938 at the Curtiss Wright Corporation facility in Buffalo, New York. The P-40 design was an outgrowth of the pre-war Curtiss P-36. The Warhawk eventually saw service with 28 nations and was used by most of the Allied powers in… More

Texas Flying Legends Museum A6M2 Model 21 Zero “Last Samurai”

Texas Flying Legends Museum A6M2 Model 21 Zero “Last Samurai”

History: The Texas Flying Legends Museum has one of only a few flying Japanese Zeros left in the world. Mitsubishi designed the Navy Type Zero Carrier-Based Fighter in 1937 and it became known for its design and production volume during the war. Of course, it is also known for being the symbol of Japanese air… More

Warren Hill’s Nanchang CJ-6a

Warren Hill’s Nanchang CJ-6a

History: This aircraft was originally a trainer for the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force. It was brought to the United States in 1999 ad flown “as is” by a previous owner. It was purchased by Warren & Kelly Hill in 2009 and fully restored, with the addition of a M-14P 360 HP Russian engine…. More

Jim Herbert’s L-19 Birddog

Jim Herbert’s L-19 Birddog

History: Ordered under contract number AF(038)17136,22774, it was the 1773rd Birddog manufactured by Cessna. Originally scheduled for delivery to the United States Army in October 1952, records show that went to the Washington State National Guard. Prior to being declared surplus in February 28, 1972, it was flying in Fort Wainwright Flying Club in Alaska…. More