Succeeding in a niche market only works if you’re at the top of your game and that certainly is the case with Chuck Wahl and his crew at Vultures Row Aviation.
Specializing in the restoration of World War II US Navy tail hook war birds, Wahl and his team work on the rarest of rare planes, returning them to better than original condition.
Located in a large hangar at the Cameron Airpark, Wahl started Vultures Row Aviation in 2010 after spending more than 25 years being an air traffic controller. He is also a pilot. What got him hooked into the business, so to speak, was restoring a North American T28 and then a North American SNJ-5C.
The latter, his personal plane, is very rare because of its tailhook, with only three original ones like it in the world. A double prize winner, in 2009 it won the National Aviation Heritage Grand Champion Trophy in Reno and in 2010 the AirVenture Grand Champion Warbird Post WWII. Very few planes have won both of those awards, said Wahl.
Currently he and his crew are restoring a Curtiss SB2C-1A Helldiver and a Douglas SBD-4 Dauntless, both built in 1943. “In my opinion, the Dauntless was one of the coolest planes in WW II,” he said.
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