Jim Johns, Aviation Historian & Aircraft Restorer

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Jim Johns, Captain, U.S. Army, Graduated from Washburn H.S. and the University of Minnesota. Flying for over 50+ years with a background in Air Traffic Control is both an aviation historian and aircraft restorer. He is currently restoring a BT-13 to flying condition for the WASP museum in Texas. He has owned or co-owned and restored at least 20 historic military type aircraft including one of the Japanese "Kate" torpedo bombers from the movie "Tora, Tora, Tora" with which he was heavy on the air show circuit for 25 years recreating the Pearl Harbor attack. Retired from Benson Optical Company and Army aviation.
In the above presentation to the 8th AFHS-Mn, Jim Johns describes
Minnesota's connection to the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo, Japan during WWII.
See the Attachment below for a complete transcript of Jim Johns Presentation to the 8th AFHS-Mn regarding the History of the Combat Glider in WW II, download an MP3 Audio File of his talk on "FDR and the Beginnings of WW II" or download an MP3 file of his presentation about "Minnesota's Connection to the Doolittle Raid."
See also the several part Jim Johns Combat Glider Video Tour Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4Part 5, and Part 6 of March 11, 2011 on You Tube. It is also available on DVD. A CG-4A Combat Glider restoration project has been completed by volunteers using space provided by Villaume Industries, Inc. in Eagan.
(Still Photos Below) Jim Johns led a tour of the CG-4A restoration project at Villaume Industries, Inc. Photos and Video by Kevin Callahan. (Click on a picture to download or view a larger version)
There is also a March 2, 2011 newspaper account about the Glider Project and one from Dec.29, 2010 and one in the Star Tribune and KSTP TV.
The Minnesota Historical Society did an oral history interview with Nick Linsmayer of Villaume Industries, Inc. An online Transcript. is available. The completed glider is now in an aviation museum in Granite Falls, Mn.
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BT-13 Restoration Project, May 31, 2014.

Jim at home. Dec. 27, 2017
Jim Johns and Al Pike. Dec. 27, 2017.
K Callahan,
Mar 11, 2011, 11:46 AM