Who We Are
We are a collective of Mechanics, Artisans, Apprentices and Engineers devoted to the restoration, reconstruction and conservation of World War II period aircraft and aircraft components. We specialize in restoring aircraft destined for static displays where authenticity without airworthiness is the exhibit’s objective.
How We Do It
Our restoration projects begin with an actual or remnants of an actual aircraft. Aside from its inability to fly, the completed aircraft is meticulously restored to look, feel and weigh in exactly as an airworthy variant of the same aircraft at a fraction of the cost of an airworthy restoration.
To retain the aircraft’s authenticity, we employ many of the same methods and materials utilized in its original manufacture. We employ CNC technology and laser metrology when these processes inherently derive significant time and cost savings.
Many of the marquee assemblies and features of the aircraft are original. Replicated items are manufactured to appear identical to the original component.
Most of the aircraft assemblies are meticulously hand made to exacting standards.
Our standards and ethics:
We abide by The Code of Ethics of The American Institute for Conservation of Historical and Artistic Artifacts and ascribe to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum standards and best practices.
Why We Do It
The historical period identified as World War II encompasses a period fraught with tragedy and consecrated in victory for our country.
The war began in 1941 an ended in 1945. This was an era of momentous advancement in aviation. We began this epic conflict with biplane fighters such as the Grumman F3F and five years later defeated an adversary flying Messerschmitt ME 262 Jets.
We desire is to honor the men and women who designed, fabricated and triumphantly flew the aircraft of that period by restoring for exhibit in mayor institutions the aircraft that define this generation.