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Three More Mail Planes for Air Mail Days

Posted in News | April 30, 2008

Bill Tinkler, Rich Hornbeck, and Pat McNerney will be bringing more mail planes to Air Mail Days, the 2008 National Fly-In! Never been to Blakesburg before? Read the First Timer's Guide to attending the Blakesburg fly-in.

Bill Tinkler re-traced the east-west air mail route in 1984 in his Luscombe 8F.

Rich Hornbeck's Waco ASO was the tow-plane for the Texaco "Eaglet" transconinental glider flight from March 30th to April 6th 1930. Click to see a mail cover from this historic flight.

Pat McNerney's Fairchild KR21 was a participant in the 1938 National Air Mail Week Celebrations.

Larry Tobin's Stearman C3B project is getting close to flying, probably sometime in May. Check out the updated photos.

See the full list of committed aircraft and details.

Larry Tobin's Stearman C3B Wings are Hung

Posted in Members | April 30, 2008

Larry Tobin's Stearman C3B SN 104, soon to be the oldest flying Stearman, is looking like a real airplane with it's wings hung April 14th. The Mamer livery and CAM 32 is a tribute to local Spokane Aviation history.

The rigging is coming out surprisingly good for an airplane with lots of repair trauma over the years. The wings measure square ("N" strut to tail both sides) to the tail post within 3/16 and the landing gear now points in the right direction. This is a real tribute to the fuselage repair work that Ryan Pemberton did.

Look for more pix soon as she could fly in May.

Fly-in Announcements

Posted in News | April 30, 2008

New fly-ins have been posted for the 21st Annual Applegate Watermelon and BBQ Fly-In, and for the Frasca Field Taildragger Fly-In.

Chuck Doyle's Travel Air Project

Posted in Members | April 29, 2008

Chuck Doyle's Travel Air project is making progress, the center section and the wings are now done:

Stinson Model O Replica Project

Posted in Members | April 29, 2008

Brad Poling wrote in about a Stinson Model O replica project:

We are now underway with building a full size replica of the Stinson Model "O". Thirteen Model O's were built during the '30s, and to the best of our knowledge none are known to be in existence today. Plans do not exist, so we are developing our own using photos, and a set of 1/4 scale R.C. model plans.

Photo from Juptner

Much of the Original Model "O" was developed using components from the Stinson SR-5. We are following the same path. We have acquired a Stinson SR-5, and are now in the proscess of converting the components into Model "O" parts.

The basic SR-5 fuselage truss will not be used in our project. It is in good condition, and is up for sale at this time. Many other components and parts are also available. If you are interested, contact us.

We continue to be in search of pictures, and drawings of the "O". Most needed are interior cockpit photos. We, of course would love to hear from anyone who has flown or been associated with her in an any way. The "O" was last known to be in the Los Angeles area in the late "40"s. Twelve of the "O"s went overseas, and no trace has been found of them.

Porterfields at Cable Airport

Posted in News, Members | April 29, 2008

John Crittenden sent us photos of the Porterfield Fly-In that took place at Cable Airport in Los Angeles during March. The bright green aircraft is John's model 35-70 "Spinach":

Stearman M-2 Project

Posted in Members | April 29, 2008

Alan Lopez sent us an update on the Stearman M-2 project being restored by the Posey Brothers in New Jersey:

Mike Posey seems to think that the M-2 will fly sometime this summer. There is much left to do, including fabrication of an exhaust system. I'll certainly bring it to Blakesburg, but I don't know if it will be this year. We'll see...

Happy Flying,

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Pink Aeronca L-16!

Posted in Members, Research | April 29, 2008

Here is Elaine Huf's (M-20377-A) Aeronca L-16 from Kingsley, PA which has just recently been returned to flying status. Elaine says:

"It was my choice of color, but when I told Tom I've wanted pink since I first flew this bird in 1976 he couldn't wait to paint it. The logs for this L-16 go back to the early 1950's and they named it Rudolph, there are entries in the logs 'brakes repaird on Rudolph', 'Rudolph in for oil change', etc. How cool is that?"

Looking for lightweight electrical power for your radial?

Posted in News, Members | April 29, 2008

Forest Lovley sent us this article about a lightweight alternator setup:

B & C puts out an 8 amp alternator for the vacuum pump pad on a Lycoming. I came up with what Johnny Cash used to call an "A-dapta-kit" to put the same alternator on a step-up drive for a 220 Continental, or any other radial that has the standard SAE 5 generator mount pad. It's not approved, but I already have a field approval for putting it on the 220 in my QDC. The whole thing weighs 3 pounds installed. If anyone has an interest they can contact me at or phone 952-492-2064 or 952-492-6126.

Mystery Airplane Identified

Posted in Research | April 29, 2008

Gerald Farell wrote to say that he's identified the mystery aircraft photo previously posted here:

Engineer William Waterhouse (from Ryan Aircraft) designed this aircraft to the specifications of the Mexican Air Force. The aircraft was built in Mexico on 1928 by "Compañía Aérea de Construcción y Transportes", also known as "Tijuana Aircraft Co." and named it the "Baja California No. 1" (BC-1).

On 3/8/1928 Luis Farell took off from the Tijuana factory enroute to Mexico City. The temporarly-fitted 185hp BMW IIIa engine quit between Hermosillo and Navajoa, and Farell crash-landed on mountainous terrain. He was uninjured but the BC-1 was destroyed. The BC-2 was fitted with a 220 hp radial Wright J-5C Whirlwind and was flown by Roberto Fierro in a very famous journey across Central and South America.