The SNJ along with the “VandenBerg Air Force” will be participating in this years’ Golden Wrench competition at Oshkosh on July 28th- August 3rd.
We’ll be parked in the Warbird area when not flying, so come by and say “ hello” if you are attending. We’d love to meet you and show you the results of 30 years of restoration effort.
This website is dedicated to USN SNJ N6360G. This aircraft is the product of the dedicated efforts of many various artisans who have worked on its construction over the years. As it now begins to approach completion, this website is designed to display this remarkable machine in all of its former glory.
It has been described by many as the “most beautiful single example of this type of aircraft in existence anywhere in the world.” Viewing these pictures, or viewing the aircraft in person may lead many to that same conclusion.
This dream of mine began to take root back in the 1970’s. Having been privileged to become a US Navy carrier pilot, I have always admired this plane above all others…but was too late to fly it in my own training. It became a goal of mine to build an aircraft of this type to standards which had never before been achieved.
This aircraft is built as a tribute to this plane and to honor the countless military pilots who have trained in it over the years.
I joined with Mr. David Bieber, owner of Paladin Aircraft Restoration in San Diego to achieve that goal. In Mr Bieber, I found a true kindred spirit. A “plane guy” from way back, he shared my vision of perfection and the relentless pursuit of excellence. Together, we have gathered a crew of true artisans in order to achieve this end. These Airframes, engine, and electrical men joined this project with an enthusiasm born from finally having the chance to work on an airplane in such a way as to follow their own standards of perfection. “Working on this aircraft under these circumstances is a dream come true,” said Chief Master Airframes man Pete Wilson. As Carl Pozarowski, Chief Master Aircraft Electrician laughingly put it …”Dave, you know you have a bunch of obsessive compulsives working here…a psychiatrist would have a field day in this hangar!”
The result? …an aircraft like no other. This aircraft is a literally a work of art, fashioned by many artisans of differing disciplines.
This is NOT a “restoration” of an existing aircraft. Instead, it is essentially a brand new zero time WWII aircraft constructed today from previously un-flown parts, pieces, and sub assemblies…and built to the highest standards of excellence possible. It is unique.
Viewing these images conveys the sense of the aircraft and its incredible beauty. Like many who appreciate wonderful machines such as this, I have always found it compelling and encouraging to see others willing to extend their time and energies in order to restore these monuments to man’s ingenuity. Now I have had the opportunity…and responsibility…of attempting this myself.
This aircraft will be returned to the skies. With some luck and good outcomes, this should occur in early 2013.