8 episodes

Hot Rods of the Sky is hosted by Kevin Kimball, and his two kids Kallin and Kaity Kimball. Kevin has been in the aviation community for over 50 years and has raised his children in the community as well. This podcast takes a deep dive into the amazing stories behind the airplanes of JKE Works (formerly Jim Kimball Enterprises). From airplane restorations with an incredible history behind them to brand new innovative designs that made the Kimball name a staple in aviation.

Hot Rods of the Sky JKE Works

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    • 5.0 • 16 Ratings

Hot Rods of the Sky is hosted by Kevin Kimball, and his two kids Kallin and Kaity Kimball. Kevin has been in the aviation community for over 50 years and has raised his children in the community as well. This podcast takes a deep dive into the amazing stories behind the airplanes of JKE Works (formerly Jim Kimball Enterprises). From airplane restorations with an incredible history behind them to brand new innovative designs that made the Kimball name a staple in aviation.

    Episode 8: The Gee Bee Model Z Part 4 - Kermit Weeks

    Episode 8: The Gee Bee Model Z Part 4 - Kermit Weeks

    Welcome to the final part of our Gee Bee Z series! In this episode, we talk with the one and only Kermit Weeks!

    Kermit is the owner of many amazing airplanes, but today we're going to chat with him specifically about the Gee Bee Zee!

    • 42 min
    Episode 7: The Gee Bee Model Z Part 3 - Delmar Benjamin

    Episode 7: The Gee Bee Model Z Part 3 - Delmar Benjamin

    This episode features special guest Delmar Benjamin! He chats with us about what it's like to log over 1500 hours in a Gee Bee!

    • 39 min
    Episode 6: Lockheed Vega History & Restoration Part 2

    Episode 6: Lockheed Vega History & Restoration Part 2

    This is Part 2 of our Lockheed Vega Series. In this episode, Kevin and Kallin talk about the history of the current Vega project in the hangar, and some speed bumps they hit along the way during restoration.

    • 40 min
    Episode 5: Lockheed Vega History & Restoration Part 1

    Episode 5: Lockheed Vega History & Restoration Part 1

    Learn about the start of Loughead (now Lockhead) Aircraft Company and about the Lockheed Vega!

    This is Part 1 of our Series on the Lockheed Vega Restoration that is sitting in the JKE Works shop right now.

    • 33 min
    Episode 4: Model 4 Stearman Restorations

    Episode 4: Model 4 Stearman Restorations

    In this episode, Kevin, Kallin, and Kaity discuss the three Model 4 Stearman Restorations the family has done over the last 50 years.

    • 54 min
    Episode 3: The Gee Bee Model Z Part 2

    Episode 3: The Gee Bee Model Z Part 2

    This episode is Part 2 of our Gee Bee Z Series, and we have a very special guest! In this episode, we travel back to the 90s with Kevin Kimball and Jeff Eicher to hear about the design, fabrication, and first flight of the Eicher-Kimball Gee Bee Model Z replica.

    • 1 hr 28 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

allyciolino ,

Love it!

Super interesting, love the stories!

rmcrytzer ,

Love it!

Great stories and super interesting!

Mac Transtrum ,

Looking forward to more!!!

The airplanes JKE turn out are amazing! I am fascinated by how these old flying machines are built . JKE seems to work magic with old school materials and methods , but also takes advantage of some more modern tools where appropriate .( CNC machines etc.) I look forward to the episode on the Gee Bee Z and Pitts model 12! Also hoping they have Ben Morphew on as a guest .

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