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June Florida Cub Flyers Newsletter

Posted in Chapter News | June 04, 2008

Here is the Florida Cub Flyers June 2008 Chapter Newsletter.

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2nd Annual Antique Homebuilt Fly-In

Posted in News | June 02, 2008

July 5-6 at Antique Airfield. Contact AAA HQ at Blakesburg for more info.

History of the U.S. Air Mail Service

Posted in News | June 01, 2008

We've been able to re-publish an article by John Eney on the early history of the U.S. Air Mail Service. This article was originally published in Skyways Journal. An interesting read.

Frank Schelling's Hisso JN-4H Jenny to Attend Air Mail Days

Posted in News | May 30, 2008

Frank Schelling's 1918 Hisso powered JN-4H Jenny is scheduled to attend the Air Mail Days Fly-In. One of only two flying Hisso powered Jennys, this aircraft is an award winner many times over. Since the first mail route between Washington, DC and New York City was flown by Hisso JN-4's, this plane's attendance at Air Mail Days assures authenticity for the event. Read the full press release. Photos by Mike Shreve.

DeHavilland Dragon Rapide Project Photos

Posted in Members | May 30, 2008

Bud Field and John Reed's DeHavilland DH89A Dragon Rapide is nearing completion at Bud's shop in Calaveras, California. The engine run went off perfectly per a report from Bud and "the old girl is going to get real big real soon".

Bill Tinkler Program on Re-tracing the Transcontinental Air Route

Posted in News, Members | May 30, 2008

Bill Tinkler is going to give a program at Air Mail Days, the 2008 Fly-In, on his 1984 flight re-tracing the transcontinental airmail route east to west. Bill's talk will feature the history of the transcontinental airmail route as well as information about his trip and what facilities still exist on the route. Exact date will be announced during the fly-in.

Historical Aircraft Group Museum Plans Air Mail Flights

Posted in News | May 30, 2008

The 1941 Historical Aircraft Group is also planning to re-enact Air Mail flights this summer at Geneseo New York during their July Fly-in. Details are in the flight and airmail cover announcement, or consult the Historical Aircraft Group website.

A Tale of Two Fly-ins

Posted in News, Members | May 30, 2008

Rob Bach published this article in Atlantic Flyer a few months ago, and we incorrectly linked to the wrong place. Here's the actual article, and it is worth the read: A Tale of Two Fly-ins.

First Flight of Larry Tobin's Stearman C3B

Posted in News, Members | May 30, 2008

On May 17th Larry Tobin's Stearman C3B tooks its first flight since restoration. Larry's Stearman will be a featured part of this year's Air Mail Days National Fly-in at Blakesburg.

Addison Pemberton wrote in with this flight report:

For the 1st time in 70 years the NC3440 call sign was used to launch SN 104 sky ward. The airplane fly's like a dream with wonderful harmonized controls and pleasant stick forces. Ground roll is less than 10 seconds with a spirited 1100 FPM climb. The stability and ground handling of this great airplane are truly excellent. Larry Tobin and my son Ryan have done a notable job of restoration on this historic treasure. This is one of the most pleasant biplanes I have ever flown!!! Lloyd Stearman really had this figured out. During the test hop my boys flying chase commented that the airplane appeared to be suspended by strings against the blue sky.

The fix list sheet is virtually blank with a little increase in the prop pitch needed down the road to add an other easy 10 mph to the cruise speeds. Note the grin in st6 with Larry skimming over local grass fields which really shows the stunning "Mamer Air Transport" livery.

Look for the airplane at Blakesburg Iowa, Brodhead and Galesburg this summer. Larry will then join Ben Scott and me on the Trans con run form NY-SF if our credit cards hold out with soon to be $6 + gal fuel.

New Supplier of Rocker Box Grease

Posted in News, Members | May 30, 2008

Alan Cowen of Tucson has recently started packaging up Jewell Amber Oil, a rocker box grease that's much more like historical rocker box greases than modern greases. Jewell Amber Oil is a non-fluid oil that melts and coats rocker box parts and most importantly runs into the valve guides to keep them lubricated.

Alan is packaging and selling the grease in caulking gun tubes and standard grease gun cartridges. It looks very promising - contact Alan or read his site for specs and more details on how to purchase.