The Restorers Themselves


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Hemlock Films

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)

Joe & his son Jim purchased this Chance-Vought F4U-4 Corsair in 1981 and began a 10 year restoration project. This storied aircraft has served two tours of duty with over 200 combat missions. Being flow in the above picture by Joe, the "Korean War Hero" was restored in Pittsburgh by Joe, Jim and several veteran volunteers, including some of the pilots who flew this very aircraft in combat.

   We mourn the loss of our friend Joe. During an airshow performance in his F4U-4 Corsair "Korean War Hero,” Joe lost engine power. While attempting to make it back to the runway, Joe crashed. Anyone who has met Joe is familiar with his outgoing persona and warm heart. We'll miss him.

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Joe Tobul

photo: Heather Alexander