As in years past, the first weekend in August begins the push to have Antique Airfield ready for the upcoming AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in starting in just 24 days (Aug 27th - Sept. 1st). Each weekend a volunteer work weekend is held building and culminating in the "Annual Mowing Party" the Saturday before the start of the Fly-in.
With good weather forecast and a motivated crew on hand, the emphasis of this first work weekend was to wash a good portion of the APM Fleet plus clean and organize the back two hangars. That along with other projects was accomplished over the weekend with the help of Jesse Fuller, Holly Vanorny, A.J Stricker, Ron Hansen, Mike Hargrave, Dan Adams, Dan Quinn, Aaron Klugherz, Luke Pieper, Mike & Doris Gretz, Ben, Marcy & Brent Taylor.
Work continued Sunday am with Mike Gretz, Luke Pieper, Ben & Brent Taylor putting some finishing touches on the weekend's projects.
Next weekend's "to do" list is already being formulated with work to be accomplished in/on the APM "Library of Flight", the showerhouse in the south campground and the Hy-Vee Mess Hall. So if you can come help please let us know.
1. Ron Hansen & A.J. Stricker flew up from the Columbia, MO area in Ron's Pitts S2A
Ben Taylor & APM Director Luke Pieper working on a project to help "bird proof" one of the hangars.
Wash Day! A good portion of the APM Fleet is rolled out into the sun to await cleaning.
APM Director Aaron Klugherz power washing the floor in the APM Storage Hangar
The APM's Great Lakes getting cleaned up in preparation for assembly and display during the AAA/APM Fly-in
Jesse & Holly applying primer to the new AAA Headquarters sign
Mike Hargrave’s Cygnet and Dan Adams’s Tri-Pacer from the Marshalltown, IA area
Power washing the APM middle hangar
The first coat of blue has been applied to the new AAA Headquarters sign.
Ben Taylor applying the first coat of red to another part of the new AAA Headquarters sign.