Our announcement that we would feature "Stars of the Sky & Screen" as the 2014 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in theme met with a lot of enthusiasm from our members. Further the listing of movie aircraft printed in the latest issue of the Antique Airfield Runway has added to that enthusiasm as we have received many additions and corrections to that list from our members.
As usually happens when we start planning for the AAA/APM Fly-in, such a listing will lead to more research via our records and photo files, helping to track down those aircraft/owners that we would like to invite to take part in this upcoming celebration.
So join with us and enjoy this journey back into AAA & Antique Airfield history as we showcase some of those "Stars of the Sky & Screen" that have graced the grass here at Antique Airfield in the past.
Waco UBF-2, N13075, used in Raiders of the Lost
Ark made a stop at Antique Airfield one sultry summer day in the
1980s. We've recently received a bit more info about this particular
Waco from Larry Harmacinski; Nice pic of the UBF-2 back when Hank and
Alice Strauch had it, which was something like 50 years of
ownership. His Waco was painted up as a parachute because he used to
be an avid jumper as well as jump plane pilot. The Waco is of course
well known for the escape scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark. The pilot
in the movie flew it right into the river bank in one scene, but Hank
had it flying in 10 days to resume filming. With all those great
memories of an ever helpful Hank, I was very sorry to receive a note
from Alice informing us that Hank went West this past year.
Pepsi; Jack Strayer (blue jump suit, center) on his first visit to
Antique Airfield with the Pepsi Skywriter (Travel Air D4D, N434N)
sometime in the early 70’s. Looking over the Travel Air with Jack in
this picture are (L-R) Herb Harkcom, Dan Laymon, Ruth & Warren
Spencer. Alas, all these well known antiquers have "Gone West". Here's
a Pepsi commercial that featured the travel Air back in the 70's:
Pepsi 434P; Many may not realize that during the 70's - 90's Pepsi
actually operated two Travel Air D4D's, N434N & N434P. N434N is now on
display at NASM in Washington DC while N434P is on display at the
Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos, CA. Here's a photo of N434P on
one of it's many visits to Antique Airfield. At the various time
either of the Pepsi Travel Air's graced the grass here at Antique
Airfield, pilot's included Jack Strayer, Suzanne & Steve Oliver, John
Morrisey & AAA Lifetime member Susan Dacy.
From Ken & Lorraine Morris, Poplar Grove, IL; Hi guys!
Wanted to let you know that our Beech 18, N213SP 'Sweet Pea' was in
the movie 'The Good Shepherd' and an episode of the TV series 'Crime
Story'. Look forward to seeing you at AAA Fly-in!.
"De Plane...De Plane" The Grumman Super Widgeon, N4453
(actually a French built Scan type 30) converted to Lycoming R-680's
(Gannet conversion) used in the popular TV show Fantasy Island. AAA
Lifetime member Mark Trimble attended the 2003 AAA/APM Fly-in with it.
Blakesburg 10: The 2010 AAA Grand Champion Antique, a 1929
Fairchild 71, was used in a Kellogg's Mini-Wheats commercial filmed at
Antique Airfield during the 1975 AAA/APM Fly-in. At the time the 71
was owned by the APM. It was flown for the commercial by AAA
Founder/President Robert L. Taylor. We will have more about the
filming of this commercial soon, after we get RLT to jot down the
whole story about this event. In the mean time enjoy the commercial as
aired below. On a side note, we understand that the 71 has a new
owner and NC9727 is currently based in the Tullahoma, TN area.
Our 2010 AAA/APM Fly-in included a very special event, that of an
official screening of the independent film Pearl, The story of Pearl
Carter Scott "the youngest licensed pilot in America". The movie
featured AAA Lifetime member David Mars's Curtiss Robin (N3277G), AAA
Lifetime member Ted Davis's New Standard D-25 (NC7286) & AAA Lifetime
member Clay Adams Travel Air E4000 (NC397M). The screening was
literally held "under the stars" during the AAA/APM Fly-in with the
three staring aircraft acting as a backdrop. We were also joined by
the screenwriter, D.J. Carlton, and the actress that played Pearl
Carter's mother Lucy in the movie, Angela Gair. If you weren't able to
attend this special evening, here's the movie trailer to give you a
taste of what you missed.
Long time AAA member Kent Pietsch at Antique Airfield in 2003 with his
Interstate Cadet (NC37428), before it became known as the "Jelly
Belly" Interstate(we've heard Kent even has a Jelly Belly flavor named
after him?) Kent's airshow performances in the Interstate are very
popular, including his RV landing as seen in the video below.
Our own up & coming local airshow performer, APM Trustee Erik Edgren
(A.K.A. Hobie Washburn), is a frequent visitor to Antique Airfield in
his "Twistin' it Old School" T-clips.
U.S. Congressman (MO) Sam Graves regularly attends the AAA/APM
Fly-ins. He's attended flying a variety of aircraft including this
former Joe Hughes 650 hp Super Stearman (N121R). We recommend you take
the time to watch Props, Pistons & Pilots featuring Joe Hughes, wing
walker John Kazian & the Super Stearman: