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Although the collection began in 1972, Yanks' was founded in 1982 by Mr. and Mrs. Nichols.   The Nichols originally sought to acquire only three exceptional aircraft, the P-40 Warhawk, the Beech Staggerwing and the Stearman trainer.  Purchased in 1973 the first aircraft of the collection was the Beech Staggerwing. Inspired by a desire to preserve an important part of our nation's history, the Nichols' pursued a diligent program of aircraft acquisition.  Only the most rare and historic aircraft and parts were acquired.  The quest for these aircraft took them around the world and back again. The Nichols' were unyielding in the quality and authenticity of the aircraft restorations and found it necessary to develop their own restoration facility and staff.  Many of the staff originally where talented machinists, mechanics and pilots from WWII.  This allowed close scrutiny and control over the entire restoration process.  Today, although the work has largely passed on to a new and dedicated generation, all aircraft continue to be restored to airworthy condition and to the original manufacturer's specifications. 

Even now, the Nichols' still travel and collect, ever strengthening their resolve to restore and preserve American aircraft, their history and artefacts.  The Nichols met and dealt with some of the most prominent icons in the aviation community to ensure the accuracy of each restoration. In the early years only true aviation enthusiasts were allowed into the museum, which was at that time more of a storage facility. Now after more than four decades of public interest along with visitors from Japan, Australia, Germany, England and France, and of course America, the secret museum is no longer!  The Yanks Air Museum preserves a collection of America's aviation and aerospace legacy numbering more than 170 aircraft and has become one of the most prominent private aircraft collections in the world.  

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Global Aeronautical Foundation Inc, Lockheed EC-121T 'Warningstar N548GA (cn 4346) USAF '53-548' smokey start up of engine number #3 and #4 at Camarillo airport CA (date September 1995). Onboard crew was veteran Lockheed test pilot Frank Butorac, copilot Charlie Miller and F/E Jimmy Jones.

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