Join the AAA Record Breakers
Over the past 60+ years the Antique Airplane Association has had many members whose accomplishments and flights were officially recognized by the National Aeronautics Association (NAA) and/or the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) as record flights. That list includes such famous names as Benny Howard, E.M. "Matty" Laird, Gen. Benjamin S. Kelsey, Duane Wallace, Kenneth Hunter and others. The Board of Directors of the Antique Airplane Association & the Air Power Museum are therefore excited to announce that the 2015 AAA-APM Invitational Fly-In at Antique Airfield (September 2nd – 7th, 2015) will honor those record setting airplanes and their pilots with our "Join the AAA Record Breakers" fly-in theme.
To make the "Record Breakers" theme really come alive, we will be sending out personal invitations to all AAA members who currently own and fly antique, classic & neo-classic aircraft which were record holding aircraft, be it altitude, speed, endurance etc, or a representative type. At present we are in the process of identifying those airplanes fitting that description but already have two Curtiss Robins (one of which is a famous endurance record holder while the other was the refueling plane on four different endurance flights) promising to attend.
But what will make this event really special, is the opportunity for any AAA member in any pre-1956 aircraft (with a standard airworthiness certificate) to "Join the AAA Record Breakers". In cooperation with the NAA, any AAA member that wishes, can apply for (with the appropriate paperwork and fee to the NAA) a Sporting Performances license and set a point-to-point performance record from their home base to Antique Airfield (if at least 50nm from IA27).
Of course we're planning special recognition for those participating. From getting the checkered flag as they land (via our ATC Flagmen), to a special paddock where the official paperwork will be signed and photos taken, all are part of what's in store for those that choose to participate. We're hopeful that representatives from the NAA will be on hand as well, to act as the official observers of these flights.
We're also happy to announce that the two featured aircraft for this year's 2015 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in will be the Curtiss Robin and Stinson 108 series of aircraft. The Curtiss Robin of course is representative of the "Record Breaking" aircraft theme and will help us commemorate this colorful era of aviation history, while the Stinson 108 is representative of one the most successful post-war aircraft produced. As well, we certainly hope that some of the Stinson 108 owners will participate in becoming an "AAA Record Breaker" too.
As you can tell, we're excited about this unique opportunity to commemorate those record breaking airplanes and pilots of the past. We hope you will be able to join us in 2015 for this "Record Breaking" celebration!
Brent Taylor Fly-in Chairman