Kilo-7 Aircraft Restorations

The process of returning vintage aircraft to flying condition can take anywhere from three months to one year. Restoring a single craft involves thousands of hours of work for aviation experts, engineers, and mechanics. Even before the actual work begins, restorers or owners must show proof of the plane’s original serial number, hold title to the plane, and restore the plane according to the original manufacturer’s specifications. Whether the aircraft is restored using its original materials or reconstructed from virtual scrap, all parts must map to exacting inspection standards.

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All our aircraft have been or are in process of being restored to airworthy condition. Here are two examples of planes illustrating classic scenarios.

P-51B “IMPATIENT VIRGIN”

Impatient Virgin crashed in 1945 and lay shattered in a British beet field for more than 50 years. » Read the backstory. After three years of patient excavation and detailed certification research, the plane made its way in fragments to Pacific Fighters for a complete restoration. The results will be exceptional—and creative. One side of the plane will showcase the aircraft’s identity as Impatient Virgin, and the other will reflect its alternate identity—Eva.

Impatient Virgin Restoration

Impatient Virgin in the Restoration Hangar

SUPERMARINE SPITFIRE MARK LF IXE

Establishing the identity of our Spitfire and verifying its original RAF serial number (SL633) turned into a detective story that lasted more than 20 years. » Read the backstory. The happy ending? Historic Flying Limited, the company restoring the plane, has been able to overhaul many of the plane’s original parts—in their words, “a true restoration of an historic aircraft, not a reconstruction, as most aircraft have to be these days.”

SL633 in the Restoration Hangar

SL633 in the Restoration Hangar

SL633 being assembled at Historic Flight Foundation after restoration

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Impatient Virgin in Restoration

Impatient Virgin in Restoration

Impatient Virgin Gets a New Cockpit

Impatient Virgin Gets a New Cockpit

Spitfire Tail Under Restoration

Spitfire Tail Under Restoration

Spitfire Engine

Spitfire Engine

6 Responses to “Restorations”

  1. Chris Forman says:

    Am blessed to be working for Boeing on the flight line in Everett. It is a true privilege to hear, feel, & see Historic Flight’s collection take to the air more than half dozen times a summer month, during my labor of love.

    Thank-you & God Bless!

  2. admin says:

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  4. JohnS says:

    Call us during business hours and we’ll put something together.

  5. Tim Lawson says:

    Keep up the great work John. I enjoyed my short visit on Tuesday. The Lockheed 12 is fantastic.

  6. Dale Avera says:

    Mr. Sessions, I talked to you late in 2009 about getting my friend up to see your bearcat since he was a bearcat pilot just after world war 2, He retired as a captain and commanded a skyraider squadron .I talked to his wife and hes not doing to well and if there is anyway I could get him up there to see your plane it would sure be appreciated. He told me a story of mock dogfighting a corsair over the olympics out of the sandpoint naval station and beating the corsair pilot in three different style dogfights. His name is captain Don Smith .He also flew the hellcat but his true love was the bearcat. Thank You for keeping the memorys of the men who flew the machines alive Sincerly, Dale Avera

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