Celebrating the Antique Airplane Association's Diamond Jubilee
Featuring Luscombe Aircraft and the 75th Anniversary of the Model 8
AAA/APM Invitational Fly-In, August 28-September 2 2013
The Board of Directors of both the Antique Airplane Association and the Air Power Museum are pleased to announce the 2013 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in theme: The Diamond Jubilee of the Antique Airplane Association featuring Luscombe aircraft as well as the 75th Anniversary of the Model 8.
It's hard to believe that in 1953 AAA founder Robert Taylor, with a classified ad in Flying magazine, began the organization that today is headquartered on its own privately owned airport, is home to the Air Power Museum and yearly hosts the preeminent fly-in for owners of antique/classic aircraft, known simply as "Blakesburg." Through those last 60 years the AAA has been the leader in helping its members restore and fly their antique and classic aircraft while also helping to protect and advocate for their owner's/pilot's rights.
In honor of this milestone we will celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the AAA and our 60th National Fly-in by featuring antiques that attended those very first fly-ins starting in 1954.
Fleet 1, N8616 at the 1955 National Fly-in at Ottumwa. AAA founder/president Robert Taylor had his first open cockpit biplane ride in this Fleet (AAA archives)
NC8616 as she appears today. Owned by Ron Price, this Fleet has been a regular visitor to Antique Airfield over the last several years. (Gilles Auliard photo)
It's fitting, then, that we feature Luscombe aircraft as that aircraft's heritage emanates from Iowa where designer Don Luscombe was born, raised and where another of his earlier and famous designs, the Monocoupe, was originally manufactured.
We have already begun the process to feature an impressive cross section of Don Luscombe designed aircraft including the Monoprep, Monocoupe models 90a, 110 spl, D-145, Luscombe Phantom, Luscombe model 8 (8A, 8E, 8F, T8F etc.), 11A Sedan and other aircraft with a Luscombe heritage.
Of course we look forward to seeing those new restorations and interesting aircraft that help make the AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in the premiere aviation event for those that fly and love antique aircraft.
The 2013 AAA-APM Fly-In will highlight the 80th anniversary of The Air Adventures of Jimmie Allen to draw attention to the important role the early aviation radio programs played in inspiring an entire generation of young people towards aviation and other technical careers. There will be a Jimmie Allen Air Race during the fly-in.
Harman Dickerson's Jimmie Allen Sky Chief under construction.
We will also be hosting the tenth anniversary of the National Air Tour of 2003, which was a commemoration and re-enactment of the uncompleted 1932 Ford Reliability Tour. To date we have 50 participants and 8 tour airplanes who will be attending the fly-in.
NAT #4, Travel Air 6000, Hank Galpin/ Ray Sanders, Kalispell, MT
(photo by Gilles Auliard)
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