2004 AirVenture Award Winners

    Grand Champion Post WWII

    Collings Foundation, Stow, MA, Chance Vought F4U-5NL Corsair (N45NL)
    Gold Wrench Award: American Aero Service, New Smyrna Beach, FL.

    Grand Champion WWII

    Bob Baker, Alva, OK, North American P-51D “Mustang” (N28UH) Gold Wrench Award: Bob Baker, Alva, OK.

    Reserve Grand Champion – Post World War II

    Keith Baker, St. Louis, MO., North American T-28C “Trojan” (N28UH)
    Gold Wrench Award: Pride Aircraft, Rockford, IL

    Reserve Grand Champion WWII

    Charles Somers, Rocklin, CA. North American P-51D “Mustang” (N20MS)
    Gold Wrench Award: Midwest Aero Restoration, Danville, IL.

    Best Fighter

    The Fighter Factory, Suffolk, VA. Curtis P-40E “Kittyhawk” (N1941P)
    Silver Wrench Award: Pioneer Restoration, Auckland, New Zealand.
    Silver Wrench Award: Avspecs, Auckland, New Zealand

    Best L-19

    Frank & Pat Vranicar, Corona Del Mar, CA. Cessna L-19 (N5199G).
    Silver Wrench Award: Frank & Pat Vranicar, Corona Del Mar, CA.

    Best O-2

    Darrell Porter, Harrisonville, MO. Cessna O-2A (N21229)
    Silver Wrench Award: Darrell Porter, Harrisonville, MO.

    Best Primary Trainer

    Kurt & Sandy Muhle, Columbus, NE. Vultee BT-13A (N62700)
    Silver Wrench Award: Kurt & Sandy Muhle, Columbus, NE.

    Best L-Bird

    Jonathan Martin, West Grove, PA., Taylorcraft L-2M (N50135)
    Silver Wrench Award: Jonathan Martin, West Grove, PA.

    Judges’ Choice: L-Bird

    Jimmy L. Johnson, St. Charles, MO., Aeronca L-16 (N1143V)

    Judges’ Choice: L-19

    Breece Nesbitt Jr., Mooresville, NC., Cessna L-19 “Bird Dog” (N972A)

    Judges’ Choice: Foreign Fighter

    Harold Kindsvater, Clovis, CA., ME 109 Messerschmitt (N109W)

    Judges’ Choice: Navy Attack

    Commemorative Air Force, Midland, TX., Curtis SB-2C (N92879)

    Judges’ Choice: TBM

    Robert “Crash” Williams, Mercer Island, WA., Grumman TBM Avenger (N337GA)


    Judges’ Choice: Foreign Trainer

    Hugh Shields, St. Thomas, ON, Canada Dehaviland ”Chipmunk” (NCF-CXE)

    Judges’ Choice: T-6

    Paul Redlich, Huntington, IN., AT-6 (N94155)

    Judges’ Choice: Yak 52

    Michael Newby, Algonquin, IL., Yak-52TW (N727MN)

    Best Bomber

    Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison, TX, Grumman TBM “Avenger” (N86280)
    Silver Wrench Award: Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison, TX.

    Best T-34

    Scott Yoak, Lewisburg, WV, T-34B (N34YK)
    Silver Wrench Award: Aerospace Specialties, Lewisburg, WV.

    Best “Dirty Bird”

    Sleiman Salibi, Lake Charles, LA. North American T-28 (N470)

    Best L-39

    Heinz Peier, Daytona Beach, FL, Aero Vodochody L-39 (N101PX)
    Silver Wrench Award: Heinz Peier, Daytona Beach, FL.

    Best “Wildcat”

    Steve Craig, Lawrence, KS., Grumman F4F-3 “Wildcat” (NX12260)
    Silver Wrench Award: Blackhawk Aviation, Janesville, WI.
    Silver Wrench Award: Pete Regina Aviation, Van Nuys, CA.

    Best P-51

    Max Chapman, Jackson, WY., North American TP-51C “Mustang” (NL251MX)
    Silver Wrench Award: Pacific Fighters, Idaho Falls, ID.

    Preservation Award

    Raymond E. Plote, Elgin, IL. Beech AT-11 (N7337C)

    Preservation Award

    Ray Dieckman, Corona Del Mar, CA. Goodyear FG-1D Corsair (NX773RD)

    Preservation Award

    David & Syd Rothenanger, Carmel, IN., Beech T-34 (N134DR).

    Preservation Award

    Chuck Greenhill, Mettawa, IL., North American P-51D (N5500S)

    Preservation Award

    Howard Pihlaja, Brainerd, MN., Cessna L-19 (N60577)

    Preservation Award

    Peter Bales, Janesville, WI. Hughes OH-6 “Cayuse” (N67PB)



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