Porterfield 35-70 Flyabout

1935

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Porterfield 35-70 Flyabout

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Barry, 22.03.2016 18:25

There were over 240 Porterfield 35 Flyabouts built in all it's incarnations. The 35-70 was based on the earlier 35 which had first flown in 1935 with a 60 h.p. LeBlond 5D radial engine. The 35-70 featured a 70 h.p. LeBlond 5DE radial engine.

Span 32'0" Length 20'3" Height 6'7" Wing area 147 sq ft
Empty weight 806 lb Gross Weight 1,310 lb
Max Speed 115 mph Range 360 miles Service ceiling 15,000 ft

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Bob B Bailey, e-mail, 21.03.2013 17:05

At the start of my comment I overlooked saying that the plane he bought was a Porterfield. Bob

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Bob B Bailey, e-mail, 21.03.2013 17:01

A friend of mine, Bill Petty of Sulphur, La called me one day and said he had bought a plane and towed it, with wings off, to his pasture and was going to fly it the next day. he wanted me to come and fly it with him. I could not go so he made his own attempt. He hit a patch of water and ground looped the plane and called me again. I went over and looked at the plane. I could punch my finger thru the fabric anywhere on the plane. So I told him that he was very lucky that he did not get the plane off of the ground. so then he offered to give me half interest in the plane if I would pay for half the cost to recover the plane. Turned out to be too expensive for us to do. So he asked me what I would give him for it. I told him that I did not have any extra money. So he said you have a good shotgun, I will take that for the plane so we made the trade. Then a Mr. Derryberry heard about the plane and offered to give me one quarter interest in a beautiful airworthy PT-26,which is a PT-19 with a full canopy and full instrument panel. So for the price of one shotgun I had one quarter interest in a very good aircraft which I flew many hours. Thanks for reading. Brings back many memories. Bob

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Robert D. Mock, e-mail, 18.02.2013 04:51

Made error in my E-mail address of previous entry... CMSU (Now UCM) of Warrensburg MO was gifted by Walt Gunn, of the aircraft he had trained in at Spartan Acft, Tulsa OK

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Robert D. Mock, e-mail, 18.02.2013 04:47

If there is the interest, you might check with Joe Rankin of Maryville MO. I think you might be amazed at his extensive knowledge of the Porterfield.

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jimmy, e-mail, 15.07.2012 18:33

In the early 60's I owned a Porterfield with a Franklin 65 engine. Kept it at Essex SkyPark in Md. Nice to get off the ground but very slow in the air. Flying from the rear seat was a trip because of leg room and the peddles were so small. Wish I still had it even covered with Irish Linen

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Earl Seymour, e-mail, 19.09.2011 16:57

In 1945 after returning from the WWII, I rented a Porterfield "Kadet" and took members of my family for a ride from Old Richards Field in Kansas City. This one had a horozontally opposed engine. It was fun to fly after my F6F. The field is now a strip mall and a bank stands where the hangar once was.

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Jim Steinbrink, e-mail, 18.08.2011 17:48

I have many parts and the registration for a Porterfield CP-40 Zephyr.I need a fuselage or blueprint for a fuselage. All porterfields were built in Kansas City where iI live.There are Porterfields in the Antique Airplane Museum at Blakesberg, Iowa.

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Don P. Simons, e-mail, 30.01.2011 07:04

I learned to fly in Porerfields. Hinkle Flying Service at Bernard Airport in the early 40s bought eight LP-65s for the CPT program. By the time I got to Bernard, 1944, they had dwindled down to six. My first job as a 15 year old there was bulding Porterfield wing ribs and I can't tell you how many rib stitches I applied - maybe a bazillion Ha!
I soled on November 7th in NC34712 Age 16 + 3 days - we had 34713, 32347 and 32346. Two were sold off and flown to California which left four. I remember running away from Champs and Cubs in them - great planes!

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Chuck Jones, e-mail, 29.01.2010 05:10

In 1962 I owned a Porterfield with three other college students in Port Orchard, Wa. I am searching everywhere for a picture of that plane. I have so many fond memories building my flying time flying around the San Juan Islands and the Pacific West and once landing on a Highway near Seattle and getting my picture in the newspapers-somewhere is a picture of that plane.

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Joe Pribilo, e-mail, 15.01.2010 06:14

I had a Porterfield CP65 N32428 a 1940 model with a Continental 65 H.P.engine.

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Hamilton Brown, e-mail, 06.04.2009 02:29

Many years ago I bought an old wooden prop that came from a Porterfield supposedly owned by Madame Chiang Kai-shek. I was told that this plane was was destroyed at Weir Cook field in Indianapolis. With the prop I got a copy of a magazine article about the Porterfield planes which showed several very much like the photo above. They were built with several engines, radial and opposed cylinders. The one pictured here looks like a model of the 35 series made in the mid-thirties, most of which had a 5 cylinder radial LeBlond engine. The opposed engined planes look much like Pipers, Stinsons, etc.

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Pierre Boismenu, e-mail, 02.10.2008 00:00

I'm scanning old pictures from the family and I have one which I am told was a Porterfiled, but it doen't look exactly as this one.
See the picture here: picasaweb.google.com /pierre.boismenu /Negativos#5110540197704149202

Thank you!

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