If you haven't yet registered for the 2017 AAA/APM Fly-In, BTB Days, online registration is now open. You can use Paypal and your credit card to register, or if you prefer you can print and return the paper form.
Posted in News | July 26, 2017
Posted in News | September 01, 2016
The AAA/APM fly-in has begun! The field has a few damp places from rain Tuesday, but it was was drying out rapidly Wednesday afternoon. Antique Airfield drains well and it will be good condition on Thursday, with a freshly rolled and mowed runway.
Aircraft arrivals are coming in with Wacos, Howards, Cubs, Champs, Stearmans and Luscombes. Three fellows flew out together from Cable Airport in red, white and blue Porterfields.
The weather forecast looks great for the rest of the weekend, sunny with highs in the low 80's. Come out and join us!
Posted in News | August 30, 2016
The AAA/APM fly-in starts Wednesday! Pre-registration is now closed, but you can still register on the spot at the airfield once the fly-in starts.
Last minute preparations are underway at Antique Airfield. The annual mowing party took place this past weekend to prepare the field. Rain showers and thunderstorms over the past few days hit Ottumwa but missed Blakesburg, so the field is in good condition for the fly-in.
Posted in Members | August 28, 2016
Congratulations to owner and restorer Brian Meuser, and test pilot Jimmy Rollison (both AAA lifetime members) on the successful test flight of Brian's 1931 CW Travel Air 12W after an 8 year restoration. The 12W had not flown since 1949. Flight took place with no problems.
Posted in News | August 28, 2016
Though the day started out less than ideal weather wise, we still had a good bunch of volunteers turn out last Saturday to help with more Fly-in preparations.
The main museum annex and hangar, along with the 24th Fighter Sqd Mess Hall and the Ground Loop Inn were the center of cleaning efforts and much was accomplished.
Powell Hall in the main museum annex now has all the displays moved back in and arranged due to the efforts of RLT. He was helped out greatly by Dan Quinn and Mark Flounders,
Mark & Lu Quinn also spent a great deal of time cleaning the displays in the rest of the annex.
Meanwhile the main museum hangar came in for a major cleaning due to the mess left from the installation of the new roof. Some displays were rearranged, all but four aircraft were given a bath (those four will get cleaned when the hangar is cleaned out for the vendors next week) and most of the floor was power wash/cleaned. Dakota Quinn, Jeff Claypool, Rick Gritters, Steve Black, Mark Robotti and Brent Taylor handled that project.
Over in the 24th Fighter Sqd Mess Hall, Aaron Klugherz & Ben Taylor were busy stripping the floor and prepping it for a new paint job.
Les "Sparky" Gaskill was seen attending to several electrical projects while Melody Esch & Jessica Fryer cleaned and set up the Ground Loop Inn in AAA HQ. They also helped Marcy Taylor with food preparations during the day and evening. This weekend is the annual "Mowing Party" to prepare Antique Airfield for the Fly-in.
(Steve Black photos)
Posted in News | August 28, 2016
Haven't pre-registered for the 2016 AAA/APM Fly-in, Back to Blakesburg and Back to Basics? Its not too late, registration is open until Monday. You can register online or use the paper form. Note that you must be an AAA member, but you can join on the spot or join in advance with your registration.
Here are the latest registrations for which we have photos. If you register, send us a photo to post!
At long last here's an update on all of the pre-registered aircraft for the 2016 AAA/APM Fly-in, Back to Blakesburg and Back to Basics. You can register online or use the paper form. Note that you must be an AAA member, but you can join on the spot or join in advance with your registration.
Here is the first of several batches of pre-registered aircraft. If you register in advance and send us a photo we will publish it here.
Antique Airfield near Blakesburg, IA is the home of the Antique Airplane Association (AAA) and the Air Power Museum (APM).
This oasis for those who love, restore, own and fly vintage aircraft would not be possible without the dedication of a loyal cadre of volunteers who give of their time & talents.
This video is dedicated to them, with the most humble "Thanks" of the staff and directors of the AAA & APM.
You're invited to help with ongoing volunteer work weekends. This coming weekend is the annual “Mowing Party” on Aug 27th, to get Antique Airfield looking it’s best for the Fly-in.
Can't make it before the Fly-in? There are plenty of opportunities to help out during the Fly-in itself. So come join with us and become part of the crew.
Brent Taylor, Fly-in Chairman
2016 AAA/APM Fly-in, Back to Blakesburg and Back to Basics. You can register online or use the paper form.
Over the last several years we have been quite liberal in providing press/photographer passes for those attending the AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in.
All we’ve asked in return are copies of the articles published and/or copies of most all images captured, for use in our publications, on our website and for our archives, with proper credit given to the photographer, of course.
While the majority have wholeheartedly complied, a growing number have taken advantage of our generosity without honoring our simple request.
Ergo, for those wanting press/photographer credentials and access to areas on the field reserved for Fly-in officials only during the 2016 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in, a written agreement will be required, stating your acceptance of our terms (per above) and assurance of providing copies of all images (per above).
Said agreement will need to be approved by the Fly-in Chairman (Brent Taylor) before press/photographer passes will be issued.
At present the approved list of press/photographers include: