Take A Look At Goss Hawk Unlimited!

GossHawkFW190WARBIRD RADIO – This week we’re featuring the work of Goss Hawk Unlimited in Casa Grande, Arizona.  Dave Goss along with his family and team are doing incredible work on some of the rarest warbirds in existence.  Here’s a little background on Mr. Goss according to his GossHawkUnlimited.com.

Born into an Air Force family, Dave Goss realized his love for aviation at an early age. His father served as a navigator/bombardier on B-17’s and as a navigator in Lockheed C-130’s. Dave enlisted in the United States Army, and served in Vietnam as a gunner/crew chief in helicopters.

After completing his tour in Vietnam, Dave served out the terms of his enlistment in Germany as a helicopter mechanic; it seemed a natural step that Dave take what he learned in the Army, and apply it to his civilian life. When he arrived home from Germany, Dave enrolled in Embry-Riddle University’s Maintenance and Technology program. Dave received his A&P license, and from there he began his career in aviation. His first job was overhauling Pratt and Whitney J-57 and TF-30 jet engines at Naval Air Rework Facility (NARF) in Norfolk, Virginia.

After three years of working on jet engines, Dave went to work on de Havilland Caribous and Lockheed Electras in Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands. Dave moved to Arizona and enrolled in the Aeronautical Engineering Technology program at Arizona State University. While attending ASU he met the people at the Champlin Fighter Museum in Mesa, Arizona and went to work for them as a mechanic in 1983 working on WWI, WWII, Korean and Vietnam era aircraft. Eventually Dave rose to the position of General Manager of the Champlin Fighter Museum.

In May of 1995, Dave Goss started GossHawk Unlimited with only one employee, and he used the former Champlin Fighter Museum’s restoration hangar as his shop. Dave Goss’s knowledge and attention to detail in the restoration of vintage aircraft is second to none, and has earned him a reputation as a leader in the aircraft restoration industry.

In a recent conversation with daughter Lindsey Goss (who also works in the shop) she relayed the team is busy working on two Focke-Wulf Fw 190 projects, the only airworthy PB4Y Privateer, an Erco turret that was on a PB4Y, and other maintenance projects.   Lindsey also said that an interesting potential project in their hangar is an A-20 Havoc, which is awaiting a new owner.

Stay tuned to Warbird Radio LIVE this Tuesday (02-17-15) at 8pm for a full update  from Dave and his team!  Thanks for listening.

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QUICK LINK:  Goss Hawk Unlimited

Warbird Radio Rewind – White 1 FW-190 – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Monday

White 1 Update – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Monday

MONDAY – Mark Timken joins us with an update on the White 1 FW-190.  Since his last visit Mark and his team has made tremendous progress.  Take a look at the photo tour posted in this story and see the work for yourself.  For more info on the FW-190 just click on the Quick Link posted below.  Thanks for listening!

UPDATE:  White 1 is now owned by the Collings Foundation!  Tune in later this week for a complete UPDATE!

QUICK LINK:  Collings Foundation

STUDIO LINE:  478.787.4768

SKYPE:  warbirdradio

EMAIL:  matt@warbirdradio.com

PHOTO TOUR

Freeman Field Recovery Team – Warbird Radio LIVE!- Monday

Freeman Field Recovery - Warbird Radio LIVE! - Monday

MONDAY – David Gray and Terry Gunter from the Freeman Field Recovery Team join us on Warbird Radio LIVE!  For decades stories of buried foreign aircraft at the former Freeman Army Airfield have become familiar to aviation enthusiasts worldwide.  The Freeman Field Recovery Team has set out to find the buried aviation treasure.  The team has recovered numerous artifacts and is planning a major dig this spring.  Hear the details Monday morning at 10am (EASTERN) on Warbird Radio LIVE.  Thanks for listening.

QUICK LINK:  The Freeman Field Recovery Team

STUDIO LINE:  478.787.4768

SKYPE:  warbirdradio

EMAIL:  matt@warbirdradio.com

Syd & KT Jones – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Wednesday

Syd & KT Jones - Warbird Radio LIVE! - Wednesday

WEDNESDAY – Aside from being warbird pilots, Syd, along with his wife KT Budde-Jones, are successful treasure hunters, aviation historians, aircraft restoration experts and much more.  They will share their amazing story tomorrow morning during Warbird Radio LIVE.  Currently, Syd is working on the White 1 FW-190 restoration and flying his AT-6 (when KT isn’t flying it).  Together this “warbird power couple” has accomplished so much it will be hard to fit it all in one show…  For a little background info, we’ve attached a great article from Air & Space Magazine about their involvement with the Niihau Zero.  Tune in tomorrow morning at 10am (Eastern) and hear about their adventures.  Thanks for listening!

QUICK LINK:  Air & Space Article On The Niihau Zero

QUICK LINK:  The White 1 Project

STUDIO LINE:  478.787.4768

SKYPE:  warbirdradio

EMAIL:  matt@warbirdradio.com

The Bedside “Butcher Bird” – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Tuesday

Jeremy Wicker - Warbird Radio LIVE! - Tuesday

TUESDAY – It’s not often you hear about a warbird being built in a dorm room…but Jeremy Wicker is making it happen.  Last year he started building his own FW-190 in a USAF dorm room.  Today he’s much happier working in his garage…  Hear this amazing story tomorrow morning on Warbird Radio LIVE! – 10am (EDT).

QUICK LINK:  Jeremy Wicker’s FW-190 Project

STUDIO LINE:  478.787.4768

SKYPE:  warbirdradio

EMAIL:  matt@warbirdradio.com

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