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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

Need More Movies? Midnight Movies at the Pilot's Pub

Posted in News | June 15, 2014

For you insomniacs The Pilot's Pub will be showing classic aviation films on their big screen TV after the big crowd has gone to bed. This year's main features will include the sequence of three related movies known as AIRPLANE, AIRPLANE II, and the b&w classic from 1957 that they were based on ... ZERO HOUR. For a change of pace enjoy Steven Spielberg's hilarious comedy 1941 with John Belushi and Dan Akroyd.

Thursday August 28


Airplane! is a 1980 American satire comedy film, a parody of the disaster film genre, particularly the 1957 Paramount film Zero Hour!, from which it borrows the plot and the central characters.

Ex-fighter pilot and taxi driver Ted Striker became traumatized during the war, leading to a pathological fear of flying. His wartime girlfriend, Elaine Dickinson), now a flight attendant, leaves him. Striker nervously boards a Boeing 707 on which she is serving, hoping to win her back, but she rebuffs him. After dinner is served, most of the passengers and the flight crew fall ill from food poisoning. All eyes are then on Ted, the only person on board capable of landing the plane.

Friday August 29

Zero Hour

A routine flight turns into a major emergency as passengers and crew succumb to food poisoning - is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane? If that plot sounds vaguely familiar, it's because the 1970s remake called Airplane! was based on this classic movie.

Ted Stryker is an ex-World War II fighter pilot who, 10 years after the end of the war, is still haunted by a decision he made that resulted in the death of several of his men. He's been unable to keep a job and when he gets home one day, he finds a note from his wife saying she and their young son Joey are leaving him and flying to Vancouver. He manages to get on board the aircraft before it leaves but when the pilot and co-pilot - along with many passengers, including his son Joey - fall severely ill due to food poisoning, Stryker is the only man on-board with any flying experience, though not in multi-engine aircraft. He has to overcome his fears if he is to save the life of his loved ones and the rest of the passengers and crew.

Saturday August 30


Hysteria grips California in the wake of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. An assorted group of defenders attempt to make the coast defensible against an imagined Japanese invasion, in this big budget, big cast comedy. Members of a Japanese submarine crew scout out the madness, along with a Captain in Germany's Navy.

Sunday August 31

Airplane II, The Sequel

A 1982 sequel to the 1980 American comedy film Airplane! Once again we find man-with-a-past Ted Striker compelled to take over the controls of crippled aircraft, all the while trying to patch up his relationship with stewardess Elaine. This time, the first passenger space shuttle is launched into orbit - and takes off for the moon - but the on-board computer malfunctions and sends the craft hurtling toward the sun, threatening the lives of everyone on board.

Registration Open for Stars of the Sky and Screen

Posted in News | June 15, 2014

Registrations keep coming in for 2014 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.

1999 Wittman Tailwind
Mark & Mary White
Vero Beach, FL
1950 Temco GC-1B "Swift"
Scott Naumann
Arroyo Grande, CA
1929 Travel Air D4D
Richard Zeiler
Thousand Oaks, CA
1949 Piper PA-16 "Clipper"
Max Platts
Oshkosh, WI
(G.R. Dennis Price photo)

John Cuny's Seabee Almost Ready for First Flight

Posted in Members | June 15, 2014

John Cuny says his Seabee is coming together: "Just about ready for first flight. 14 years almost to the date since last flight. Hope she makes it to Blakesburg. Last few weeks making the final adjustments."

Flying Over the Cornfields at Blakesburg

Posted in News | June 12, 2014

Rob Bach sent some videos to remind everybody of how much fun low-and-slow flying at Blakesburg is. Pre-registration is for the 2014 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in and more registered people and aircraft are below.

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

1930 Waco RNF
Joe Kaminskas
Biglerville, PA
1942 Stearman PT-17
Todd & Tabatha Harders
Cairo, NE
(Charles E. "Chuck" Stewart photo)
1941 Stearman PT-17
Moe Hunn
St. Charles, MO
(Charles E. "Chuck" Stewart photo)
2004 Stewart 265
Don Stewart
Vulcan, MI
(G.R. Dennis Price photo)

Applegate Airport's 50th Anniversary Watermelon Fly-In

Posted in News | June 12, 2014

Come Help Celebrate Applegate Airport's 50th Anniversary

by attending our 27th Annual (Watermelon) Fly-In

Queen City, MO, Sunday, August 10, 2014


Food serving begins at approximately 1:00 pm.

All food will be provided: Barbecued Pork, etc.

Bring your lawn chairs

Grassroots Flying at its Best!

Click for the complete printable flyer.

Bellanca Cruisemaster Donation Progress Report

Posted in News | June 12, 2014

in an effort to get the Bellanca 14-19-3, recently donated to the APM by John Morrison, read for an annual inspection and subsequent delivery to Antique Airfield, AAA lifetime member Tom Bullion and Howard Foundation President Paul Bjornstad have jumped in with both feet. AAA lifetime member Jimmy Rollison will be handling the IA duties. Here's a report from Tom on what’s been accomplished so far.

Brent, We got the prop off and I took it to Memphis Propeller, Pablo rebuilt the actuator and it will work (Pablo rocks), compressions are awesome….. John did a kick ass job of pickling the a/c, I fixed the ELT (leaking badly from a D-cell), I cleaned the injectors, will clean the spark plugs when I get back from IAD. The aircraft with the prop AD done will ferry and both Pablo and I think it will annual OK. Couple instruments missing that ya'll need to advise us on. Tailwinds, T

We await word from the prop shop on the condition of the prop, then will move ahead with the maintenance and annual. If you would like to donate to this project to help pay for the prop overhaul or in getting the Bellanca flying and to Antique Airfield contact us here at the AAA/APM 641-938-2773 or

Our "Thanks" to Tom, Paul and Jimmy for stepping up to help quickly get this project moving forward.

Brent Taylor
Treasurer APM

Mike Araldi's "Rat Rod" Curtiss Junior

Posted in Members | June 12, 2014

Mike Araldi, from Lakeland, FL, is thinking about flying his Curtiss Junior to the 2014 AAA/APM Fly-In. Mike says: "I'm going to try and bring the Curtiss to Blakesburgh. It's a rat rod but a hoot to fly!"

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

Posted in News | June 06, 2014

The second "Star" airplane has pre-registered for the 2014 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in - Brian Aukes' "Red Baron Pizza" Stearman. See the promotional video below for Red Baron performances when the team was active.

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

1942 Boeing A75
"Red Baron Pizza"
Brian Aukes
Ankeny, IA