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STRAIGHT AND LEVEL 2 VAA NEWS 4 AEROMAIL 5 THIRTY FIVE YEARS AT THE OUTER

STRAIGHT AND LEVEL

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VAA NEWS

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AEROMAIL

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THIRTY FIVE YEARS AT THE OUTER

MARKER! Dutch Redfield

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MYSTERY PLANE/HG. Frautschy

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PASS IT TO BUCKlE.E. "Buck" Hilb ert

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VAA CHAPTER 33 FLY-IN/Steve Emley

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RAIN DOESN'T DAMPEN THE ENTHUSIASM!

Norm Petersen

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GREAT PLAINS , GREAT LAKES/H G. Frautschy

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TYPE C t UB NOTES/H G. Frautsc h y

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DUTCH'S WACO ZKS-7

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CALENDAR

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WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

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CLASSIFIEDS

Pllhlis l. er TOM POBEREZNY Editor-in-Chief scon SPANGLER Executive Director, Editor HENRY G. FRAUTSCHY Executive
Pllhlis l. er
TOM POBEREZNY
Editor-in-Chief
scon SPANGLER
Executive Director, Editor
HENRY G. FRAUTSCHY
Executive Editor
MIKE DIFRISCO
Contributing Editors
JOHN UNDERWOOD
BUDD DAVISSON
Art Director
BETH BLANCK
Photography Staff
JIM KOEPNICK
LEEANN ABRAMS
MARK SCHAIBLE
Advertising/Editorial Assistant
ISABELLE WISKE
SEE PAGE 32 FOR FURTHER VINTAGE AIRCRAFT ASSOCIATION INFORMATION
member who just joined us at AirVenture nea rly 10,000 fellow members who share your

member who just joined us at AirVenture

nea rly 10,000

fellow members who share your enthusiasm for the great air­ planes of yesteryear. As a member of VAA, there are a number of benefit s specific to your visit to EAA AirVenture 2000. Just look around the VAA area, and yo u ' ll many areas that your membership benefits. The Type Club Headquarters , Workshop tent and VAA Forums

are great examples of what we accomplish as a group. For you to treasure, each year we put together a participants plaque. It includes a photo of your aircraft and the AirVenture

2000 logo . As a member , th e plaqu e is free. Non-members are

charged $10.00 for the plaque. While you're shopping in the VAA Red Barn st o re , be sure to show your VAA card when you check out - it's work an addi­ tional 10 percent off the price. (Discount offer good only at the time of purchase.) We are in the process of puttin g a package of materials for use by VAA chapters during FI-Ins. Included in that package will be a VAA Prop Card. We'll have these new cards on hand

at the Red Barn. Show you pride in VAA by displaying it on your airplane when you visit AirVenture or any of your local

fl y-ins . I try to keep my prop card neat by using a labeling machine for the letters and th en putting some clear "page protector" plastic over the entire prop card. Then I can reuse it for the fly­ ing season. People really seem to appreciate having the information about your airplane . It also makes the jobs of o ur judges and editorial staff much easier when you display a prop card! Membership has many benefits, not the least of which is the opportunity to serve your fellow members. It seems hard to believe that I have been at this Volunteer work for some

there are peopl e who hav e bee n vo lun­

27 yea rs. Happil y,

teers much longer than I hav e! They continue to show up each year with a smiling face to once again work th eir heart

out for the success of the Convention. Being a volunteer during AirVenture is pretty differ e nt than working for a salary with a company! First of all, the pay comes from the heart, not the wallet.

What do you gain for being a Volunteer? You receive a "Thanks for your help and doing such a great job" from your fellow

gain friends doin g what ever is

members. But best of all, you'll

n eeded by the Chairman. By volunteering, you're mu ch closer

to the Convention and it gives you a sense of being needed . Someday, when you choose to retire from th e ranks as a Volun­ teer you will not receive a gold watch, but yo u will have

If you're a n ew 2000, welcome to

EAA's largest Division, with

STRAIG

T&LE

to EAA's largest Division, with STRAIG T & L E by ESPIE "BUTCH " JOYCE PRE

by ESPIE "BUTCH " JOYCE

PRE S ID ENT, VI NTAGE AIRCRAFT ASSOCIATION

acquired some life long friends. Volunteering doesn't ha ve to be a

big job ei th er. My very

first job as a VAA volunteer was pretty simple - all that anyone would allow me to do was stay in the back room of the Red Barn and make lemonade for the volunteers working hard in th e sunshin e!

chairmen a nd vice-chairm en

In the year 2000, we' ll h ave 58

administering to the wide variety of tasks we need done to put

toge ther such an amazing event. Many of these chairmen have volunteers working in their area of responsibi lity. We have approxi mately 350 volun­ teers who work in our area eac h year. Some o f these

15 h o ur s of work, wh il e oth ­

ers may put in 80 hrs of work. It isn't the quantity of time

yo u spend (it certain ly is appreciated!) but th e fact that even an hour or two a day makes a big difference. The volunteer

force in the VAA area a lone acco unt s for

16,000 hours of labor during the week of AirVenture, work that benefits EAA and the VAA. To each or you who volunteer, I want you to know how much I and the rest of th e VAA Board and staff appreciate all of the work that you do to make the VAA area of AirVenture the most membership friendly area of th e gro und s. We also wel­ come any input that the membership might h ave that might

be h elpful in improving what we do. "THANKS!" Dic ky Bird of Eng land recently wrote me an E-mai l. He took tim e to ex plain that his was not a complaint E-mail. He wanted to th ank me for the h ard work that I have been doing for Vin­ tage aircraft, and how much he enjoyed being a member. The

work done by VAA is a joint team effo rt . It's always great when members send us notes. I do appreci­ ate someone taking the time to send these kind words along. Happ il y, we ge t more of the "goo d job" memos than we do co mplaints. When we do ge t a comp la int, we do o ur best to get back to them and explain our side of the issue, and we're often able to come to a successful conclusion. In our n ext issue we'll report on our jOint meeting with the type clubs at Oshkosh. There are a number of points we all

rega rd

n eed to discuss. The mutual concerns that we h ave with

to our older aircraft seem to be of interest to the FAA, and they've come to us as a group to h elp them. It 's a tremendous opportunity to do some collective good, and I'm confident

we'll do it well as we all get together.

th ey too ca n enjoy VAA. Lets all pull the good of aviation. Remember we

are better togeth er. Join us and h ave it all !

Ask a fri end to join so in th e sa m e direc tion for

hard-working fo lks put in 10 to

an es timat ed

VAANEWS

compiled by H.G . Frautschy

AIRWORTHINESS DI RECTIVE PROCESS LATEST EAA- BACKED EFFORT FOR VI NTAG E AIRCRAFT OWNER S

Owners and pilots of vintage air­ craft are becoming a greater influence in the federal regulatory process because of several recent efforts initiated or supported by EAA. These efforts have brought issues regarding vintage aircraft to the forefront, meeting the needs for thousands of airp lanes built prior to 1966. Among the issues addressed by EAA include an unprecedented ef­ fort to modify the Airworthiness Directive (AD) process, in coopera­ tion with various aircraft type clubs, other aviation groups such as the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Associa­ tion (AOPA), and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). As part of EAA's efforts, the associ­ ation's Division that is specifically dedicated for enthusiasts of older aircraft - the Vintage Aircraft Associ­ ation (V AA) - have scheduled two special meetings of particular inter­ est on specific issues. A meeting for

THE COVE RS

FRONT AND BACK COVERS

the prettiest biplanes of the Golden Age of Aviation, the Great Lakes 2-T is a classic icon of the era. This beautiful example was restored by Cameron Saure of Reynolds , North Dakota. The biplane was first built with an 85 hp American Cirrus engine , then later a Menasco Super Pirate of 125 hp was installed, giving it spritely performance. EAA photo by Jim Koepnick, shot with a Canon EOS1 n equipped with an 80-220 mm lens on 100 ASA Fuji Provia slide film. EAA Cessna 210 photo plane flown by Bruce Moore . Back cover shot at the New Holstein , Wisconsin airport by EAA volunteer photog­ rapher Mark Godfrey.

One of

vintage aircraft type clubs has been planned for Thursday, July 27, while FAA will report on aging aircraft is­ sues on Saturday, July 29 . These meetings are in addition to the dozens of meetings, forums and gatherings scheduled for vintage air­ craft owners throughout EAA's annual AirVenture gathering at Oshkosh. "There has been outstanding progress in vintage aircraft issues over the past several months," said Earl Lawrence, EAA Vice President of Government Relations. "Thousands of our members enjoy owning, restoring and flying older aircraft. There are unique situations regard­ ing these aircraft that include maintenance, safety and restoration. We want to make sure people who own and fly these airplanes can en­ joy them for years to come." Other vintage aircraft topics that have received extensive EAA atten­ tion include installation of shoulder harnesses in some older airplanes and maintenance of "orphan" air­ craft - airplanes that no longer have manufacturer support. In addition, EAA was asked by FAA to partiCipate in an ad hoc committee created to study other aging aircraft issues. Many of EAA's initiatives grew from a gathering in Kansas City, Mo., in early 2000 that dealt specifi­ cally with vintage aircraft. Included in that meeting were representatives from aircraft type clubs, associa­ tions, industry and FAA. "We have to plan for the long­ term maintenance of these aircraft, which include airplanes that were extremely popular as well as those that are unique or rare in aviation history," Lawrence said. "As we head into the 21st century, we must also remember that the aircraft built the 1960s and 1970s - one of the most productive times in general aviation history - will be soon ap­ proaching the age where they are

considered vintage aircraft. There are tens of thousands of those air­ planes that are still workhorses of the general aviation fleet." We'll be keeping you appraised of the ongoing efforts of EAA and the family of Type Clubs to educate the FAA and other industry groups as we all work to meet the chal­ lenges we face in keeping these great aircraft in the air.

REGIONAL EAA FLY-IN S ON THE WEB

If you're looking for the most cur­ rent, up-to-date information on EAA Regional Fly-Ins, look no further than the Internet. You can start your journey by logging into EAA's web site at www.eaa.org, or going di­ rectly to each fly-in web site. Here are their URL's:

• EAA Golden West EAA Regional Fly-In, September 8-10, www.

• EAA East Coast Fly-In, October

• EAA Southeast Regional Fly-In (SERFI), October 6-8, wwwserfi.org

• Copperstate Regional EAA Fly-In,

October 12-15, www.copperstate.org

• EAA Southwest Regional Fly-In,

October 20-21, www.swrfi.org

Fall is a great time for a fly-in , so

start planning your trip to one of these terrific events. In addition to these fly-ins, don 't forget the Mid­ Eastern Regional EAA Fly-In in Marion, Ohio. Information on

MERFI can be had by calling

419/447-1773.

A LITTLE RESEARCH HELP, PLEASE

Spirit Help Needed By Author There has been tremendous inter­ est in my forthcoming book on the complete historical documentation and flights of the original "Spirit of St. Louis" (NYP).

The target date for publication has been set at or before the year 2002, the seventy-fifth anniversary of the famous flight to Paris in 1927. Actually, there will be two books, the second one covering all of the goodwill tours of both the United States (80 cities) and later the trip to Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Cuba before it was permanently placed in the Smithsonian museum's collection in Washington , D. C. I still need help obtaining good photographs taken of the Spirit when Lindbergh visited the following cities and towns. Indianapolis, IN Tulsa, OK Lordsburg, NM Little Rock, AR St. Paul, MN Memphis, TN Abilene, TX jackson, MS Oakland,CA Atlanta, GA Dallas, TX Baltimore, MD While I have a few photos from a couple of these locations, they're un­ acceptable for various reasons. Some

are unclear or

curately to the location. So, fellow EAAers, please check your photo collections, photo al­ bums, scrapbooks, attics, basements, nooks and crannies. I ask this of EAA and VAA members worldwide. One never knows where such photos can turn up. Pictures can show the air­ plane with or without Lindbergh. If you have anything else of interest on the su bj ect, please feel free to contact me. Ev Cassagneres, 430 Budding Ridge, Cheshire, CT 06410

can' t be attributed ac­

LEWiS - LoCKPORT AIRPORT

EAA Chapter 15 is involved with developing a photo history of Lewis­ Lockport Airport near joliet, Illinois. These photos will be framed and mounted in the new Administra­ tion building on Lewis University Airport. During World War II, there was a

EAA FORD ON TOUR

If you're living or visiting the area around Auburn, Indian a durin g the annua l Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival 2000, he ld over Lab or Day weekend, you'll have a chance to ride on EAA's famous Ford Tri-Motor. EAA's Ford will be at the Auburn, Indiana airport starting on Friday,

September 1, departing on

course). Last year's visit by the Ford was a great success, with dozens of flights made over the course of three days. Auburn enthusiast Paul Fischer brought his 1935 Auburn 851 Coupe from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania and shared it with the Ford crew the after the airplane's cross-country flight from Oshkosh. Paul's Auburn is supercharged . It was hard to tell who was more excited about seeing each other's rare conveyance - Paul or the Ford Crew!

Monday, September 4 (weath er permitting, of

the Ford Crew! Monday, September 4 (weath er permitting, of Navy Flight Instructor School on the

Navy Flight Instructor School on the airport. It was then listed as Lock­ port, Illinois airport. They are seeking pictures of the flight instructor school, including aircraft on the flight line, housing facilities, etc. Th ere was also a manufacturing plant on the field called Globe Cor­ poration that manufactured Franklin gliders for the Army Air Corps and radio controlled drones. If you have any information or photos of the airport during this time period, please contact Frank Goebel, vice-president of EAA Chap­ ter 15, 3017 Caroline Drive, joliet, IL 60435, 815/436-6153.

TH I RTY FIVE YEARS AT THE OUTER MARKER

We've had several requests for in­ formation on obtaining Holland "Dutch" Redfield's book, Thirty Five

Years at the Outer Mark er. It was self­

published in the early 1980s, and is no longer available. Dutch did fol­ low his that non-fiction work with another book chronicling his expe­ riences in aviation. The Airman's Sky Is Not The Blue is available for $15.95

plus $2.50 shipping and handling.

has many of the

same stories you've enjoyed in

plus many more

flight and people experiences you'll enjoy. Order it from Holland L. Red­ field, P.O. Box 941, Cutchogue, NY

Thirty Five Years

The Airman's

11935-0941.

BOOKS TO ENJOY

Mystery Ship! just off the presses is Edward H. Phillips' Mystery Ship! It's a history of the Travel Air Type R monoplanes. It's published by Flying Books Inter­ national as part of the Historic Aircraft Series, which is published to document the careers and service of the men, women and machines that gave America wings. This book is so chock full of neat tidbits of information its hard to just pick out a couple to highlight. The brilliant career of engineer Herb Rawdon, who did so much of the en­ gineering work on the "R,' along with fellow Travel Air engineer Wal­ ter Burnham, is detailed. The various

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Dear Sir, Although I do not sub scribe to your magazine, I thought the en­ closed photo would be of interest to you. In about 1908 my grandfather, John Henry Menning, and my father William Henry Menning built the airplane that is pictured. As you can see it was completed and ready for the maiden flight in 1910. The young gentleman on the right and perched on the fl y ing machine

is my fath er. The other gentleman on the left and leaning on the wing of the plane is Charles Fessler, a life

long fri end of William Henry . The

two pairs of feet in the background

have never bee n identified .

It was constructed in a large build­ ing on the bac k of John Henry's property, located on East Hermitage

Street in

Philadelphia. I am told the building later became a peanut butter factory. John Henry decided on the Bel­

for takeoff . This is

across the Schuykill River in Philadel­

phia and up a long hill leading to the Plateau. How John Henry and William Henry managed to get the airplane to this spot I cannot say. Af­ ter what I am sure was quite an effort the plane was in place and ready for flight. John Henry was seated and

mont Plateau

th e Roxborough area of

ready for flight . And fly it did, bit did

not clear a fence. End of flight. My grandfather was not about to

lose money on this proj ect. He hired the "Dixie Vaude­ ville Theater" and sold tickets. People came from all over the 21st Ward to see this

modern miracle.

I have read that the Wright broth­ ers owned and operated a bicycle shop. John Henry was a machinist, having his own "Mount Vernon Ma­ chine Works" in later years. I am told h e served his machinist appren­ tic es hip as a bic y cl e mak er. Ve r y interesting!

I am happy to share this informa­

tion with you, also a photograph.

Sincerely,

Ruth E. Michel North Ca pe May, New Jersey

Ruth 's

photographs are of two differ­

ent aircraft. Th e photo taken in front of

the shed look much like a Bristol Boxkite, and the other, with William Henry Men­

th e edge of th e cockpit

app ea rs to be a shoulder-wing mono­ plane with a Bleriot type (uselage that had a pair of tandem wings mounted closely together, one in front of the other.

ning perched on

In that sense, both photos raise a few questions. What is the exact configura­ tion of the wings? The close up

view gives us scan t details, but

the doubl e cabane struts on the

forward part of the {us elage and

the "A" frame wire braces just

forward and aft of th e cockpi t

We won 't specu­ th eir exact use,

hoping that someone can come

forward with more details. The "Boxk ite" type of b i­

plan e is more con ven tiona l for the period, with the addition of

of

are interesting. late rega rding

the small encl os ure in front

pilot'S positio n on the front

of th e low er wing. Any ­ comments, pioneer era aviation

the

fans? -H.G. Frautschy

I

ears

att

Outer Marker

More Misadventures South of the Border

T he following evening we again

originated the southbound

flight to Mexico City, flying

the same airplane with many of our passengers from the night before. It had been thoroughly inspected, en­ gines tested and run up, and the airplane released for flight with con­ firming signatures in the logbooks. Full commissary was aboard, lavato­

ries spotless and the fuel and water tanks topped off.

The storm of the night before was now far off Newfoundland . Its pas­ sage through the New York area had thoroughly cleansed seaboard skies and it was a sparkling night as we again climbed to cruising altitude. In a short while coffee was delivered to the cockpit. We were far above the low level turbulence associated with the clearing weather and snug and warm as the lights of Philadelphia,

Washington and Atlanta crept slowly toward us then disappeared beneath the huge wings, growling engines and throbbing propellers. My companion sitting across from me occasionally turned up his map light as he referenced his charts and flight computer and we were both enjoying the evening in the dimly illuminated cockpit. Suddenly he turned to me and cried, "Look!" as he pointed to the indicators show­ ing the positions of the airplane's fuel supply valves on the cockpit side wall adjacent to his position. By design, the engine's supply valves and fuel cross feed va lves were posi­ tioned electrically in response to inputs from switches on the copi­ lot's fuel control panel, with the position of the valves being dis­ played on small indicators, one for each va lve, and adjacent to its con­

trolling swi tch. The indicators were designed to display, "ON." "OFF," or a "CROSSHATCH" indication if the valve was in tran si t from one posi­ tion to another. I was dumbfounded and alarmed to observe these fuel valve position indicators, despite no cockpit in­ puts, clicking in a random pattern across the four engines from "OFF," to "CROSSHATCH," to "ON." "It must be the indicating circuits," I announced, and to confirm my hopes quickly checked th e fuel pres­ sure warning lights on the engine instrument panel in front of us be­ cause these fuel system lights operated from entirely different cir­ cuitry. They too were blinking "ON" and "OFF," in the same random pat­ tern as the valve position indicators. New Orleans, our last land point prior to heading across the Gulf of

by Holland "Dutch" Redfield

Mexico was not far ahead. It was midnight and with this crazy fuel system we didn't know whether we could keep the engines run­ ning or not. We eased over toward the shoreline and quickly called New Orleans traffic control appris­ ing them of our problems. If it became necessary to ditch we would put the airplane down close to the sandy beach, rather than in the Louisiana swamps. One thing was sure-after our engine icing problems of the pre­ ceding evening, should the engines now flame out due to lack of fuel as the fuel supply valves went through their crazy cycle, we were at least now well acquainted with the necessity for relight within 15 seconds, the ten second countdown procedure and the penalties involved should we not adhere to the five minute drain re­ quirement. We were at 28,000 feet and the lights of New Orleans at last ap­ peared far ahead, then crept ever so slowly toward us. We were spring loaded for the engine relight proce­ dure and watched tailpipe temperatures and the fuel valve indi­ cators very closely, while trying to dig out New Orleans airport and ap­ proach charts. Neither of us had ever landed there. Twice the airplane pulled hard to the left, but before we could get un­ derway with the relight countdown procedure the engine relit itself as fuel supply was luckily restored by the opening and closing valves. We clung to our altitude and we were both very busy and the cockpit and main cabin got very hot because the air-conditioning panel near the copi­ lot was not receiving its required normal attention. At last we pinpointed the lights of the airport far, far below with the runways outlined in white, green and red lights. The airplane was po­ sitioned directly over the field before gingerly reducing power and start­ ing a spiraling descent, keeping the airport in sight close on the left and within no engines gliding range.

I was dumbfounded and alarmed to observe these fuel valve position indicators, despite no cockpit inputs, clicking in a random pattern across the four engines from "OF~ II to

"CROSSHATCH, II

to liON. II

The valves and lights of the fuel sys­ tem continued their crazy cycle and as we descended she pulled softly to the right and the tailpipe tempera­ tures indicated No.4 engine was flaming out, but as we began the en­ gine relight countdown she came back in as fuel as re-supplied. As we got lower we could see that all of the airport runway lights were now on and the tower cleared us to land unrestricted on any runway. The evening winds were light as we lined up for a steep power off ap­ proach to the longest runway and delayed flap and gear extension un­ til certain we could make it even should all four engines flame out. I was scared and ready for anything and totally unsure of what might happen next. As we neared the runway thresh­ old, ahead in the night alongside the runway flashed the lights of the airport's waiting emergency equip­ ment and fire trucks. As we touched down they sped up, trailing close be­ hind us down the runway as I reversed the pitch of the big pro­ pellers and applied the wheel brakes. Should there be any flameouts now,

we were at least safe on the ground, and let the engines quit. Except for the airplane's very warm cabin we were all right, and their job done, we dismiss ed the emergency trucks and thanked them. As we taxied to the ramp area, and then past the tower, the men silhouetted there peered down on us. Which radio voice that we had been communicating with, went with which of the fig­ ures silhouetted up there, I did not know, but I opened the cockpit side window as we rolled past and waved while radioing our thanks for their help during the last many hectic minutes. Our sweltering passengers were off-loaded as we finished our cock­ pit chores. A few minutes later, as we left the cockpit and stepped into the main cabin, I was most disturbed to find a soaking wet forward cabin floor with streams of water dripping from the air­ plane's ceiling. Then, as we descended the stairway to the air­

ramp, large puddl es could be

seen beneath the airplane just aft of

port

the nose landing gear, glistening in the glare of the ramp floodlights, where water was dripping heavily from the plane's belly. The airplane's forward drinking water supply tank was located in the main cabin ceiling and unfortu­ nately positioned directly over the main electronic bay which was far below in the forward belly. The tank had sprung a leak and shorted out the fuel system operating circuitry located in the electronics bay.

Following our night glide from 28,000 feet a platoon of factory tech­ nical people were flown up to New Orleans, and then after two days of very extensive checking the airplane was ferried back to Mexico City where it was bedded down in the hangar for another ten days of tests and modifications. At the completion, and for in­ flight evaluations, a combined test and training flight was scheduled

and because I had been there at the time of the fuel feed problems, I was asked to accompany them as an ob­ server. For a couple of hours, the fuel system, its shutoffs and its cross­ feeds were carefully and systema­ tically wrung out, and under all pos­ sible conditions the system now functioned perfectly. As the test pro­ gressed we worked our way northward to Brownsville, Texas, at that time the nearest airport to Mex­ ico City with an instrument landing system. The fuel tests completed, it was planned to then do some badly needed ILS training with several Aeronaves pilots who were aboard. The first approach, however, was to be an auto-coupled approach during which the autopilot automatically tracks the ILS glides lope and local­ izer beams. As we had just done with the fuel system, the autopilot also was to be thoroughly tested prior to release of

Following our fuel system evalua­ tions I left the cockpit. In a few more minutes, as the training crew in the cockpit prepared for the planned au­ topilot controlled ILS descent to the runway, the airplane was turned outbound on the ILS system at 1,500 feet. When it was time to engage the autopilot the autopilot switch was positioned to "Engage," but I learned afterward that the switch would not stay in the engaged posi­ tion. After a few checks were made it was tried again, but to no avail be­ cause preventative circuitry continued doing its job. A third try was then made and this time it seemed to say, " OK boys, if that's what you want!" and applied full left aileron and locked it there. In response, the airplane quickly rolled into a very steep bank causing a side slip at a very high rate toward the fast-rising ground. In the cock­ pit, the combined strength of the

above the trees. As things simmered down, ex­ planations made, and brows mopped in relief, a representative of the autopilot company moved to the radio rack, loosened the re­ taining screws and removed the "new and improved " unit. He then walked aft to where I was Sitting and placed it on the main cabin floor. At this point I suggested, and he agreed, perhaps we should heave it out the back door. Nobody now felt like doing any more training so the airplane was headed back to Mexico City. We landed and taxied up to the airline's hangar where a stairway was rolled to the forward entry door and at this juncture, I picked up my battered flight bag, strode the length of the cabin, out the main cabin door, down the stairway, across the hangar ramp, then trudged a mile and a half across the airport, its run-

I was most disturbed to find a soaking wet forward cabin floor with streams of water dripping from the airplane's ceiling.

the airplane back to the line, be­ cause up until the night preceding there had been a long-standing re­ striction against its use at altitudes below 10,000 feet, the reason being that the autopilot was strongly sus­ pect in an earlier accident in Britain. At the factory extensive changes to the autopilot circuitry had been made, with the modified unit arriv­ ing in Mexico City the night preceding our flight. Slipping this new black box into the radio rack and connecting the electrical Can­ non plugs removed the 10,000-foot restriction. In the autopilot section of the Aircraft's Operating Manual, was a statement in big black letters, "WHEN ENGAGED, THE AUTOPI­ LOT CANNOT BE OVERPOWERED BY THE PILOTS." I must say that such design philosophy was differ­ ent from Yankee thinking on this subject.

two pilots at the controls was un­ able to overpower the displaced and locked ailerons in order to level the wings, and actuation of the autopi­ lot disengage buttons on the control wheels and the engage/disengage switch on the autopilot pedestal control module had no effect. Aft, in the main cabin I was unable to imagine what was happening and hung on for dear life. Bill Daniels, a Miami-based in­ structor with more schooling and experience on the airplane than any of us, had been observing the train­ ing in progress from the rear of the cockpit. From this position Bill clawed his way over other observers and crew, cutting the master electri­ cal gang bar on the overhead panel, thereby completely removing elec­ trical power from all of the airplane. The autopilot at last released the locked controls and a wobbly recov­ ery was effected a few hundred feet

ways, and its taxi strips in the hot sun to the airline terminal building. I never looked back once. I had had enough of this crazy airplane in the past few weeks and with my own money bought a ticket for a flight that night back home to New York, aboard a good old Eastern Airlines Yankee-built Douglas DC-7. Although the airline eventually possessed three of these airplanes, they just couldn't keep them in the air. Operations were later resumed but with a Douglas DC-7 leased from Pan American and I was asked to come back and flew several delight­ ful months in this Yankee-built, wonderful flying airplane, which did the work of three airplanes. Over th e years I have done con­ siderable training with British airline pilots and I have often h ea rd them state that no one can build an air­ plane like the Americans, and they are right!

Au~t Mystery
Au~t Mystery

This one is prett y obscure, so we'll give a couple of hints. It was taken in front of the hangar at Michigan State Aviation School during the late 1920s. Our thanks to Member Brian Baker of Farm­ ington, NM for sending us th e photo. Send your answers to: EAA, Vintage Airplane , P .O. Bo x 3086 , Oshkosh, WI 54903-3086. Your an­ swers need to be in no later than September 25, 2000, for inclusion in the November issue of Vintage Airplane. You can also send your response via e-mail. Send your answer to v in tage@eaa.org . Be sure to include both your name and address in th e body of your note, and put "(Month) Mystery Plane" in the subject line.

Co inci de nt ally , Pat Pa cka r d of inquired about th
Co inci de nt ally , Pat Pa cka r d of
inquired about
th e identit y of
Om ro, W I al so
the airplane

by H.G. Frautschy

just as th e Ma y issue w as g oin g to pr ess. Pat

pa ssed al ong thi s ph oto of the MV-1.

May's Mystery Plane came to us courtesy of Clancy Hess, longtime EAAer. Clancy took the photo in New Orleans, and later flew the air­ plane. Harold Swanson sent us the

most complete answer:

The aircraft is a Monsted-Vincent MV-1 "Star Flight." It was built in New Orleans and its first flight occurred Oc­

tober 1,1948.

Monsted- Vincent MV-l UStar Flight"
Monsted- Vincent MV-l UStar Flight"

Farley Vincent and Robert Monsted were WW- JI Air Force pilots who served with distinc ti on. Vin cent was ran an FBO in Louisiana.

Des igner was Art Turner, former

engineer with Lockheed and Donald

Butler, engineer, was respons ible for the deta iled draw ings . The MV-1 was powered by fo ur 85

The

hp Co nti nenta l engin es. Crui sing

speed

was 145 mp h, landing speed 65

mph,

with an app rox ima te range of 1,100 miles .

In 1982, the t he aircraft to

Memoria l m use um in Patte rson, Louisiana.

Vi ncent fam ily donated the Wede ll- Wi ll iams

Haro ld Swan so n, Commander, USN (Ret)

Sh oreview, Min nesota

A correct answer was also received

fro m Ed Kas ter, Elm a, New York

PASS IT TO BUCK

by E.E. "Buck" Hilbert

EAA #21 VAA #5

P.O. Box 424, Union, IL 60180

New Technology, Friend? or Enemy?

Thumbing through Airline Pilot magazine I came across a statement by one Chris Lehman, editor in chief of CAT, the journal for Civil Aviation Training. Chris was speculating that "New technology was creating people who fly airplanes, rather than pilots." He stated that modern avionics and cockpit technology are pure joy, if we have the right mindset, are prop­ erly trained and don't become absolutely dependent upon them. I agree with him. The new technology is wonderful

and almost too easy to use. My com­ plaint is that it is eroding airmanship. It is too easy to become completely submerged, so enamored with it, that the basics are lost. "What if?" never seems to enter into it anymore. The thought of the system malfunction­ ing or partial failure of an electronic component is unthinkable. The thought that if there is an emergency, one needs only to push the button that provides the infor­ mation on the ten nearest airports or VORs is very comforting, but "What if?"

What if it doesn 't work?

If the pilot in command is a basic­ minded airman, he's spring loaded for just this kind of situation. He's aware of where he is, he has in the back of his mind a plan of action, and he can and will carry it out. After all, he is trained for just this sort of reaction. Twice a year the airline pilot plays "You bet your job ." He gets recurrent training and has to prove each time that he is ATP qualified. All the known irregularities and emergency procedures, and maybe one or two he

never heard of, are thrown at him. He's in the sweat box (simulator) for a

hours proving to the examiner

coup le

that he can handle any situation. Then, after the box, there is the cri­ tique and the oral. The oral covers most any of the aircraft systems: hy­ draulics, electrical, limitations, and operating techniques, regulations, hi­ jacking, emergency evacuation, FARs and whatever else the examiner dreams up. I guarantee that the whole procedure will leave a person com­ pletely drained when it's over. He'll also know his weak spots and will do something about it. Before the advent of the simulator, the entire check was done in a real airplane and it's still done that way in some cases. We lost engines on take­ off; we used raw data for approaches

with engines out. Hydraulic prob­ lems, electrical problems, control malfunctions, every possible problem was practiced, and as realistically as it could be done. Unfortunately, as time went on, we lost people and airplanes. We

learned

things we really didn ' t want

to, but we learned. And along with the learning, basic airmanship was polished to a fine edge. Then came the simulators and the educators. We were doing it all wrong. We weren't training like the educators said we should, so we changed. Cur­ riculums were developed, new buzz words introduced into the vocabu­ lary, the whole program changed gears and we had to learn the theory of each and every situation. Fine, but we've become so educated and have

so much information it has become

so educated and have so much information it has become difficult to make a decision. Then

difficult to make a decision. Then along comes the glass panel, the new technology. It makes the decisions for us. It plots the course. It handles the little irregularities. It leads us around by the nose and we become so dependent upon it that "What if?" is lost in th e process. "What if?" has to be brought back. That old attitude of being spring loaded to handle any situation has to be there. Use that new technolog y, but keep part of you attentive to "What if?" I was never a Boy Scout, but I like their motto, " Be prepared." Whether you're in an Ercoupe, your Aeronca, or a Twin Beech, you should be prepared if that new or even old technology lets you down. Know your radio out procedures. Know where you are. Make practice runs in your mind to handle "What if?" situations. Do yo u have maps with you if that GPS takes a vacation? What will you do if you have a com­ plete electrical failure? What's the plan if you're in Class B airspace and you lose the radios? A passenger be­ comes violently ill, what're you going

to do? Is ther e

an airport close by?

What if YOU begin to feel woozy? These are only a few samples of "What if? " Make up your own and keep that airmanship edge as you uti­ lize every available bit of that new technology.

Over to you, f( ~t(d ~

1st Annual Vintage Chapter Thirty-Three Fly-In

By Steve Emley

lthe ideas, planning and or­ ganization came together on ~ aturday, March 6 for Chap­ ter Thirty-Three of the Vintage Aircraft Association. Our First An­ nual Vintage Fly-In was held at liThe World famous Flabob International Airport" (RIR) in Riverside, Califor­ nia and was proclaimed a "Roaring Success" by all who attended! It seems that whenever you get a bunch of airplane people together for food, friends and fun, everyone always has a great time. Not only did this adage prove true again, but we walked around for days after­ ward with staring eyes, fixed gazes and crooked smiles stuck to our faces. We had a blast! The dedicated chapter members arrived for an early breakfast at Sil­ ver Wings Cafe and were ready for the typical Southern California low clouds and fog to burn off and give way to the morning sun. The wait wasn't long and we were rewarded by the airport being offiCially de­ clared VFR just as the first of our guests began to arrive. Soon th e burgers and dogs were on the grill and were being enjoyed along with all the fixin's that were put together by none other than the now famous chef, Travis Gammill. What goes along with good food? Good friends, airplanes and the laid-back, relaxed atmosphere so typical of a Saturday morning at Flabob. In a nutshell, we ALL had a great time! A hefty thanks to Travis, who in addition to organizing lunch, of­ fered the use of his hanger to set up our workshops. Many Fly-In guests were treated to hands-on experience in welding, metal forming with an

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experience in welding, metal forming with an 10 AUGUST 2000 The Polyfiber fabric covering workshop in

The Polyfiber fabric covering workshop in Travis Gammill's hangar was a big success.

The flight line at Flabob with a mix of Antique, Classic and lightplane replicas.

with a mix of Antique, Classic and lightplane replicas. larry Branin's Waco QCF-2 arrives as the
with a mix of Antique, Classic and lightplane replicas. larry Branin's Waco QCF-2 arrives as the

larry Branin's Waco QCF-2 arrives as the morning sun burns off the low clouds and haze.

English Wheel, aluminum riveting

and manufactured parts assembly and were astounded with the relative ease of modern fabric covering techniques. Many thanks to Air­ craft Spruce and Specialty for the metal and Polyfiber, for the cover­ ing supplies. It just "goes to show ya" that with a little help from your friends, you can accomplish almost anything! By early afternoon we had an "of­

to the attendance and

came up with about 40 aircraft and some 150-200 people who showed up for what we hope will be only the first of a long succession of Vintage Aircraft Association Flabob Fly-Ins. What we didn't have in quantity, we certainly made up for in quality! We had aircraft such as Barry Branin's 1931 Waco QCF-2, Martin and Wendy Benson's Stearman, Ralph Baxter's Waco UPF-7, Ron Karwacky's beautiful Cessna 195, Larry VanDam's Bonanza (the en­ gine clean enough to eat off of) and Jack Kenton's Travelair 4000. There were many more that due to space cannot be listed, but many thanks to all who attended. We hope you had as much fun as we did . All of us at Vintage Chapter Thirty-Three wish to offer a sincere and very heart-felt "Thank You II to all who contributed their time and effort to make this Fly-In the success that it was. We especially want to thank Gerry Curtis, Fly-In Team Leader for this year's event. Gerry put in the time, effort, organization and planning that was required to organize a bunch of guys into a well oiled and effective Fly-In Team! Nice job, Gerry! Next year we are planning the "2nd Annual VAA Chapter Thirty­ Three Flabob Fly-In./I It will be a two day event, taking place May 5-6. Come and experience the flavor of these beautiful vintage aircraft and enjoy some time with your friends at Flabob.

ficial guess II as

You'll be glad you did!

~

Flabob. ficial guess II as You'll be glad you did! ~ Kenny Fitzgerald (left) goes over

Kenny Fitzgerald (left) goes over riveting with metal workshop volunteer Jim Pyle.

Larry Van Dam's spotless Bonanza was one of the many aircraft displayed.

spotless Bonanza was one of the many aircraft displayed. Jim O'Brien flew in this Taylorcraft BC12-D

Jim O'Brien flew in this Taylorcraft BC12-D which fea­ tures the extra plexi­ glass panel in the lower half of the doors.

extra plexi­ glass panel in the lower half of the doors. This very nice looking Aeronca

This very nice looking Aeronca was first registered with the CAA as an 11ACS, the economy version of the Chief known as the Scout. With a less expensive interior, no auxiliary fuel tank, no McDowell starter and a Champ nose bowl, the Scout was intended for training operations. Aeronca built 100 ofthe model. Chet Stilabower flew in this Scout.

bowl, the Scout was intended for training operations. Aeronca built 100 ofthe model. Chet Stilabower flew
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American Waco Club Fly-In at Creve Coeur

by Norm Petersen

T he tiny airport located on the northwest side of St. Louis, MO, that car­ ries the name Creve Coeur Airport was once

again the gathering place for the annual fly-in of the American Waco Club, a group of multi-talented peo­ ple who enjoy the sound of round engines and airplanes with two sets of wings on them. The dates were June 1S-18, 2000, and some 26 Waco aircraft were on hand for the celebration. Into this group, we must add the aura of Creve Coeur Airport itseJf-a literal treasure of antique airplanes of every kind and in all stages of restoration. A tour of the hangars at Creve Coeur is almost like a time warp, starting with a really fine air­ plane museum and continuing on to some of the most interesting hangars this author has ever been privileged to inspect. Festivities began on Thursday evening with congenial hosts , Al and Co nnie Stix, putting on a Mexi­ can party - second to none! Everybody put on their T-shirt with an inscription that emblazoned "Have a Taco with your Waco." Not only did Al cook a fantastic Mexi­ can meal, but the gang was entertained throughout the meal by a five-piece Mexican mariachi band, complete with trumpets, guitars and singers. The outdoor cookout and party was enhanced by a beau­ tiful evening sky that was a joy to

From the capable hands of John Cournoyer comes his latest piece of work-a rein­ carnation

From the capable hands of John Cournoyer comes his latest piece of work-a rein­

carnation of

this airplane is outstanding.

the Texaco Number 17 Waco UBF-2 . The

workmanship and finish on

Texaco Number 17 Waco UBF-2 . The workmanship and finish on A smiling Chuck Doyle, Jr.

A smiling Chuck Doyle, Jr. stands by his Travel Air 4000, powered by a gleaming Lycoming 300 hp engine that features highly polished rocker boxes with the name, "Wright" on each one . As Chuck explains, he always wanted a Wright-powered Travel Air!

Travel Air 4000, flown by Chuck Doyle, Jr. and an R-985 powered Mulli­ coupe flown by Bud Dake. Impressive! With the rain contin­ uing to dribble towards evening, the Friday night banquet was moved inside the hangar where we were treated to a chicken dinner by hosts Al and Connie Stix with some excellent as­ sistance by some busy volunteers. The ex­ change of vital Waco information between the club members during an evening meal such as this is most amazing.

members during an evening meal such as this is most amazing. Winner of the 2000 Bob

Winner of the 2000 Bob Poor Memorial Award for pride of ownership of a Waco, was Robin Williams of Michigan, who flies a beautiful Classic Waco YMF­ 5, done up in a blue and white paint scheme.

Gatherings such as this make the entire trip worthwhile. Following the meal, this author served up a number of songs on the accordion plus a few sneaky jokes in between­ as I have been known to do on occasion. A planned group flyout to a pri­ vate grass strip on Saturday morning had to be cancelled because of more rain, so most of the folks spent time going through hangar after hangar filled with delightful airplanes of every vintage . By afternoon, the rains had given up and the Waco rides were back in full swing. One of the treats of the fly-in was a ride in John Schwander's newly finished 1932 Waco UEC cabin with a 220 Continental up front that features a front collector ring exhaust.

behold with a perfect Missouri sun­ set including hues of every color. It was, indeed, an evening to remem­ ber. Friday morning brought a light rain that helped to slow the flying activities, but still rides were being given at a lively clip. The sound of round engines filled the air and the Creve Coeur pattern was as busy as a one-armed paper hanger. In addi­ tion to numerous Waco aircraft, several significant "other" machines were flying including a really sharp

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One of the Minnesota contingent, Forrest Lovley, pulls up to the gas pump in Mark Gulbrandson'S beautifully finished Waco UPF-7.

Minnesota contingent, Forrest Lovley, pulls up to the gas pump in Mark Gulbrandson'S beautifully finished Waco
Totally restored in the livery of "The Viking Flying Boat Co. " as delivered in

Totally restored in the livery of "The Viking Flying Boat Co. " as delivered in 1932, this Waco UEC is the handiwork of John Swander of DeSota, KS. The 1O-year restoration shows at every turn, even to the front exhaust collector ring on the Continental R-670 engine of 220 hp.

John's ten-year project was impec­ cably restored and to fly in such an airplane-where every piece on the airplane feels tight-was indeed a treat. The Saturday afternoon annual business meeting was held under the able direction of President Phil

Coulson, who has that innate abil­ ity to kee p things moving along in a brisk fashion. When all was said and done, it was back to flying Waco airplanes. A group of five UPF-7 Wacos made a beautiful for­ mation flight over the assembled crowd with one of the UPF's pulling

skyward in the traditional "missing person" tribute to the late Mrs. Jack (Pauline) Winthrop, a vibrant mem­ ber of the American Waco Club for many, many years. If there was a dry eye in the entire crowd at this moment, I didn't see it. The Saturday evening banquet was held in the hangar with the culinary delights handled once again by Al and Connie Stix. Believe me when I say,

nobody , but nobody,

hungry. Entertainment was provided by a young song writer from Canada playing a "Chapman Stick" which is an amplified 12-string instrument that sounds like an entire band. The music that came forth was most remarkable and a joy to listen to, literally a moving experience. Sunday morning was spent saying "Good Byes" to the many club members and guests as the beautiful Waco biplanes departed, one after the other. Serenity once again descended on Creve Coeur

went

the other. Serenity once again descended on Creve Coeur went Flanked by two beautiful Waco UPF-7's

Flanked by two beautiful Waco UPF-7's is one of two Antonov AN-2 "Colt" cabin biplanes based at Creve Coeur. On a misty day, these huge cabin biplanes could almost sneak into a Waco Fly-In without being noticed!

Originally, a little four-cylinder, 85-hp Cirrus Mark 3 powered the Great Lakes. While a two-place air­ plane, the Great Lakes 2-T-1 wasn't very big. Just 20 feet, 4 inches long with a wingspread of just over 26 feet, the Great Lakes was quick to gather a reputation as a fun, nimble airplane to fly. But the first ones weren't that way at all. After initial test flights, a small problem crept up and bit designer Charlie Meyers. Charlie had been the guiding force on the drawing

more airplanes had already been built, with two more on the shop floor, their construction well along. If Charlie made the engine mount longer to counteract the tail heavi­ ness, the aerodynamics of the short-coupled design would suffer. What to do? Shifting the airplane's center of gravity (CG) aft without changing the wings' location would be the ideal solution, one that designers had used before, and often since. Charlie Meyers took advantage of

equipped with the 90-hp American Cirrus engine, by some accounts the order books had over 700 orders listed. But you all know what was com­ ing. Some of you lived it, the rest of us read about it, but we all still deal with its aftermath 71 years later. The Great Depression meant money for buying and flying fun airplanes all but dried up. Even with drastic price cuts (from $4,990 to $2,985 by 1931) the company struggled to stay in business. Each model of the airplane

(At Left) The aft cockpit of the Great Lakes features period instruments, including a bubble-faced Kollsman compass surrounded by a crash pad. One interesting aspect of the biplane's cockpit is the location of the airspeed indicator-it's the instrument mount­ ed just above and to the right of the fire extinguisher, down near the floor. (At Right) Cameron Saure, Reynolds, North Dakota.

table for Waco when it produced the Waco 10 and the spectacular Taper­ wing. When he left Waco in 1928 to become one of the principles of Great Lakes Aircraft Company in Cleveland, Ohio, Charlie already had a reputation as an excellent in­ tuitive engineer and test pilot. While not formally schooled as an engi­ neer, Meyers had been involved in aviation since the pioneering days before World War I. The new biplane had a balance problem, one not easily solved by changing the fuselage dimensions. It was tail heavy. To compound the problem, besides the prototype, two

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this elegant solution. Each of the up­ per wing's outer wing panels was swept back just a shade more than 9 degrees, effectively lengthening the nose-moment and bringing the air­ plane's CG aft. The change gave the airplane its distinctive, rakish look, and made it one of the sweetest han­ dling airplanes ever made, according to the pilots love them. As salesmen's order books go, the Great Lakes "Sport," as the airplane

wasa~oknown,wasonehotcom­

modity. The backlog of orders soon zoomed to more than 200 airplanes, and by mid-1929, after the introduc­ tion of the 2-T-1A, which came

seemed to add to the possibility that the design would continue to make it in the marketplace, but it was hard to find new business. In 1930, the new Cirrus "High­ Drive" engine gave the Great Lakes a new look, moving the propeller up 8 inches, putting it nearly in line with the fuselage's top longerons instead of its centerline. Completely en­ closed except for the short stacks poking out of the lower right side of the oval shaped cowling, the 95-hp Cirrus High-Drive inverted engine proved its worth during the All­ America Flying Derby of 1930. Charlie Meyers himself flew the

new model, dubbed the 2-T-IE, to third place (at an average speed of 107.33 mph) in the Derby, and later to 16th position in the Na­ tional Air Tour of 1930. The glowing reports from the pi­ lots who flew the airplane for sport and for air show work helped the company some, but the financial hard­ ships of the day made quite a dent in the sales for the biplane, and Great Lakes only built a dozen of the 2-T-IE Sports. For decades afterward, the Great Lakes biplane was one of the most sought after mounts for air show work. Its moderate size and rela­ tively slow speed made it easy to keep in front of the air show crowd, and its agility kept spectators inter­ ested in the aerobatics as pilots such as Tex Rankin slow rolled their way into aviation history. Homebuilt versions of the air­ plane have been fielded, as was a well- received more modern produc­ tion airplane with 135- and 180-hp Lycoming flat-opposed engines. The Great Lakes is one of aviation's most

enduring designs, and we'll be seeing homebuilt modern factory-built and restored versions for many years to come. For many years Tex Rankin ran an active fixed base operation, and he was the first owner of Great Lakes 2-T-l, SIN 20. Built in 1929, it didn't get sold through Rankin's dealership until 1930. Almost immediately, the new owner, W.H. Holliday, replaced the original engine with a llO-hp super­ charged Cirrus. At an average speed of 98.84 mph, Holliday placed 10th in the aforementioned All-America

Flying Derby. Holliday flew the airplane until 1934, when an engine failure re­ sulted in a wreck. Repaired, it bounced around though various owners until it came back to Holli­ day in 1957. By then a normally aspirated 125-hp 0-4-87 Menasco Super Pirate powered the airplane, and Holliday flew the Great Lakes until 1969. By then, the years of repairs had finally added up to an airplane that was ready for a major restoration, es­ pecially after a ferry pilot dinged the airplane by taxiing into a Cessna 180 while en route to North Car­ olina. After one man bought the airplane at a sheriff's sale, Cameron Saure bought the project from him, intending to fly it from his 1,800­ foot strip.

Cam Saure demonstrates the unique way you gain entry into the front cock­ pit of the biplane. It reminds you of getting into the "Scrambler" at the amusement park!

Cameron did his part to make sure we get to see at least one more example of the 2-T-1 on the flight line. During the summer, Cam works the farm that has been in his family since 1879. Beets seem to do well, as do soybeans, but when the cold starts to chill the ground and there's no way anything is going to grow, Cam heads inside to work on a pro­ ject. He's had a Luscombe, Stinson 108-3, and his brother recently bought a Cessna 195 project. About eight years ago Cam bought the Great Lakes supposedly ready for reassembly, after being re­ covered with Grade A cotton. But it just didn't look "right" as far as the covering was concerned. A closer examination revealed the work­ manship of the covering job and the underlying structure were not airworthy. So Cam started a com­ plete rebuild. After removing the poor covering job and inspecting the structure closely, there was plenty of work to do. The top wing ribs were in good condition, but Cam felt better about the airplane after he replaced the wing spars and completely rebuilt the bottom wings. None of the fit­ tings needed to be replaced. Other pieces were in much better condition. The tail surfaces, which are actually from a 2-T-1A, and were in great shape. So was the landing gear, although the Cleveland brake installation, done in the 1950s, had to be reworked. There was one glitch in that process. In the airplane's pa­ perwork, Cameron noticed that after some welding had been done during the brake installation (the mounting torque plates), the paperwork didn't mention that the parts had been re­ heat treated. Off they came! The paint was stripped and the heat treatment performed. Factory-install ed fittings for at­ taching floats are the most interesting items still on the air­ frame. Ca meron says the airplane "was made for a main float and two outboard floats, but the airplane spun and flipped when Charlie Mey­ ers, the test pilot, was flying it for

the CAA inspectors. He just about augered into the lake, and they weren't even there when he pulled up to the dock-they had already gone home . So it never got approved for floats. " A twin-float con­ figuration was also tried without suc­

cess on the Great Lakes as well, but it

didn't gain CAA ap­

proval either. Still, because the early airplanes were al­ ready in production, the fittings were installed on the assumption

that there would be no problems getting the approval. Oops. Cameron welded a new center section fuel tank because he was uncomfortable with the original terneplate (steel coated with anal­ loy of lead and a small amount of tin) tank, which had multiple sol­ dered repairs. Cameron credits his local lA, Rich Altendorf of Northwood Aero, Northwood, North Dakota for being

a handy fellow, a good friend, and a

perfectionist when it came to "doing

it right." Also on the list of local folks who lent their expertise was Mark Tisler at Tri-State Aero in Whapeton, North Dakota. He helped

a lot with the cowling.

Cam knew a bit on the use of an English Wheel, and Mark a bit more, so the two of them worked on creat­ ing new pieces together and created

a beautiful set of compound curved

panels for the sides, top, and bottom

of the cowl, and the nosebowl. When the Great Lakes was in pro­ duction, sheet metal artisans pounded out these pieces by hand, and all of them showed some work marks, especially when painted dark colors. By using the English Wheel, the pieces that needed some prelimi­ nary hammer work came out looking like they had been formed on a hydraulic press!

The Menasco Super Pirate engine develops 125 hp with­ out a supercharger and gives the Great Lakes sprightly performance. The engine is installed in a bed -type mount and is controlled by push-pull rods.

Cam made a new set of top deck panels, too, because the originals had been drilled so many times for

various installations of racing wind­ shields and a front cockpit cover. Tempted to add a few custom de­ tails, Cam knew he had a very original airplane, with only the en­ gine installation slightly different from the factory delivered configura­ tion. He chose to keep it looking just as it did in the 1930s, complete with the beautiful lettering and Great Lakes logo on the sides. Speedy Sign in Grand Forks did the logo, based on photographs and drawings. The letters and logo are vinyl, cut out by a computer-controlled cutter. When it came time to cover the airframe, Cameron chose the Air­ Tech process. He says that Air-Tech says you don't have to sand, but he did it anyway, wet sanding between

each coat. "I

for a while," he recalled. Still working primarily during the winters, it took six years to com­ plete the Great Lakes, and it flew again on June 7, 1998. Cameron does have one little problem though-he has three daughters, Heather, Casey, and Samantha, a nephew named Miles, and a sup­ portive wife, Sandy, all of who like to fly. With only two cockpits, the competition for the Great Lakes' front seat can get a little intense be­ fore those evening flights over th e vast fields of the Great Plains!

didn ' t have fingerprints

TYPE CLUB NOTES by H.G. Frautschy Compiled from various type club publications & newsletters From

TYPE CLUB

NOTES

by H.G. Frautschy

Compiled from various type club publications & newsletters

From the Cub Club Newsletter

FIXED CONTINENTAL OIL SUMPS.

This information, written by Cy Galley, appeared in Vol. 10, No.1 of B-C Contact, the newsletter of the Bellanca/Champion Type Club . There have been a lot of the se "kid­ ney" tanks discarded because of being severely dented:

If you are flying an aircraft with the A or C Series Continental engine

that us es

sump, you probably know that they are expensive to replace. They get dented when th e carburetor is forced

back in an accident. Fortunately, the opening is large and a good body man can work out th e dents. Here is another option for dent removal without a bunch of hammer dings

that will happen if yo u are

not a

good body man. Mount the tank to

a steel plate to sea l off th e large open­ ing. Get an expanding plug to seal the filler tube and apply air pressure

to the tank. Then use a torch with a

soft flame to hea t th e dent,

will round right out. But be careful;

it is

and have a blowout.

th e kidn ey shaped oil

and it

easy to have too much press ur e

respond ent doesn't say how

much pressure nor how to pressur­ ize. I would tap the steel plate for a "Schrader type" va lve or use th e drain plug with the appropriate pipe red ucer. I would not try a lot of pres­

My

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Maybe as low as 5 to 10 psi.

You can always increase the pressure if heating to a dull red doesn't do the

trick. Be patient.

sure.

THE CUB DOCTOR

BY Clyde Smith, jr. R.D. 2, Box 545 Lock Haven, PA 17745 570-748-7975 (home) 570-748-3927 (shop)

To help prevent rusting out of the

" D" win­

dows, here's a quick and easy step

window channel on the

that shou ld be included in the

restoration process of all fabric Pipers. Especially for the tail wheel models, accomplish the following:

On all fuselage frames with the curved rear window "D" channels made from steel, place the fuselage in its normal 3-point ground atti­ tude . Use saw horses or whatever is required to support the frame in that ang le. Take a 36-inch or 24-inch bubble level and, while holding it in a level position (with bubble centered), touch the very bottom of each "D"

position (with bubble centered), touch the very bottom of each "D" REAR WINDOW FRAME Contact Point

REAR WINDOW FRAME

Contact Point
Contact Point

Bubble Level

window channel and make a mark with a pencil, felt marker, etc., indi­ cating the lowest part of that channel (See illustration on previous page). Drill small (3/16") drain hole down through inside of window channel on:

with others about brakes on my Cub and Culver Cadet. The original blad­ der assembly brake assembly works

fine provided you get all the air out of the sma ll closed system. I have worked with the problem for over 20 years with my J-3.

block valve under the front seat of my J3, mounted on the floor board. The valve is mounted be­ tween the Scott brake and the brake assembly. I rigged up a neat spring loaded release handle with a notch for setting the brakes in

J-3

PA-18

I

am finishing up a Culver Cadet

"Lock" position. Cub Club Newslet­

J-5

PA-20

restoration project which has the

ter Editor's note: Be sure to do a 337

PA-11

PA-22

same Goodrich system. The Culver

on this mod.

PA-12

PA-22/20

project was a total disassembled

It sure is nice for hand propping

PA-14

L-4

basket case when I got it 10 years

when you're all alone and far from

PA-16

L-18, L-21

ago. When it came time to fill and

a

stump or fence post.

FILLING SCOTT MASTER BRAKE CYLINDERS

bleed the brake system, I had prob­ lems getting a firm brake pedal when the system was full of fluid.

ENGINE TROUBLE SHOOTING TIPS FOR ENGINE MISSES

Charlie Cash, 555 Perkins Rd., Extd. #402, Memphis TX 38117­ 4424, 901-685-9050, has installed the North River brake cylinder. Booster kit on his Cub. He says the brakes work fine after he learned

how to fill them. First, he raised the tail so that the brake cylinders

of thrust - thu s

no air would be trapped in the up­ per forward part of each cylinder. Charlie fills the cylinders from the bottom (wheels) but does some­ thing extra. He brought an ex tra plug for each master cylinder - then drilled a hole in the top of each plug, soldered a piece of tubing in the hole, and then added a piece of clear tubing over the soldered-in tube. He places the end of the clear tubing in a jar. In that way he can fill the master cylinders without spilling brake fluid . Also, he can see whether he is still getting air bubbles as he bleeds the brakes from the bottom. You're a clever guy, Charlie!

are parallel to line

TRICK FOR MAKING BLADDER BRAKES WORK BETTER

This information is from Dan Nicholson, 723 Baker Dr., Tomball, TX 77375, 715-351-0114. I thought I would share some info

I found that you should remove

the wheel from the axle and expose the brake assembly, put a 5-inch worm clamp from the local hard­ ware store around the brake blocks, and then screw down the clamp, pulling the blocks down tight against the empty bladder. Fill the entire system and then release the work screw, which will allow the bladder to expand to nor­ mal size. This will suck fluid into the bladder, filling the entire lower portion of the closed system. Then top off the fluid reservoir with hy­ draulic fluid. Replace the filler plug and check to see if you have a firm brake pedal. You may need to bleed the system once or twice. Always fill from the bottom when topping off the reservoir with fluid.

I replaced the bleeder screws with

an automatic brake bleeder valve (repair kit valve) from the local auto

supply store. This bleed valve al­ lows you to use a pump oil can with

a short plastic tube to see fluid be­ ing pumped into the system (no air in can).

I am sure this is old info for a lot

of our readers, but it only took 20 years for me to figure out how to get all the air out of a Cub or Cadet brake bladder system.

I also rigged a Scott 4-way brake

This information, written by Cy Galley, appeared in Vol. 10, No.1 of B-C Contact, the newsletter of the Bellanca/Champion Type Club. Many times a rough engine oc­

curs because a cylinder is not firing. But which cylinder is not firing? I have seen very intelligent, grown men burn their fingers when they guessed wrong. Solution: Make a mark on each exhaust stack when cool with a "China Marker" or wax pencil. Then run the engine. The firing cylinder marks will melt. The non-firing won't. Now all you have to do is find out why! Does it happen only on one mag? Then it is probably the lower spark plug. Switch the top and bottom plugs, and if it follows, you know it

is the plug. If it doesn't follow, it is

the plug lead. Happens on both mags? Then do

a compression check as it is proba­ bly a stuck exhaust valve. However, one can listen for the air escaping. Hear it at the exhaust stack, it's the exhaust va lve. Hear it at the carbu­ retor, it is a bad intake valve. Hear it

at the oil filler, then you have bad rings. If the sound is heard at the oil filler with very little or no ten­ dency to turn the prop, you have a hole in the piston.

The Waco was secured each night at this mooring, located just off­ shore from the
The Waco was secured each night at this mooring, located just off­ shore from the
The Waco was secured each night at this mooring, located just off­ shore from the
The Waco was secured each night
at this mooring, located just off­
shore from the cottage. You can
see the wing spoiler boards on
the lower wings. The mooring, in
about three feet of water, was
made up of many cement blocks
'lL rn;lI1n"n together.
The chain waS
inked with a rope bridle wh
allowed the plane to weather-
vane and always be pointed into
the wind.

H olland "Dutch" Redfield sent these interest­

ing shots of his Waco ZKS-7 mounted on a

set of Edo 38-3430 floats. While we've seen

an occasional color shot of warbirds, we rarely see color photographs from the late 1930s and 1940s. Kodak's Kodachrome film was introduced in 1936, and began to see more widespread use just before World War II. If you have some images of civilian airplanes you'd like to share, please feel free to con­ tact us at EAA headquarters. Vintage Airplane, PO Box 3086, Oshkosh, WI 54903 -3086, E-Mai l at vintage@eaa.org or call 920/426-4825 . We'll make arrangements to have the slides copied elect roni­ cally, and then we can share these rare images with our members.

these rare images with o u r m e m b e r s . Th
these rare images with o u r m e m b e r s . Th

Th e five-place Waco rests alongside the dock, with Bill Redfield (Dutch's brother) at the wingtip. Dutch and his new bride Peg spent a lovely summer together as they rented a cottage alongside an inlet on the riverbank.

During the summer of 1941, Dutch and hi s younger brother Bill operated "Thousand Island Airways" in the upstate New York region bordering the st. Lawrence river, near the entrance to Lake Ontario . During what proved to be his last summer of floatplane flying, Dutch hopped rides in the cabin Waco . Powered by a 285 hp Jacobs engine, the ZKS-7 proved to be popular, but gas restrictions and the start of

Wo r ld W ar II

meant the end of the operation.

- News continued from page 3

models of the R are all here, from the Texaco No. 13 to the Chevrolair 6 powered R613K. R.S. Hirsch's tech­ nical drawings of each of the models are included in the book, as are hun­ dreds of photos. Mystery Ship! is available from Historic Aviation,

800/225-5575.

Arctic Bush Pilot

Arctic Bush Pilot by James" Andy"

Anderson and Jim Rearden follows the amazing career of bush pilot An­ derson as he transitions from Navy combat pilot to a veteran of a differ­ ent sort, doing battle with the elements of Alaska's northern wilder­

ness . Backed

Anderson was one the pioneers of post World War II air service to Alaska's vast Koyukuk River region, where he served miners, natives, sportsmen, geologists, adventurers and "bush rats." Illustrated with 50 photos, Arctic Bush Pilot is available from Epicenter Press, Box 82368, Kenmore, WA 98028, 800/950-6663. Lightplanes at War

by Wien Airlines,

Lightplan es at War is Ken Wake­

field's follow-on book to his The

Fighting Grasshoppers of a few years

ago. While it covers the same theater of operations , the book is quite dif­ ferent. As written by Ken in the introduction of the book:

"In the nine yea rs since The Fight­

ing Grasshopp ers was published I

have received numerous letters from former US Army Aviation personnel and other people. With these letters came many anecdotes, documents of various kinds, and a variety of photos and snapshots form personal albums. Initially my reaction was to use all this new material in a revised, greatly enlarged second edition of

The Fighting Grasshoppers, but this

would have resulted in much repeti­ tion . This was clearly undesirable, so I decided in favour of a new ap­ proach, and this book is the result."

Lightplan es at War is neatl y de­

fined by campaigns in the European Theater of Operations (ETO). Liber­

ally sprinkled with photos of the flight operations, the book's see m­ ingly never-ending series of anecdotes makes it hard to put down, even when you know you re­ ally should turn off the lights and go to sleep!

Lightplanes At War is published by

Tempus Publishing, Inc., 2 Cumber­

land St. , Charleston,

available by calling EAA Member­ ship Services at 1-800-843-3612. Models and Methods International Noted model aviation author, model aircraft designer and colum­ nist Bill Hannan has added another volume to his entertaining and in­ formative series of books covering model aircraft and early aviation his­

SC 29401 and is

tory. Models & Methods International

has all sorts of neat illustrations, model airplane drawings from around the world and a very infor­ mative piece on the early days of pioneer aviation. "1911-1912 Scads of Suitable Scale Subjects, Mono­

planes versus Biplanes and a Test of Engines" is a compelling history of the pivotal years prior to World War I, when a quantum leap in engine manufacturing made great advances in aviation possible. Intended to whet the appetite of the modeling enthusiast, anyone interested in that era will find it quite engaging. Also included in the article are three views of the Cody Cathedral, Avro "Gil (a model plan of the same de­ sign is also included) and side views of the Baby Wright racer, a Nieuport monoplane, Deperdussin, Bieriot So­ ciable and Bristol Coanda. There's plenty of other tidbits, including model drawings for Leon Teft's "Contester," a homebuilt aircraft from the 1960s, the 1913 OTTO Ren­ nrindecker, and the 1909 Antoinette.

Models & Methods International is

available for $11.95 plus shipping and handling from Hannan's Run­ way, Box 210, Magalia, CA 95954 , 530/873-6421, FAX 530/873-6329 or on the web at www.hrunway.com

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The Jollowing list ojcoming events is Jurnished to our readers as a matter oj infor­ mation only and does not constitute approval, sponsorship, involvement, control or direction oj any event (fly-in, seminars, fly market, etc.) listed. Please send the in­ Jormation to EAA, Att: Vintage Airplane, Po. Box 3086, Oshkosh, WI 54903-3086. InJormation should be receivedJour months prior to the event date.

EAA Regional Fly-Ins shown in bold.

AUGUST 12 - CADILLA C, MI -

EAA Chapter 678

Fly-In Breakfast, 0730 - 11 00, Wexford County

Airport (CAD). Info: Jim Shadoan , 231/7 79-81 13.

AUGUST 13-18 -SANTA MARIA, CA -America n Navion Soc iety Natio nal Convention. Info:

970/245-7459

Newman's

Field (4NO) . Fly- In Lunch donation or Dish to pass. Info: 616/375-0208 or 375-069 /.

AUGUST 19 -

KALAMAZOO, MI -

AUGUST 19-COOPERSTOWN, N Y- (K23) Old Air­ plane Fly -In and breakfast. 7:30 a.m.-Noon. Info:

607/547-2526.

AUGUST I9-SPEARFISH, SD- Clyde Ice Field. 17th

Annual EAA Chapter 806 Fly-ln. Info: Bob Golay,

605/642-2311 (evenings) or c2 Igolay@mato.com

Capitol Airport.

AUGUST 20 - BROOKFIELD, WI -

17th Annua l Vintage Aircraft display and Ice Cream Social. Noon - 5 p.m. Midwest Antique Air­ plane Club monthly meeting, and model aircraft will also be on display. Fun for the entire family. Info: Capitol Airp ort, 414/78 1-8132 or George Meade,Fly-in Chairman, 414/962-2428.

AUGUST 24-26 - TROY, OH - Waco Field. Waco 2000, organized by the Waco Historical Society. Info: 937/335-9226 or on the web at: www.waco­ mus eu m.org Accommodation information at

937/993-1044.

AUGUST 25-27 - MATTOON, lL - 4rd Annual MTO Luscombe Fly-ln. Luscombe judging and awards,forums and banquet. $50 cash to Lus­ co mbe that flies the fartest to attend. Contacts:

Jerry Cox, 217/234-8720 or Shannon Yoakim, 217/234-7120 A

AUGUST 26 - RIVERSIDE, CA - Flabob Ai/port Cel­ ebration, Fly- In, Hot Air Balloons, RIC models, Overnight camping provisions, and food, Flabob Airport, (9 09) 683-2309, or e-mail at flywith­ flab ob@msn. com.

SEPTEMBER 1-2 - MOCKSVILLE, NC - Tara Air­

anyth ing

that flies Fly-ln. WW-ll and other antique vehicles,

base 18th annual WW-ll weekend and

vendors and WW-ll re-enactors. usa Band Sat.

night,

sored by EAA Chapt er 1083. Limited number of tickets, buy in advance, $10 each. Contact: Tara Airbase, 227 Riverside Rd. Mocksville, NC 27028

Award for best war years outfit. Co-spon ­

SEPTEMBER 1-3-PROSSER, WA-1 7th Annual EAA

Chapter 391 Labor Day Fly- In. Info: 509/ 735­

1664.

SEPTEMBER 2 - MARION, IN - (MZZ) 10th annual

Pancake Breakfast. Antique, Clas ­

sic, Homebuilt and Warbird Aircraft. Antique, Classic & Custom Vehicles & Motor cycles. Info:

Ray Johnson, 765/ 664-2588 or E-Ma il rayjohn­ son@bpsine t.com or on th e web at IVWW. eaa304. org/marion. h1m

Fly -In, Log

Cabin Airport, Douglas J. Ward, S149 Segerstrom

Rd., Mondovi, WI 54755-7855, 715/287-4205.

Fly/In Cruise/In

SEPTEMBER 3 - MO NDOVI, WI -

SEPTEMBER 3-WAYNESVILLE, OH-Red Stewart Airport (401) 8th Annual EAA Chapter 284 Tail­ dragger Fly-In and breakfast (7a.m.-lla.m.}.lnfo:

Steve Hanshew, 937/780-6343.

SEPTEMBER 4-IO-GALESBURG, lL 29th National Stearman Fly-In. Info: John Lohmar, 314/283-7278 or 636/947-7278.

SEPTEMBER 8-10 - SACRAMENTO, CA -

Golden

West EAA Regional Fly-ln. Info: 530/677-45 03 or

SEPTEMBER 9-MUSCLE SHOALS, AL-(MSL) 3rd Anuual EAA Chapter 615 Cotton State Fly-ln. Info:

Eric Faires. 256/768-0685, ericn'6@yahoo.com

SEPTEMBER 9-10-SHIRLEY, NY-Brookhaven Cal­ abro airport. 37th Annual Antique Ai/plane Club of Greater New York Fly-ln. Rain date 9/ 16-1 7. Info:

Roy Kieser, 631/589-0374.

SEPTEMBER 9-10-STEUBENVILLE, OH-Jefferson

Counly Airpark (2G2). Airshow 2000 hosted by

EAA

Chapter 859. Info: W. Van

Nuys, 740 / 282­

SEPTEMBER 10-MT. MORRIS,

IL -(C55) Ogle

County Pilot's Assoc. and EAA Chapter 682 Fly-In

breakfast. 7-Noon. Info : Glen or airport at 815/734-6136.

Orr, 815/7 32-7268

SEPTEMBER 9-10 - MARlON, OH - EAA Mid-East­ em Regional Fly-In (MERFI). Info: Telefax,

419/447-1773

SEPTEMBER 10-B URLINGTON, cake breakfast, Hamburger lunch.

SEPTEMBER 15-17-WA TERTOWN, WI-(RNV) 16th Annllal Byron Smith Memorial Stinson Reunion. Info: Suezette Selig, 630/904-6964.

SEPTEMBER J6-17-ROCK FALLS, IL- Whiteside County Airport (SQI). North Central EAA "Old fashioned" Fly-ln. Sun. morning pancake break­ fast. Info: 630/543-6743 or eaa IOI @aol. com

SEPTEMBER 17-LANSING, IL-EAA Chapter 260

Fly-In/Drive-In pancake breakfast. Info: 708/474­

W1-(C52}. Pan­ 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

3748 or 708/ 798-380/.

SEPTEMBER 22-23-BARTLESVILLE, OK-Frank Phillips Field. 43rd Annual Tulsa Regional Fly-ln. Info : Charlie Harris, 918/622 -8400.

SEPTEMBER 23-24-ZANESVILLE, OHiO-John 's Landing. VAA Chapter 22 9th Anullal Fall Fly-ln. Breakfast both days, Hog roast on Saturday night. Info: Virginia at 740/453-6889 or 740/455-9900.

SEPTEMBER 22-23-ASHEBORO, NC-EAA Chapter

1176 Aerofest 2000 at Smith Airfield.

ioned grass field fly-in and pig pickin '. Unicom

122.9. IlIfo: Jeff Smith , 336/879-2830.

Old fash­

SEPTEMBER 30-HANOVER, IN-Lee Boltom Airport (641). Wood, Fabric and Tailwheels Fly-ln. Rain date 10/ 1, starts at 10 a.m. Info: Rich Davidson, 812/866-5654, nx2 I175th@aol.com

OCTOBER 5-8-GAINSVILLE, TX-(GLE) 25th an­ nuallnternational Cessna 120//4 0 Fly- l n. Info: L. or M. Richey 940/670-1883 or mrichey@ntws.net

OCTOBER 6-7 - SONORA, CA - Columbia airport. Western Waco Reunion. Info: Jon Aldrich, 209/962­

6121.

6-8-DAYTON, OH- Lliscombe Reunion at

Moraine Air Park(I73}. Call Mike Williams

937/859-8967.

OCTOBER

OCTOBER 6-8 - TO UGHKENAM ON, PA - EAA East Coast Fly-III. IlIfo: 302/894-1094 or WWIV. eastcoastflyill.org

OCTOBER 6-8 - EVERGREEN, AL - EAA SOlltheast Regional Fly-III (SERFI}.III/o: 334/578-1707 or IVwwserfi·org

OCTOBER 12-15 -MESA, AZ-Coppers/ate Regional EAA F1y-111. Williams Gateway Airport. IIIfo:

5201400-888 7 or wWlv. copperstate.org

OCTOBER 21-DA YTON, OH-Antique/Classic Chili Fly -IN at Moraine Airpark (I73). Call Darrell Montgomery at 937/866-2489.

OCTOBER I4-ADA, OK-4th annual Plane Fun Fly-In and Youth Expo sponsored by EAA Chapter 1005 at Ada Muni. Airport (KADH). Free T-shirtfor first 50 pilots. Info: Terry Hall, 580/436-8190.

OCTOBER 12-15-WICHITA, KS-Travel Air 75th Anniversary Homecom ing Celebration. Raytheon

Aircraft, Beech Field. For scheduled events and registration materials send SASE to Travel Air

Restorer's Assn., 4925 Wilma Way,

San Jo se, CA

95124

or Mike Sloan of Raytheon

Aircraft, PO

Box 85, Wichita, KS 67201.

OCTOBER I4 - RIDGEWAY, VA - Pac e Field (N36.35.05. W79.52.48.) Old Fashioned Grass Field Fly-In Pig-Picking. EAA Chapter 970. Info:

Tommy Pace, 540/956-2159.

OCTOBER 20-21-ABILENE, TX-EAA Southwest

Regiollal Fly-III.

[n/o :8001727-7704 or www.swrji.org

Th e Big coulltry Fly-III.

NEW MEMBERS Richard Linsbe rger   Palm Beac h Gardens, FL Larry G. Schronce  

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Palm Beac h Gardens, FL

Larry

G. Schronce

 

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Forest Park,

GA

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Studley

Nort h Platte, NE

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Calgary,

AB,

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Mari e tt a,

GA

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Woifeboro,

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Victoria,

BC,

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Grinnell,

IA

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Fort Wa y n e,

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Indianapoli s,

IN

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Fratte Di St. Giustina, Co ll e, Italy

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Fairlawn,

O H

David Kenneth Nichol

 

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Bach e lo r, LA

Paul). Kana ly

Oklahoma C ity, OK

Dolphin Coast, Republic of South Africa

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Nor thbridg e, MA

Brian Kissinger

.su mmer vill e, SC

Jack R. Drappi e r

Scottsdale, AZ

Ro

b e rt A. Campbell

Jam es Dougherty,

Ar lington,

TX

Richard

C. Martin

Ph oe nix , AZ

 

No rth Reading,

MA

Richard Olso n

Houston,

TX

Orner J.

Desplain es

Riverside,

CA

Patrick Rosano

 

.Ipswich,

MA

Dan E. Vo th

C leburn e,

TX

Rayburn O. Hanzlik

.Idyllwild,

CA

Leonard Renni e

.Glenn Dal e,

MD

Shad Anderson

Hollad ay,

UT

Ro bert E. Jordon

Sun Va ll ey, CA

Ken Shaffer

Edgewater,

MD

J e rr y R. Petro

Williamsburg,

VA

Robert

Maioroff

Sara t oga,

CA

Alex Jarvie

Bar Harbo r, ME

John

W . Ge rike

Mill Creek,

WA

Scott L. Santa Maria

Oakhurst,

CA

J effrey P. Russell

Hampd e n , ME

Mark Liptrap

Spokane,

WA

Ro bert E. Sherman

 

Alameda,

CA

Mark Waite

Falmouth, ME

Larry ). Prange

Poulsbo,

WA

Patrick G. Smith,

San

Jose, CA

Jay Ri c hmond

 

.Tren ary, MI

Dean A. Dowsett

Franklin, WI

Gene E. Thomas

B1oomin g t o n , CA

Dan Hammons

Vadnais

Heights, MN

Greg L. Jo hnson

Ed gerto n , WI

Ca rl Brownd

 

De nv e r, CO

Thomas W. McLees

.Rocheste r,

MN

Timothy McCarter

Kenosha,

WI

M .D. Larson

Arvada,

CO

Harold Benjamin Norman

.Welch,

MN

Sharron Mitch ell

Pewaukee,

WI

Robert W . Rich ardson

Denver,

CO

R.

Helm Dobbins

C hillicothe,

MO

Richard M. Rasmussen

Lake Mills,

WI

Don Wilcox

No kim s, FL

Rich a rd Webb

St Ch a rl es,

MO

Robe rt J. Turicik

 

Plymo uth , WI

Mahlon Wilcox

 

Joesph Kimmet

 

Rexfo rd, MT

Debbra L. Voss

Sh eboygan, WI

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