|Quoting airzim (Reply 7):|
Did this place have any connection to Continental?
No, the restaurant was founded by David Talichet. He started the whole themed restaurant business concept back in the 50's or 60's. In the mean time, he became a large vintage aircraft/War bird collector with his planes placed in museums across the country.
At one point, he owned over 150 aircraft, registered under the MARC (Military Aircraft Restoration Corp) name. However, later in his life, especially after filing bankruptcy, he began selling them off. He has since passed away, and his estate continues to pull planes out of the museums who have been restoring them and selling them off.
|Quoting Pellegrine (Reply 10):|
Too bad, there was a similar restaurant outside of DC in College Park, MD called the 94th Aero Squadron. It overlooked the runway at CGS.
94th Aero Squadron was also Talichet's, so more or less, the same company
|Quoting LAXintl (Reply 37):|
Also apparently Proud Bird owners will try to work with museums around the US to take over some of the aircraft that sit around the property.
Most of the planes there are fake fiberglass replicas. If the Canopy is white, it is a fake. Not only did they make fake aircraft for their restaurants, but they also were able to get some aircraft from the military that were either up on poles or were gate guards by replacing them with fiberglass copies.
Due to our Experiences with MARC, I would be highly surprised to see them at a museum, without that museum first buying them.[Edited 2013-09-27 22:10:38]
[Edited 2013-09-27 22:11:48]