The Restorers Themselves


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A complete list of the folks involved in the original documentary “The Restorers,” filmed in 2002

Maj. Gen. Bill Anders

(Heritage Flights)

Gerry Beck

(warbird restorer)

Col. Frank Borman

(Heritage Flights)

Mike Cuy 

(Pietenpol Builder)

Nick Engler

(Wright Aircraft Builder)

Steve Hinton

(Warbird Restorer)

Merrill Morris

(USAFM Restorer)

Robert Odegaard

(Warbird Restorer)

Charles Reed

(Antique Aircraft Builder)

Brig. Gen. Regis Urschler

(Heritage Flights)

Joe Tobul

(Warbird Pilot)

Roy Rehm

(Antique Aircraft Builder)

Yankee Air Force

(Warbird Museum & Restorers)

A North Dakota native, Beck's shop, Tristate Aviation is located in Wahpeton, about an hour south of Fargo. In this small town, Beck and his crew are in the final stages of assembly of a P-51 Mustang and an authentic Japanese Zero. Both will be in flying condition in time for summer of 2002. Next up for Beck is a P-51A with an Allison engine. (2003)

(update - 2009)

   Gerry did complete his A-model Mustang and flew it in several airshows and for the film Thunder Over Reno. Tragically, Gerry lost his life in 2007 when he crashed in his Mustang while landing at the AirVenture Airshow in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  Cindy Beck is now the owner of Tristate Aviation, with a renewed commitment to producing the same quality of work from the shop that Beck built. Tristate has recently finished the reconstruction of the Red Tail P-51C Mustang named “Tuskegee Airmen.”

The Zero that Beck and his crew were working on in the film has been up and flying, calling the Fargo Air Museum its home.  It will make an appearance at the 2010 AirVenture show in Oshkosh, WI.

Gerry Beck