The Frankenplanes of the Pima Air and Space Museum

The Damcasters - The Aviation History Podcast
The Damcasters - The Aviation History Podcast
The Frankenplanes of the Pima Air and Space Museum

This week, we explore the fascinating background of aircraft that have undergone restoration, rebuild, or are newly built, focusing on their representation in museums and the complexity of their historical authenticity. We highlight the stories of four specific aircraft in the museum’s collection: the Bristol Bolingbroke, the Curtiss P-40E Warhawk, a P-51 Mustang, a Hawker Hurricane and a B-24J Liberator named ‘Star of India.’ With each aircraft, Pima’s CEO Scott Marchand and Director of Collections Andrew Boehly explain the careful considerations behind the paint schemes and in representing their history. Together, they shed light on the meticulous work behind the restoration of these ‘Frankenplanes,’ blending parts from various sources to piece together aircraft that stand as testaments to their contributions during WWII.

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