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Have you ever wondered what your local airport looked like during World War II?
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P-51 Mark on Maintenance - Landing Gear
Nobody wants to witness or participate in a gear up landing in a Mustang. It can easily be a $1,000,000 repair. And while the most common reason a Mustang ends up on its belly is pilot error, another culprit can be the failure of the landing gear rod end. Fortunately, there are preventative measures and...
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Bush Stearman
On November 30, 2018, America lost the last President to have served in World War Two when George Herbert Walker Bush passed.  We at AirCorps Aviation are honored to have participated with Paul Ehlen and Wings of the North Museum in honoring President Bush’s military service through the restoration of a Stearman trainer he flew...
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The P-51 Mustang header tank (P/N – 106-46002), is fitted immediately behind the propeller spinner and is connected to each cylinder head coolant outlet and arranged around the reduction gear housing. The tank is designed with two outlets, one on each side of the gear housing; the lines from the outlets join in a “Y”...
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A November roadtrip with a van full of coworkers offered the opportunity for me to sprawl out on the floor of the Flying Legends Hangar…
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Just off highway 30 outside Athens, Tennessee, a well-informed individual can take the turn toward the McMinn County Airport and find themselves at the Swift Museum Foundation, or SMF. The airport is small, but provides services such as hangar leasing, flight instruction, and a cozy passenger lounge. A short stroll to the east across the...
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A sunny Friday drive to Duluth this spring allowed many of us here at AirCorps the distinct pleasure of having lunch with Jervis Van Vleck Heimbach, (who goes by Van), his son, Bob, and grandson, Rob. Van piloted P-51s over the skies of Europe serving in the 319 Squadron, 325th Fighter Group, flying missions primarily...
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wing fairing on stretcher
The members of our Fabrication team are experts in re-creating WWII-era aircraft parts through a variety of techniques. They often combine modern technology with original methods and equipment from the 1940s that helped fulfill the immense production needs for the armed forces at the time.
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pivot shaft
Popping across town to the hangar often feels like a field trip: there’s always something cool to see and someone wearing wings happy to answer questions. For many, the intrigue in our surroundings is all about form, while for others the fascination is in function – the AirCorps team is a seasoned mix of both.
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loren hintz dog tag
What drives us to seek out the bits of history that didn’t make headlines in the past? What motivates descendants, or even complete strangers, to piece together the lives and deaths of those who have been gone for decades? The meaningful sense of nostalgia around these questions is a big part of why AirCorps Aviation...
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