Classic Fighters of America – Restoration Shop Update by Richard Mallory Allnutt (Editor)
WarbirdsNews founding editor, Moreno Aguiari, made a flight down to Titusville, Florida a couple of weeks ago to check out what Classic Fighters of America has been up to since our visit in May. A good deal has happened since the last report on their SIAI-Marchetti S.211 rebuild program. The third S.211 is coming along well, and is undergoing rewiring while the team also prepares it for the spray booth.
Doug Matthew’s second F-86 Sabre is slowly coming together, and is currently undergoing rewiring. However, work on the Sabre is a secondary priority until CFA’s Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk Bu.156925 is completed. The aircraft rolled of the Douglas production line in August, 1970 and served as a trainer with the US Navy, flying 8751 hours before its retirement from the military in 1991. We managed to find a couple of photographs showing the ‘Scooter’ during her service years, and thought our readers would enjoy seeing them (used here with permission).
Upcoming tasks on the TA-4J will include:
– Installing HOT seats
– Installing Garmin G3X in the front and rear cockpits
– Prepping the fuel tanks
Doug Matthews other F-86 Sabre marked in the Skyblazer scheme is currently set to feature at EAA AirVenture 2016 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin during a Warbirds in Review session in just a few days time.