I have been very fortunate in picking forced landing
spots. My favorite one was with my 8 year old grandson returning from Jack Winthrop's place. Out
of the blue, number 2 cylinder blew off breaking the
cable that was suppose to secure them in place. The
landing site was most important because we were
Southwest bound along Rt 121 right at Coit Road, a four
lane divided road running south of us. Not much traffic
so I picked the lane with the least traffic and landed,
just like any other landing. The first car that stopped
had a cell phone so I called Jack Winthrop for help. Then
he and Nancy drove down to us and took us home.
The next day with Jack's trailer we brought it home.
Several forced landings followed throughout our
years together and luckily there were no injuries.
So in July 2013 I decided that I was getting too old for
all that excitement, and donated it to the Polar Grove
Airport museum in Illinois. Steve Thomas,
the airport owner, trailered it to it's new home and I
was on hand to reassemble it. I was given a very nice
reception party and everyone is happy.
Flying out to Blakesburg in a few days? If you have a Spot tracker, send us the URL so everybody can see your route.
Also, if you've got a GoPro-style video camera strapped onto the airplane or in the cockpit please make sure to bring it. We're collecting video this year and would like to edit it into feature vids throughout the fall and winter for everybody's enjoyment. So contribute your video and be featured on AntiqueAirfield.com and Facebook!
Ryan Pemberton, Spokane, WA, has performed the first engine run and taxi tests on Mark Schaufhausan's BU-131 Jungman that Ryan's been restoring for the past 1.5 years. The first flight is coming up soon. Ryan also installed the Kribiss 180 Lyc engine conversion on the
airplane. This airplane was owned by Mira Slovak and Ernie Gann.