Cover Caption: Above the clouds and Chino, CA mountain peaks, John Lane of Airpower Unlimited (left seat) flies Douglas A-26 Invader s/n 44-34104 for owner Tim Savage (right seat) with son Job Savage in the rear-left jump seat.
Photo: Scott Slocum from his A36 Bonanza flown by David Vopat
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The Silver Dragon by Tim Savage
In 2015, Tim Savage appeared at the Arsenal of Democracy Flyover with his newly acquired A-26 Invader in a bold, authentic paint scheme. Building on the feature story we ran in Issue-27 (2009), Tim provides more details about the history of s/n 44-34104, and explains his plans for his rare, stock-military equipped Silver Dragon.
WHAT'S A YPT-14?
by Stephen Chapis
John King Jr., the current president of the Flying Circus in Bealeton, Virginia, recently invited Stephen Chapis to visit the legendary Circus, where they put on an air show every weekend, flying wonderful, rare examples from aviation's Golden Age. One of those aircraft, a beautiful WACO YPT-14, captured his attention and provided a learning experience that he shares with the readers of Warbird Digest.
Semper Fi Beech by Nathan Harnagel
Nathan Harnagel is back with a great story about the prolific Beech-18 and from preflight to touchdown, he gives us a report on the beautiful example owned and operated by Scott Rozzell.
Kirchner's Bonnie Kaye by Greg Morehead
When Chris Kirchner of C&G Air in Ocala, Florida, built his first airplane, he found his niche in life. His award-winning projects have been successively more complex, from a Kitfox to a BT-13, then a T-6 Texan, and now an amazing P-40N Warhawk. When he purchased a project as the basis for his next masterpiece, he found it carried with it the poignant story of the aviator who gave it its name: Bonnie Kaye.
When Pigs Fly-Air Heritage Museum's C-123K, THUNDER PIG
by Luigino Caliaro and Greg Morehead
Today only two flying examples of the rugged, dependable, Vietnam-era C-123 Provider remain flying in the continental United States. The story of how the volunteers at Air Heritage Museum in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, were able to save their beloved THUNDER PIG from the Boneyard is priceless, and their use of the airplane on the airshow circuit and in movie appearances is a model of success.