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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...

July/August Update of the P-51C Mustang Restoration

TFLM's P-51C Mustang, Lope's Hope the 3rd, currently being restored by AirCorps Aviation is getting nearer and nearer completion with many of the smaller details being looked at now. August saw fabrication of some of the final pieces. Click here to read the full...

July/August Update on the P-47D Restoration

TFLM's P-47D Thunderbolt, currently being restored by AirCorps Aviation is making good progress as building and fabrication continues from the 3D scans. The turbocharger was of particular interest last month as it is a complex system on the aircraft. Work on the...

P-40K History Update

As the museum continues to grow we sometimes have to look back in order to move forward. After acquiring the Individual Aircraft History Card on the P-40K, a couple important pieces of information have been revealed. While it is known that this particular plane was...

Staff Sergeant Edward Lange and the Aleutian Tiger

While at Oshkosh, many vets came up to the TFLM aircraft and told the pilots and cadre stories. This past year again, Kathy & Ed Lange Jr came with their father's/grandfather's very special story that is reflected by the TFLM P-40k "Aleutian Tiger." You see,...

Barry Needham visiting the Texas Flying Legends

Wm Barry Needham, in 1941 this spry 21yr old Canadian found himself in England flying a Spitfire MkV in the RCAF. On 7 July, 1944, he was shot down by flak and became a prisoner of war (liberated 40days later by Patton’s 3rd Army). In between he sung E-boats, shot...

Latest Update to the Restoration of the P-47 Razorback

The latest update with the P-47 Razorback currently being restored by AirCorps, show's some very interesting developments with the rebuilding process. Having very little intact parts to work with, much of the P-47 has to be rebuilt in the computer using 3D imaging and...

March/April Update to the P-51C Lope’s Hope the 3rd

Some really exciting progress has been made on the restoration of the P-51C Mustang, Lope's Hope the 3rd. Currently being restored by AirCorps Aviation, this P-51C has gone through an amazing restoration process and just got the Merlin Packard engine fitted in it's...

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