FRIDAY FAVORITE: Warbird Radio Presents – The Tom Reilly Story

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P-40 recently restored inside Tom Reilly’s hangar. Notice the B-17 landing gear on the floor??

WARBIRD RADIO –   Take a trip down memory lane and listen to this week’s Friday Favorite!  Here’s the story of our first visit with restoration legend Tom Reilly.

In October of 2009, I’d just given up the anchor desk for FOX news in Georgia and soon found myself in Tom Reilly’s hangar in Douglas, Georgia. WarbirdRadio.com had been on the air all of a month but Tom showed me around like I’d been in business for years. His hospitality has been the same ever since and always memorable.  For years I’d heard about Tom’s work and had been a fan of his since I was kid. His restoration track record is impressive and perhaps unmatched, 10 B-25’s, 2 B-17’s and a B-24 plus countless others.

Listening to Tom’s interview is not only a trip down memory lane it’s a great example of what it’s like to visit Tom’s hangar on any given day. There are projects and old airplane parts everywhere and the work continues no matter who’s there. Tom’s shop is a living, breathing embodiment of his passion for warbirds and the stories they tell. Sure it’s a business, but it’s his obsession with these flying machines that drive him forward. Take a listen and enjoy the tour of Mr. Reilly’s world.

P.S. – there are some really neat “early” pictures of the XP-82.

 Till next week!

 Matt Jolley

Original Story (10/26/09): Tom Reilly shows us around his hangar in Douglas, Georgia.  You’ll get up close and personal with the P-40 and numerous other airplanes Tom is working on.  Click on the picture gallery below for a photo tour of Tom’s shop.  Thanks for listening.

P-40 Photo Tour & Hangar Tour

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Warbird Radio Travels To Monroe, NC Airshow

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Enroute to Warriors & Warbirds Airshow in Monroe, NC. Jim Buckley flying the SNJ & Alan Armstrong flying the "Kate" with Matt in the back.

FRIDAY – Warbird Radio is now on the ground in Monroe, North Carolina.  If you’re in the area this weekend come take in the Warriors & Warbirds Airshow!  You can find the link on the right side of the page for directions and more information.  The SNJ (seen here) will be giving rides all weekend along with the SBD Dauntless and C-45.  If you’re interested in going for a flight the contact numbers are listed on the Warriors & Warbirds website.  Hope to see you this weekend!

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Nice shot of Jim Buckley's SNJ flying to Monroe, NC.

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