The Air Power Museum Inc (APM) proudly announces the addition of a rare and historic DeHavilland Super Chipmunk, once owned by airshow great, Harold Krier (AAA# M-662), to its collection. Since 1946 several nations have used Chipmunks for training military pilots, but this two-seat aerobatic trainer, N6311V, was designed to be the first monoplane to represent the USA in world aerobatic competition.
Krier had served as a flight engineer on bombers during WWII and afterwards he learned to fly and fell in love with aerobatics. By the mid-1950s Harold was performing in a clipped-wing Cub and later in a modified Great Lakes biplane plus a biplane of his own design, the Krier Kraft. Think of it as a cross between the Great Lakes and a Bucker Jungmeister. With an introduction from his friend and fellow airshow pilot, Frank Price, Harold Krier toured the country in Bill Sweet’s National Airshow, where he remained until his death in a test flight accident in 1971.
The post-war period brought rapid innovation in all aspects of aviation, including aerobatic competition, thanks in part to Antique Airplane Association (AAA) & APM founder, Robert Taylor. Harold Krier claimed top prizes in the AAA Aerobatic Championships in 1958 through 1960, with the trophy retired in his name in 1966, the same year the Chipmunk appeared with the US team in international competition in Moscow.
Harold realized that to compete internationally, he needed a slick monoplane. Enter the Chipmunk…with serious modifications.
Harold clipped and metalized the Chipmunk’s wings, lengthened the ailerons, redesigned the tail, beefed up the airframe and hung a 200-hp Ranger engine on the nose. Thus, the first aerobatic monoplane to represent the USA in international competition was born, and the innovations in Krier’s Super Chipmunk set the standard for most future competition monoplanes. Considering the huge amount of engineering that went into creating the Super Chipmunk, it’s a credit to Krier’s love of aerobatics that he gave away all the modification data to anyone who wanted to copy it. Art Scholl and Skip Volk gladly took up his offer and kept the Super Chipmunk in the game long after Harold’s death at age 49.
Harold Krier (in cockpit) with NASA test pilot "Fitz" Fulton (left).
Given this airplane’s history, it’s easy to see why APM is so pleased to receive the gift of Harold Krier’s Super Chipmunk from Todd and Jo Peterson (well known aerobatic & airshow pilots in their own right) of El Dorado, KS. The Chipmunk and related artifacts/memorabilia will eventually be displayed, along with Frank Price’s Great Lakes biplane (The first US entrant in the modern world aerobatic contest 1960), which was donated to the APM in 1984 by then Christiansen Industries Pitts test pilot Mel Baron, and is currently on display in the main museum hangar.
These two aircraft along with the APM’s collection of Duane Cole’s personal memorabilia, will form the center piece of the future Earl Adkisson hangar at the APM.
A major fundraising effort to both restore the Great Lakes to flying condition, plus build the foundation for and reassemble the Adkisson hangar will be announced in the next couple of weeks.
(left to right) Robert L Taylor. Todd Peterson, and Jo Peterson, pictured at Antique Airfield with one of their Peterson Performance King Katmai Cessna conversions
We feel honored the Peterson’s have chosen the APM to display this historic aircraft, as well as continue to keep Harold Krier’s legacy to the aerobatic/airshow industry alive for future generations.
Currently the Chipmunk is hangered & will stay in El Dorado until spring, when Todd will deliver it to the APM.
“War is Hell”, and the long sought peace accord between the various factions in the “Boar Wars” once again shows every sign of falling apart, signalling a return to our arduous and continuing aerial conflict.
Sensing early this year that a high altitude, long range strategic bomber was needed to help deter our enemies and secure the peace, “Col. Sparky” contracted with well known arms supplier Ten Air (or was it Tin Ear) to procure just such a machine, one capable of carrying greater loads over longer distances and at a greater altitude.
Shown here inspecting the yet to fly prototype W.A.C.O. (Way Above Carrying Ordinance) Strategic Bomber, are Col. Jeff “the Mechanic” Claypool & Col. “Sparky” himself.
But as we have yet to test and go into production with this awesome weapon, one that will certainly strike fear into the hearts of our enemies, we will continue to operate our smaller counter insurgency style aircraft, in an effort to keep control of the skies in and around Antique Airfield. So be here notified, all OPLAF (Orange Peace Liberation Air Force) personnel will report for active duty as part of preparations for the coming offensive....code name;
"High Planes Pumpkins"
AKA "Annual Pumpkin Drop"
Saturday November 4th, at Antique Airfield.
That’s correct, you read it here first, Col. “Sparky” has a plan!! But as no one knows for sure what that plan may be, all OPLAF members need report to Antique Airfield on Nov 4th, and find out. Of course and as usual, with the help and expertise of our ordinance officer, Col. Luke “Smoker” Pieper, we hope to have plenty of ammo on hand.
So please join with us this year for operation “High Planes Pumpkins” and help keep the skies free, clean and smelling sweet!
Once you have read and memorized these orders destroy them to keep them from falling into the enemies hands; PETV (People for the Ethical Treatment of Vegetables), the FAA, TSA, EPA, EIEIO!
0900 hrs. (9am) - 1200 hrs. (noon) Coffee's on at the "Ground Loop Inn". We will watch and grade all arrivals (by air) and recommend whether flight crews should get more training/practice before the mission.
1200 hrs. (noon) Marchell’s Bistro’s (Marcy Taylor) famous Chili lunch served at the "Ground Loop Inn" Note; if you would like to bring a dish to help with lunch please contact the CO's wife (Marcy Taylor) at 641-814-3359. This year as in the past, donations from lunch will go towards further progress on the APM Roof fund. Though we’ve made great progress, we still have one roof on APM hangars to go, and all donations, no matter how small or large, help!
1230 hrs. (you know 12:30 pm) CO Col. “JD “ Taylor, will give the pilot/bombardier briefing. Please Note: This year we will operate in flights of 4-5 aircraft at a time. Due to these operational changes, all pilots/crews planning to participate will need to be in attendance at said briefing.
1300 hrs (1pm) - ??? The bombing range will be open (RV area at S. end of airport). Bombing will continue until ammo is depleted, everyone gets bored, the weather goes bad or darkness falls. Note: This year as in years past a marked spectator area will be on the east side of the runway only, near the ammo dump.
1730 hrs. (5:30pm) Officer's mess (Ground Loop Inn) open to all personnel, recruits, wives and dates for the evening meal, catered by Marchell’s Bistro. If not before, at that time we will award the major traveling trophy along with the wearable recognition to the bomb crew that came closest to, or hit their target. Note: if you would like to help prepare something tasty for this meal contact Marcy at 641-814-3359.
1830 hrs. (6:30pm) - ??? Extensive mission debriefing, campfire and whiskey tasting at the CO's home (that would be Brent & Marcy's). Though not expected, OPLAF members wishing to show their “good taste” are always welcome to bring & share fine wines, tasty lagers, good whiskeys, cheeses, canapes & snacks to this soiree. Note: We will have soda, water, hot chocolate, coffee/tea available for those that prefer. If weather conditions are not conducive for outdoor activities, all activities will be held in the OPLAF Officer's Club (aka the "Broken Prop Pub" in Brent & Marcy's basement).
Please Note: The APM will be open throughout the day and the APM Gift Shop will be open, in case you forgot/need to pick up a past Fly-in T-shirt, AAA/APM sweatshirt, Christmas gift etc.
Also since this is a field operation, facilities will be at a minimum (the shower houses have been winterized and aircraft fuel is not available on the field) Please plan your accommodations accordingly and avgas is available at nearby Ottumwa, Oskaloosa or a little further afield, Pella & Centerville airports.
"Good Luck, God Speed, May the Force be with You & Liberty and Justice for All"
The AAA/APM Fly-in takes a herculean effort yearly to prepare for and
execute. In 2017 we had the additional efforts of several “Capitol
Improvement Projects” to complete, including improvements to the
showerhouses, more work in the main museum’s Powell Hall, a new roof
on the museum storage hangar plus continued progress in the APM
Restoration Center, and returning more APM aircraft to flying status.
Fortunately, we have a loyal and growing cadre of volunteers who spend
their time, talents, and money to help make all this happen! Without
their help and dedication the AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in would simply
not be possible! So with apologies in advance to anyone I may have
missed, if you enjoyed the 2017 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in (our 64th
annual event), please make certain to thank the following
individuals and service organizations for their hard work and
dedication in making it a safe and fun event for all participants.
Field Preparations and Clean Up
Ken Marth, Luke Pieper, Doris Gretz, Aaron Klugherz, Mark, Teri, Jeff
& Sheila Lancaster, Harve Applegate, Mike, John & Claire Lossner, Bill
& Ryan Weyers, Dan, LuAnn & Dakota Quinn, Steve & Fletcher Black, Mike
Latta, Mike Townsley, Eric, Ryan & Jane Fritz, Bob Tejchma, Jim
Ashley, Gary Van Farowe, Don Parks, George Winheim, Rick Gritters,
Steve Adkisson, Bill Sheperd, Gary, Toby & Jen Hanson, Les Gaskill,
Scott Burbank, Mark Flounders, Doug & Tyler Knott, Tim & LuVerne
Verhoeven, Jim Schreier, Danny Glenn, Chuck & Shannon Avon, Mike &
Michelle Warin, Jessica Fuller, Holly Vanorny, Cindy Grimm, Mike
Townsley, Dave Coop, Mark Robotti, Jeff, Kim & Samantha Claypool,
Melissa Phillips, Marcy, Ben & Robert Taylor
Denny Whitson & Ottumwa VFW Post # 775 Larry & Jeannette Keitel, Bill
& Jenny Bennett
Flight Line (Aircraft Parking)
Ben Taylor, Aaron, Tom & Rich Klugherz, Bryan DeWitt Chuck Barth, Jim
Densmore, David Lamb, Shannon, Debra & Nathan Frost
Air Traffic Control Flagmen
Robert & Dallas Grimm, Tom Gehman, Mark Robotti, Toby Hanson, David
Lamb, Ben Taylor, Joe Feauto
Steve Adkisson, Barry Taylor, Dave Wilkie, Forrest Lovely, Mark Wiebe
Mark, Teri, Tanner, Jeff & Shelia Lancaster, Natalie Alexander, Eric,
Jane, Tyler & Ryan Fritz, Luke Pieper, Kim Claypool, Craig Shorten,
Ken Marth, Steve Adkisson
Movies and Sound
Aaron & Tom Klugherz, Steve Black, Bryan DeWitt
Suzy Kryzanowicz, Dave Miller, Joni Diamond
Justin Niemyjski, Cliff Hatz, LuVerne Verhoeven, Gary Redden, John &
Claire Lossner, Aaron & Tom Klugherz
Missing Man formation
“The Bucker Boys”: John Hickman, Jim White, David Stillinger, Chris
Paul Berge, Steve Black, Ben Taylor
APM Fly Market
Steve Butler, Nick Hildreth, Les Gaskill, Mike Lossner
Alan Achor, Brent Blue, Brian Stockton, Dave Miller, Dave Lahrman,
Brett Chilcott, Carl Morgan, G.R. Dennis Price, Gilles Auliard, Jack
Fleetwood, Megan Vande Voort, Jim Densmore, Jon Cook, Paul Stevens,
Sparky Barnes Sargent, Bob Punch, Dean Coryell, Dave Schober, Jeff
Sullens, Dave Swartz, Charles E. “Chuck” Stewart, Jim Savage, Jonathan
Apfelbaum, Nigel Hitchman, Tom Gehman, Dan Quinn, Kathy Adkisson,
Bryan DeWitt, Matt McVicker
Gary & Toby Hanson, Tim Verhoeven, Rick Gritters, Les Gaskill, Dan
Quinn, Jim Ashley
Rosie Duckworth, Carol & Gary Van Farowe, Karen Meirndorf & Tom
Botsford, Fern Griesbach & Jerry Lugten, Mark & Barb Smokovitz, Lynn
Towns & Sharon Plavnick, Snooks Bouska, The Tiger Boys
Blakesburg Volunteer Fire Department
Dakota Quinn, Cody Klima
Shane & Sullivan Vande Voort, Jeff Claypool, Mike Lossner, Ben Taylor,
Rick Gritters, Mark Lancaster, Classic Aviation of Pella, IA
Russell Williams (website), Classic Aviation of Pella, IA & Bob
Lancaster Oil Co. (aircraft fueling) Blakesburg Historical
Preservation Society (pie) Melissa Little (Ottumwa Convention &
Visitors Bureau) Hy-Vee Catering (food services)
While we await more photos from our various official photographers (and anyone else that would care to forward images of the planes, people & events) of the 2017 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in, we’d like to offer the following images of the Grand Champion & Sweepstakes award winners.
While not a comprehensive report (that will be published in the next issue of the Antique Airfield Runway), this should give all an idea of the variety, and quality of the Antique & Classic aircraft that were in attendance.
More award winners and photos in the next update!
1984 Corben Super Ace
Poplar Grove Airmotive
Poplar Grove, IL
Flown by; Trent Davis
(Nigel Hitchman photo)
Grand Champion Homebuilt
1977 Westphal Parrakeet
New Prague, MN
(Megan Rochelle Photo)
Sweepstakes Neo-Classic (1946-1956)
1946 Aeronca 11AC
(Jim Savage photo)
Grand Champion Neo-Classic (1946-1956)
1946 Aeronca 7AC
Classic Aviation Inc.
(Megan Rochelle Photo)
Sweepstakes Warbird (1941-1945)
(No photo available)
Grand Champion Warbird (1941-1945)
1943 Boeing A75N1
Santa Rosa, CA
(Paul Stevens photo)
Sweepstakes Classic (1936-1941)
1937 Stinson SR-8B
Flown by; Ben Redman
(Dean Coryell photo)
Grand Champion Classic (1936-1941)
1939 Spartan 7W
(Tom Gehman photo)
Sweepstakes Antique (pre-1936)
1931 Curtiss Wright Sedan
Historic Aircraft Restoration Center
St. Louis, MO
Flown by Glen Peck
(Tom Gehman photo)
Grand Champion Antique (pre-1936)
1929 Pitcairn PA-6
Sioux City, IA
(Jack Fleetwood photo)
Antique Airfield has returned to a more bucolic state now that the 2017 AAA/APM Fly-in is over.
While not a comprehensive report (that will be published in the next issue of the Antique Airfield Runway) we can report some preliminary results for the event:
We had absolutely perfect weather for the event.
A preliminary count shows 353 aircraft from at least 34 states in attendance. That should go up some when the count is justified.
The variety of aircraft was outstanding this year - perhaps the best it’s been in a few years.
We had members & guests in attendance from all over the US & Canada, as well as visitors from Switzerland & England.
Fuel sales were up, with over 3100 gals pumped by the crew of Classic Aviation from Pella, IA.
There was flying every day from dawn till dusk.
The Grand Champion Antique was Ryan Lihs’ 1929 Pitcairn PA-6 from Sioux City, IA (we’ll have a complete list and pictures of the award winners posted soon).
Antique Airfield at the height of the 2017 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in (Dave Swartz photo)
Perhaps the fly-in can be summed up best, via a quote from a fly-in attendee....
"The food. The access to aircraft. The Fly-market. The weather. The volunteers. The registration people. The ban on golf carts and electric scooters. The vendors (or lack of). Man, you got everything right!"
Of course it would be impossible for the AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in to happen without our loyal and growing cadre of volunteers that help do everything from ATC, to trash collection (we’ll have a complete list and photos of our volunteers posted soon)
Keep watching this page and our Facebook pagefor more reports, reviews, pictures and videos from the 2017 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in.
And mark your calendars for Aug 29th through Sept 3rd, 2018, when we’ll once again host the 2018 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in at Antique Airfield near Blakesburg, IA!
Grand Champion Antique, Ryan Lihs’ 1929 Pitcairn PA-6 from Sioux City, IA (Jack Fleetwood photo)