Restorations - Restore to Fly
Many of our customers have unique antique and classic aircraft that have been damaged or are in need of repairs to return them to flyable condition. And some aircraft projects are basket cases with dreams of flying. As with our Conservation and Preservation customers we work to return these aircraft to flight using authentic materials and techniques. The only exceptions to this are safety and, of course, customer preferences.
Mitsubishi A6M3 Type 22 Zero
Our most recent restoration project was for Flying Heritage Collection, Everett, WA. Their Zero was recovered from Babo Island, Indonesia and taken to Russia for restoration from 1994-1997. It was then purchased by FHC and restoration continued at Chino, CA where it was converted to a two place airframe. From September 2010 to April 2012 Century Aviation completed the restoration of the fuselage, wings and tail surfaces and reassembly of the aircraft. We also assisted in run ups and flight tests. On April 21, 2012 she flew from Pangborn Airport to her home, Paine Field, and is now on display, and flying, at Flying Heritage Collection.