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Habitat for Harmon: Roofing and Restoration Hangar Completion Work at the APM

Posted in News | June 26, 2014

"Thanks" to AAA National Director Gary Van Farowe and the Michigan AAA chapter, a project was put in motion last winter to re-roof the APM buildings. First in line and most in need was the APM Fly-Market. The chapter used the profits from the Dave Warren Coffee House they operate during the AAA/APM Fly-in, as well as donations from the chapter and others, to buy the materials. Yesterday Gary, his wife Carol, Rosie Duckworth and Jerry Lugten arrived and began in earnest to dig into the project, in hopes of having it done by the weekend. We're happy to say that as of today (06-25-14) almost half the new roof is installed. Once the junction is completed between the Fly-Market and APM Restoration Center the last half of the roofing project should go quickly & smoothly.

The new steel for the Fly-market roof arrives.

The project, dubbed very much tongue in cheek "Habitat for Harman", is but a first step in re-roofing all the APM Buildings. Donations to this ongoing project would be greatly appreciated and welcome. For more information contact us here at Antique Airfield.

Eventually all the APM’s building will be re-roofed with matching red roofs.

In other APM News, more work is ongoing in the APM Restoration Center as well. At the conclusion of our successful "Buy-a-Foot" campaign, work on the uncompleted project did not stop. Gears shifted in that it was decided to do as much of the remaining work as possible with our talented volunteers. This of course means progress sometime comes in fits and starts but progress is being made.

Case in point. APM Director Steve Adkisson and APM Treasurer Brent Taylor were seen today arriving back from a trip to the local lumber yard with a trailer full of lumber. That lumber is being used as support for a storage loft that will be built above the Restoration Center, and Steve and Brent spent the day working on that project. We hope by the weekend to have that loft decked and some of the interior roof steel in place in preparation for insulating the building.

For those attending this coming weekend' celebration of AAA President & APM Founder Robert Taylor’s 90th Birthday Party, make sure to stop in an check the progress on both the Restoration Center & The Fly-Market.

Gary Van Farowe set right to work on his arrival from MI.

Stripping a few sheets of steel at a time allows for quick replacement without exposing the contents of the Fly-Market to the elements.

The first sheet of new roofing being installed.

Gary & Jerry Lugten making progress on the roof on 06-24-14

By the middle of the day on 06-25-14 almost half the roof has been replaced on the Fly-Market

Jerry & Gary install the last full sheet before beginning the complicated task of mating the Fly-Market to the APM Restoration Center.

Meanwhile APM Director Steve Adkisson has the scaffolding assembled and a trailer load of lumber on hand, to begin a project in the APM Restoration Center.

Steve working on what eventually become a storage loft above the APM Restoration Center.

Fichera Bird BK Isn't Reportedly Anne Morrow Lindbergh's Plane, It Was!

Posted in Members | June 26, 2014

A few days we had an update on the Fichera family Bird BK, which just flew again at Poplar Grove Airport. Owner Anna Fichera had this correction for us:

I really enjoyed seeing Joe's Bird on the AAA website. Many thanks! I do have an issue with one word in the text accompanying the photos... that word is "Reportedly"!

A lot of people who own a BK Bird say theirs is the Lindbergh Bird so I have attached a document from the CAA showing Anne Morrow Lindbergh as the first registered owner of N727Y.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the annual gathering.

Anne Fichera

Latest Fly-In Registrations

Posted in News | June 26, 2014

Here are the latest registrations for Stars of the Sky and Screen, this year's AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in.

You can register for the fly-in online or you can print the paper registration form for paper-based registration.

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!

1943 Howard DGA-15P
Jerry Lugten
Leslie, MI
(Nigel Hitchman photo)
1947 Aeronca 11BC "Cousin Eddie"
Travis Gregory
Ames, IA
(G.R. Dennis Price photo)
1955 Beech T-34A
Troy "Reb" Stimson
Ft. Worth, TX
(Brent Taylor photo)

Summer 2014 Issue of Antique Airfield Runway Coming Soon

Posted in News | June 23, 2014

The latest issue of the Antique Airfield Runway has gone to the printers. Along with all the pertinent information about the upcoming AAA/APM Invitational fly-in (Aug 27th – Sept 1st), there are also features on “Stars of the Sky & Screen at Antique Airfield”, restoration news from our members and more. Look for it in your mailboxes around the 1st of July !!!

Cover photo by Adam Glowaski

Mmmm Pancakes: Fly-Out to Hackney Field

Posted in Members | June 23, 2014

Hackney Field, north of Coeur d'Alene, ID hosted a pancake breakfast this morning and lots of folks showed, including Chad Vanderhoof in his Cessna C-165 Airmaster, Kelly Mahon in his Chipmunk, and the gang from Felts Field including Addison Pemberton in the Boeing Model 40. Photos by Curtis Mahon.

Another Movie Star and An Interstate for Stars of the Sky and Screen Fly-In

Posted in News | June 23, 2014

Another movie star and an Interstate, this year's featured aircraft, have pre-registered for Stars of the Sky and Screen, this year's AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in.

You can register for the fly-in online or you can print the paper registration form for paper-based registration.

1941 Interstate S-1A "Cadet"
Yellowstone Aviation Inc.
Jackson, WY
(photo courtesy of Golden Wings Flying Museum)
2009 Hatz CB-1
Mark Lightsey
Riverside, CA
1943 Boeing E-75
"Red Baron Pizza"
Ric & Lisa Woldow
Morton, IL
(Gilles Auliard photo)
1999 Wolf Boredom Fighter
Scott Rower
Ponca City, OK
(G.R. Dennis Price photo)

APM Eaglet Restoration by EAA Chapter 211: Wings Underway

Posted in Chapter News | June 23, 2014

EAA Chapter 211 has been restoring the APM's Eaglet. At last update the fuselage was being painted. APM Director Gary Van Farowe sent us this new update:

We were ready to put some parts together after the winter, been painting and then wrapping and storing, time to see it together and see what it looks like. We have been having a good turn out, 3 to 5 guys every work session, but I have been gone a lot so that has slowed it down. Everyone has been able to do almost any type task so far and the results have be very good.

We have 30 to 80 year old people working together and its been rewarding. Have wings to finish paint on one and rib stitching on the other then finish painting. Have started on engine and we are happy the way it looks.

We put a couple of odd ball wheels on to move it, as we are looking for some donations of Lamb adapters and some good 8:00x4 tires to have Dresser smooth recap. The blue we used came from some over spray we found on the firewall and bottom of the seats. The plane has been a yellow for many years. Our goal is flying it to Oshkosh 2015 and then delivering it to the owner (APM) in Blakesburg, but we are all volunteers so we will see.

First Flight of Rick Gritters' Pixie

Posted in Members | June 23, 2014

Rick Gritters has flown his Pixie:

First off, Happy Birthday Bob!

Second, The Pixie was signed off on Friday and I made the first flight saturday. So far so good. A little rh wing heavy and a little tail vibration. Which may just be what a pixie does, but I want to check it out before I go very far. Antique field is within our test area so once we get it set up properly I be down with it.

Rick Gritters

Fichera Bird BK Back In The Air at Poplar Grove

Posted in Members | June 23, 2014

Here is an update on NC727Y: It is back in the air after some repairs at Poplar Grove Airport, C77. Tina Thomas took it up on Sunday, June 15th, for a couple of laps around the airport.

Long time AAA member Joe Fichera restored the aircraft back in 2012, and this is reportedly the Bird BK in which Anne Morrow Lindbergh learned to fly in.

Photos by Dean Coryell

UPDATE: This isn't "reportedly" Anne Morrow Lindbergh's airplane, it is Anne Morrow Lindbergh's airplane. See the definitive proof straight from CAA records.

Runway Cinema Schedule At Stars of the Sky and Screen Fly-In

Posted in News | June 15, 2014

APM Directors Steve Black and Aaron Klugherz, the purveyors of Antique Airfield's "Runway Cinema" program, are pleased to announce the schedule of genuine aviation movies showing at the fly-in this year. It's a great lineup, with films featuring some of the aircraft attending this year's fly-in as "Stars of the Sky and Silver Screen".

Join us nightly (8:30pm) at the APM Restoration Center for classic aviation movies shown outdoors under the stars. (Please access the Restoration Center via the east side of the Fly Market building.)

Wednesday August 27

Atlantic Flight

In 1937 pilot Dick Merrill became famous for being the first pilot to make a commercial transatlantic roundtrip flight. Monogram Pictures, wanting to capitalize on Merrill's celebrity status, quickly created this film where Merrill plays Dick Bennett, friend of want-to-be aircraft designer Bill. At a competition, Bill tries to fly his own plane but crashes it and is mortally wounded. Dick must break another air record, crossing the Atlantic with a medical serum that can save his friend's life.

Strictly a "B" feature, Atlantic Flight is considered an historical record, with a great deal of aviation footage of the period to commend it.

1937 Monogram Pictures, 59 minutes
Cast: Dick Merrill, Weldon Hayburn, Jack Lambie, Paula Stone, Milburn Stone

Thursday August 28

The Flying Irishman

The Flying Irishman is the true story of Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan, who set out to cross the U.S. in his dilapidated Curtiss Robin and ended up landing in Ireland, claiming his compass had malfunctioned. The Flying Irishman covers the material of Corrigan's autobiography, That's My Story, from his early life to his return from his wrong-way flight. The Flying Irishman was made very quickly to exploit the huge public interest in the adventure.

Filming took place from November 15 to December 1938 in Van Nuys and Culver City, California,

1939 RKO Pictures, 91 minutes
Cast: Douglas Corrigan as himself, Gene Renolds, Paul Kelly, Robert Armstrong, Donald MacBride, Eddi Quillan, J.M. Kerrigan, Dorothy Peterson.

Friday August 29

The Rocketeer

Straight from the pages of pulp comic magazines from a bygone era, The Rocketeer recreates 1930's Hollywood, complete with gangsters, Nazi spies, and the growth of the Age of Aviation. Young pilot Cliff Secord stumbles on a top-secret jetpack and with the help of his mechanic, Peevee, he attempts to save his girlfriend and stop the Nazis, becoming a high flying masked hero known as The Rocketeer.

1991 Walt Disney Pictures, 108 minutes
Cast: Billy Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, Alan Arkin, Timothy Dalton, Paul Sorvino, Tiny Ron Taylor

Saturday August 30

The War Lover

In this World War II story, Steve McQueen plays a B-17 pilot named Buzz Rickson based in England. Failing at everything not involving flying, Rickson lives for the most dangerous missions, which are taking a toll on his psyche. He finds it so difficult to interact with others, especially women, that he grows ever more reckless in his flying. And when he tries to steal his co-pilot's girlfriend, more conflict and drama erupt.

1962 Columbia Pictures, 105 minutes
Cast: Steve McQueen, Robert Wagner, Shirley Anne Field, Gary Cockrell, Robert Easton, Michael Crawford, Ed Bishop