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Terry Bowden's Blog: Travel Air Restoration Begins

Posted in Members | February 15, 2010
This article is from Terry Bowden's Blog Barnstmr's Random Aeronautics, who has kindly granted permission to re-publish on

A lot of people might look at these pictures and think we are nuts. Well, that may be true, but I am pleased to say that I have a loving wife and support from the kids that someday this bunch of old wood and steel parts might actually come back to life as a living and breathing Travel Air Biplane. Scrounging for parts may not be the most glamorous aspect of the process. But it has to start somewhere. And for me there is a driving vision that most can't see. I have described it to my family and I am not sure if they can see it too or if they are trusting me and acting on blind faith. Either way, it is inspiring to have their support. So... this is just the beginning. We have a long way to go. And there is more to the story which I will tell too as we go along. I plan to provide more updates in the future. For now, I will leave you with these photos of how it all starts... the restoration begins now!

Loading Day (it was a long day - into the night)

Unloading Day - getting a late start

Still Unloading - into the night...

Final Clean-up and the TA is tucked in safe under the Robin's wing

Skagit Aero's Blog: Continental C-85 Inventory

Posted in Members | February 13, 2010
This article is from Skagit Aero's Blog Skagit Aero Museum, who has kindly granted permission to re-publish on

One of our side projects requires some engine work, so when it was time to go looking for Continental parts, we decided to do an inventory of C-85 parts on hand. Turns out we have quite a bit more than we thought.

We’re going through everything and deciding what to send out to have cleaned up and fixed and what will just stay here for future parts needs.

It’s always fun to see so much flying machinery gathered together. And it’s fun to get a sneak peak at the museum’s latest project in the background (along with the tail of the Waco QCF-2 on the right). It’s an airplane designed for speed and little else, and we hope to start full time work on the restoration soon.

Skagit Aero's Blog: Stinson Cabin Restoration Moving Along Nicely

Posted in Members | February 13, 2010
This article is from Skagit Aero's Blog Skagit Aero Museum, who has kindly granted permission to re-publish on

We have been busy working on the Stinson lately and much of the recent work has focused on the cabin. Even though much of the wood was in bad condition on the airplane, most of it has been in good enough shape to use as templates for the new material.

The doors have been particularly tricky as it is always challenging to make the door match the old door, but also match the door frame. You end up needing to take small steps to ensure everything fits, while constantly comparing new door to old door, new frame to old door, old frame to new door, new door to new frame, old frame to new frame—let’s just say there is a fair amount of going back and forth.

A look from the top of the Stinson into the baggage compartment.

The baggage door and rear passenger window are slowly starting to look like they should. It’s been a challenge making everything fit into the 70+ year old airframe. But the end result will be a magnificent looking airplane.

Excited to let passengers look at the North Cascades out this window—

Much of the work on the right side of the cabin is progressing nicely, while you can still see much of the original wood is still in place on the left side.

We’ve also been distracted lately by a new project that has been pulled down from the rafters and should be going full speed ahead in the coming months. Not ready to unveil it yet, but let’s just say full speed ahead was the motto when the plane was flying back in the 1930s as well. Yale alumni will be proud.

Keep checking in for more restoration pictures on the Stinson and pictures from this newest project soon.

Charlie Brown's J-5 Powered Stearman Restoration First Startup

Posted in Members | February 12, 2010

Charlie Brown from Sandpoint, Idaho has just finished a 4 year restoration of his J5 Wright powered 1928 Stearman C3B. This video is the first startup in early February 2010. The smoke and noise is dramatic! This aircraft will be flying again within weeks.

1930 National Air Races Poster

Posted in Members | February 12, 2010

Poster photo courtesy of Bill Allen.

Bill Allen's Ryan STM

Posted in Members | February 11, 2010

Bill Allen in San Diego sent us an update on his Ryan STM:

We had our 1940 Ryan STM -2 up at Rick Atkins for it's second restoration. The spare Supercharged C4S was with Brad Ball in Santa Paula for overhaul. Rick got her going in early September and we were hopeful of entering the Rolls Royce Heritage Invitational in Reno. Rick borrowed Jimmy Rollison's prop as ours was not getting the proper manifold pressure at Placerville CA.

Anyway we ended up trucking her down, putting her together, winning the Hap Arnold Award for Best War bird. This is the third win in the National Aviation Heritage Inviational for planes that Ragtime Aero - Rick Atkins restored! He won with Ben Scott's Speedmail, our Stearman C3R and now the Ryan! We love RICK!

I trucked her home to San Diego and Rick and I put her together again. I now have 7 flights on her with Rollison's prop. Since he wants it back, we put our prop on there and are in the process of trying to get it to track within 1/8 inch or less - not cooperating yet!

Pilgrim Project in Northern California

Posted in Members | February 10, 2010

Fred Austin sent us some photos he snapped on vacation of a Pilgrim project in Northern California. These pics are over a year old, so there's a lot more wood on the fuselage now and the rudder is now finished.

Don Parsons' Blog: 02-09 Hooking up the stab to the trim.

Posted in Members | February 10, 2010
This article is from Don Parsons' Blog Flying Antique Airplanes, who has kindly granted permission to re-publish on

Sky hasn't had school the past 2 days, cancelled due to snow. He went out to the airport this afternoon with me and watched me cut out the fabric where the stab trim mechanism is located. We put in the cross bar and hooked up the trim and tested it out. After that, we gathered the tail pieces and hung them up so Glenn could put on the final coat of polybrush and then silver them tomorrow.

MAAG's Blog: Celebrate Valentine's with MAAG

Posted in Chapter News | February 09, 2010
This article is from MAAG's Blog Mid-America Antique Airplane Group, who has kindly granted permission to re-publish on

Have you been struggling to figure out just what to do on Valentine's Day with your better half? Well, struggle no longer! Come join your MAAG friends for a behind the scenes tour of the Kansas Air Museum. Even better, it's free!

Join us this Sunday (the 14th) at 1:00 PM. Walt House, museum curator, will provide the chili; we ask the members to bring a complimentary side dish or desert. Please enter at the west entrance.

A brief meeting will be held after lunch to elect officers for 2010. We will keep it simple and ask if anyone wants to add their name to the ballot before we re-elect the same fools we selected last year (wait - that's me!).

As always, guests are welcome. Also, it time to pay our 2010 dues - only $15 - what a deal! We hope to see you and your co-pilot this coming Sunday! Good food, good friends, and plenty of airplanes to see. Does it get any better?

February Bucker Flying Video

Posted in Members | February 08, 2010

Gail and Doedo Schipper tried out a new smoke oil technique last week, flying from Longmont, CO: We tried the smoke system with transmission fluid as per the Feb EAA magazine. This was cold filtered gently used oil. It was free. Seems to work just fine. It is still cold here withe ice and snow everywhere. Came very close to two flocks of geese squatting on the private grass runway south of Longmont.