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2007 APM Fundraising Campaign

The 2007 APM Fundraising Campaign has been a great success. We have
exceeded the goal of $19,500 and have topped $22,000 as of February 1,
2008. We gratefully acknowledge the donors who
have generously contributed to preserving the APM’s collection.

We also received donations from Ron Price and William J. Purcell that
are slated for APM projects beyond this fund drive and we wish to
thank them for their donations as well.

If you’d like to donate here is a link to donate online:

Here is the fundraising kickoff letter:

From: APM Board of Trustees and AAA National Directors
To: All AAA members
November 5, 2007
Re: APM Update

Dear AAA/APM Supporter:

Periodically, it’s wise for any organization to step back and evaluate
itself, to strip off the image and see exactly what it is and where it
wants to go. Recently the Airpower Museum (APM) Board met with AAA
(Antique Airplane Association) National Board members at Antique
Airfield to chart strategies to Keep The Antiques Flying into the
future. We began our trip into that future by conducting a
walk-through inventory of the museum buildings, including the APM
“Library of Flight”, to see where we’ve been and what we have.
Frankly, we couldn’t help but be impressed by what’s accumulated over
the years, thanks to members’ contributions. Now, we must decide how
to preserve, promote and utilize this treasure you’ve entrusted to our

At the heart of the Airpower Museum is the newly completed APM
“Library of Flight”. It houses an immense collection of aviation
books, periodicals, artwork, artifacts and – perhaps most important
- reams of priceless antique aviation data, that includes drawings,
manuals, tech sheets.the list goes on. As volunteers slowly catalogue
this collection a vast resource opens for all antiquers and
historians. One day, we hope to have much of this information
searchable online, providing a research site for not only AAA/APM
members but also to the rest of the world including antiquers yet to
come. For now, everything is safely stored on shelves and cabinets.
If APM had nothing else, the APM “Library of Flight,” alone, would
make all the effort and expense to maintain it worthwhile. But APM
does have more – lots more.

APM includes several buildings on Antique Airfield, each stuffed with
a wide assortment of aircraft (46 total) in various stages of
condition, from airworthy to displaying the providence and patina of
age to needing restoration. It’s possible that as many as a dozen of
these aircraft could be returned to airworthiness with a thorough
annual inspection and a little work.

However, that being said, Antiques do not preserve themselves. They
need help. Your APM needs help. Our first duty is to house and
protect these gems and, in years to come, rebuild as many as possible
to airworthy status. Before a rib can be stitched, however, the
buildings themselves, up to 38 years old, need to be upgraded. Sadly,
many suffer from water damage. Poor drainage, leaking roofs and the
inevitable strain of time shows on these old hangars. They need help.
The Board members came up with a list of must-do-right-now items to
stabilize things. Volunteers – the backbone of AAA/APM – can provide
much of the labor, but the APM needs everyone’s help. Here’s our

Long-term, the APM will expand. Antique airplanes and their legacy
will fly into the future, returning each year for the AAA/APM National
Fly-In. The APM Board is actively developing an action plan to see
that we set and reach specific goals. Before we get too excited, we
need to meet short-term challenges. The APM needs immediate
infrastructure attention. This takes money. Our goal is to raise
$19,500 before the end of 2007. With these funds we can address the
immediate threats to the APM collection. Once complete, the APM will
then be able to implement its plan for the future: We can decide which
airplanes to restore first. We can look at expanding and improving
the hangar space to better display the aircraft. We can continue to
catalogue the entire APM “Library of Flight” collection and get it on
the shelves and, perhaps, online. We can look toward the future
knowing we’ve protected the facilities from present threats.

This is where you come in. We all love antique airplanes. We love
the history, fun and social aspects of the antique airplane
community. As antiquers we also know that restoration is Step #1, and
maintenance is never-ending. So, please, send the APM whatever you
feel is appropriate. It’s all tax-deductible, and the enclosed
self-addressed envelope makes supporting the APM easy. Whatever you
decide, please, respond quickly. Antiques, and antiquers, get older
every day – one reason we love ’em – and so does the APM. With your
continued help, the APM and APM “Library of Flight” will keep our
collective dreams flying.

Yours truly,

Jim Jones, APM Board

Paul Berge, AAA National Board

Jim Jones, AAA Lifetime M-20547, of Newton, Iowa, has served on the
APM Board of Directors for several years. Jim is a corporate pilot
and has restored, owns and flies a Meyers OTW. He was the Executive
Director of the Newton Airshow for nine years. He has been the
Chaplain and organizer of the annual “Gone West” memorial services
here at Antique Airfield during the Annual AAA/APM Fly-In.

Paul Berge, AAA Lifetime M-17344, lives in central Iowa. He was an
FAA air traffic controller for many years, is a CFII and utilizes his
own Aeronca Champ for instruction. Paul was the editor of IFR magazine
for five years and host of Iowa Public TV’s Side Roads, as well as a
freelance producer. He’s a professional writer with a regular column
called “Flights of Fancy” in The Pacific Flyer magazine. His
books include Bootleg Skies, Ailerona and the
. He currently hosts the Hangar Flying Theater
aviation blog. Paul has been the MC of the annual awards ceremony at
the AAA/APM Invitational Fly-In.