At long last the latest issue of the Antique Airfield Runway is at the printers.
Included in this issue; the 2015 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in Registration information, info on how to become an “AAA Record Breaker” at the 2015 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in, reports on the Cactus Fly-in, First Ditch Fly-in & Sun n Fun and more......
AAA members, look for it in your mailbox around the second week of June.
To bring you up to date on our efforts to raise $20K, per the 2015 APM Capital Campaign Fund, we have reached the half way point! That’s correct, in less than a month's time, our AAA members, our donors, fans, family & friends have contributed $10K!
Included in that was the “Memorial Day Challenge”, issued via one of our AAA Lifetime members, to match donations up to $300. That challenge was handily met in one day over the holiday weekend.
Ergo, now that 2015 APM Capital Campaign has accrued considerable funds, we can go ahead with the actual work and efforts needed to complete some of the infrastructure projects these funds are earmarked for.
First on the list is to start the work of re-rocking all the driveways and parking lots here at Antique Airfield. Weather permitting, that work will commence this week.
Second on the list is the re-roofing the N half of the APM’s main museum annex. The steel has been ordered and that project is scheduled to begin on June 3rd. AAA National Director Gary Van Farowe and a group from the MI chapter of the AAA will be on hand to tackle that project.
We also hope to complete the construction phase of the replacement/moving of the N wall in Powell Hall at that time and plan a work weekend June 6th to make progress on that project. If you can come and help with that, or other planned landscaping, fencing and field maintenance projects, please let us know. We love to have people come and help !!
As you can see, with the help of all of you, we’ve accomplished much in a short amount of time. All of us here at Antique Airfield most humbly “Thank You” for your support.
But if we could ask yet one more favor, we’d ask you please feel free to share the link http://www.gofundme.com/2015APMFund and news of the 2015 APM Capital Campaign Fund with your friends, & family via social media, email and word of mouth. Let’s see if we can reach our goal of $20K in the next month. With your help I believe we can!!
Remember your donation is fully tax deductible and every donation, no matter the size, counts !!
Howard Cox, based in Bideford, Devon, UK, has acquired an N-registered Stinson V-77 which was formerly based in Germany. The airplane was damaged and disassembled.
Howard has trucked the aircraft to Hoogeveen Airport, the Netherlands, and has been working to make the Stinson ferryable back to the UK with some parts support from the APM. Expectations are that it'll fly again in the next month.
Wanted you to know that I got Johnny Dorr's Clipped Wing Stearman. It's been sitting in a hangar in Mississippi for years and finally all the legal wrangling came to an end and I got it from the fellow who did all the hard work. It's been Exp/Exb since 1948 and I have all the original logs and paperwork back to the RTC bill of sale in 1945. Pete Jones and Kevin Kimball have verified it's a virgin fuselage and although the airplane appears to be single cockpit, it has all of the front pit intact. The cover can be removed, a windshield installed, and it's ready to go. It's going to need quite a bit of work but is complete. I'll give you more progress reports as they happen. The consensus is that Johnny Dorr was the only guy who ever flew it so I could possibly be the second person. The conversion dates back to 1948. Here's a few pics from the stuff I received with the records. As to how it flies? There is a You Tube vid showing some of Dorr's flying from converted 8mm film to DVD.
The first pic is the front page of Dorr's Ag School brochure showing the airplane sometime around the late 70's. That is Johnny Dorr with all his awards standing in front of the airplane in the brochure. He passed away in 1987.
The next photo shows the airplane in the late 40's/early 50's in the original configuration which isn't much different from the current set up. AT10 cowl, R680-13, AT10 exhaust. Has a large smoke system and a catch tank for running inverted for a little while but the schematics were drawn out on the back of some invoices with a pencil!
Johnny seemed to not fly it after about 1979 when it was last approved. I think they mainly used it as a back drop or ''calling card'' for his Ag Flying School he ran for years in Marigold, Mississippi. It ran but some remaining legal complications and a big dose of common sense dictated it be trucked to Texas. It suffered no damage in the transport. BTW, It still has the Bendix ''Flightphone'' radio in it with the manually tuned loop and trailing antenna!
A lot of people have heard about this airplane over the years but unless you actually went to Mississippi and saw it sitting in the hangar you thought it was a rumor. I remember seeing pics of chopped wing airshow Stearmans in all those Stearman books but never any pics like these. He did airshows in it from around 1948 to about 1970. Fortunately, all of the shows and ferry time is in the log book.
Like I said, I may be the second guy to fly it since everyone I've talked to said Dorr never let anyone else fly the thing. The BOTTOM wings are about 138 inches long from spar attach to tip. The TOP wings are about 118 inches but the extra width of the center section insures the top wings are overall a foot or so longer than the bottom wings. The ailerons are on the bottom wing only and have an inboard servo tab that, to me, doesn't looked geared enough to do any good but it probably didn't need it anyway. Here's a pic of the radio. I think it has 5 crystals for transmitting but I can't find any info on it on line. The second pic is the manual loop knob.
Brent Mone in Santa Rosa, CA updated us on his Garland Lincoln Nieuport:
Yes, I now have the Garland Lincoln Nieuport (N12237) My father, Kip Mone gave it to me as a birthday present quite a while ago. I still don’t know if I should thank him, it’s a wonderful money sink…
Here are two pictures in it’s present state. It’s coming along well but slow. Me and my friends put a lot of time to get it ready for an airshow August of last year. I stopped working on it since then. I’ve been doing other things, like working on the hangar etc. Soon now.
Jim Savage, based at Butler, PA, rolled his Spartan Executive out into the sunshine this past weekend. Normally this is a maneuver that makes polished airplane owners cringe, because bright sunshine brings out the "frost" and scratches. However based on these photos Jim has nothing to worry about!
But let’s look back on last year’s event for a moment. What has come to be known as “Lakesburg” was perhaps the most challenging event the staff, directors and volunteers have ever had to deal with due to rain, rain, rain & then more rain !!
While everyone eventually and safely departed (via plane, car, RV or even tractor), Antique Airfield did not fare well. Remember images like these?
Well, when the mud dried, we were faced with a lot of damage to the airport and its facilities. Damage that has taken a lot of time and money to begin to repair & restore. Damage that was out of sight and mind for most fly-in attendees once the fly-in ended. But if Antique Airfield is to be ready to host the AAA/APM Fly-in just 120+ days from now, there is still much work to be done.
That’s why a portion of the funds raised, via our APM Capital Improvement Campaign for 2015, are earmarked for things like grass seed & gravel to help with the repair & restoration of Antique Airfield.
But just what is the APM Capital Improvement Campaign for 2015 you may be wondering ?
The twofold goal of the campaign will be:
Ensure the future and permanence of the APM.
Rebuild and maintain the infrastructure of the APM
The major infrastructure projects in the works for 2015, include continued replacement of the roofs on the APM hangars. Spearheaded by AAA National Director Gary Van Farowe and the Michigan AAA chapter, last year saw a much needed new roof installed on the APM Fly-Market building. This year the plan is to replace the roof on the N side of the APM display annex. That project is slated to happen in June and will tie in with the ongoing moving of the N wall in the Powell Hall display area.
But that’s not all. Another much needed project to be accomplished before the AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in in September, is the replacement of the APM main hangar door (s). Per the suggestion of APM President Mike Gretz, in order to retain the period look and keep the costs down we will once again install sliding/track doors. Our research indicates a lot of advances in construction, serviceability and ease of operation of these type doors in the 40+ years since the APM main hangar was originally built and the doors installed.
Then there is the aforementioned need for re-seeding portions of the campgrounds, parking areas, ramps and areas around the buildings, as well as re-rocking all the access roads on Antique Airfield.
Finally for 2015, with the recent completion of the construction phase of the “APM Restoration Center”, the next steps towards making this facility operational are cleaning, sealing & painting the floor, installing new door seals and insulation on the Schweiss bi-fold hangar door, then installing/finishing the electrical, plumbing, heating and pneumatic systems.
So please consider joining with us & help us reach our goal and get these important infrastructure projects finished in time for the 2015 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in.