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

2 Responses to “Restorations”

  1. Matt says:

    After learning of the of Vintage Aircraft Weekend at Abbotsford Airshow my father and I have attended the last two years. Looking forward to this years weekend. You put on a great show, thank you!

  2. 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!

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