The Potomac Antique Aero Squadron (PAAS) held its 47th annual Fly-In this year on the weekend of May15-16 at the picturesque Horn Point Aerodrome near Maryland’s historic eastern shore town of Cambridge. This year we had the best weather that we have had in several years.
Not only did we have beautiful CAVU weather conditions on the day of the fly-in itself, but the dry days just prior to the Fly-In Saturday permitted the University of Maryland Extension Owner Group to closely cut the grass in the aircraft parking areas for us. This made for near ideal conditions for our Friday field set-up day as well as for all of our Fly-In operations on Saturday.
We had excellent attendance this year with nearly sixty airplanes on the field. Our Air Traffic Control, Airplane Parking and Aircraft Judging Teams were kept very busy throughout day. With the wide variety and number of registered airplanes in attendance, we were able to make awards for ten of our twelve major judging categories.
Of the several excellent aircraft that were awarded winning plaques, there was one which stood out from all of the other winners. It was the “Antique Grand Champion” award winner, a WACO UBF-2 “open cockpit biplane”, owned by Andy Hochhans of Norfolk Virginia, which literally sparkled in the sunlight It’s unpainted aluminum engine ring cowl was polished to a mirror-like finish.
We were very pleased that Anne Fichera was able to have our departed founder Joe Fichera’s pristine 1930 Brunner Winkle Bird biplane flown in for display throughout the day. Joe’s outstanding restoration of this historically significant Lindberg aircraft is a fitting memorial in memory of PAAS Founder and Master Craftsman Joe Fichera’s legendary talents. Our President Art Kudner saw fit to award the “Bird” our PAAS President’s Choice Award this year.
There were also several aircraft that were new to our fly-in; standouts that would have brought many admirers at any gathering of vintage aircraft. We had many attendees from the surrounding towns with professional level cameras in hand to photograph the many interesting airplanes.
Our suitably costumed “Tophatted” gentleman was back again this year with his horse and antique passenger buggy soliciting rides for all who wanted them. All in all, we had a very successful day which was professionally handled by our many dedicated volunteers who covered all phases of air traffic control, aircraft as well as some special car parking, reception, registration, judging and crowd control.
Bob Juranich made the first flight in a freshly restored Waco INF this past Sunday. The airplane is co-owned by Jeremy Young and Bob Juranich. The Waco was formerly owned by John Thurmond, and has been under restoration in the Seattle/Tacoma area for several years.
At long last the latest issue of the Antique Airfield Runway is at the printers.
Included in this issue; the 2015 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in Registration information, info on how to become an “AAA Record Breaker” at the 2015 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in, reports on the Cactus Fly-in, First Ditch Fly-in & Sun n Fun and more......
AAA members, look for it in your mailbox around the second week of June.
To bring you up to date on our efforts to raise $20K, per the 2015 APM Capital Campaign Fund, we have reached the half way point! That’s correct, in less than a month's time, our AAA members, our donors, fans, family & friends have contributed $10K!
Included in that was the “Memorial Day Challenge”, issued via one of our AAA Lifetime members, to match donations up to $300. That challenge was handily met in one day over the holiday weekend.
Ergo, now that 2015 APM Capital Campaign has accrued considerable funds, we can go ahead with the actual work and efforts needed to complete some of the infrastructure projects these funds are earmarked for.
First on the list is to start the work of re-rocking all the driveways and parking lots here at Antique Airfield. Weather permitting, that work will commence this week.
Second on the list is the re-roofing the N half of the APM’s main museum annex. The steel has been ordered and that project is scheduled to begin on June 3rd. AAA National Director Gary Van Farowe and a group from the MI chapter of the AAA will be on hand to tackle that project.
We also hope to complete the construction phase of the replacement/moving of the N wall in Powell Hall at that time and plan a work weekend June 6th to make progress on that project. If you can come and help with that, or other planned landscaping, fencing and field maintenance projects, please let us know. We love to have people come and help !!
As you can see, with the help of all of you, we’ve accomplished much in a short amount of time. All of us here at Antique Airfield most humbly “Thank You” for your support.
But if we could ask yet one more favor, we’d ask you please feel free to share the link http://www.gofundme.com/2015APMFund and news of the 2015 APM Capital Campaign Fund with your friends, & family via social media, email and word of mouth. Let’s see if we can reach our goal of $20K in the next month. With your help I believe we can!!
Remember your donation is fully tax deductible and every donation, no matter the size, counts !!
Howard Cox, based in Bideford, Devon, UK, has acquired an N-registered Stinson V-77 which was formerly based in Germany. The airplane was damaged and disassembled.
Howard has trucked the aircraft to Hoogeveen Airport, the Netherlands, and has been working to make the Stinson ferryable back to the UK with some parts support from the APM. Expectations are that it'll fly again in the next month.
Wanted you to know that I got Johnny Dorr's Clipped Wing Stearman. It's been sitting in a hangar in Mississippi for years and finally all the legal wrangling came to an end and I got it from the fellow who did all the hard work. It's been Exp/Exb since 1948 and I have all the original logs and paperwork back to the RTC bill of sale in 1945. Pete Jones and Kevin Kimball have verified it's a virgin fuselage and although the airplane appears to be single cockpit, it has all of the front pit intact. The cover can be removed, a windshield installed, and it's ready to go. It's going to need quite a bit of work but is complete. I'll give you more progress reports as they happen. The consensus is that Johnny Dorr was the only guy who ever flew it so I could possibly be the second person. The conversion dates back to 1948. Here's a few pics from the stuff I received with the records. As to how it flies? There is a You Tube vid showing some of Dorr's flying from converted 8mm film to DVD.
The first pic is the front page of Dorr's Ag School brochure showing the airplane sometime around the late 70's. That is Johnny Dorr with all his awards standing in front of the airplane in the brochure. He passed away in 1987.
The next photo shows the airplane in the late 40's/early 50's in the original configuration which isn't much different from the current set up. AT10 cowl, R680-13, AT10 exhaust. Has a large smoke system and a catch tank for running inverted for a little while but the schematics were drawn out on the back of some invoices with a pencil!
Johnny seemed to not fly it after about 1979 when it was last approved. I think they mainly used it as a back drop or ''calling card'' for his Ag Flying School he ran for years in Marigold, Mississippi. It ran but some remaining legal complications and a big dose of common sense dictated it be trucked to Texas. It suffered no damage in the transport. BTW, It still has the Bendix ''Flightphone'' radio in it with the manually tuned loop and trailing antenna!
A lot of people have heard about this airplane over the years but unless you actually went to Mississippi and saw it sitting in the hangar you thought it was a rumor. I remember seeing pics of chopped wing airshow Stearmans in all those Stearman books but never any pics like these. He did airshows in it from around 1948 to about 1970. Fortunately, all of the shows and ferry time is in the log book.
Like I said, I may be the second guy to fly it since everyone I've talked to said Dorr never let anyone else fly the thing. The BOTTOM wings are about 138 inches long from spar attach to tip. The TOP wings are about 118 inches but the extra width of the center section insures the top wings are overall a foot or so longer than the bottom wings. The ailerons are on the bottom wing only and have an inboard servo tab that, to me, doesn't looked geared enough to do any good but it probably didn't need it anyway. Here's a pic of the radio. I think it has 5 crystals for transmitting but I can't find any info on it on line. The second pic is the manual loop knob.
Brent Mone in Santa Rosa, CA updated us on his Garland Lincoln Nieuport:
Yes, I now have the Garland Lincoln Nieuport (N12237) My father, Kip Mone gave it to me as a birthday present quite a while ago. I still don’t know if I should thank him, it’s a wonderful money sink…
Here are two pictures in it’s present state. It’s coming along well but slow. Me and my friends put a lot of time to get it ready for an airshow August of last year. I stopped working on it since then. I’ve been doing other things, like working on the hangar etc. Soon now.