American Aero has restored multiple Flak 88’s for private collectors and museums around the United States.
Shipping of cannons to the owners
Soft side trailers are used to ship the cannons along with flatbeds depending on the owners unloading conditions.
Restored computer elevation and traversing dialsThe boxes are very desirable and it’s very rare to see one complete.
Restored Computer Box Dials
Another variation of a 88This Flak arrived and needed some structural and beech work, it was finished in a splinter pattern.
Flak and trucks finishedThe only thing missing at this point are the cable reels themselves.
Truck and pioneer toolsAfter the trucks were restored the pioneer tools were added.
Right SideAfter the splinter pattern was applied the unit markings, lettering and battery markings were added.
Ready to fireAfter restoration each cannon is tested for correct operation.
Anti tank Flak 88Close up of the right side showing the computer boxes and operators seat.
Anti tank Flak 88This cannon arrived in poor condition and was restored to fire black powder.
Flak awaiting restorationThis Flak along with another was shipped in from Texas for restoration.
Cannons arriving for restorationThese are two of many 88’s that have arrived for restoration with their trucks.
Blasted 88After waterblasting the cannon is treated for flash rust and primed in epoxy primer.
Prep for water blasting
Stripped 88 before being treated for flash rustDuring stripping the flash rust appears immediately and is treated before epoxy priming.
Restored trucksThe trucks were restored and pioneer tools were added in the correct locations.
Traversing and elevation computer boxesThe traversing and elevation computer boxes were restored along with the wheels that control the movement of the cannon.
Western Front 88 and trucksAn additional 88 was restored in Russian Front colors with its trucks and pioneer tools.
African Campaign Flak 88Another 88 was finished in a desert paint scheme.
Virginia Military Aviation Museums Flak 88One of the Flaks on display at the Virginia Military Aviation Museum fires a one pound black powder charge.
Flak CrewAmerican Aero restored a Flak 88 for the Virginia Military Aviation Museum that they display annually during the airshow. This group of reinactors would elevate and traverse the gun for the spectators before the show.