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Military Aircraft Restoration Corporation (MARC)
Yesterday's Air Force (YAF)
Founder & President - David Tallichet, died October 31, 2007
Vice President - Cecilla Tallichet
Chief Engineer - Joe Krzeminski
Chino Airport, California, USA

In Memory David Tallichet passed away October 31, 2007
Obituary Los Angeles Times - November 11, 2007

Click For EnlargementFounded in the early 1970s as "Yesterday's Air Force". It is one of the longest running aircraft recovery and salvage companies, with hangers and storage space at Chino Airport. Later renamed "Military Aircraft Restoration Corporation" (MARC) have been involved in dozens of recoveries, and a few restoration projects. Tallichet is a WWII veteran himself, who served in Europe, and a successful businessman with a passion for old airplanes. MARC is a private company, there is no museum open to the public, or displays.

During the early 1970's a number of aircraft wrecks were recovered from the Pacific, mostly from Papua New Guinea Tadji Airfield by Charles Darby and Monty Armstrong in 1974.

P-40N Warhawk Serial Number 42-104961
Recovered in 1973. In storage, no restoration work completed

P-40N Warhawk Serial Number 42-104959
Recovered in 1974. In storage until 2002, sold to John Fallis

A-20G Havoc Serial Number 43-21627
Recovered in 1974. Under sporadic restoration for past 30 years. Under restoration at PIMA Air Museum

A-20H Havoc Serial Number 44-0020
Recovered from Nicaragua, under restoration in Beaver Creek, PA

Salvage Activities In The Pacific
The company has been involved with many salvage operations. They have also worked around the world to salvage other aircraft, including: Hawker Hurricanes from Eastern Canada, Hawker Sea Fury fighters from Iraq, A-20 & A-26 from Nicaragua and a B-29 from China Lake, Nevada. His team included Leo Gay who was a Northrop aeronautical engineer.

Their involvement with Pacific aircraft includes:

B-24 Liberator Recovery
Recovered from India in 1972, this was the company's first recovery. This B-24 was returned to flying status, and tours the US air show circuit.

B-26 Marauder Recoveries
During 1971, several B-26's were recovered from Smith River, Briish Columbia, Canada including:
B-26 40-1459 | B-26 40-1464

Tadji Recoveries 1973-75
Tallichet sponsored one of the world's single largest recoveries of aircraft wrecks, from Tadji in Papua New Guinea, with the majority of the work in 1974.  New Zealander Charles Darby and Australian 'Monty' Armstrong preformed the recovery work. Most of the P-40s recovered by were taken from the “dump sites” at the end of the Tadji strips. The salvage work was easy, as all the aircraft were near the road and barge service was available to ship them away from Aitape. Recovered were over a dozen complete aircraft and a variety of parts.

Recovered aircraft wrecks were:
A-20 43-21627 | P-39Q 42-19993 | P-39Q 42-19995 | P-39N 42-19027 | P-40N 42-104730 / A29-448 | P-40N 42-105915 | P-40N A29-405 | P-40N A29-414 | P-40N 42-105951 | Beaufort A9-13 | Beaufort A9-557 | Beaufort A9-559 | Beaufort A9-226 | P-39N 42-8740 | P-39N 42-19027 | P-39Q 42-19991 | P-39Q 42-20339 | P-40N 42-106101

Click For EnlargementB-17E 41-2446 (aka 'Swamp Ghost')
MARC was involved with the attempted recovery from 1998 until 2001. Later, Alfred Hagen bought out Tallichet's interests, and continued the project solo.


Last Updated
May 3, 2016

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