Porterfield Collegiate Offers Unique Flight Experience

Author Recalls Mid-Summer Encounter In Wisconsin


February 1, 2022

Photo Courtesy Jim Hanson

Author Jim Hanson (right) photographs the owner of the Porterfield, Charles Slinger. This photo shows why the Porterfield was able to deliver such speed on only 65 horsepower-it was nicknamed "The Skinny Plane."

Regular readers may recall my quest to fly as many unique aircraft types as possible. Enroute to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh last year, I was able to add another to my list-the Porterfield.

A friend, Bob Lynn, knew an owner, and put me in touch with Charles "Charlie" Slinger of Randolph, Wisconsin. I called Charlie, and asked if I might fly the aircraft "on my way to Oshkosh" with our motor home-though south of our usual route, it wouldn't add more than 100 miles to our trip. He never even hesitated in letting an unknown caller fly his airplane! We love driving through the hills of Southeast Mi...

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