The Antique Aircraft Association and Airpower Museum are proud to announce that it will join with other aviation events in Iowa celebrating 100 years of aviation in Iowa, "Iowa's Centenary of Flight." For a taste of what Iowa aviation can be, here's a short video preview of the Blakesburg fly-in:
It was in 1910 that Iowan's first took to the air. While controvery rages to this day over who was first and where that flight took place, it is certain that two Curtiss aviators, J.C. "Bud" Mars and Iowa native Eugene Ely flew their Curtiss biplanes at Sioux City, Iowa on June 29th and 30th 1910. Find out more about the 1910 Air Meets and how they put aviation into the popular mind of the day.
Officially then, the theme for the 2010 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in (Sep. 1-6, 2010) is "Iowa's Centenary of Flight." As was done in 2009 a specific marque of aircraft has been chosen to compliment the theme. This year it will be Fairchild aircraft.
Started as an aerial photography business in 1920, Fairchild and Kreider-Reisner (absorbed by Fairchild in 1929) produced a long and varied line of aircraft from 1926 until 1987. It is fitting then to spotlight this fine marque of aircraft and the many models of antique/classic/warbird and neo-classic aircraft produced over it's sixty year history.
We are currently at work identifying and inviting those pioneer era replicas that will lend an air of authenticity to "Iowa's Centenary of Flight." These include a replica 1911 Cessna (Clyde Cessna was an Iowa native), a replica of Eugene Ely's Curtiss Pusher and Eric Presten's Bleriot.
We are also doing the same in regards to Fairchilds. Wouldn't it be great to see a line up with an FC2, 71, KR-31, KR-21, 22's, 24's, and PT's? We think so and look forward to that distinct possibility.
It also seems, as usually happens, word of the 2010 theme and featured aircraft have already meet with enthusiasm even before this, the official announcement. The following airplanes and owners have already confirmed their participation. Pictured above Greg Herrick has promised to have his Fairchild FC-2 in attendance once again plus:
The Vintage Aero Flying Museum in Colorado will bring three replica Fokkers to the fly-in. These aircraft are replicas of a 1917 Fokker DR.1 (triplane), 1918 D VII (biplane) and 1918 D VIII (monoplane). Pilots are reported to be Mark Holliday, Andrew King & Bob Coolbaugh.
Featured Aircraft Committed to attend (in addition to the above):
National Air Tour Reunion
In addition to the Iowa Centenary of Flight theme, the 2010 National Fly-In will also be the site of the National Air Tour Reunion. In 2003 Greg Herrick organized and lead a group of 30 antique aircraft representing the "Golden Age" of aviation on a recreation of the Ford Air Tours of the 1920's and early 1930's. The sixteen state, thirty plus city tour, a highlight of the "100th Anniversary of Flight" celebrations leading up to Dec 17th anniversary/celebration at Kitty Hawk, NC, was perhaps the most visible and successful of all those celebrations that year. Almost all the participating pilots and crew are active AAA members and most of the participating aircraft have attended fly-ins here at Antique Airfield in the past.
So it is with great pleasure that we announce that Antique Airfield will be the site of the 2010 NAT Reunion during the fly-in. We look forward to seeing many of the pilots, crew and aircraft that participated in the 2003 tour, as well as the 2005 NAT Reunion that was also held here at Antique Airfield, in attendance. As with the 2005 reunion, we will be planning a NAT Reunion Banquet on Friday night, September 3rd, probably at the Hotel Ottumwa.
Please let us know if you will be able to join with us here at the AAA/APM for this event and if you will be attending in your tour airplane. More info available at the NAT website and NAT Facebook page. Contact Greg at firstname.lastname@example.org or GHerrick@AircraftOwner.com.
NAT Aircraft Committed to attend: