HELLO FANS!

July 17th, 2017

It’s Boots, two years later.  I’m still here, older and maybe a little wiser.  I still have the energy to maintain my position as Director of Security for Barnstormer’s Workshop.  On call 24/7.

Protecting the Pitts

We recently recovered and painted a Pitts.  WOW! My kind of airplane.  It’s very much my taste, sexy, speedy, sporty, small, and sassy!  That’s me in a nutshell.  I like to call it “Purple Passion”.  I would love to put my goggles and helmet on and take it for a ride one night when the boss is not around.  Oh well, I can dream!.  It would help if I had thumbs.

 

S2B Pitts

Well, back to reality.  The shop is packed full as usual.  We have a Staggerwing project for sale right now.  Call if you are interested.  We performed a couple of annuals along with modifications on other Staggerwings.  Below are examples.

The guys have done extensive major repairs to two Cessna 120’s.  We are currently conducting an annual on a J-3 and Cessna 182.  Also in progress is the repair and recovering of 1929 Commandaire wings.

Commandaire wing

We are expecting a Bellanca Superviking in next week for a fuselage repair and recovering.  The list goes on.  I honestly can’t remember all of the airplanes that have been in and out in the last two years.  Stop by the shop to see us if you can.  We are always happy to have visitors.

On a sad note, the owner of Peachstate Aerodrome, Ron Alexander, who was a very good friend and supporter passed away while flying his beloved Jenny.  He is missed every day.

On a happier note, our longest ever employee, Karl Bell, recently retired.  Karl was truly an asset to our business.  He comes to see us about once a week and understands that he is on call for special projects.  Congrats to Karl as his retirement is well deserved.  We feel blessed to have the quantity of work that we have and the dedicated employees that we work with.  I have a full belly and a roof over my head.  What more can you ask for?  Life is Good!

We have created an Ebay store dedicated to parts sales.  Check it out as we have some rare and hard to find parts for sale. You can find our ebay store under 1PSA.  Below are a few additional photos of aircraft that we have restored and or repaired over the last two years.

J-3 complete restoration

J-3 complete restoration

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Well, that’s it for now folks.  Wishing you Blue Skies!

Boots is Mewout!

Spring at Barnstormer’s Workshop

March 30th, 2015

Yes! At last, the flowers are blooming and the hangar is warming up.  I am shedding my winter coat.  I hate winter! Barnstormer’s Workshop is booming and overflowing with projects.  One of our customers bought a Staggerwing in Texas.  Upon returning, the left landing gear fork tube collapsed.  We are doing a left gear repair and are also repairing one wing and recovering all of the wings.

 

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We are restoring a Ryan STA and will begin to reskin the fuselage so that it can be polished.  We are also repairing a Legends Cub that had an Uh Oh.  It is a big repair.

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We have a Super Cub in process.  It had wind damage, and the owner elected to do a complete restoration.  Photos of that will be posted in coming months.  A very rare aircraft, North American NA64 Yale, is nearing completion. Again, I will post photos soon.  Additionally, we have numerous annuals that come and go.

We are working on a Stearman.  The last wing is soon to be painted.

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Sadly, we had a Tiger Moth that had a bad Uh Oh! It has been salvaged and will not be rebuilt.  Thankfully, no one perished.

Life is never dull here.  Stop in to see us! You never know what interesting airplanes will be in the hangar.  Who knows, I might even wake up long enough for you to pet my head!

Wishing you blue skies!

Boots

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Boots is Still Here

June 4th, 2014
Stearman Center Section

Stearman Center Section

Tiger Moth

Tiger Moth

Staggerwing

Staggerwing

Full hangar!

Full hangar!

Buker

Buker

Aeronca Champ

Aeronca Champ

Chad, working on a stearman fuel tank.

Chad, working on a stearman fuel tank.

boots blog 001Here’s Boots again!  Checking in with all of my fans.  It’s been a rough year for me.  Had to have three surgeries after having many kidney stones removed.  I was in the Vet hospital for several weeks.  I’ve completely recovered and am now as good as new.

Back at the shop, things are as busy as usual.  The hangar is stacked full.  We are currently working on a Staggerwing, a Stearman, and an Aeronca Champ.

Next up, we will be restoring two Ryan STA’s, an Aeronca Chief wing repair, a Tiger Moth, a Supercub wing repair, two J3 restorations, and Tripacer wings.  Needless to say, we are hiring new people.  We also have several annual inspections due ranging from a Buker to a Fairchild and PA12.

Above are some random photos to show how full the shop is right now.  That is it for right now.  I’ll post more photos as the restorations progress.

As always, wishing you Blue Skies!

Boots

 

 

 

 

SPRING IS BACK AND SO IS BOOTS!

April 11th, 2013

Hello Fans,

Well, what can I say?  I have been a bad cat.  It has been many moons since I posted my last blog.  Honestly, the guys have kep me so busy that I hardly have time for my afternoon nap.  In addition to my security detail, they actually want me to help work on airplanes too.  I have a lot to catch you up on.  In my last blog, I showed a photo of Mr. Bishops Chief that we were restoring.  Below is a photo of the finished product and it is a beauty.

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We have continued to bring in several Jungman Bukers to work on.  Below are a couple.

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We have also had a run on J-3’s Lately.  We repaired one that was damaged in a storm and another that ran into a building.  Below is a photo of another owned by Tony Cresimanno that was injured on landing.  He is happy to be up and flying again.

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The guys are on an out of town day trip to pick up another J-3 today.  We have also performed a lot of general maintenance including work on  our friend Richard Epton’s Stinson. See below.

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We are currently working on a Rans in the shop that we are putting together, and are doing an engine overhaul for a J-3.  We have two Stearman projects just in and are repainting a PA12.  Our latest adventure is somewhat unbelievable, but true.  Look at the photo below to see what showed up at Barnstormer’s last week.  Now how did that thing land with no engine and on a short strip?  The minute that I saw the F-16, I could just hear the theme song from Top Gun.  As you can see from the photo, David beat me to the cockpit.

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Seriously, this plane travels around the country in a tractor trailer rig to promote Airforce recruiting.  The marketing company that owns it called us to make some repairs to it, and that is what we did.  They will be bringing it back in a couple of weeks for additional repairs. 

As you can see, we have been very busy.  Hope that all of you are doing well and prosperous.  And finally, below you can see how my duties here at Barnstormer’s range from office work, crawling around underneath airplanes, repairing wings, and the occasional siesta.

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I will be talking to you soon.

Wishing you Blue Skies,

Boots

 

 

IT’S BEEN A LONG HOT SUMMER!!

September 1st, 2011

Hello to all of you Boots fans out there!

It has been a long hot summer at Barnstormer’s Workshop.  With temperatures over 90 degrees for months and very little rain, I feel that I must have lost 10 lbs. of fur after shedding so much.  Not to mention that we work in an unairconditioned metal building.

As usual, we have been busy at Barnstormer’s, and we are thankful for that in this economy.  We have been doing a lot of general maintenance as of late.  We have had two Cessna 195’s in the hangar, one of which was a major repair for a frame replacement.  We have also worked on a Twin Comanche, a supercub, and a Cessna 170.  The boys went to Gainesville yesterday to get a 1929 KR34B ready for a ferry flight to its new home in Mississippi. 

We are working on an engine change for a Buker, and fitting the cowling on the Ryan STA project.  We are getting ready to send a Culver Cadet and a Mooney Mite to Brazil to go into a flying museum. 

We are also resotring a 50C 1938 Aeronca Chief, believed to be the oldest Aeronca in World War II, owned by Larry Bishop.  See picture below.  Look at that beautiful woodwork the guys have done on that.

Vintage days was this past weekend at Peachstate.  Old airplanes, cars, motorcycles, and even boats were in abundance as well as games for the kids and even an old fashioned cake walk.  A good time was had by all, but my wool 1920’s knickers did get a little hot.

 

Well, that’s it for now guys!  I will be blogging again in the fall.

Wishing you Blue Skies,

Boots

Spring Has Sprung At Barnstormer’s Workshop

March 24th, 2011

Spring Greetings to All,

After a long winter, all of us at Barnstormer’s have finally thawed out, opened the hangar doors, and are ready for some serious flying. 

Work continues at Barnstormer’s Workshop.  We have now completed the work on two of the three Bukers that we had been working on.

The Pitts has now been completed and is awaiting its owner to come back from overseas.  We have been working on completing a custom Stearman restoration.  It has been test flown and we are working on exhaust mods to complete the project.

Custom Stearman

Custom Stearman

Finally, if you missed the 1940’s Dance at Candler Field this past weekend, you missed a great time.  My four little feet are still hurting from all of the dancing that I did.  My favorite dance partners are the two cute girls in the below photo.  Be still my heart!
A great time was had by all. 
Well, that’s it for now.  Happy spring and Happy Easter! 
Remember, if you’ve got an airplane project that is just taking way too long to complete, you’re simply tired of looking at it, and you just don’t have time to work on it, give us a call at Barnstormer’s Workshop 770 227-8282 or email us at bsworkshop@aol.com, and I will be happy to personally oversee your project for you.
Wishing you Blue Skies!
Boots

Approaching Holidays!! 2010

November 15th, 2010

Dear Boots Fans:

It’s been awhile since I last updated by blog here at Barnstormer’s Workshop.  What can I say?  There are only so many hours in a day, with my many jobs here…airport security, test co-pilot, chief rodent control, etc. 

We have many wornderful restorations going on at Barnstormer’s right now.  Currently, we have a complete Stearman restoration.  We have 2 Jungman Bukers (a German plane) in the hangar right now, and another scheduled for later.  Our Buker Specialist, Vern Stephens, is handling their care.  As a result or the recent string of Bukers, I’ve taken up German as a second language. 

We recently completed a beautiful and unique paint job on a Fairchild 24.  See below.

Fairchild 24

Fairchild 24

Chief Barnstormers David and Vern recently returned from a driving trip to Wisconsin to pick up a Ryan STA to finish for a customer.  Now that’s a trip that I did not want to go on.  I get a little car sick from time to time.  Also in progress is a Pitts which is owned by F18 pilot Eric Sorenson, who is overseas flying off a carrier.  We send our thoughts, prayers, and gratitude to him and all of our military personnel over the upcoming holidays.  Thank you for protecting our country.  We are proud of you. 

 

Pitts

Pitts

Well, that’s it for now.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all. 

Boots from the Blog

Note:  To Alice and Janie  I have recently been made aware of a “cat” competition.  Had I known this earlier, I could have saved you a lot of trouble.  If you will notice, my blog dates back to August, 2008.  As my many fans will tell you, I am the MAC DADDY of Cats.  Competition?  I don’t think so!! Who else guards an airport, flies airplanes in his spare time, and has his own blog?  Kitties, eat your heart out!!!

Fairchild 24 Restoration Completion

January 28th, 2010

Happy 2010 From Boots!!!!

Well folks, we are starting a brand new year, and are just as busy as ever despite the economy.  (However, as a cat, I don’t really care much about any of that as long as I have food and a hanger to sleep in.)  Barnstormer’s Workshop completed the long awaited Fairchild 24 project at the end of October, and I wanted to tell you a little about the owner of the airplane as he has an interesting life.  The Fairchild is owned by Thomas Griffing, III.  from Sandusky Ohio.  Thomas is part of a family owned aviation business.  Their company was founded by his grandfather, Harry T. Griffing, Sr. and his grandmother T. Sue Griffing in 1937 with a Piper J-2.  Harry Sr. was a truck driver and drove between Cleveland and Chicago.  The main route that was taken in those days was Route 6, which goes right by the airport in Sandusky, Ohio.  The airport had been there since 1928 and Harry became interested in aviation while driving past.  He learned to fly in his home town of Canton, Ohio, in an Aeronca C-3.  After acquiring his license, he met Sue at the truck stop 1/2 mile from the airport in Sandusky, where she was a waitress.  They later married and formed the company together in 1937 when Harry taught his bride to fly.  Their main business at the time was flight instruction and they soon became a Piper Aircraft dealer and remained so until the early 1990’s.  When WWII broke out, Harry used a Waco UPF-7 that he owned to teach people to fly for the war under the Civilian Pilot Training Program in Toledo, Ohio.  Sue stayed home and ran the business while Harry was gone. 

Harry T. Griffing, Jr. (Tom), Thomas’ dad, was born in 1946 and was taught to fly by Sue, his mother.  Sue handled most of the longer charter trips for the company that were beginning to become more frequent at this time, and Harry Sr. was concentrating on flight instruction.  Harry, Jr.  grew up in Tri-Pacers, Apaches, and Comanches.  Harry, Jr. also had a sister, Melodie, who learned to fly but focused her attention on the bookkeeping end of the business.  She retired in 2006. The Griffing’s company today provides service to the six Lake Erie islands that have airports.  Their fleet includes 2 Archers, 1 Saratoga, a Britten-Norman Islander, and two Beech King Air B200’s for charter flights.  

Harry, Jr. married and Harry T. Griffing III (Thomas), was born in 1982.  Harry hung around with his grandmother and grandfather, and as a result, became fascinated with classic aircraft.  Thomas has a brother, Lee, who flight instructs with a Warrior.  Harry’s sister is also involved in the business with bookkeeping.  As for Thomas and his family, they purchased the Fairchild in early 2002 from Camille Barrett in Louisville, KY at an estate sale 

We love to hear about other family run aviation businesses, and have enjoyed getting to know the Griffings during the restoration of the Fairchild.  As you can see from the photos, the airplane is beautiful.

Harry, Sr. (Tom), Thomas, and Caitlyn (Thomas' girlfriend)

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Well, that’s all for now.  I’ll be checking in again soon, as we are continually adding to our finished restorations.  Current projects include a PA12, a Stearman, Culver Cadet, a Pitts and a Bucker. 
Wishing you Blue Skies,
Boots

Taylorcraft Completion

November 30th, 2009

Hello from Boots,

Barnstormer’s Workshop has been busily finishing up projects just in time for Christmas.  We completed the Taylorcraft restoration owned by Mark Woodworth of Madison, Ohio.  We delivered the fresh restoration to him in early October.  I had really hoped to make that trip, but was told that I needed to stay here and guard the remaining airplanes.  Life as a guard cat sure does get boring. 

Mr. Woodworth’ s Taylorcraft is a 1939 BL-65 and has been in his family since 1939 when it was purchased new.  He had taken the aircraft to the Taylorcraft Factory in Texas for restoration.  After the Taylorcraft Factory went bankrupt for the second time, Mr. Woodworth was contacted to come and get what was left of his aircraft.  Unfortunately, there was not much left.  When Mr. Woodworth contact Barnstormer’s Workshop to see if we could fix his airplane, there were no wings, no tail feathers, a piece of an old Lycoming engine, and very few parts. 

We were not only able to put it in flying condition, but turned it into a beauty. 

 

1939 BL-65 Taylorcraft

1939 BL-65 Taylorcraft

It’s really great to see these guys at Barnstormer’s take an airplane that potentially might not ever have flown again, and turn it into such a nice airplane.

Well, that’s it for now.  Happy Holidays from Boots Blog at Barnstormer’s Workshop.

Wishing you Blue Skies!

Boots

MEET VERN STEPHENS

June 26th, 2009

June 26, 2009

Hello!

Welcome to my BLOG!  This month, I’d like to introduce you to one of our employees.  Vern Stephens is like family.  David and Diane, Barnstormer’s owners, have known Vern for over 30 years.  He is the Shop Foreman here at Barnstormer’s Workshop.  You can always count on Vern to be there in a pinch.  His reliability and trustworthiness is above reproach and his knowledge of aircraft is a valuable gift to our company. 

Vern has been involved in the aviation field, in one form or another, all of his life.  His father, Elbert Stephens, was General Foreman and Director of Maintenance for Southern Airways, where he retired in 1985. 

After Vern completed high school, he attended South Georgia Technical School in Americus, GA from 1976-1978 where he received his A & P license.  While going to school, he worked parttime for Roddy Aviation at Souther Field performing annuals and loading cropdusters.  After graduation, he was 1st employed by Hanger One and then Southern Airways from 1979-2005. (During his employment, Southern Airways became Republic Airlines and, later, Northwest Airlines.)  After leaving Northwest, Vern worked for Hale Aircraft and finally joined Barnstormer’s in October, 2007.  Vern’s vast aviation experience gives him a diverse wealth of knowledge on many types of aircraft.  He has truly been an asset to Barnstormer’s. 

Vern is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys fishing and hunting.  He worked with the Boy Scouts for 25 years and currently coaches the Pike County 4H Shot Gun Team and Archery Team.  Vern has been married to his wife, Renee, since 1989 and has two sons and three adorable grandsons.  We are fortunate to have him as part of our team.

Vern working on a Fairchild 24 restoration.

Vern working on a Fairchild 24 restoration.

 Well, that’s it for now.  Hope you enjoyed getting to know Vern.  Stay tuned till next time.

Wishing you Blue Skys,

Boots


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