A strong storm blew through Antique Airfield today, and AAA Director Brent Taylor called with an update.
Nobody was hurt and no airplanes were damaged, however trees are down around the airfield and there is damage to the roofing on several buildings. The internet antenna got blown down and lines are down, so currently Antique Airfield HQ is not reachable on email or phone.
If you can spare time on Saturday, Brent is asking for volunteers to come to the field Saturday morning for cleanup and repair, including tree and debris removal and roof repair.
APM Directors Steve Black and Aaron Klugherz, the purveyors of Antique
Airfield's "Runway Cinema" program, are pleased to announce the
schedule of aviation movies showing at the 2015 fly-in.
Join us nightly (8:30pm) at the APM Restoration Center for classic
aviation movies shown outdoors under the stars. (Please access the
Restoration Center via the east side of the Fly Market building.)
Wednesday September 2
This Island Earth
Prepare to blast off from planet Earth in one of the most popular
classic science fiction films of all time! Atomic scientist
Dr. Meacham is chosen, along with the gorgeous Dr. Adams, by the
inhabitants of the planet Metaluna to do research that will help save
their dying planet. However an evil scheme is uncovered by the
suspecting Dr. Meacham when he discovers the Metalunan's plan to take
As he and Dr. Adams make their escape by flying away in a
Stinson 108, their aircraft is drawn up by a bright beam into a flying
saucer. Will interstellar negotiation save the day or will the
scientists be forced to take part in a treacherous battle to the
death? The film was praised by critics for its special effects,
well-written script and eye-popping color.
Cast: Jeff Morrow, Faith Domergue, Rex Reason, Lance Fuller, Russell Johnson
And Stinson 108-1 Voyager N97422
Thursday September 3
The Great Air Race
In 1934 air travel was ready for a new challenge. Self-made
millionaire Sir MacPherson Robertson decided it was time to put
£50,000 of his own money on the line – announcing an air race destined
to revitalize the aviation industry - a 12,000 mile journey from
London to Melbourne, Australia – testing pilot and plane alike, The
Great Air Race tells the remarkable true story of many of the
pioneering pilots from around the world who participated in this
Umbrella Entertainment 1990
Cast: Kirk Alexander, David Amett, Tristan Amiel, Duke Bannister,
Friday September 4
The Crowded Sky
A U.S. Navy jet piloted by Captain Dale Heath runs into trouble as
soon as it is in the air. With both his radio and navigation system
disabled, Heath has no way of knowing that he is on a collision course
with a Douglas DC-7 commercial airliner full of passengers. A tense
air traffic controller knows the sky is full of danger as the two
aircraft hurtle toward disaster. There are only moments for the
controller to find some way to communicate with the jet, and even less
time for the pilots to react to the emergency. Film rights to the
novel The Crowded Sky - written by a former US Navy flyer - were sold
before it was even published.
1960 Warner Brothers
Cast: Dana Andrews, Rhonda Fleming, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr, Anne Francis,
Keenan Wynn, Troy Donahue
Saturday September 5
Raised in the late 1920's in Marlow, Oklahoma, Pearl Carter Scott, a
spunky 12 year old Pearl soars as she befriends world renowned pilot
Wiley Post, which introduces her to a love for flying and to becoming
the youngest pilot in American aviation history. Beautifully filmed,
impeccably portrayed, "Pearl" features the aircraft of several Antique
Airplane Association members, including a Curtiss Robin, Travel Air
4000, and New Standard.
2009 The Chickasaw Nation
Tom H. Orr
Butler-Brown Insurance announced last week that the hull rates for members of the AAA have been reduced again. This is the 2nd time in 5 years that the rates have decreased. Lisa Alderson, Aviation Manager for Butler-Brown Insurance, explains, “We will base our rates on the experience of the members of the Antique Airplane Association”.
We reduced rates in 2012 and because of the good experience, we have reduced them again effective July 1, 2015. In fact, the rates are about 25% less than they were in 1988. We hope that the members of the Antique Airplane Association will take this opportunity to evaluate the value of their aircraft and be certain that they are insured to value. The program for members of the Antique Airplane Association was established in 1978 and continues to be one of the most successful programs for owners of antique & classic in the industry.
Coverage cannot be bound or changed unless and until confirmed by Butler-Brown Insurance.
Contact Lisa at Butler-Brown Insurance at 641-673-8603.
Vic Poulos from Anthony, NM sent photos of his aircraft:
I enjoy the AAA newsletter and thank you for keeping things together there! I have attached a couple pictures of my airplanes for your website or other use. One is a 1981 Great Lakes 2T-1A and the Stinson is a 1937 SR-9C. Both fly great and the weather here in southern New Mexico allows for flying year round. Keep up the good work! VIC POULOS
Michael Araldi of Greenswamp, FL sent photos on his latest airplane project which he's finishing up, a Bucker Jungmann. Michael's story is:
It's a 1950 Casa built Bucker Jungman that I bought out of Georgia. Don't know much about its history. It was converted into a hot rod with a IO 360 by Van White from Lubbock, Texas in July 1991. It's the first Airplane I've ever bought sight unseen. It came to me highly recommended and had a day old annual from a prominent shop in Atlanta. How bad could it be.....right ??
Unfortunately ideas of airworthy differ....lol. Big lesson learned!! When the plane showed up, I almost died. No worries, I'm a big boy and took my medicine. Flew it a couple of times and tore it down. Engine was toast, the attached pictures speak for the airframe. When I cut the fabric off of the wings, pieces literally fell on the ground ! I had just finished rebuilding the Waco and my Great Lakes and the last thing I wanted to do was rebuild the Bucker.
Well just about 2 years later, a brand new set of Joe Krybus wings and ailerons, a new Trig radio and Transponder and a Dynon EFIS, the Bucker and I are friends again!! At the end of the day my OCD would never have allowed me any rest until the Bucker was "new" again anyway. No harm, No foul!! All is well here at the Swamp. The Clipwing is a hoot, Seabee is loving life, the Curtiss is a Religious experience. Should have the Bucker and Clipwing at Blakesburg!
If you're planning on attending the 2015 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in, you may be concerned about the condition of the N-S runway, especially after the abuse of last years Fly-in left it in much less than ideal condition.
Well after the Fly-in was over and our weather pattern changed to a drier one, we were able to smooth a lot of the ruts and get the sod coming back before the onset of winter.
Once spring arrived we again set to work with our sod drag, a roller and our Bad Boy mower to continue the work of getting the runway back in nominal shape.
It should be noted that once the Fly-in was over last year and we were able to get to work on it , its been usable and used throughout these past ten months.
While work will continue on the runway right up until the beginning of the AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in on Sept. 2nd, we’re happy to report that the runway is in good shape and improving.
We’ve hauled in several loads of good dirt (via the chair of our Fly-in Security volunteers, Denny Whitson) for the ramp in front of AAA HQ, Hangars 1 & 2, as well as for the N-S runway. Ben Taylor & Barry Taylor have spent a lot of time leveling up the dirt using our sod drag, preparing it for and seeding all those areas. We still have a couple more loads of dirt needed on the N half of the runway and one or two loads needed on the very S end but we plan to have that project taken care of by the end of next week (weather permitting).
To give you a bit of perspective five ton of good fill dirt is $100 and 20 lbs. of grass seed is $50. Twenty tons of dirt and forty pounds or so of grass seed have gone down in the damaged areas of the ramp and runway so far with at least another 15 tons of dirt to go.
Denny Whitson spreading one of several loads of dirt on the most tore up areas of the N-S runway. this area has now been smoothed, seeded and grass is coming up.
An overhead shot of IA27 from late June, shows how green and full the grass and ground cover is. The runway is in good shape and we’re working hard to have it back in great shape by the AAA/APM Fly-in.