Aeroplane meets Addison Pemberton


Historic aircraft have truly become a way of life for this wonderfully enthusiastic, and very skilled, American restorer and pilot — and his whole family, too

As with any pursuit, people engaged actively in historic aviation go about their interest in different ways. Some take it more casually, maybe enjoying a flight once in a while, or the mere fact of owning something rare and valuable. Others enjoy nothing less than absolute immersion in this world — in the engineering and the history that surrounds the aeroplanes, in the whole experience that comes with them. They delight in the smallest snippet of new information that comes their way, in meeting people and visiting places that afford them an even closer connection with their aircraft.

Addison Pemberton definitely belongs in the latter category. The American businessman has to his credit some of the finest antique aeroplane restorations to have emerged over recent decades, including the world’s oldest airworthy Boeing product. What’s more, each is a true family effort. It would have been nice to meet properly during one of Addison’s visits to the UK, but COVID-19 inevitably rendered that impossible. A remote interview it was, then, but one no less rich in stories. 

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