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Welcome to my website for sport aviation enthusiasts - with a focus on Aeronca  and Stinson Aircraft, classics from the 1940's.

From John's Family:

We are deeply saddened to say that on January 6th, 2020, John passed away after quietly fighting cancer for ten years. This loss has left a devastating hole in our small family and we will miss him dearly. Part of John's legacy is the vast resource of information that is Hangar 9 Aeroworks. He devoted much of his freetime while he was well to updating this website and keeping the aviation community tuned in to his work in the hangar restoring vintage planes. In honor of our beloved Dad and husband, we plan on keeping his website alive so the information can remain on the web and his knowledge and memory will be preserved here. This community brought him so much joy throughout his life and lead to many meaningful connections and lifelong friendships. We are so grateful for your continued love and support. Tailwinds, John.



Photo taken November, 2012 at Federhart-Ophelia (VA99). Pictured are my Aeronca 1946 11AC Chief (since sold), Mike Roe's 1947 Stinson 108-1, and John Haszard's 1931 Ford Model A Tudor Sedan.

  • Aeronca Pages - Information and Photos for Aeronca Enthusiasts.  Updated 1/13/16.

  • Stinson Pages - Information and Photos for Stinson Enthusiasts. Updated  4/11/16.

  • Federhart-Ophelia STOLport - A private grass airstrip near the Chesapeake Bay and home to Hangar 9 Aeroworks.  Added 11/7/09. Updated 11/22/14.

  • Flying Around Ophelia - Grass roots flying and fun at and around Federhart-Ophelia STOLport, VA99.  Archives 2010-2011  2006-2009 Added 6/5/10. Updated 4/28/15.

  • Fly-In! - Photos from the impromptu 2011 Memorial Day Fly-In at Federhart-Ophelia. Added 5/30/11.

  • Beanfield Fly-In - on a beautiful autumn day nine pilots find their way to a beanfield near Coles Point.  Added 11/7/11. Updated 1/12/12.

  • Hangar Construction Project - I built a hangar.  You can see how I did it here.  Archives 2009 Added 1/8/10, Updated 4/11/15.

  • Hangar Sale - Aviation items for sale, including parts from my Stinson project.  Updated 3/17/15.

  • Fly-In/Cruise-In Videos - Here are some great videos featuring Stinsons and Aeroncas, plus other classic vehicles.  Updated  4/11/16.

  • About Hangar 9 Aeroworks - general information about the website. Updated 12/31/13.

Butch Walsh in Stinson 108-2, NC949D, and Ray Johnson in Aeronca 11AC, NC3469E, return from Oshkosh AirVenture 2005.  Both planes are Oshkosh Grand Champions.  Butch passed away on Thursday, May 11th, 2006. He was working in his shop days before on one of his beloved Stinsons.  Butch was a Master Stinson Restorer and had won many Championship awards  around the country for his tremendous workmanship.  He will be greatly missed by his family, his many friends, and the entire Stinson community.   For info on Butch's Grand Champion NC6233M, see this link.  See a tribute to Butch by Ray Johnson at this link.  Ray Johnson organizes the Fly-In/Cruise-In event each year in Marion, Indiana and is co-producer of the Fly-In/Cruise-In Videos.  Photo courtesy of Brian Matz of Aerial Aspect Photography, taken from his Aeronca 11AC.

 I'd enjoy hearing from anyone who shares an interest in these classic aircraft.  I especially welcome comments about corrections that are needed to the website, whether they be in content or style. You can email me john(at)hangar9aeroworks.com.

Page Updated 4/11/16