Our company provides material all over the globe from Chicago, USA to Christchurch New Zealand. It's not surprising that in many cases we have connected people with similar projects and consolidated material to reduce cost of manufacture and shipping. A common question is, do we stock or can we manufacture extrusions in 2024-T4 or 2024-T6. The simple answer is yes on both counts. Modern day extrusion are now stress relieved by stretching ( usually around 1.5% of the length ) which mean that 2024-T3511 meets the requirements of 2024-T4 and 2024-T8511 meets all the requirements of 2024-T6. We dual certify all of our material on our certificates of conformance and the manufacturing mill test reports also. Vintage aircraft projects supported over the years have been both commercial and military
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How we can help.
Our prints go back to the 1930's. We can make as little as 12ft, and if it's a relatively common shape we will not charge for the die. In addition to the extruded shape we go beyond, offering:
- Standard and custom shapes
- Forming and Rolling 2024 and 7075
- Heat treat and age
Some of our Restoration projects.
Northrop P-61 Black Widow
The Northrop P-61 Black Widow, named for the American Spider was a warplane designed as a night fighter, and was the first aircraft designed to use radar. The P-61 had a crew of three: Pilot, Gunner, and Radar Operator. It was armed with four 20mm (.79in) Hispano M2 forward-firing cannons mounted in the lower fuselage, and four .50 in (12.7mm) M2 Browning Machine guns mounted in a remote controlled dorsal gun turret. The first test flight was made on 26 May 1942, the last aircraft was retired from government service in 1954. There were 706 P-61 Black Widow Night fighters produced all together.
The Hawker Typhoon is a single seat fighter-bomber, produced by Hawker Aircraft, 3,317 units were produced all together. It was introduced on 11 September 1941 and retired October 1945. It was intended to be a medium-high altitude interceptor. The Typhoon was designed to mount twelve .303 in (7.7mm) Browning machine guns. In 1941 the Typhoon was the only RAF fighter capable of catching it at low altitudes, it then became a low altitude interceptor. She became one of the second world wars most successful ground-attack Aircraft. Only one complete Hawker Typhoon still survives, and it is on display at RAF Museum in Hendon, North London.
The P-40 War-hawk all metal fighter and ground attack aircraft first flew in 1938. It was used by most allied powers during world war 2. 13,738 P-40s had been built before ceasing in November 1944. The British and the Soviet air forces used the name “Tomahawk”. The unit was the first allied military aviation unit to feature the “Shark mouth” logo. The P-40 performed surprisingly well as an air superiority fighter, at times suffering severe losses but also taking a toll on enemy aircraft. In 2008 29 P-40s were air worthy.
The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt was a world war 2 era fighter aircraft produced by the united states between 1941-1945. It had four .50 caliber machine guns on each wing with a total of eight all together, and could carry five inch rockets or a bomb load of 2,500 pounds. When fully loaded the P-47 weighed up to 8 tons making it one of the heaviest fighters of the war. The P47 was one of the main (USAAF) fighters of world war 2. The Armored cockpit was said to be roomy inside and comfortable for the pilot, and offered good visibility. 15,686 P-47s were produced. The current batches of P-47s to return to the restored are those from long forgotten wartime crash sites.
Boeing B-17 WW2
The Boeing B-17 was introduced in 1938, It is a four engine heavy bomber developed for the United States Army Air Corps. The B-17 was primarily employed by the (USAAF), In the daylight precision strategic bombing campaign of world war 2 against industrial and military targets. By June 1941 the USAAF promoted the aircraft as a strategic weapon. It carried a very good bomb load and was able to return home despite extensive battle damage, in addition to its role to a bomber, the B-17 was also employed as a transport, anti-submarine warfare platform, drone controller and search and rescue Aircraft. There is a total of 12,731 B-17s that have been produced. It has also been told that the crew members dealt with very cold flights in the unpressurized cabins, Temperature gauges in the cockpit sometimes reading -40 degrees Fahrenheit, it was said that they kept warm in fleece lined uniforms. Less than 15 B-17s fly today.
The Super-Marine Spitfire is a British single seat fighter Aircraft, and was used by the Royal Air force and many other Allied countries before. There are many different variants using several wing configurations, it was the only British fighter to be in continuous production throughout the war, and continues to be popular. You will also find that the spitfire was produced with its distinctive elliptical wing, and has the thinnest possible cross-section, which enables the spitfire to have a higher top speed then several contemporary fighters. 20,351 spitfires were produced all together, and approximately 55 still being in air worthy condition worldwide.
The North American Aviation P-51 Mustang is an American long-range, single seat fighter and fighter-bomber used during world war 2. It was designed in 1940 by North American Aviation (NAA). The P-51D was powered by the Packard V-1650-7, A license built version of the Rolls Royce Merlin 66 two-stage two-speed supercharged engine, and was armed with six .50 Caliber (12.7mm) MZ/AN Browning Machine guns. During world war 2, Mustangs pilots claimed 4,950 enemy aircraft shot down. The mustang remained in service with some air forces until the early 1980s. After world war 2 and the Korean war, many Mustangs were converted into civilian use, especially air racing and preserved and flown as historic warbird aircraft at airshows.