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Rick Atkins' Monocoupe 110 Special

Posted in Members | July 25, 2016
Rick Atkins of Ragtime Aero in Placerville, CA has been making the first post-restoration flights in his Monocoupe 110 Special. Rick had this to say:

I got the Monocoupe project from Elden Iler in southern Ca. Dan McNeil helped me load it in to a rental truck and he drove it back for me and helped with the rib stitching. He has helped me a lot with this project and many others. The engine a 185 Warner was done by my friend Al Holloway at Holloway Engineering, and it's running great.

The Monocoupe was about a 6 year project working on it in my spare time in between my shop projects here at Ragtime. I have about 2.5 hrs in it and 9 or 10 landings in it. I am not in love yet but at the holding hands part of the relationship with the Coupe.

Applegate 28th Annual Watermelon Fly-In: August 7th

Posted in Members | July 25, 2016

The Applegate Watermelon fly-in is coming up on August 7th. Grassroots flying at its best!

Click for printable flyer.

New Airplane Owner Will Hamilton, First Ride was at Blakesburg 32 years ago

Posted in Members | July 25, 2016

Rob Bach pointed out that new airplane owner Will Hamilton, of Fairfield, Iowa, just bought his first airplane. Will's a frequent attendee at Blakesburg, and his first ride was at Blakesburg 32 years ago in RJ Hardin's Waco YOC. Back to Blakesburg!

Billman "Little Pink Cloud"

Posted in Members | July 25, 2016

Rob Bach is looking for information on a rare homebuilt, the Billman "Little Pink Cloud". Rob says:

I imagine most normal folk have never heard of this airplane.

Built by Owen Billman in Upstate New York in 1955, we found its remains in the rafters of a barn recently.

What we need to get rolling on the restoration are Aeronca K wings, J2 Cub gear and tail feathers, and lots of information.

There are likely a few members that might know of this little bird (a near twin to the Bentzen Sport) or whereabouts of the parts we need.


Steve Carter's Ryan SC-W Down Under

Posted in Members | July 25, 2016

Steve Carter has been showing his Ryan SC-W this past year from his base Ballarat, Victoria, Australia (near Melbourne). After a multi-year restoration, the Ryan has been done up in CAP colors and is a hit on the Australian fly-in circuit. Look for a tour of the UK this summer, together with his Morris van!

2016 AAA/APM Fly-In Registration Now Open!

Posted in News | July 11, 2016

Online registration is now open for the 2016 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-In.

Click here to register online.

Summer Issue of Antique Airfield Runway is at the Printers!

Posted in News | July 11, 2016

The latest issue of the "Antique Airfield Runway", containing info and advance registration forms for the 2016 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in, is at the printers AAA members should see this latest issue in their mailboxes early the week of July 17th. (cover photo by Dave Miller)

New Video: Our House

Posted in News | March 27, 2016

The latest Brent Taylor Productions video is out: Our House.

Antique Airfield near Blakesburg, Iowa has seen some of the rarest flyable antique aircraft in the world grace the grass here. To the members of the Antique Airplane Association (AAA) it is considered home, especially during the Annual AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in over Labor Day weekend.

58th Annual Cactus Fly-in

Posted in Chapter News | February 19, 2016

Always considered the “season opener” for the owners, pilots and lovers of antique & classic aircraft, the Cactus Fly-in begins in two weeks.

This, the 58th Annual Cactus Fly-in, is hosted by the Classic Aviation Association of Arizona (CAAA) (one of our AAA chapters) & will be held, as it has been for decades, at Casa Grande, AZ.

Along with lots of sunshine, warm temps and a plethora of antique/classic aircraft, the keynote speaker Saturday night will be Ann Pellegreno. Ann was the first to fly a Lockheed 10 Electra around the world (1967) on the Earhart Trail, and she dropped a wreath on Howland Island in memory of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan. She is also author of several books including World Flight and Iowa Takes To the Air, Vol. 1-3.

Always a bellwether for what to expect the rest of the year at fly-ins across the country, we hope to see many of our AAA members and their airplanes from throughout the US in attendance.

See you there!

Brent Taylor
President AAA

APM Library of Flight Renamed as Mike Gretz Library of Flight

Posted in News | February 05, 2016

By now most are aware long time President of the Air Power Museum Inc. (APM) Mike Gretz has "Gone West" after a short illness.

If you have visited Antique Airfield or attended the AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in over the last two decades, you have no doubt seen and benefitted from the vision, planning and efforts of Mike, his wife Doris and many of his family members.

AAA/APM Founder Robert Taylor and APM President Mike Gretz deep in discussion in the "APM Library of Flight"

For but a few examples:

Mike was instrumental in the planning, fundraising and construction of the APM Restoration Center.

His vision and knowledge of aviation history helped in the decision and planning of the themes and featured aircraft at every AAA/APM Fly-in since 2002.

He took charge of making certain the APM side of the AAA/APM Fly-in operated, was staffed (by volunteers) and ran smoothly. Those efforts included designing the Fly-in T-shirts, taking care of the Fly-in vendors, helping plan and coordinate the nightly movies at the Runway Cinema, scheduled and coordinated various Type club and AAA Chapter meetings in APM facilities, and along with his wife Doris, stocked and operated the APM Gift Shop among many, many other efforts.

Mike along with APM Secretary Steve Black originally proposed and helped coordinate the highly successful 2015 APM Capital Campaign Fund via GoFundMe.

But perhaps most notable was his dedication to the APM "Library of Flight". Mike was instrumental and untiring in his efforts to improve the Library, helping make it known nationally as one of the premiere facilities/repositories for aviation history and research.

The "APM Library of Flight"

Therefore, the APM Board of Directors are pleased to announce the APM "Library of Flight" is to be re-named the "Mike Gretz Library of Flight".

We plan to re-dedicate the library during the 2016 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in with the intent to continue Mike's work and efforts as a legacy to his name and memory.

Brent Taylor
Treasurer APM

Steve Black
Secretary APM