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Bellanca 14-19-3 Donation to the APM

Posted in News | May 29, 2014

The Directors of the APM are excited to announce the addition of a 1960 Bellanca 14-19-3, N8856R to its collection. This generous donation is the result of conversations between AAA lifetime member Jimmy Rollison and fellow Fed Ex pilot John Morrison, the owner/restorer of this award winning Bellanca. John contacted us with his intentions to donate the airplane several months ago but it took until now to get all the details ironed out.

Photo by EAA/Jim Koepnick

Though having been stored for a few years, the airplane is in excellent shape (it was the Contemporary class Reserve Grand Champion at AirVenture in 2000) needing only the completion of an annual inspection to get the aircraft airworthy. Along with some hoses needing changed, a new battery and regular annual items, the biggest expense will be sending the prop out for inspection per an AD.

Photo by EAA/Jim Koepnick

We are currently formulating and coordinating a plan to get the prop taken care of and the aircraft in annual, so if any of our members, donors and fans would like to help and/or donate in an effort to get the Bellanca home, please contact us here at the AAA/APM.

Photo by EAA/Jim Koepnick

We'd like to "Thank" Jimmy Rollison for his suggesting John contact us, Waldo Anderson for his appraisal of the Bellanca and Nathan Rounds for his inspection/evaluation of what it will take to get the Bellanca in the air and delivered to Antique Airfield.

To John Morrison goes our most humble and gracious "Thanks" for his generous donation of the Bellanca to the APM. Look for the Bellanca on display at the 2014 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in.

Brent Taylor
Treasurer APM

Photo by Nathan Rounds

Geoff Pritchard's Fleet Model 2

Posted in Members | May 29, 2014

Geoff Pritchard, in Calgary, Alberta has a Fleet Model 2 that he recently imported to Canada. Geoff sent us an updating including these video stills, and promises more air to air photos in the future. Geoff says:

Here is a quick snap of my first flight in 2014, last weekend. Brad Ball’s Kinner R-56 performed really well, and with the return of some reasonable temperatures, I’m looking forward to getting a lot of stick time this year!

Round Engine Bellanca Registered for the Fly-In

Posted in News | May 29, 2014

Some rare airplanes including a round-engine low wing Bellanca 14-9 are registered for the 2014 Fly-in, Stars of the Sky and Screen.

You can register online or you can print the paper registration form if you desire.

1951 Cessna 195A
Ron Huckins
Derby, KS
(G.R. Dennis Price photo)
1941 Piper J-3
Ed Lachendro
Beaver Dam, WI
(Bob Punch photo)
1938 Bellanca 14-9
Bill Fields
Hazard, KY
(Gilles Auliard photo)

Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, New Zealand

Posted in News | May 29, 2014

Graham Orphan is an organizer of the Classic Fighters airshow and museum facility at Omaka, near Blenheim, New Zealand. Many US antiquers have heard of the warbird and classic community in New Zealand and Omaka is one of the centers of activity. Graham sent a few photos. The Omaka website is worth a read as is keeping up with the news feed of antique and warbirds in New Zealand.

Interstates and Movie Stars for 2014 Fly-In

Posted in News | May 28, 2014

We're building a list of movie and TV star airplanes for the 2014 Fly-in, Stars of the Sky and Screen - first registrations below. Also this year's fly-in features Interstate Aircraft.

You can register online or you can print the paper registration form if you desire.

Never been to Blakesburg? Check out the First Timer's Guide, and here's a short video on flying the pattern at Antique Airfield:

1938 Ryan SCW
Russell Williams
Bellevue, WA
Seen in the movie "Midway"
(Brent Taylor photo)
1941 Interstate S-1A "Rudolph"
Robert L. Taylor
Ottumwa, IA
(Brent Taylor photo)
1932 Waco UEC
John Swander
DeSoto, KS
(Don Parsons photo)
1941 Stearman PT-17
Dan Kirkpatrick
Lawson, MO
(G.R. Dennis Price photo)
1946 Ercoupe
A.J. Stricker
Holts Summit, MO
(G.R. Dennis Price photo)

Fly-In Pre-Registrations Coming In!

Posted in News | May 26, 2014

Pictured below are the first movers for registering for the 2014 Fly-in, Stars of the Sky and Screen. You can register online or you can print the paper registration form if you desire.

1946 Aeronca 11AC "Chief"
Richard Crawford
Knoxville, IA
(G.R. Dennis Price photo)
1943 Howard DGA-15P
David Bole
Enumclaw, WA
(Jonathan Apfelbaum photo)
1946 Aeronca 7BC "Champ"
Carl Morgan
Wheeling, MO
(Carl Morgan photo)
2004 Vans RV8
Jon Ross
Northport, NY
(G.R. Dennis Price photo)
1937 Stinson SR-9B
John Nance
San Diego, CA
(Bob Punch photo)
1948 Luscombe 8F
Sharon Tinkler
Tullahoma, TN
(Brent Taylor photo)
1948 Cessna 195
Jere Calef
Mojave, CA
(G.R. Dennis Price photo)
1948 Luscombe T8F
Steve Curcio
Racine, WI
(Mark Pasqualino photo)
1941 Waco UPF-7
Gerry Flaugher
Poplar Grove, IL
1956 Cessna 180
Jim Densmore
Colorado Springs, CO

Robert and Christine Sherman's Stinson 108

Posted in Members | May 26, 2014

Robert and Christine Sherman sent us a picture and short story on their Stinson 108:

We live in Alameda, CA and fly our 1946 Stinson from Frazier Lake Airpark (Hollister, CA). We are members of AAA.

We purchased the Stinson 1946 Voyager when it was a basket case! Mr. Taylor was very helpful in guiding our restoration attempts. We always appreciated his counsel and recommendations.

Brent Mone's Garland Lincoln Nieuport 28

Posted in Members | May 26, 2014

Brent Mone, in Santa Rosa, CA, sent an update on the Garland Lincoln Nieuport 28 restoration project:

I thought I would send you a picture of how the Nieuport looks today. The picture taken is just after we had just hung the top wing in October 2013. We used the electric rollup door as a lift. We also hung the engine with the door. It hasn’t worked the same since. My friend who is also in the fire department painted the Hat-in–the-ring on the side, looks real good. He does all the nose art for the museum here (Pacific Coast Air Museum). My dad is very happy to see this progress. I will send you more picture as the plane progresses.

I will be showing it at the upcoming airshow in September. We will put the tail section and lower wings on. 90 percent done 90 percent to go…

Spring 2014 Chapter Newsletter Roundup

Posted in Chapter News | May 26, 2014

Here are chapter newsletters from the Spring of 2014:

Beech GB-2 Traveller Restoration

Posted in Members | May 26, 2014

FT478 is a GB-2 TRAVELLER manufactured by Beech Aircraft and shipped to the English Naval Air Force on April 4, 1944. This aircraft, serial number 6704, was posted to 781 Squadron, Lee-on-Solent from 1944 to 1 January 1945. Then, it was posted to 701 Squadron Heston until September 1945.

After WW II, FT478 was returned to the US and released from service in 1947. It was move between Long Beach, to Alaska, and back to Europe after a 1983 restoration. Granger Haugh acquired the aircraft in 1994, with 725 total hours and 300 engine hours in 1994. NC582 was operated from Fallbrook Air Park, L-18, and French Valley Airport F-70 until 2010 when Haugh gifted the aircraft to the Historic Aircraft Group, now known as the National Warplane Museum.

Because of its service in WW II, NC582 was scheduled for eventual rehabilitation to its original 1944 configuration. However a taxi accident in 2012 caused some wing, engine and prop damage. Because of resource limitations the National Warplane Museum has been waiting to begin the rebuild.

In February 2014, Granger Haugh volunteered to rebuild FT 478 to its original 1944 specifications. Upon completion sometime in 2016, the aircraft will return to the National Warplane Museum as a flying example of the WW II GB-2 Traveler.

It was decided that Mark Lightsey, owner of Aerocraftsman at Flabob Airport (RIR) would do the rebuild. Mark has a history of rebuilding Travel Airs, Wacos and other one-of-a-kind aircraft. Phil Nussbaum, who maintained the aircraft 1994 to 2010, will act as the technical advisor for the project.

During the week of 21 to 24 April, Ft 478 was disassembled in the NWM hanger in Geneseo, NY by Museum staff members, Jon Cassano, Roger Ludwig , Andy Swanson and John Swanson assisted by Becky Reeb, Phil Nussbaum, and Granger Haugh. Day #1 the vertical and horizontal stabilizers were removed and panels removed to access the many bolts, nuts, and cotter pins. It was noted that in 1944, mechanics had much smaller fingers. Day #2 the flying, and landing wires were removed and all wing bolts loosened. With a fork lift the wings were removed and the various parts were readied for loading. On day #3 the truck, trailer and Bill Willmeroth, Deland Barnstormers arrived and the aircraft fuselage was fork lifted onto the trailer. Day #4 the wings, engine, and all the other parts were loaded and Bill left for OK to drop the engine at Covington for tear down and inspection.