Since Robert Taylor founded the Antique Airplane Association in 1953, the mission has been to “Keep the Antiques Flying,” and AAA members like you, have done so with creativity and generosity to this day. The long-term dream to build a proper Restoration Center at Antique Airfield, Blakesburg, Iowa, is now a reality. To all who contributed both talent and funds, thank you.
It’s time now to put your investment to work and re-store the APM’s first acquisition, the 1931 Stinson Junior “S” NC12165, to its proper flying status, at an estimated cost of$250,000, about one-fourth the price of a new Cirrus SR22. The restored Junior will turn more heads, at least heads that understand the historical beauty of a cabin monoplane’s radial engine firing up at dawn and lifting into a timeless sky before the sun clears the tree line. Such imagery, as you know, requires support.
Raising funds is awkward but necessary. APM has never borrowed money for major projects. This project relies upon numerous pledges from AAA members like you…like us. Vendor donations of materials (tires, fabric, dope, parts..) are graciously welcome to offset cash requirements. The sky is never a limit, so larger donations are appreciated. You understand how this works.
Properly done, the Stinson Junior can be airworthy in a timely manner, a vague term that means, quickly without sacrificing quality. We all want to see Junior fly for the first time since 1987. To keep the project moving, some work — such as engine, prop, and instruments — will be farmed out to qualified contractors. Fuselage and wings will go to a qualified shop (AAA member in the restoration business). Smaller items, such as tail surfaces, struts, metal work, and final assembly will be in the hands of journeymen A&P/IAs and volunteers in the APM Restoration Center, the ideal place — made possible by your donations — to bring it all together.
APM’s last fundraising drive was in 2019 for the Gone West Memorial, which was finished in 2022. The Stinson Junior project already has $25,000 in seed money, but the restoration won’t begin until we raise the full sum. No one likes a stalled dream. We know that aeromath is daunting, and burning through 2023 dollars won’t take long. But, what if you could turn back the clock to 1931?
There’s no “what if,” because you can by pledging today to see NC12165 — your APM’s 1931 Stinson Junior S — fly into countless tomorrows.