TEXAS WARBIRD REPORT – Cowtown Aerocrafters and the National L-Bird Gathering

Propwas-txwbr-webWARBIRD RADIO – Lanny Parcell’s Cowtown Aerocrafters in Justin, Texas has a well deserved reputation of producing some of the finest small aircraft Warbird restorations in the country. Oshkosh winners and other shiny awards have come from this small shop just north of Fort Worth.  Lanny will join us to tell us about past and current projects in the Propwash hangar.

Ryan Short will also be joining us to tell us all about the upcoming National L-Bird Gathering in North Texas. Liaision aircraft have proven to be an integral part of military aviation and have a vast and interesting history. Ryan is a CAF member and L-bird pilot himself and has a passion for the littlest of the “little friends” of WWII and beyond.

QUICK LINK: Cowtown Aerocrafters

QUICK LINK: Liaision Aircraft History and Preservation

STUDIO LINE: 478-787-4768

SKYPE: WARBIRDRADIO

 

Texas Warbird Report – The Lone Star Flight Museum – Episode 11

txwbr lsfm copyWARBIRD RADIO – Larry Gregory of the Lone Star Flight Museum joins The Texas Warbird Report to tell us about the exciting new plans for the museum’s move to Ellington Field in Houston, Texas.  This museum is home to one of the finest collections of restored aircraft and aviation exhibits in the nation., including flying WWII Aircraft and the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame.
Erik Johnston from “The Walkaround” will also join  Zane on the show tonight.  Erik has been diligently working in the North Texas area to capture unique video Walkaround tours of interesting warbirds and vintage aircraft narrated by their crews and veterans.

QUICK LINK: Lone Star Flight Museum

QUICK LINK: The Walkaround

STUDIO LINE:  478-787-4768

SKYPE: warbirdradio

EMAIL:  info@warbirdradio.com

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

From The Archive: John Mohr – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Episode 69

john mohrWARBIRD RADIO – From the archive, legendary air show aviator John Mohr joined Matt Jolley on Warbird Radio LIVE back in 2011.  John (who has since retired from the industry) was routinely compared to the greats like R.A. “Bob” Hoover.  John’s performance is the stock Stearman was truly a think of beauty.

The audience was spell bound because his skill set allowed the Stearman to defy gravity.  Find out what it’s like to fly the “stock” Stearman to the edge of it’s flight envelope.

 

To listen to the free download click the play button at the bottom of this page.  Thanks for tuning in!

QUICK LINK:  Mohr Barnstorming

EMAIL:  matt@warbirdradio.com


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STORY UPDATE – Warbird Radio Presents – The B-29 Mystery

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WARBIRD RADIO – On this episode of Warbird Radio Presents we work to solve a B-29’s mysterious past.  Inside the Warner Robins Museum of Aviation is B-29, 44-84053.  From the outside, 44-84053 is just an ordinary late war B-29, it’s on the inside where the mystery begins.

Unexplained seats in the aft section of the fuselage and missing records (prior to 1955) set the stage for something secret.  Was 053 part of a special forces unit post war or was she a member of a covert mission during WWII?

Find out this week on Warbird Radio Presents – The B-29 Mystery.  For a complete update on the evidence we’ve discovered since the original broadcast, just keep reading.  Thanks for taking a look!

DOWNLOAD OR PLAY THE PODCAST AT THE VERY BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE

QUICK LINK:   Museum of Aviation


 

STORY UPDATE (01/30/15):  Since broadcasting this story in 2010, Warbird Radio.com has confirmed 44-84053 was most likely used for Psychological Operations post World War II.  It’s secret mission would have been to deliver agents behind the Iron Curtain in Europe.  With help from a retired USAF Colonel (who doesn’t want us to print his name) and some clever research, it was discovered 053 has a high probability of being part the Air Resupply and Communications Service.

Documented in Apollo’s Warriors – United States Air Force Operations During The Cold War, B-29’s configured like 053 were operated by the 582nd Air Resupply and Communications Group from RAF Molesworth.  In a strange twist of fate the B-29’s that were retro-fitted for this mission were stored and re-configured at the Robins Air Force Base depot in Warner Robins, Georgia before departing for Molesworth.  Today, 053 rests on the same property.

“The required number of bombers were soon pulled from the mothball fleet at Robins AFB, Georgia, and restored for duty,some with fuselage markings still showing the number of combat missions flown over Japan.  These modifications included removing all guns for self-defense, saving those in the tail turret, and installing a “joe hole” in the former aft-belly gun turret space for parachutists to exit.  Resupply bundles would hang like clusters of melons in the bomb bay to be dropped like bombs as the plane passed over the drop zone.” – Apollo’s Warriors

Some clues to 053’s past are still highly visible.  After careful examination around wheel wells and bomb bay doors,  black paint chips still remain.  The “joe hole” can clearly be seen in the aft belly turret and many other clues have helped lead to this hypothesis.

NOTE:  At this point, the only way to definitively solve the mystery would be confirmation by a crew member or photo of 053 in action.  So naturally, we’re working on that now (grin).  We have located some very clear documentation supporting our theory but before going to print we’re going to get the full story.  If you have any thoughts, we’d love to hear from you!

Matt Jolley
Warbird Radio.com

CONTACT: matt@warbirdradio.com

QUICK LINK:  Apollo’s Warriors

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