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A Thank You From Harman Dickerson to Fly-Mart Volunteers

Posted in News | December 31, 2009

Stalwart AAA/APM Fly-in volunteer and master of our Fly-market, Harman Dickerson, would like to extend his most heartfelt thanks to those volunteers who help with the organizing and running of what is one of the most popular features of the annual AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in. His crew of Darrell Williams, Don Grimm, Don Miles, Bob Eddington and Nick Hildreth help provide the manpower and knowledge that make the Fly-market operate smoothly and successfully. But his biggest praise goes to Dianne Hildreth who managed the cleaning and preparation of the Fly-Market site making it much more user friendly.

Fly-mart counter at the 2008 Fly-In

Harman also extends his thanks to all those who donated or consigned parts to the Fly-market helping make 2009 one of the most successful years ever. Harman and his crew look forward to 2010 and hope to see you there.

Texas Chapter January Newsletter

Posted in Chapter News | December 31, 2009
Here's the Texas Chapter January 2010 Newsletter. Chapter news, speaker information for the next chapter meeting, and an article about a Bird.

See all the Chapter Newsletters.

Dan Linn's Blog: Web Site Updates and New Stearman Page

Posted in Members | December 31, 2009
This article is from Dan Linn's Blog Another Time, who has kindly granted permission to re-publish on

Hope all you vintage aircraft enthusiasts have had a Happy Holiday season. We have had several snow days here in Texas this last week so I have been busy updating my web site and building a new "survivors" page. Now listed on Another Time is a listing of surviving civilian model Stearmans. Take a look and send in updates and pictures to us.

Civilian Stearmans

Restoration Center End of Year Update

Posted in News | December 30, 2009

With the end of the year, as well as the decade, looming large in everyone's vision, many are taking time to reflect upon the people, places and events that have made our current trip around the sun yet another interesting, fun and adventurous one (we hope).

With that reflection usually comes contemplation of the future and what lies ahead. Whether it is getting out and flying more, getting that restoration project started or moved further along, or finally getting to attend the AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in in your antique/classic aircraft, the coming year will as always prove to be an interesting one for those involved in antique airplanes.

Here at Antique Airfield we look forward to the coming year and the opportunities that will arise to help us further our goals and broaden our membership.

Currently we are putting the finishing touches on the latest issue of the Antique Airfield Runway that we plan to go to press with next week. Included in that issue will be the official announcement of the 2010 AAA/APM Fly-in (Sep 1-6, 2010) theme and featured aircraft. This news will also be appearing here on the web site in the very near future so check back soon and often.

I would also like to report on the progress of the APM Restoration & Maintenance Center. While an early winter precluded any construction work getting accomplished we have moved forward with planning and fund raising. We hope to very soon have available a completed floor plan and 3D model of the final design for the facility. We have managed to find a way to expand the building slightly to give us an overall size of 76' x 40'. The roof line has also changed to mate up to the museum storage hangar in a more functional manner eliminating some potential drainage problems. The steel trusses for the roof have been purchased and will be delivered here to Antique Airfield in the spring.

Fund raising for this facility in the form of our "Buy-a-Foot" campaign has been well received and continues to help us accrue the funds necessary to build and equip this facility. At present 1039 sq ft of the available 2840 sq ft (36.58%) has been spoken/paid for totaling, as of today, $25,975. Along with other pledges of money, materials and Jim Miller's seed money we have grossed over $44,000 in our efforts to get the facility built.

But if you want to join the ranks of Antique Airfield Ambassadors and get your "piece of the rock", you better act quickly. That is if you want your donation to the APM Restoration & Maintenance Center to be deductible on your 2009 taxes (the APM being a tax deductible IRS 501 (C) (3) organization). Any donations postmarked or received via PayPal by tomorrow will be eligible for deductibility on your 2009 tax return.

There is more exciting news on the horizon for the APM and we will share that with you as soon as is possible but until then, the staff here at Antique Airfield, the directors and volunteers of the AAA and APM and our web master Russell Williams wish you all a "Happy New Year". Looking forward to seeing you in 2010.

Brent Taylor

Stinson Model "O" Videos

Posted in Members | December 28, 2009

The engine has run on Brad Poling's Stinson Model "0" Replica project at Evergreen Aviation Services. Only an antiquer could get excited about a video with 2 minutes of engine noise! That means I qualify, the R-680 sure sounds good.

Walt Bowe's Waco SRE Project Being Torn Down

Posted in Members | December 28, 2009
Walt Bowe's Waco SRE project is underway at Bud Field Aviation. The teardown has begun.

Texas Chapter Christmas Party

Posted in Chapter News | December 28, 2009

The Texas Chapter held its Annual Christmas Party on Dec. 19th at the Tomlinson Aviation Hangar at Gainesville, Texas Municipal Airport. Over 80 Chapter members attended and each brought new toys which were donated to the "Littlest Angel Program" of Cooke County, Texas.

One of our members, Randy Nunn provided his own style of singing and musical entertainment.

The Annual “Service Award” for 2009 was presented to Terry Wallace for outstanding service and contributions to the Chapter.

Terry Wallace (left) being presented with the Annual Chapter Service Award with Jim Dougherty (right), the previous recipient of the award.

A great time of year, good companionship and food and a greater purpose served.

Dick Ramsey

Skagit Aero's Blog: New Piper Clipper PA-16 Page And More Photos

Posted in Members | December 28, 2009
This article is from Skagit Aero's Blog Skagit Aero Museum, who has kindly granted permission to re-publish on


Well after a long delay, we’re finally getting around to putting up the Piper Clipper photos we took earlier in the fall. It was another one of those beautiful evenings with great light and a great looking airplane. This is the airplane that won Grand Champion for classic aircraft this year at the Arlington Fly In (the museum’s Ryan ST-A and Mooney Mite also won awards).

We’ve also added a page in the aircraft section for the Clipper. We still have lots of airplanes to add, including the rest of our short wing Piper collection. Once the Vagabond is finished, we’ll have an incredible collection of all the short wing Pipers looking better than they did coming out of the factory.

Our goal is to one day have part of one of our display hangars looking like a Piper showroom with our Colt, Vagabond, Clipper, Pacer and Tri-Pacer all displayed proudly. In the meantime, we’ll have to settle for just flying them in the nice evening light.

Below are just a few more of the photos from the Clipper page.




Skagit Aero's Blog: The Reliant Door Tells The Story

Posted in Members | December 28, 2009
This article is from Skagit Aero's Blog Skagit Aero Museum, who has kindly granted permission to re-publish on

Ever since getting the fabric off of the Stinson SR-9C Reliant we acquired last winter, it’s been no secret that there is a lot of work to be done on this airplane. Most of the wood work will have to be redone and there’s a fair amount of metal work as well.

Recently Jim removed the baggage door from the airframe and in some ways it seems like that little part is indicative of the bigger plane. A lot of the wood on this airplane hasn’t been touched since new. And with this SR-9C spending a fair part of its life on floats, there is plenty of wood needing some attention.


The Stinson receives most of the restoration hours these days. Over the winter, there are several other projects to be worked on, but the Reliant will see a lot of progress. Here’s a look inside the door. The good news is that most of the wood throughout the airplane is still in good enough shape to use as a template for fabricating the new pieces.


A look inside the baggage door on the Stinson SR-9C

A close up look at the latch area on the Stinson Reliant door

A close up look at the latch area on the Stinson Reliant door

Baggage door frame on SR-9C

Baggage door frame on SR-9C

Skagit Aero's Blog: Paul returns with his Curtiss-Wright Junior CW-1S

Posted in Members | December 28, 2009
This article is from Skagit Aero's Blog Skagit Aero Museum, who has kindly granted permission to re-publish on

Paul Cullman in his 1931 Curtiss-Wright Junior CW-1S

Paul Cullman in his 1931 Curtiss-Wright Junior CW-1S

Well as promised, Paul Cullman visited again, this time with his beautiful Curtiss-Wright Junior CW-1S. As much as we liked the L-5 visit (more pictures from that visit below), seeing the Junior was a real treat. This airplane was built in 1931 and was Curtiss’ answer to an affordable airplane during the depression. It was sort of the LSA of its time and was designed to cost about the same as a ‘medium class’ automobile. Unfortunately, today’s LSAs don’t quite even come in at the expensive class of cars.

The small, two seat pusher design looks rather unusual and apparently the airplane’s were teased a bit during the 1930s for looking like a bathtub. But it looks like a lot of fun to fly and is so simple. Originally the airplanes came with a tiny Szekely 45 hp three cylinder radial. Paul’s Junior is a CW-1S and has the 40 hp, nine cylinder Salmson radial on it. The engine is great and looks just like a miniature version of a bigger radial.


Nine cylinder 40 hp Salmson Radial Engine

Nine cylinder 40 hp Salmson Radial Engine

A few more pictures of Paul’s Stinson L-5 that he flew in the other week.

Ambulance Door Open on the L-5

Ambulance Door Open on the Stinson L-5

Stinson L-5 Cockpit

Stinson L-5 Cockpit

Stinson L-5 from the apartment

Stinson L-5 from the apartment