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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.
http://www.stearmanflyin.org, 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.
http://www.gorgewheelsandwings.com, 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!




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.

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