1946 Aeronca 7AC N85607
2013 Corben Cabin Ace SJ N486N
Ponca City, OK
1938 Fairchild 24 NC19177
Posted in News | July 31, 2014
Posted in News | July 28, 2014
Much has been written about Lockheed Vega NC12288 and it's relationship to Antique Airfield, the Taylor family and the APM (See prior stories here, here, and here) so when current owner John Magoffin let us know he'd be stopping by to visit on his way to AirVenture it was reason for excitement.
At about 11:30 this past Saturday (July 26th) the Vega appeared out of the southwest. After a flyby and with the wind out of the east at 10 mph or so, John lined up for his first ever landing on Antique Airfield on the short 1600 east/west runway. John did a masterful job showing how good a short field airplane the Vega is.
John and his crew chief Buzz Hale spent the next few hours reminiscing with former owner Robert Taylor and answering questions from the crowd that was on hand to see the Vega. Then about three in the afternoon they loaded up and launched from Antique Airfield headed northeast towards Oshkosh.
We look forward to the possibility of seeing the Vega return for the AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in as it certainly fits this year's theme of "Stars of the Sky & Screen" having been in two movies about Amelia Earhart when owned by AAA Founder President Robert Taylor. One was the made for TV movie "Amelia" starring Susan Clark, the other a French educational TV production.
John lined up and on short final for the 1600 ft east/west runway at Antique Airfield
John said it was his first landing at Antique Airfield, his first landing on grass and the first time he'd three pointed the Vega. He made it look like he’d been doing it for years!
Robert Taylor and Vega owner/pilot John Magoffin, two members of the very exclusive VPA (Vega Pilot's Association)
NC12288 in front of Hangar 1 where it spent from 1971-1983. Fom the left, Ben Taylor, Bent Taylor, Robert Taylor & John Magoffin
We can't help but imagine that APM Founder and former owner of the Vega, J.G. "Jack" Lowe, as well as Lyle & Tom Hoselton (who along with RLT restored the airplane in the 1960's), were looking down on this scene today and smiling!
Wing down into the wind for the crosswind, John & Buzz depart Antique Airfield.
Posted in News | July 28, 2014
Posted in Members | July 25, 2014
Kelly Mahon sent this photo of his Lycoming powered Chipmunk parked overnight at the Colfax, WA airport. Photo by Anita Erdman of Calgary.
Posted in News | July 25, 2014
Posted in Members | July 25, 2014
William Quirk, in Anchorage, AK sent this story about Arctic Terns, an evolution of Interstate Cadets which are a Featured Aircraft for the 2014 AAA/APM Stars of the Sky and Screen Fly-In.
My interest in the subject comes from the Arctic Tern I purchased on August 8, 1997. I have logged 2,580 hours in the Tern as Pilot in Command in Alaska during the past 17 years. The Arctic Tern is on Alaskan Bushwheels in summer and Landes Skis in the winter. The Tern has excellent backcountry capability and has allowed me to explore and safely land in hundreds of remote locations. Many of these landings are first-time events where no aircraft has landed before. The Tern is a sturdily built aircraft and a marvelous flying machine. It is very stable in the air even at near stall speed. It is easy to fly and it handles extremely well even in gusty wind conditions. The huge slotted flaps, which help to generate a slow stall speed (near 32 miles per hour), and the excellent visibility over the cowling allow great landing capability on short landing surfaces on river gravel bars, beaches and mudflats (when dry), grass-covered sod, tundra and snow-covered surfaces on skis in winter on natural terrain, frozen lakes, glaciers and ice fields. The extra space in the cockpit makes the Tern very comfortable and a pleasure to fly. The large 6-foot cargo tray is a great asset, not only for the large space but also for the large door, which allows the easiest loading and unloading of large items of any of the tandem taildraggers.
Arctic Tern (N48027) ski landing in Ruth Amphitheater near Mt. McKinley on April 2nd, 2013. Elevation 5,800 ft., temperature 10 degrees F
My Arctic Tern was originally manufactured as an Interstate Cadet by the Interstate Aircraft and Engineering Corporation based in El Segundo, California in 1942. The manufacturer’s aircraft designation is S-1B1. The Aircraft Serial Number is 11. The Aircraft Registration is N48027. This aircraft was flown 508 hours in 40 years as an Interstate S-1B1. In 1982, the airplane was disassembled and rebuilt to Arctic Tern specifications by Glen Brukheimer.
Bill Diehl purchased Interstate’s tooling and brought it to Anchorage, Alaska in the late 1060s. He transformed the Interstate Aircraft into a bush plane by upgrading the structural elements of the fuselage, landing gear, and wings. He extended and squared off the wings, added a large cargo tray, and a new clam shell engine cowling. The engine was a 160 H O-320 Lycoming. The redesigned aircraft was Type Certificated by FAA and designated the Interstate S-1B2. It has come to be known as the Arctic Tern. Thirty one (31) Arctic Terns were built in the concrete block building near Anchorage International Airport between 1975 and 1985. Ten (10) additional Arctic Terns were built by disassembling and converting Interstate S-1B1s to Arctic Terns. Bill also designed and built four-place Arctic Terns called Privateers. He has built 5 Privateers.
Glen Burkheimer owned his newly-built Arctic Tern from 1982 to 1997. He logged 460 hours in 15 years (31 Hours/Year). I purchased the airplane in August 1997 and have flown it 2,580 hours (152 Hours/Year) in the past 17 years. This airplane was an Interstate Cadet for 40 years and has been an Arctic Tern for the past 32 years. The airplane has performed well for 72 years (3,548 hours) and it still has lots of flight time remaining. I call it my Trusty Arctic Tern.
I am very excited and optimistic that the newly designed Arctic Tern by Arctic Aircraft Company will become a reality and that it will soon be built and available to pilots flying the remote backcountry. Manufacturing the new Tern will hopefully make it possible for all of us with the original Tern to have a ready supply of parts when we need an upgrade or replacement due to damage to our aircraft. Keeping the Tern alive is great news to all of us who fly them. Half of the Arctic Terns that we originally built 30 to 40 years ago in Alaska are still flying today. Fourteen (14) pilots are flying Arctic Terns in Alaska. Six (6) pilots are flying Arctic Terns in the Continental US. A few other Terns are flown by Pilots in foreign countries.
Alaska will play a crucial role in selling the first newly built Arctic Terns. This is because the first Arctic Terns were being built and flown in Alaska and because the Tern’s outstanding flying characteristics in the bush. This is an aircraft that serves Alaska well. Pilots flying the Arctic Tern after a short period of time will be shocked at the great flying characteristics of the airplane and its suitability to access remote lands in Alaska. With highly respectable pilots in Alaska endorsing the Tern, sales will then spread elsewhere, especially in Canada, continental US and foreign countries.
When talking with Bill Diehl (designer and builder of the Arctic Tern) at Anchorage’s Aviation Trade Show a few years ago, I mentioned my Arctic Tern ski landing on the Kahiltna Glacier at 7,200 feet ASL at the mount McKinley Mountain Climbing Base Camp on March 28, 2008. Bill countered with his over-the-top flight of Mount McKinley in his Arctic Tern (Lycoming O-320, 150 horsepower) on Easter Sunday. Bill had an oxygen supply and had a difficult time gaining sufficient altitude near the summit to fly over the top of Mount McKinley which is 20,320 feet ASL. The air at 20,000 feet was thin and the engine had a greatly reduced amount of horsepower. Theoretically, engine horsepower would be diminished about 60 percent at this altitude. However, the cold air, which was well below zero Fahrenheit, greatly reduced density altitude. Bill said he was circling the peak with flaps employed trying to climb high enough to fly over the peak. He finally climbed high enough to fly over McKinley’s summit. When he looked down at the summit when he passed over it, the height above the top of the mountain was only 50 feet. WOW! What a great accomplishment.
All the best to Arctic Aircraft Company. You can count on many loyal supporters in Alaska. We are all pulling for you.
William A Quirk III
Posted in News | July 25, 2014
Here's the Michigan Chapter July 2014 Chapter Newsletter.
Posted in News | July 23, 2014
The 2014 AAA/APM National Fly-in is just around the corner (Aug 27th - Sep 1st) and it is time to get Antique Airfield ready for another great year. We have put in an order for cool, dry weather at this years event, so hopefully it will not get mixed up with the state fair like weather we had in 2013.
The latest Antique Airfield Runway containing the fly-in information package was mailed early in July and pre-registrations are coming in strong. As was announced in the 'Runway, at this years fly-in we will be celebrating "Stars of the Sky & Screen" and featuring Interstate & Great Lakes aircraft. Currently we have five theme aircraft, six Interstates & a Great Lakes pre-registered among the more than sixty pre-registered aircraft.
As participation of featured aircraft and activities are confirmed, details will be available here on the web site, and on our Facebook page.
As usual, we are planning a series of work weekends to prepare Antique Airfield for the event and this letter is a request for your assistance. We have the usual projects to do to get Antique Airfield ready, some improvement projects and some work in relation to the new APM Restoration Center to accomplish. Those include finishing the new roof on the "Flymarket", installing the ceiling steel in the APM Restoration Center, work on the "Library of Flight", painting and re-installation of the new AAA Headquarters sign, installation of a new wind "T", as well as the usual cleaning, painting, mowing, electrical, plumbing and other preparations.
The dates for the work weekends will be Aug. 2nd & 3rd, Aug. 9th & 10th, Aug. 16th & 17th and Aug. 23rd & 24th. The work weekend on Aug. 23rd & 24th will be the annual mowing party so plan on bringing your tractors, riders, mowers, weed eaters and other implements of destruction to help have Antique Airfield looking its best for the Fly-In.
Also, for those volunteering on the weekend of August 9th & 10th, on Sunday afternoon August 10th we plan to head south to Applegate Airport in Queen City, MO for APM Director Harve & Carolyn Applegate's annual Watermelon Fly-in.
So if you can, please plan on coming to Antique Airfield and bring a friend along as it is always good to have some "new blood" to share the fun as well as the work with. If you can't make the work weekends, we hope you'll give consideration to volunteering your time during the AAA/APM Fly-in.
To help plan the food and refreshments please RSVP at (641) 938-2773 or AntiqueAirfield@sirisonline.com on which weekends you can come and help.
As usual we will hit it hard during the day but after supper we will spend some time flying and also playing with models, kites etc. (bring em' if you have em').
Looking forward to seeing all of you. Pass the word and bring a friend too!
Posted in Chapter News | July 23, 2014
Pre-registration is now open for the Husker/Hawkeye Air Tour at the Nebraska Chapter Website. Folks who pre-register will receive a free T-shirt for the tour!
Drive alongs are also welcome on the Air Tour. The Air Tour schedule is:
Sunday August 24: Hangar picnic at Todd Harders Hangar, Cairo, NE
Monday August 25: Tour Classic Car museum and visit Cabelas followed by lunch in Kearney NE
Monday afternoon: depart Minden for Norfolk NE for evening meal at Barnstormers restaurant (they are planning a special bbq cookout for us) and over night at local motel
Tuesday August 26: Depart Norfolk for Blair NE for some glider rides and dual instruction weather permitting.
Tuesday afternoon depart Blair for Red Oak IA for tours by Nick Hildreth followed by a airport picnic and over night in local motel.
Wednesday August 27: Depart Red Oak for Blakesburg IA for the AAA/Apm 2014 flyin
Posted in News | July 23, 2014
Just a reminder, if you are planning to attend and want to have a hotel or rental car during the event, we recommend making reservations now!