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Interstate Cadet Down Under

Posted in Members | August 12, 2014

Interstates are featured aircraft at this year's fly-in. Peter Harlow in Black Rock, Victoria, Australia decided we need to feature an Australian Interstate in addition to the US population. Peter says: "I own the only Interstate Cadet in Australia - serial number 9, ex-US registration N28317, now Australian registered VH-VCQ - see picture attached."

2014 AAA/APM Fly-In T-Shirts

Posted in News | August 08, 2014

With the Fly-In less than a month away, it's time to preview this year's new APM Gift Shop T-Shirts.

Befitting the 2014 Fly-In theme "Stars of the Sky and Screen", our first new shirt features one of the greatest aerobatic and airshow pilots of all time, Harold Krier and the Great Lakes Special that he flew at several AAA Fly-Ins in the late 1950s.

Few remember that there was no national aerobatic contest in the U.S. in the 1950s, and virtually no air shows, the result of a deadly air show crash that happened in Flagler, Colorado in 1951. That accident stopped U.S. aerobatic competitions and severely limited most non-military air shows, when the FAA made it virtually impossible to get a show waiver. In 1958 Bob Taylor and AAA members Harold Krier, Frank Price, and Bill Adams, were able to break through the barriers and established a national aerobatic contest at the Antique Airplane Association Fly-Ins at Ottumwa, Iowa. The ultra smooth flying Harold Krier won the first three AAA Aerobatic Contests in 1958, 1959, and 1960. In 1960 Frank Price paid his own way to Czechoslovakia to become the first U.S. entry in the World Aerobatic Championships, flying his own Great Lakes Special (which is now in the APM collection).

This shirt is our salute to these AAA aerobatic pioneers. The shirt is Powder Blue, like master air showman Roscoe Turner's uniform jacket in the 1930s. On the back of the shirts is the 2014 AAA-APM FLY-IN logo.

The second 2014 Fly-In t-shirt commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the Airpower Museum. Founded in 1964, the APM is a federally recognized non-profit aviation museum. While not legally connected to the Antique Airplane Association, which is a privately held membership organization owned and operated by Bob Taylor and family, the APM would not exist without its close affiliation with the AAA. The APM was built and continues to survive thanks to the generosity of the AAA membership and the guidance of the Taylor family. The APM houses historic aviation artifacts; literally thousands of aircraft manuals, drawings, books, photographs, and films; as well as vintage aircraft ... all donated by AAA members. In case you didn't know, Antique Airfield is owned jointly by the Taylor family (north of the main driveway) and the APM (south of the main driveway). The two work together to bring you the annual one-of-a-kind aviation event known as AAA-APM FLY-IN, or "Blakesburg" for short.

The majority of the 50th Anniversary APM shirts are Black, however there is also a limited number of Pink shirts being made in support of our AAA ladies and breast cancer research. On the back of the shirts is the 2014 AAA-APM FLY-IN logo.

The Interstate Cadet is one of our featured airplanes at this year's fly-in and the subject of our final shirt. Without a doubt the Interstate Cadet is one of the most underrated vintage light aircraft ever produced. Certified in 1941, its flight performance was notably superior to its already established competition (Piper, Aeronca, and Taylorcraft). The fact that the Interstate came on the market later, less than a year before Pearl Harbor, limited its success in the marketplace. About 360 civilian Cadets were produced before U.S. involvement in the war. Interstate Cadets were built in El Segundo, California and served as a basic flight trainer at many airports - including Whiteman Airport near Pacoima, California where AAA founder Bob Taylor learned to fly in Interstate Cadet NC37381, an airplane that he now owns. They were also popular in Hawaii, where an Interstate Cadet on a training flight near Pearl Harbor was attacked by a Japanese airplane on the morning of December 7, 1941 (the movie "Tora, Tora, Tora" showed a Stearman, but it was in fact an Interstate). No doubt there would have been hundreds more Interstate Cadets produced if WWII hadn't intervened. Nonetheless, the basic Interstate Cadet design lives on even today as the "Arctic Tern". Like the other shirts the 2014 AAA-APM FLY-IN logo is printed on the back.

All shirts are available at the APM Gift Shop at Antique Airfield during the Fly-In.

Fly All Over the World: Don Forbes' Flight Simulator Will Be Back at the Fly-In

Posted in News | August 08, 2014

AAA member Don Forbes will be back during the AAA/APM Fly-in with his Flight Simulator setup for young and old alike. If you want to try your hand at aircraft from Jenny's to Jets and airports from Antique Airfield to London’s Heathrow, Don can accommodate. Look for Don in the APM near the APM Gift Shop during the AAA/APM Fly-in.

Don has added side monitors to his setup to give a more accurate & complete view when flying the simulator.

Great Lakes for the Fly-In

Posted in News | August 08, 2014

This year's fly-in features Interstate and Great Lakes Aircraft. Peter Bowers of Battle Creek, MI just registered to attend with his Great Lakes 2T-1A-2.

You can register for the fly-in online or you can print the paper registration form for paper-based registration.

1935 Stinson SR-6
Charlie Wilson
Luthersville, GA
Flown by Amos 'n' Andy
1953 Piper PA22-135 N3468A
Dan Adams
Marshalltown, IA
(Brent Taylor photo)
2004 Glastar N767JA
Jonathan Apfelbaum
Parker, CO
(G.R. Dennis Price photo)
1946 Stinson 108-1 N97818
Robert Sherman
Alameda, CA
(photo by Reeves)
1954 Cessna 170B N2748C
Don Jonas
Foristell, MO
(G.R. Dennis Price photo)
1946 Cessna 140 N90068
George Clifton
Seattle, WA
(G.R. Dennis Price photo)
1946 Cessna 140 N77212
Stan Hinson
Grapevine, TX
1938 Waco ACG-8 "Slobberin' Sally" NC2312
Mike Araldi
Lakeland, FL
(Matt McVicker photo)
1931 Stinson SM-6000B NC11153
Greg Herrick
Minneapolis, MN
(Dave Schober photo)
1928 Fairchild FC-2-W2 N13934
Greg Herrick
Minneapolis, MN
(Paul Stevens photo)
1952 Cessna 170B N8340A
William Weyers
Grimes, IA
(William Weyers photo)
1948 Piper PA-11 N4978H
Nick Hildreth
Red Oak, IA
1943 Stearman N2S-3 N64587
Jim Ostrich
La Mesa, CA
2014 Great Lakes by WACO 2T-1A-2 N21GL
Peter Bowers
Battle Creek, MI
(Jim Koepnick photo)

Volunteer Work Weekend Report at Antique Airfield

Posted in News | August 05, 2014

As in years past, the first weekend in August begins the push to have Antique Airfield ready for the upcoming AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in starting in just 24 days (Aug 27th - Sept. 1st). Each weekend a volunteer work weekend is held building and culminating in the "Annual Mowing Party" the Saturday before the start of the Fly-in.

With good weather forecast and a motivated crew on hand, the emphasis of this first work weekend was to wash a good portion of the APM Fleet plus clean and organize the back two hangars. That along with other projects was accomplished over the weekend with the help of Jesse Fuller, Holly Vanorny, A.J Stricker, Ron Hansen, Mike Hargrave, Dan Adams, Dan Quinn, Aaron Klugherz, Luke Pieper, Mike & Doris Gretz, Ben, Marcy & Brent Taylor.

Work continued Sunday am with Mike Gretz, Luke Pieper, Ben & Brent Taylor putting some finishing touches on the weekend's projects.

Next weekend's "to do" list is already being formulated with work to be accomplished in/on the APM "Library of Flight", the showerhouse in the south campground and the Hy-Vee Mess Hall. So if you can come help please let us know.

1. Ron Hansen & A.J. Stricker flew up from the Columbia, MO area in Ron's Pitts S2A

Ben Taylor & APM Director Luke Pieper working on a project to help "bird proof" one of the hangars.

Wash Day! A good portion of the APM Fleet is rolled out into the sun to await cleaning.

APM Director Aaron Klugherz power washing the floor in the APM Storage Hangar

The APM's Great Lakes getting cleaned up in preparation for assembly and display during the AAA/APM Fly-in

Jesse & Holly applying primer to the new AAA Headquarters sign

Mike Hargrave’s Cygnet and Dan Adams’s Tri-Pacer from the Marshalltown, IA area

Power washing the APM middle hangar

The first coat of blue has been applied to the new AAA Headquarters sign.

Ben Taylor applying the first coat of red to another part of the new AAA Headquarters sign.

The Fly Market Needs Inventory, or Harman Dickerson's 8th Annual Pre-Estate Sale

Posted in News | August 05, 2014

The Fly Market at the Fly-In has a brand new roof, but it still needs inventory. Got stuff in your hangar you want to or need to sell? Bring it to Blakesburg, you'll never find a more concentrated set of buyers for antique and classic stuff. Consignment sales with proceeds supporting the APM.

Dimensional Shift Short Film Trailer

Posted in News | August 05, 2014

"Dimensional Shift" is the name given to the short film produced by Whatever Works Productions, filmed at Antique Airfield and featuring AAA Lifetime member Jim Jones along with his Meyers OTW.

This film is an entry into the worldwide 48 Hour Film Project.

The film will premiere August 5-7 after which we expect to be able to post a link to this short film. Until then here's the trailer:

Fly-In First Arrival

Posted in News | August 05, 2014

With the 2014 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in coming up fast, our first arrival has well ... arrived! AAA Executive Director Brent Taylor landed at sunset Wednesday July 30th in Yellowstone Aviation's Interstate Cadet, one of this year's featured aircraft, after picking the airplane up in the Minneapolis area.

Out in the daylight for the first time in a very long time, NC37380 ready to head to Iowa with a fresh overhauled carburetor and a just completed annual inspection.

Staying in the pattern and orbiting Anoka County Airport (ANE) proved all was nominal after 15-20 minutes, then headed southeast around the east side of the Twin Cities. That's White Bear Lake as we drifted serenely by.

Windmill farm on the Iowa-Minnesota border.

Arrived home after three hours 15 minutes flying time and a gas stop in Charles City, IA. "Thanks" to the extra efforts by Charles City FBO Bill Kyle & his mechanic Rick, for getting me fueled and on my way after regular hours.

Film Production Company at Antique Airfield

Posted in News | July 31, 2014

It seems fitting that with our 2014 Fly-in theme being Stars of the Sky & Screen, we end up having some movie work happen here at Antique Airfield. Thanks to Ben Taylor, the crew from Whatever Works Productions used Antique Airfield as the location in their entry of the nationwide 48 Hour film Project. AAA member/volunteer Jim Jones & his Meyers OTW are being featured as part of this short sci-fi production.

Here is what Laura Lundberg of Whatever Works Productions had to say about the experience;

Once again, we made the best film by Whatever Works, as we do every year. This year was special though. We were allowed into the secret lives of antique airplane enthusiasts. We filmed air to air, air to ground, and on the ground with some of the coolest and most sincere people I have met.
Our crew of 17! was the best yet. My teammates were beyond wonderful. Our conscripted actor, Jim Jones, has a role any time he wants one. Brent and Ben Taylor, I applaud you in what you have there at the Antique Airfield. Pretty much everyone's dream! Erik Edgren thank you for joining us! We must get some sweet footage of your wild acrobatics sometime soon!
Can't wait to share our film!

The films in this year's competition won't be screened until August 5-7 and we expect to be able to post a link to this short film at that time. So stay tuned for our own "Stars of the Sky & Screen" featurette, courtesy of Whatever Works Productions!

The cast & crew of Whatever Works Productions prepare to make movie magic

Airport dog Lola provided security for the shoot

Jim Jones, the cast & crew rehearsing a scene

More Fly-In Pre-Registrations

Posted in News | July 31, 2014

You can register for the fly-in online or you can print the paper registration form for paper-based registration.

1946 Aeronca 7AC N85607
Paul Berge
Indianola, IA
2013 Corben Cabin Ace SJ N486N
Steve McGuire
Ponca City, OK
1938 Fairchild 24 NC19177
Mark Lancaster
Ottumwa, IA