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Volunteer Work Weekend Report at Antique Airfield

Posted in News | August 05, 2014

As in years past, the first weekend in August begins the push to have Antique Airfield ready for the upcoming AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in starting in just 24 days (Aug 27th - Sept. 1st). Each weekend a volunteer work weekend is held building and culminating in the "Annual Mowing Party" the Saturday before the start of the Fly-in.

With good weather forecast and a motivated crew on hand, the emphasis of this first work weekend was to wash a good portion of the APM Fleet plus clean and organize the back two hangars. That along with other projects was accomplished over the weekend with the help of Jesse Fuller, Holly Vanorny, A.J Stricker, Ron Hansen, Mike Hargrave, Dan Adams, Dan Quinn, Aaron Klugherz, Luke Pieper, Mike & Doris Gretz, Ben, Marcy & Brent Taylor.

Work continued Sunday am with Mike Gretz, Luke Pieper, Ben & Brent Taylor putting some finishing touches on the weekend's projects.

Next weekend's "to do" list is already being formulated with work to be accomplished in/on the APM "Library of Flight", the showerhouse in the south campground and the Hy-Vee Mess Hall. So if you can come help please let us know.

1. Ron Hansen & A.J. Stricker flew up from the Columbia, MO area in Ron's Pitts S2A

Ben Taylor & APM Director Luke Pieper working on a project to help "bird proof" one of the hangars.

Wash Day! A good portion of the APM Fleet is rolled out into the sun to await cleaning.

APM Director Aaron Klugherz power washing the floor in the APM Storage Hangar

The APM's Great Lakes getting cleaned up in preparation for assembly and display during the AAA/APM Fly-in

Jesse & Holly applying primer to the new AAA Headquarters sign

Mike Hargrave’s Cygnet and Dan Adams’s Tri-Pacer from the Marshalltown, IA area

Power washing the APM middle hangar

The first coat of blue has been applied to the new AAA Headquarters sign.

Ben Taylor applying the first coat of red to another part of the new AAA Headquarters sign.

The Fly Market Needs Inventory, or Harman Dickerson's 8th Annual Pre-Estate Sale

Posted in News | August 05, 2014

The Fly Market at the Fly-In has a brand new roof, but it still needs inventory. Got stuff in your hangar you want to or need to sell? Bring it to Blakesburg, you'll never find a more concentrated set of buyers for antique and classic stuff. Consignment sales with proceeds supporting the APM.

Dimensional Shift Short Film Trailer

Posted in News | August 05, 2014

"Dimensional Shift" is the name given to the short film produced by Whatever Works Productions, filmed at Antique Airfield and featuring AAA Lifetime member Jim Jones along with his Meyers OTW.

This film is an entry into the worldwide 48 Hour Film Project.

The film will premiere August 5-7 after which we expect to be able to post a link to this short film. Until then here's the trailer:

Fly-In First Arrival

Posted in News | August 05, 2014

With the 2014 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in coming up fast, our first arrival has well ... arrived! AAA Executive Director Brent Taylor landed at sunset Wednesday July 30th in Yellowstone Aviation's Interstate Cadet, one of this year's featured aircraft, after picking the airplane up in the Minneapolis area.

Out in the daylight for the first time in a very long time, NC37380 ready to head to Iowa with a fresh overhauled carburetor and a just completed annual inspection.

Staying in the pattern and orbiting Anoka County Airport (ANE) proved all was nominal after 15-20 minutes, then headed southeast around the east side of the Twin Cities. That's White Bear Lake as we drifted serenely by.

Windmill farm on the Iowa-Minnesota border.

Arrived home after three hours 15 minutes flying time and a gas stop in Charles City, IA. "Thanks" to the extra efforts by Charles City FBO Bill Kyle & his mechanic Rick, for getting me fueled and on my way after regular hours.

Film Production Company at Antique Airfield

Posted in News | July 31, 2014

It seems fitting that with our 2014 Fly-in theme being Stars of the Sky & Screen, we end up having some movie work happen here at Antique Airfield. Thanks to Ben Taylor, the crew from Whatever Works Productions used Antique Airfield as the location in their entry of the nationwide 48 Hour film Project. AAA member/volunteer Jim Jones & his Meyers OTW are being featured as part of this short sci-fi production.

Here is what Laura Lundberg of Whatever Works Productions had to say about the experience;

Once again, we made the best film by Whatever Works, as we do every year. This year was special though. We were allowed into the secret lives of antique airplane enthusiasts. We filmed air to air, air to ground, and on the ground with some of the coolest and most sincere people I have met.
Our crew of 17! was the best yet. My teammates were beyond wonderful. Our conscripted actor, Jim Jones, has a role any time he wants one. Brent and Ben Taylor, I applaud you in what you have there at the Antique Airfield. Pretty much everyone's dream! Erik Edgren thank you for joining us! We must get some sweet footage of your wild acrobatics sometime soon!
Can't wait to share our film!

The films in this year's competition won't be screened until August 5-7 and we expect to be able to post a link to this short film at that time. So stay tuned for our own "Stars of the Sky & Screen" featurette, courtesy of Whatever Works Productions!

The cast & crew of Whatever Works Productions prepare to make movie magic

Airport dog Lola provided security for the shoot

Jim Jones, the cast & crew rehearsing a scene

More Fly-In Pre-Registrations

Posted in News | July 31, 2014

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

1946 Aeronca 7AC N85607
Paul Berge
Indianola, IA
2013 Corben Cabin Ace SJ N486N
Steve McGuire
Ponca City, OK
1938 Fairchild 24 NC19177
Mark Lancaster
Ottumwa, IA

Lockheed Vega Visits Antique Airfield

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.

Latest Fly-In Pre-Registrations

Posted in News | July 28, 2014

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

1942 Meyers OTW N34323
Jim & Becky Jones
Newton, IA
(Charles E. "Chuck" Stewart photo)
2007 Wittman Tailwind W-10 N155SW
Karen Monteith
Wichita, KS
(photo courtesy of the Tailwind Forum)
1947 Luscombe 8A NC1131B
Ron Burnett
O'Fallon, MO
1947 Stinson 108-2 N9502K
Winn & Carolyn Baker
Darien, GA
(Charles E. "Chuck" Stewart photo)

Chipmunk and the Milky Way

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.

Another Interstate For the Fly-In

Posted in News | July 25, 2014

Another Interstate featured aircraft has pre-registered for the fly-in. You can register for the fly-in online or you can print the paper registration form for paper-based registration.

1943 Interstate S1B1
John Lorenz
Edgewood, NM
(Brent Taylor photo)
1952 Cessna 195
Roald Lutz
Sandia Park, NM
1945 Aeronca 7AC
Larry Hoppes
Springville, IN