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APM Ryan STA Flies Again, VanDellen Fully Restored

Posted in News | August 18, 2008

While the staff directors and volunteers here at Antique Airfield are busy with preparations for the upcoming AAA/APM Invitational fly-in there is some news to report concerning a couple of aircraft in the collection of the APM.

First thanks to the efforts of Ron Hodges, Cambridge, IA one of the APM's more unusual aircraft has been restored and is ready to be put back on display. That would be the VanDellen LH-2 circular wing aircraft. The aircraft was designed and constructed by Lubert VanDellen of Pella, Iowa in 1959. It was taxi tested by RLT but never successfully flown. The VanDellen has been stored for several years awaiting cleanup and the wing needing a recover all of which has now been accomplished by Ron and some friends. The wing was once again returned to the APM and will be mated onto the fuselage fro display during the AAA/APM Fly-in.

The other aircraft news to report is that due to the efforts of Ben Taylor, the APM's Ryan STA is once again licensed and flyable after ten plus years of inactivity. While a couple of gremlins showed up on the initial flights these have been pretty much been taken care of and APM Treasurer Brent Taylor flew the STA to the annual fly-in at Applegate Airport in Queen City, MO on Aug 10th. This air to air photo and video were taken by Teri Lancaster, out of the Lancaster Fairchild 24, on the flight home from the fly-in.

Click for video of the STA in flight.

Nebraska Chapter Newsletter and Florida Antique Biplane Newsletter with Classifieds

Posted in Chapter News | August 18, 2008
Nebraska Chapter July 2008 Newsletter. Note the 27th Annual Chapter Fly-in August 22nd thru the 24th at Pioneer Airpark, Minden, NE.
Florida Antique Biplane Association August Newsletter.

Updated Classifieds List as of July 2008.

See all the Chapters and Chapter Newsletters.

Texas Chapter August Newsletter

Posted in Chapter News | July 31, 2008
Here's the Texas Chapter August 2008 newsletter.

See all the Chapter Newsletters.

Pietenpol Flies the Mail

Posted in News | July 30, 2008

Gary Hanson sent in these photos of Fritz Davis flying the mail in his Pietenpol during National Air Mail Week in 1938. Fritz flew from Barron, WI to Rice Lake, WI.

Summer 2008 Issue of Antique Airfield Runway Mailed

Posted in News | July 27, 2008
The summer 2008 issue of Antique Airfield Runway will be mailed 7/28/2008. This issue contains registration information for this year's Fly-In, Air Mail Days, or the registration information is available here online.

Click the cover for a fullsize image

Concrete Old Fashioned Fly-In

Posted in News | July 27, 2008

This weekend the folks at Concrete, WA held an Old-Fashioned Fly-In, and this year the turnout was great. The Concrete fly-in had a better variety and greater number of antique and classics than the Arlington EAA event! There's a budding antique community at Concrete, there's the Skagit Aero Education Museum and small things like having great grass are starting to pay off. West coast antiquers might consider attending next year. More photos are available here.

Online Fly-In Registration Now Open

Posted in News | July 26, 2008

We're pleased to announce that AAA Members can register for the AAA National Invitational Fly-In at Blakesburg using this website. Online payment is accepted with credit cards or PayPal. You can of course still mail in registration forms if you prefer to do so. If you're not yet a member you're invited to join, but we still have to do membership applications using paper so you'll need to call or fax us. Online membership is coming soon.

On the left navigation you'll find links to the Air Mail Days program, the Pilot Information sheet, accommodations information, a map of Antique Airfield, and the First Timer's Guide to attending the Blakesburg fly-in. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with this information especially the pilot information.

This is the first time we've tried online registration, so if it doesn't work for some reason please email Thanks!

Online Registration Form.

Pitcairn Autogiro Flight Video

Posted in Members | July 26, 2008

Nick Hurm sent us this video of the first day of flying of their 1932 Pitcairn autogiro. The plane was restored by Leading Edge Aircraft of Spring Valley, Ohio, headed by Jack Tiffany. The ship was a basketcase when we acquired it in 1999.

Movies and the Fly-In

Posted in News | July 26, 2008

Man has always desired entertainment. It used to be that he’d entertain himself during the day with only sleep to fill his lonely nights. Then man invented fire. Now he could draw pictures of his friends and accomplishments on dark cave walls. Next he invented the light bulb. Soon after came nitrocellulose film and the projector (right around the same time as the Air Mail Service I wager). Now man had moving pictures for entertainment! Finally man made it to the nuclear age after learning to split the atom and harness its power.

Photo by Don Parsons

We at Antique Airfield have packed the power of cold fusion into a bright, high quality, HD projector of aviation movies for your evening enjoyment. Of course the screen has to be rather large, nine feet by twelve feet actually (or if you prefer fifteen feet diagonally), so as not to melt. The happy side effect will be the ability to see these grand mail carrying aviation movies from the wind tee if one wishes.

Of course, just in case you were to chose to enjoy this entertainment spectacle whilst spinning about on the wind tee (as in the days of your youth), we must also provide for an equally technologically mind blowing sound system! All the better to hear it with if you please. Well placed extraordinarily high quality, rich sounding speakers will flank the screen (not so close as to melt however) hooked into a 5000 watt pro audio system. And who knows, we may even shoot for surround sound this year!

So come join us, while your aircraft rests, tied down in the grass at Antique Airfield. Don’t worry; it will still be there in the morning when we will carry the mail ourselves, recreating the pageantry and wonder of the previous night’s entertainment.

Aaron Klugherz
Movies Planned for the Fly-In

Randy Miller's Stearman Restoration Flies

Posted in Members | July 26, 2008

3 years and countless man hours later... turned out pretty good and she flies even better!

Randy Miller
Randy's Website.