The Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture at Oshkosh is always a high point of the year for guys like Ken Kaminski of Benton Harbor, but even he was overwhelmed by the high honor accorded him this week when he was presented with the Silver Wrench Award for his team’s handiwork in the preservation of aviation history in the form of a North American T-6 “Texan” warbird.
Kaminski owns and operates Flying Colors Aviation of Benton Harbor, home to a prolific team of master craftsmen who are among the best in the business. Further proof of that arrived on their doorstep with receipt of the Silver Wrench Award “For Excellence in Craftsmanship & Dedication in the Preservation of Aviation History as Accomplished in the Restoration of the Best T-6…a North American T-6 “Texan” Tail Number N757LF.
As shown in the photo accompanying this story on Moody on the Market, courtesy of Flying Colors Aviation, the striking restoration successfully returned the US Air Force warbird to a thing of beauty. That’s an every day thing for Kaminski and his crew which are based in a hangar complex just off of the main runway at Southwest Michigan Regional Airport in Benton Harbor.
The award presented by Snap-On Tools Corporation and EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 was for Kaminski’s work on the warbird honored as the Best T-6 on the field, owned by Lou Feldvary of Hardy, Virginia. The restoration of Feldvary’s aircraft by Flying Colors was actually performed two years ago, and is just one of an amazing array of works performed by the Benton Harbor company.
Since that project, Kaminski’s team has undertaken remarkable preservation of a P51-Mustang owned by the Tuskegee Airmen and a Navy Corsair, intermingled with dozens of other jobs working on private aircraft from small single engine aircraft to expensive private jets.
We’ve profiled the Flying Colors Aviation team before for their accomplishments. Click the links below for more on their award-winning team.