This was a brand new aircraft, but the name Ed Porterfield brought confidence and interest to the product. First introduced at Detroit air show in 1935, the Flyabout was promoted with free flight lessons and greeted with enthusiasm.

This slender little body could handle its share of the business, cheap to buy, to fly and it could take a beating, making it a profitable endeavor for most companies.

The orders poured in, pick up and fly away deliveries were the most common. New owners bragged “it’s a hellav-a-lot of plane for $1695” at every stop on the way home.

Standard equipment items were the propeller, dual controls, fire-extinguisher, pre-wire for navigation lights, fuel gauge, spring-leaf tailskid and a first-aid kit. Optional extras were; wheel brakes, tail wheel, metal wheel pants, battery, navigation lights and an air speed indicator.

Acquired by Yanks in 2013, the restoration was completed in 2014.

DISPLAY STATUS COUNTRY OF ORIGIN CURRENT LOCATION
Own United States Legends Hangar
PURPOSE & TYPE MATERIALS ERA & DATE RANGE
Transportation Steel 1918-1939
PRODUCTION &
ACQUISITION
SPECIFICATIONS SERVICE HISTORY
MFG: Porterfield
First Produced: 1935
Number Built: 240+
Armament:
Wingspan: 32′
Wing Area: 320 sq.ft.
Length: 20.3 ft.
Height: 6.7 ft.
Empty Weight: 750 lbs.
Gross Weight: 1,235 lbs.
Powerplant: Lebond 7 SN.5 DE 860
Thrust: 70 hp.
Cruise Speed: 100 mph.
Maximum Speed: 115 mph.
Range: 360 miles
Delivered: 5/19/1936