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First Flight of Boeing Model 40C

Posted in News, Members | February 21, 2008

Addison Pemberton and the crew at Felts Field in Spokane, Washington flew the Boeing Model 40C restoration for the first time on Sunday February 17th. His son Ryan took the air-to-air photos. Addison had this to say about the flight:

Will host a test flight in a few weeks on a weekend for all who are interested in seeing the airplane fly. Because of unknowns and safety we kept ride one quiet and as professional as possible. We were very focused as you can imagine. Thank all of you for your understanding. As you will see below we have some very pleasant surprises.

The airplane is very pleasant to fly and the only squawk on the 20 min test flight yesterday was having to hold 3-5 lbs of right rudder in cruise which can be fixed easily with designed-in fin adjustment.

The test flight this week end went perfect with my sons Jay and Ryan flying chase in our C-185 (Spot) loaded with video and camera. As you can see from the pictures I was able to fly the airplane hands free with in a few minutes of flight. The trim provides 3 degrees up and 3 degrees of down stabilizer as shown in the pictures with the blue tape on the side of the fuse for the chase plane. In all flight configurations I never used more than 1 1/2 degree of trim change including slow flight at 55MPH. Cruise was dead center with the 29% MAC CG. After the flight yesterday I believe the airplane has a much wider CG envelope than first thought. The airplane is very controllable and pleasant with excellent ground handling, good elevator, and very good rudder control and heavy but effective ailerons with a disproportionate amount of rudder needed for more than 50% travel. The visibility is very poor but not difficult. The overwhelming surprise is stability! "Like a rock"

A lowered wing 10 degrees will right it self in 10 seconds with out pilot input. A depressed rudder will center almost instantly when released.

Speeds were much higher that we imagined. I had to really work to keep the airplane less than 110 MPH which was our safety limit for ride 1. I had to really pull the power back. I am sure we have a 125 MPH flying machine here. Even with zero incidence the airplane flies tail high even at low power settings in cruise.

I had the feeling that I could have crawled out of the cockpit and walked around the wings for a while if I had wanted to then return to the cockpit when it was time to land!

Landing is very pleasant final at 80, 70 over the fence and hold 3 degrees nose high and the big 36" dia wheels and soft 11" travel oleo gear make a transport touch down in the 50's almost imperceptible.

Visit http://www.hangarbuddy.com/addisonpemberton.aspx to see video of the first flight.

  • 1928 Boeing 40C
  • Cruise 120 MPH
  • Gross weight 6075 lbs
  • 4 passengers in cabin comfort with open cockpit pilot
  • This is the oldest operational / flying Boeing aircraft in the world
  • This is the only airworthy Boeing 40 in the world
  • Aircraft was restored by Pemberton and Sons Aviation family with volunteers over an 8 year period.
  • Airplane was salvaged from a mountain top after sitting for 70 years.

Addison Pemberton, Pemberton and Sons Aviation
We Fly the Old Stuff
Spokane, Washington

Dale Jewett's Stinson HW-75

Posted in Members | February 21, 2008

Dale Jewett, AAA Member from Hutchinson, Kansas, sent in these photos of his Stinson HW-75. Thanks!

More APM Trustee Bios

Posted in News | February 21, 2008

Harve Applegate has put up his bio on the APM Trustees page.

Florida Antique Biplane Association February Newsletter

Posted in Chapter News | February 17, 2008

Here's the Florida Antique Biplane Association's February Flying Wire Newsletter.

Dan Cullman's Bellanca CH Project

Posted in Members | February 16, 2008

Here are some photos of Dan Cullman's Bellanca CH project:

San Diego Chapter Jan/Feb 2008 Newsletter

Posted in Chapter News | February 16, 2008

Here's the January/February 2008 San Diego Chapter Newsletter. Bob Von Willer and Tom Weeks have planned several activities for February and March so be sure to check Page 2 for this information. In particular, try to take advantage of the swap meet scheduled for February 16th. This issue has lots of photos of two chapter social events. Good reading!

Regards,
Bob Blanchard
Newsletter Publisher

Larry Tobin's Stearman C3B

Posted in Members | February 11, 2008

Larry Tobin's Stearman C3B project is coming along in Spokane. It is expected to fly in April or May, and will be the oldest Stearman flying. Larry is planning to be a wingman for Addison Pemberton's Boeing Model 40 at Air Mail Days, the 2008 Blakesburg Fly-In.

APM Trustee and AAA Director Bios

Posted in News | February 11, 2008

To help put a human face on the organization and website we've brought you bios and photos of the APM Trustees and the AAA National Directors.

Paul Berge has a lot to answer for in regards to shaking Nixon's hand.

Gate Guards and Airplanes on Restaurants

Posted in Members | February 11, 2008

Brent Taylor is looking for pictures of airplanes on top of restaurants, gate guards, and the like for a research project. If you have photos or knowledge of such a plane, please drop Brent a line.

Burger Night at Sky Harbor Airpark 1MN8

Posted in Members | February 04, 2008

Chuck Doyle sent us this story: Burger Night started a few years ago when Jody and I joined another couple from the Airpark for dinner at a local hole in the wall tavern for dinner one Tuesday night, we found the Tuesday night special was "buy one burger basket get another one free".

Soon word spread around the Airpark and we had many neighbors and friends joining us for such a bargain dinner but to our disappointment the "hole in the wall" just could not handle our large and growing group. So as we waited for our tab I came up with the ideal, Hey why don't we try this at our hangar next Tuesday? And Burger Night was born!

Read the full article on Burger Night.

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