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Aviation Storytellers Episode Featuring AAA Member Greg Herrick

Posted in Members | May 23, 2014

If you've been a regular attendee at the AAA/APM Invitational Fly-ins over the last fifteen years or so, you’ve no doubt seen many of AAA Lifetime member Greg Herrick's collection of rare antique airplanes.

Well North Metro TV has posted an episode of Aviation Storytellers; "The Collector" featuring Greg's "Golden Wings Museum" at Anoka County Airport in Blaine, MN. We hope you enjoy this look at many of Greg's airplanes you might be familiar with and many you've not seen before.

Thanks Greg for the plug!

Oklahoma Chapter Saturday Chapter Meeting at Pauls Valley

Posted in Chapter News | May 23, 2014

Sparky Barnes sent a couple of photos of the Oklahoma Chapter meeting at Pauls Valley, OK from April 5th. Looks like great weather for a flying get-together.

1975 Frosted Mini Wheats Commercial Filmed at Antique Airfield

Posted in News | May 23, 2014

After much searching we’ve at last located some still photos from the Kellogg’s Mini-Wheats commercial filmed at Antique Airfield during the 1975 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in. We hope you enjoy these images from almost 40 years ago and imagine many of our members may recognize some of the “extras” as well as people in the crowd. Photos by Eric Lundahl.

The opening shot features the APM’s Fairchild 71 making a pass down the staged flight line which is basically the E/W runway.

AAA Founder/President Robert L. Taylor making another pass for yet another take during filming with the Fairchild 71, currently owned by Gary Cooman of Tullahoma, TN. Interestingly, the youngster on the right is now a well known DER & Vintage DER from TX... Terry Bowden.

RLT discussing the aerial shots with the director & film crew. Appears to be the Newhouse Bird in the background.

Looks pretty serious, whatever the production crew is discussing.

Filming another portion of the commercial. Many recognizable faces in the crowd watching.

The actors pose with a Tiger Moth (Gary Lust's ??). We’re not positive as to who/what was towing the Mini-Wheats banner in the background but believe it may have been Earl Kopp in his Spartan C-3

Latest Brent Taylor Productions Slideshow Video - the Pilot's Pub!

Posted in News | February 10, 2014

"That’s What I See" (featuring Lyman Hatz)

Just for fun, a video/slideshow about the social center of Antique Airfield.

During AAA/APM Invitational Fly-ins, when the flying is done for the day, many of our members/guests like to meet and socialize at the "Pilot's Pub".

Here's a look back at the sights & scenes from the last few years at the 'Pub.


Spinach I and Spinach II

Posted in Members | February 10, 2014

Spinach I is a 1936 Porterfield 35-70 which was bought new from the factory by actor Bob Cummings. Mr. Cummings later upgraded to a Cessna Airmaster, which he named Spinach II, colored green of course. This interesting photo came via Bill Koelling in Great Bend Kansas, who tried tracking down what happened to Spinach II but couldn't find all the details about what came of the plane and later project.

Spinach I is still alive and is getting a new set of wings in Auburn, WA near Seattle from current owner Russell Williams. The right hand wing is taking shape with the help of Marlo Jones, who is a long-time Puget Sound antiquer and who has been known to show up at Blakesburg in his distinctive copper colored PA-11.

Thin Ice Pilots - on the Missouri River

Posted in Members | February 10, 2014

Fun flying by the "Thin Ice Pilots", aka three AAA Lifetime members Ryan Lihs in the Cub, Brian Wilcox in the Citabria & Dallas Grimm in the RV-4. Photos and video by Ryan Lihs & Brian Wilcox.

Dallas Grim described flying off Lewis & Clark Lake:

The action took place on 2-3-14. Lewis and Clark lake on SD side, above the dam in Yankton. The ice is about two feet thick and smooth as glass. No ice shacks, trucks, fishermen or anything out there, the whole lake was ours! Our version of the dry desert lakes! The Cub and the Citabria aren't probably much of a surprise doing something like that. I thought I'd show them up with the RV! Was really fun trip.

Click here for the longer version of the video.

Taylor Smith's Travel Air, J-5 and Ryan PT-22

Posted in Members | February 10, 2014

Taylor Smith shared photos of his birds, which we'll hopefully see this summer at Blakesburg:

Hi Brent!

Thanks for taking the time to speak with me today. I look forward to the fly-in at Antique Airfield this summer. Hopefully, after two years of trying, I'll finally be able to join all the others and their magnificent flying machines. I can't wait!

Here are a few pictures of my ships. The Travel Air, the J-5, and my beloved Ryan.

Great Shots of Ron Alexander's DC-3

Posted in Members | February 10, 2014

Here are a couple of shots of Ron Alexander's DC-3. The first one was taken by Boyd King and we were on approach to Triple Tree Airport located near Woodruff, SC. The second picture was taken by Rod Rielly.

Stars of the Sky and Screen Photos!

Posted in News | February 05, 2014

Our announcement that we would feature "Stars of the Sky & Screen" as the 2014 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in theme met with a lot of enthusiasm from our members. Further the listing of movie aircraft printed in the latest issue of the Antique Airfield Runway has added to that enthusiasm as we have received many additions and corrections to that list from our members.

As usually happens when we start planning for the AAA/APM Fly-in, such a listing will lead to more research via our records and photo files, helping to track down those aircraft/owners that we would like to invite to take part in this upcoming celebration.

So join with us and enjoy this journey back into AAA & Antique Airfield history as we showcase some of those "Stars of the Sky & Screen" that have graced the grass here at Antique Airfield in the past.

Waco UBF-2, N13075, used in Raiders of the Lost Ark made a stop at Antique Airfield one sultry summer day in the 1980s. We've recently received a bit more info about this particular Waco from Larry Harmacinski; Nice pic of the UBF-2 back when Hank and Alice Strauch had it, which was something like 50 years of ownership. His Waco was painted up as a parachute because he used to be an avid jumper as well as jump plane pilot. The Waco is of course well known for the escape scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark. The pilot in the movie flew it right into the river bank in one scene, but Hank had it flying in 10 days to resume filming. With all those great memories of an ever helpful Hank, I was very sorry to receive a note from Alice informing us that Hank went West this past year.

Pepsi; Jack Strayer (blue jump suit, center) on his first visit to Antique Airfield with the Pepsi Skywriter (Travel Air D4D, N434N) sometime in the early 70’s. Looking over the Travel Air with Jack in this picture are (L-R) Herb Harkcom, Dan Laymon, Ruth & Warren Spencer. Alas, all these well known antiquers have "Gone West". Here's a Pepsi commercial that featured the travel Air back in the 70's:

Pepsi 434P; Many may not realize that during the 70's - 90's Pepsi actually operated two Travel Air D4D's, N434N & N434P. N434N is now on display at NASM in Washington DC while N434P is on display at the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos, CA. Here's a photo of N434P on one of it's many visits to Antique Airfield. At the various time either of the Pepsi Travel Air's graced the grass here at Antique Airfield, pilot's included Jack Strayer, Suzanne & Steve Oliver, John Morrisey & AAA Lifetime member Susan Dacy.

From Ken & Lorraine Morris, Poplar Grove, IL; Hi guys! Wanted to let you know that our Beech 18, N213SP 'Sweet Pea' was in the movie 'The Good Shepherd' and an episode of the TV series 'Crime Story'. Look forward to seeing you at AAA Fly-in!.

"De Plane...De Plane" The Grumman Super Widgeon, N4453 (actually a French built Scan type 30) converted to Lycoming R-680's (Gannet conversion) used in the popular TV show Fantasy Island. AAA Lifetime member Mark Trimble attended the 2003 AAA/APM Fly-in with it.

Blakesburg 10: The 2010 AAA Grand Champion Antique, a 1929 Fairchild 71, was used in a Kellogg's Mini-Wheats commercial filmed at Antique Airfield during the 1975 AAA/APM Fly-in. At the time the 71 was owned by the APM. It was flown for the commercial by AAA Founder/President Robert L. Taylor. We will have more about the filming of this commercial soon, after we get RLT to jot down the whole story about this event. In the mean time enjoy the commercial as aired below. On a side note, we understand that the 71 has a new owner and NC9727 is currently based in the Tullahoma, TN area.

Our 2010 AAA/APM Fly-in included a very special event, that of an official screening of the independent film Pearl, The story of Pearl Carter Scott "the youngest licensed pilot in America". The movie featured AAA Lifetime member David Mars's Curtiss Robin (N3277G), AAA Lifetime member Ted Davis's New Standard D-25 (NC7286) & AAA Lifetime member Clay Adams Travel Air E4000 (NC397M). The screening was literally held "under the stars" during the AAA/APM Fly-in with the three staring aircraft acting as a backdrop. We were also joined by the screenwriter, D.J. Carlton, and the actress that played Pearl Carter's mother Lucy in the movie, Angela Gair. If you weren't able to attend this special evening, here's the movie trailer to give you a taste of what you missed.

Long time AAA member Kent Pietsch at Antique Airfield in 2003 with his Interstate Cadet (NC37428), before it became known as the "Jelly Belly" Interstate(we've heard Kent even has a Jelly Belly flavor named after him?) Kent's airshow performances in the Interstate are very popular, including his RV landing as seen in the video below.

Our own up & coming local airshow performer, APM Trustee Erik Edgren (A.K.A. Hobie Washburn), is a frequent visitor to Antique Airfield in his "Twistin' it Old School" T-clips.

U.S. Congressman (MO) Sam Graves regularly attends the AAA/APM Fly-ins. He's attended flying a variety of aircraft including this former Joe Hughes 650 hp Super Stearman (N121R). We recommend you take the time to watch Props, Pistons & Pilots featuring Joe Hughes, wing walker John Kazian & the Super Stearman:

Jimmy Rollison's Aeronca C-3 Razorback

Posted in Members | February 05, 2014

Brian Meuser, at Schellville Airport in Sonoma, CA, has his own Curtiss-Wright 12W project which we've seen here before, but he's been recently working on Jimmy Rollison's Aeronca C-3 Razorback. Here's an update from Brian:

I have taken a little break from the CW Travel Air 12W to finish up Jimmy Rollison's 1935 Aeronca C3. This C3 was previously owned by the late Bud Fields who started its restoration (this is not the one Bud crashed). Jimmy received it from Bud's estate. I did the cowling work over a year ago but with everyone's busy schedules nothing had been done since then. In an effort to get anther cool antique back in the air Jimmy Rollison, Larry Easterby and I have teamed up to finish it. This Aeronca is powered by an updraft 50 hp Continental. The custom exhaust keeps the original C3 look. It also has 8 gallon wing tanks. Walt Bowe worked with Bud to design and install the instrument panel which includes a Jones Tachometer and a 4 in. Pioneer Airspeed and vintage oil pressure and temp gauges.

There are a few minor details left before it will be ready to fly. These should happen in the next couple of weeks. It weighed out at 689 lbs a little heavier than the original but with the 50 hp Continental it should do fine.

Today I started back working on the Travel Air 12W. I still have hopes to bring it to Blakesburg this year. It too is a movie star of the 30's but more about that later.