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Wendell Hanson: B-25 Pilot

At Sioux Falls last summer, a good friend of Alan happened to find us, and we were thrilled to see him! Wendell Hanson flew many B-25s in the war, and many variants, including the H and the J. Here's some of the fascinating stories he shared.

Inside the Hangar: Flat tire on the Runway

The P-51D Mustang was a mechanical marvel back in it's day, but still remains impressive in every detail. Back at Wings Over Houston this October, Casey had a flat after landing from the first performance of the show. To the experienced, this is old hat, so Casey here...

Progress on the P-47

Progress on the museum's P-47D Razorback, currently being restored by AirCorps Aviation, is off to a great start this year! The tail cone has been assembled and fitted. It was then disassembled and painted with the protective zinc chromate coating. After the paint was...

The Prototype XC-53A

The museum's C-53, while currently in a DC-3 configuration, actually started in 1942 as a prototype for Douglas Aircraft. It was the only XC-53A built and was used for testing a full trailing edge wing flap. The C-53/C-47 was becoming a widely used platform and the...

Winter Update on the P-47D Razorback

Work on the museum's P-47D Razorback, currently being restored at AirCorps Aviation, is going quite well. Over the last couple of months work has progressed on the dismantling of the fuselage as well as progress on the tail section. The horizontal stabilizer is out of...

Winter Update on the P-51C

Lope's Hope the 3rd, currently under restoration by AirCorps Aviation in Bemidji, MN, is getting closer and closer to restoration. While some parts are still being worked on, recent work on the recovery of original parts was made. Included is an image of the 1944...

The Gentleman Next Door – John Wilkinson

John Wilkinson was a Royal Air Force fighter pilot during WWII. He flew the famous Spitfire and, by all account, achieved the mythic status of "Ace." Thanks to John Mollison for putting together this amazing story, preserving this history, and allowing us to share it...

A Conversation with Claude Hone, Part 1

On 21 July, 2016, the Texas Flying Legends Museum had the honor and sincere pleasure to have a long conversation with Lt Claude Hone in Sioux Falls, SD. Claude Hone is so typical of our many WWII veterans. He served simply because it was the right thing to do. Claude...

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