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Florida and Nebraska Chapter Newsletters - A Trip to Everglades Vegetable Farming

Posted in Chapter News | February 05, 2014

Here are the January chapter newsletters for the Florida Cub Flyers, Florida Antique Biplane Association, and the Nebraska Chapters. Some great articles this month - an Everglades vegetable growing operation fly-out "eco tour" visit, and the upcoming Nebraska Chapter event at the Strategic Air Museum.

Work Day at the APM

Posted in News | January 20, 2014

Though the weather forecast wasn't the best with predicted unpleasant changes throughout the day, our planned APM work day went off with ten or so volunteers showing up and the days projects being accomplished handily. Included in the hardy group were AAA National Director Gary Van Farowe, APM directors Mike Gretz, Steve Black, Steve Adkisson, Mark Lancaster along with Jeff Claypool, Luke Pieper, Ken Marth, Les Gaskill, Ben Taylor & Brent Taylor.

Steve & Ben come up with a plan of attack to facilitate moving a lot of aircraft & parts

Ken & Luke building some much needed wing stands

The focus for the day was to get the storage hangar cleaned up and rearranged in order to unearth the APM's Great Lakes so it can be cleaned up and assembled for display at the 2014 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-In (Aug 27th – Sep 1st) Stars of the Sky & Screen.

Jeff & Gary moving the Arrow Sport F wings

Marcy Taylor prepared a tasty chili lunch for all

This particular Great Lakes, N11339, is a very historic airplane. The lone American entrant at the 1st modern World Aerobatic Contest (1960) in Czechoslovakia, flown by Frank Price, it has been used in countless airshows and owned by the likes of aerobatic greats Frank Price, Rod Jocelyn & and the donor of N11339, Mel Barron, who was a test pilot for both Piper & Pitts.

Mark, Les & Ken sorting through, organizing and moving Ryan PT-22 parts

The Great Lakes is unearthed and moved to the front of the storage hangar

The Great Lakes will be cleaned up, assembled and ready for display in the spring.

The wings for the Great Lakes in the APM Restoration Center and ready for some clean up

The Great Lakes when owned/flown by Mel Barron

"Stars of the Sky & Screen" Talent Search

Posted in News | January 16, 2014

In conjunction with our 2014 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in theme Stars of the Sky & Screen, we’ve started a project to track down those antique, classic, warbird and neo-classic aircraft that have appeared in movies or TV productions.

Following is the list we have drawn up using a couple of different data bases on the internet and our own research/knowledge.

This Waco UBF visited Antique Airfield one hot summer day in the 80’s, after appearing in one of the most famous films of all times. Want to name that movie?

We know of several aircraft that are not currently on this list, such as the Frasca Air Museum's Curtiss P-40 (used in the movie "1941") and their Zero/T-6 (used in the movie "Tora, Tora, Tora"), and plan to update this listing as information becomes available and is verified. It's our hope that our members will help expand this list by providing information about the various aircraft, their N-number, movie title, current location and maybe even a picture or two. In turn this listing will be used to invite those aircraft and their owners to participate in this year's AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in, Aug 27th – Sep 1st

As our database grows, we plan to keep our members updated as to not only those aircraft that were indeed "Stars of the Sky & Screen" but also as to which have been to Antique Airfield in the past and those that plan to join with us for this year's 2104 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in, "Stars of the Sky & Screen"!

Brent Taylor
Fly-in Chairman

Stars Listing Page 1

Stars Listing Page 2

New Dates for Cactus Fly-In at Casa Grande: Feb 28 and March 1, 2014

Posted in Chapter News | January 16, 2014

If any of our AAA members are planning on attending this year's 56th Annual Cactus Fly-in at Casa Grande, AZ, please be advised that the dates for the Fly-in have changed!

The new dates for the Cactus Fly-in are Feb 28th & March 1st, 2014. Click here for the website.

Mike Latta's Interstate Cadet

Posted in Members | January 16, 2014

Mike Latta, from Evergreen Skyranch airpark near Seattle, WA, has restored and flown an Interstate Cadet. Here's Mike's story:

I retired from American Airlines, went to work for Kenmore Air Express for another 4 years after that. I purchased the Interstate from my neighbor, who had it hanging in his rafters since 1985, and he purchased it from another fellow in 1967. The logs show it was last licensed in 1965. The main reason I quit Kenmore was to work full time on the Interstate. I had purchased it 9 months previous to my quitting, and realized I was never going to get started on it unless I went at it like a fulltime job. So December of 2010 was the day the restoration began.

I had no idea what I was getting into... I had not disassembled the airplane, so some of the parts weren’t there. Furthermore, I had never covered an airplane, so there was a lot to learn. I was told field approvals were impossible to obtain, but I managed 3. All of this was done with lots of help from some good friends. It is covered in the Stitts process. I installed a Continental O-200. I added 2 Taylorcraft fuel tanks. 1 in each wing. Also replaced the brakes with Clevelands... couldn’t find parts for the original Shinn brakes. It was taken apart in 1965 with low time, only 1350 TT. I first flew it on November 13, 2013.

I really thank my IA, Tom Torchia, and Tim Talen of Ragwood Refactory for all their help and advice. Without it, It would still be the pile of tubing in my hangar!

Ron Alexander and Brian Karli's Jenny Flight Video

Posted in Members | January 16, 2014

Ron Alexander sent photos and a video of his 1917 JN-4 Jenny. Ron says:

The Jenny is owned by myself and Brian Karli. The restoration took over 7 years. It is Hisso powered. We flew it for the first time November 29th out of Peach State Aerodrome home of Candler Field Museum. It is based in the Candler Field Museum. The video was shot by AAA member Jim Ratliff and the pictures taken by Barbara Kitchens.

Stearman Shots from Bill Allen

Posted in Members | January 16, 2014

Bill Allen sent us Stearman shots just for the heck of it. Enjoy!

Steve McQueen Stearman going strong over Polo Field in Indio CA - polo field fly-in

The C3R returning from Casa Grande

Bob Simon and Bill Allen going to some fly-in someplace

Texas and Nebraska Chapter December/January Newsletters

Posted in Chapter News | January 16, 2014

Here's the Texas Chapter January Newsletter and the Nebraska Chapter December 2013 Newsletter.

Time - 2013 Fly-In Video by Brent Taylor

Posted in Members | December 28, 2013

APM Executive Director Brent Taylor has put together a new video on the 2013 fly-in - Time. Enjoy!

J-2 On Skis - Last Flight of the Year at Antique Airfield

Posted in Members | December 28, 2013

If you've spent any time around Antique Airfield you’ve either seen or more likely met Les “Sparky” Gaskill. Les, one of our stalwart volunteers, is well known for his love of Piper Cubs, owning both a J-2 and a J-3. He also enjoys sharing his airplanes, having taken multitudes of young and old alike for rides, and Les is also quite generous in letting other qualified pilots fly his beloved Cubs.

The J-2 on skis upon arrival at Antique Airfield

So it was no surprise when his forty horse J-2 came puttering over the horizon today. What was surprising was that it was on skis! Upon alighting at IA27 Les can now say that he is the first to do so in a ski equipped Piper J-2. After shutdown he announced that the engine should be kept warm and instructed me to take it around the patch, thereby allowing me another entry in my logbook that otherwise I would not have been able to make.

Les "Sparky" Gaskill

It was very enjoyable flying the ski equipped J-2 and as seems to be the usual case here at Antique Airfield, my landing will likely mark the final arrival at Antique Airfield for 2013 while Les’s takeoff for OTM will mark the final departure for 2013.

Brent Taylor

The view from the J-2 cruising around the countryside near Antique Airfield

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