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Texas Chapter June 2008 Newsletter

Posted in Chapter News | May 26, 2008
Here is the Texas Chapter Newsletter for June 2008.

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APM Recieves Gift of Republic RC-3 "SeaBee" Amphibian

Posted in News, Members | May 22, 2008

Thanks to the generosity of A. K. Young, Sandia Texas, the APM is the recipient of a Republic RC-3 "SeaBee" N6019K serial number 189.

The aircraft is in very good condition needing only a prop overhaul and annual inspection to be returned to airworthy condition. The aircraft is very original with the only modifications being wing tip extensions, wide spray rails and modern brakes. Still powered with the original Franklin 6A8-B8F engine of 215 hp, this donation comes with a spare engine as well as a multitude of spare parts.

The Republic RC-3 "SeaBee" was designed by P.H. Spencer and began production in Nov 1945. Production ended two years later in Oct of 1947 with a total production run of 1060 aircraft. Currently there are 449 "SeaBee's" on aircraft registries around the world including the US, Canada, France, England, Sweden & Australia. For more information about the "SeaBee" please check out the International Republic SeaBee Owner's Club website at

This particular "SeaBee" has the distinction of being the first of its type to land at Antique Airfield. A. K. Young brought N6019K to the AAA/APM Annual Fly-in in 2004.

Currently N6019K is hangared at the airport in Charles City, IA. One truck load of spare parts has already been delivered to the APM and another trip is planned in the near future to retrieve the spare engine, wings and other parts. We plan to remove the propeller currently on the aircraft for overhaul and would like to encourage financial donations to help defray the costs of this expensive overhaul.

We hope and plan to be able to fly the "SeaBee" to it's new home within the next month or so and we will have it on display during the AAA/APM Fly-in (Aug. 27th - Sep 1st) for all to view.

"Thanks" once again to A. K. Young for his generosity and also to Charles City, IA FBO Bill Kyle for his help in seeing that "SeaBee" N6019K has a new home at the APM.

Brent Taylor

Florida Antique Biplane Association Chapter Newsletter

Posted in Chapter News | May 22, 2008
Here is the Florida Antique Biplane Association Chapter Newsletter for May 2008, along with updated Classified Ads.

James Love's Stearman N2S Ready to Fly

Posted in Members | May 22, 2008

James Love N2S Stearman, based at Felts Field in Spokane, is ready to fly after a 5 year restoration. The new airworthiness was issued this week. Congratulations and good luck on the test flight!

Fly-in Announcements for Stearmans, Peach State Aero, and Troutdale

Posted in News | May 22, 2008

June 14-15: 26th Annual Stearman Fly-In
St. Francis, KS (KSYF)
All aircraft welcome, breakfast and lunch on the field. Skydivers daily and sunrise balloons., or check this flyer.

August 16, 2008: West Columbia Gorge Wings and Wheels
Troutdale Airport, OR (KTTD)
7am to 3pm. Rotary Pancake Breakfast, classic aircraft and car displays, beer garden, and music., or see this flyer.

October 25: Peach State Antique Aircraft Association Fly-In
Peach State Aerodrome, Griffin, GA (GA2)
Sponsored by the AAA. More details will be posted here as they become available, in the meantime check out Peach State Aerodrome's website.

Addison Pemberton's EQC-6 Project

Posted in Members | May 22, 2008

Addison Pemberton, a Waco newbie, recently acquired a Waco EQC-6 project and ferried it back to Spokane:

The ferry flight form Minneapolis Anoka to Spokane Felts field went with out a hitch sans a 30 hour weather delay in Hettinger N Dakota (a wonderful place to get stuck by the way with a great FBO). Thanks to the wonderful help and support of Forrest Lovley the airplane was made ready for the epic flight to Spokane. This treasure is one of Waco's finniest with wonderful performance and comfort. Marc Lange my dear friend and I winged our way west for 10.1 blissful hours to a safe arrival last Friday eve. At 24" and 1900 RPM the R760 E2 350 HP Wright pulled us thought the air at 145 MPH with butter smooth comfort. The airplane has wonderful wind tolerance as displayed in our south and north Dakota landings with gusts to 38 kts.

The airplane has delightful control harmony and stability and is a joy to fly cross country.

The aircraft will now be stored in preparation for restoration to begin next winter. We are fortunate to have a nearly fresh 60 SMOH E2 to compliment the airframe work to be done. We intend to bring this treasure back to its full glory in a few years and eventfully put it on straight floats and operate it from the Spokane river near our hanger along with out Super cub and my sons Helio.

Frasca Field Fundraiser for Ronnie Adkisson May 17th

Posted in Members | April 30, 2008

APM Director Earl Adkisson's son Ronnie was involved in a serious auto accident during April 2008. There will be a fundraising event to benefit health care for Ronnie on Saturday, May 17th 2008 at Frasca Field in Urbana, IL.

Lunch will be served at noon at the Frasca Air Museum will be Open for the event! Click for the flyer.

Newton Iowa Flight Breakfast May 24th

Posted in Chapter News | April 30, 2008

The First Annual Ray Hill Memorial Flight Breakfast will be on May 24th at Newton, Iowa (KTNU). Miss Iowa USA Abbey Curran will be at the event, which is to benefit restoration of the Smiling Thru Hangar and EAA Chapters in Ames, Marshalltown, Des Moines, and Newton. Click for the flyer.

Contact Jim Jones at 641-792-9764 for more details.

Joe Fichera's Bird BK Restoration

Posted in Members | April 30, 2008

Well known antique airplane authority Joe Fichera of Stevensville MD continues to make progress on the restoration of his Bird BK. Joe has owned this plane since 1946. This aircraft also has the distinction of being the airplane that Anne Morrow Lindbergh learned how to fly in.

Tim Lunceford's Heath Center Wing Restoration

Posted in News | April 30, 2008

Tim Lunceford of Albany, Oregon has restored Heath Center Wing Racer NR12882. The aircraft has flown but Tim's still working through bugs with the A-40 engine. This plane makes a Mooney Mite look big!