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Air Mail Days Starts Wednesday August 27th

Posted in News | August 21, 2008

The annual Blakesburg Fly-in, Air Mail Days, starts next Wednesday August 27. Lots of folks have plans to fly-in or drive in, and it isn't too late to join the fun. If you haven't already registered, you can do so online. Hope to see you there!

DH-4M2 to attend Air Mail Days

Posted in News | August 21, 2008

The beautifully restored DH4-M2 owned by Al Stix, and restored and flown by Glen Peck, will be coming to Air Mail Days. It will be flown from Dauster Field, Creve Coeur, MO. The airplane is in Robertson Aircraft markings, for CAM 2 for whom Lindberg flew.


Photo by Don Parsons

Model A's Visit Antique Airfield

Posted in News | August 21, 2008
The Central Iowa Model A Ford Club came by to visit Antique Airfield today (August 21) with 28 Model A's. This visit was organized and lead by AAA member Clarence Cory. So we rolled the APM's Model A powered Pietenpol Sky Scout out for a group picture.

One of the visiting Model A owners was AAA member Craig Martin who is better known as one of our stalwart pumpkin bomber pilots.

The Model A that got the most attention from the crew around Antique Airfield was the one configured as a fuel truck. This created a scene that could have been straight from the early 1930's!

Discussion of new Materials Substitution AC

Posted in News | August 18, 2008

There's going to be a discussion of the new AC 23-27 (Substitution of Parts and Materials) and AC 43-13-2B (Approved Alterations data) at the fly-in on Saturday August 30th in Hangar #1. The meeting is tenatively scheduled for 1pm. This is an important set of rules for antiquers so please come to hear about it.

Two more planes for Air Mail Days

Posted in News | August 18, 2008

Greg Herrick is going to be bringing his Tri-Motor Ford and Stinson SM-6000B to Air Mail Days, both of which are mail planes.

This Ford 4-AT, besides being the oldest Ford Tri-motor flying, being flown by many famous pilots, etc., was also an airmail carrier. Charles Lindbergh made the inaugural flights of F.A.M. (Foreign Air Mail) route 8 in Ford 1077 operating for the Mexican subsidiary of Pan American Airways. These flights were from Mexico City to Brownsville, TX on the 9th of March, 1929 with a return to Mexico City on March 10th, 1929. Lindbergh carried all dispatches between Mexico City and Brownsville in both directions with a reported total of 538 lbs of mail.
Stinson SM-6000B N11153. Sold new in 1931 to Century Airlines flying daily from Chicago. Then to American Airways in April 1932 where it was operated as as both a mail and passenger carrier. Today it remains the oldest surviving American Airlines aircraft.

APM Ryan STA Flies Again, VanDellen Fully Restored

Posted in News | August 18, 2008

While the staff directors and volunteers here at Antique Airfield are busy with preparations for the upcoming AAA/APM Invitational fly-in there is some news to report concerning a couple of aircraft in the collection of the APM.

First thanks to the efforts of Ron Hodges, Cambridge, IA one of the APM's more unusual aircraft has been restored and is ready to be put back on display. That would be the VanDellen LH-2 circular wing aircraft. The aircraft was designed and constructed by Lubert VanDellen of Pella, Iowa in 1959. It was taxi tested by RLT but never successfully flown. The VanDellen has been stored for several years awaiting cleanup and the wing needing a recover all of which has now been accomplished by Ron and some friends. The wing was once again returned to the APM and will be mated onto the fuselage fro display during the AAA/APM Fly-in.

The other aircraft news to report is that due to the efforts of Ben Taylor, the APM's Ryan STA is once again licensed and flyable after ten plus years of inactivity. While a couple of gremlins showed up on the initial flights these have been pretty much been taken care of and APM Treasurer Brent Taylor flew the STA to the annual fly-in at Applegate Airport in Queen City, MO on Aug 10th. This air to air photo and video were taken by Teri Lancaster, out of the Lancaster Fairchild 24, on the flight home from the fly-in.

Click for video of the STA in flight.

Nebraska Chapter Newsletter and Florida Antique Biplane Newsletter with Classifieds

Posted in Chapter News | August 18, 2008
Nebraska Chapter July 2008 Newsletter. Note the 27th Annual Chapter Fly-in August 22nd thru the 24th at Pioneer Airpark, Minden, NE.
Florida Antique Biplane Association August Newsletter.

Updated Classifieds List as of July 2008.

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Texas Chapter August Newsletter

Posted in Chapter News | July 31, 2008
Here's the Texas Chapter August 2008 newsletter.

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Pietenpol Flies the Mail

Posted in News | July 30, 2008

Gary Hanson sent in these photos of Fritz Davis flying the mail in his Pietenpol during National Air Mail Week in 1938. Fritz flew from Barron, WI to Rice Lake, WI.

Summer 2008 Issue of Antique Airfield Runway Mailed

Posted in News | July 27, 2008
The summer 2008 issue of Antique Airfield Runway will be mailed 7/28/2008. This issue contains registration information for this year's Fly-In, Air Mail Days, or the registration information is available here online.

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