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The Lachendro Family - Rides in a J-3 at Blakesburg

Posted in Members | August 19, 2013

Hopping rides at Blakesburg is a long tradition and part of what makes the AAA/APM Fly-In such a great event - people are actually flying and sharing it too. Ed Lachendro, from Beaver Dam, WI, wants to make sure everyone is aware that his door is open and he wants to keep the rides going all day long. Come see him this year for your first, or perhaps your 999th, Cub ride!

Hello AAA family,

Last year we borrowed a Cub from Steve Krog (thank you Max Platt flying the Cub to Antique Field) and I had the honor of flying Joe Fichera at last year's gathering. In keeping with the tradition of Lindly Wright and the Tiger Boys and a host of others who have given limitless rides to all comers I felt it was time to reinstate the tradition and offer Cub rides this year in Joe's memory (and all those who have let anyone and everyone line up and experience this thrill called flight).

So once again Max has agreed to slug it out and fly our newly acquired (from Mark Zilinsky) 65Hp J-3 Cub to Antique Field and I have lined up a qualified list of pilots and our goal is to fly sun up to sunset EVERY and Any one that we can load up and fly.

Last year as I was giving rides there was no shortage of folks wanting to have a go from the rescue squad to the gentleman who drove his young son to the field from another state. Why not respond in the tradition set before us and offer rides to all who can stand in line long enough? We'll see you at Blakesburg, and we plan to arrive early!


Ed "EdLa" Lachendro
AAA Lifetime L-1968
Beaver Dam Wisconsin

Not Too Late to Pre-Register for the Fly-In

Posted in News | August 19, 2013

In 2012 we had a total of ninety one display (antique/classic/warbird/neo-classic/homebuilt) aircraft pre-registered for the AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in. With 10 days left before the start of the 2013 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in, we already have 107 display aircraft from 30 states pre-registered! Check out all of the pre-registered aircraft (that we have pictures of) and remember it's not to late to pre-register if you're planning on attending.

1941 Piper J-3 NC40827
Ed Lachendro/Max Platts
Beaver Dam, WI
(Charles E. "Chuck" Stewart photo)
1946 Fairchild 24R N81362
Steve Quick
Owasso, OK
(Paul Stevens photo)
1939 Aeronca Chief NC24228
Raymond Robinson
Nevada, IA
(G.R. Dennis Price photo)
1943 Howard DGA-15P NC29457
Roger Brown
Port St. Lucie, FL
(photo courtesy Michigan AAA)

Blakesburg Fly-In Is Just Around the Corner

Posted in News | August 19, 2013

The fly-in is coming up fast. Ben Taylor and volunteer Gary Lust (R) giving the APM's Ryan ST-A a bath on a beautiful Iowa day.

Luke Pieper, Ken Marth, Mark Lancaster, Rick Gritters, and Brent Taylor working on finishing the door and hanging steel in the APM Restoration Center.

Jim Jones cleaning up around the APM Library.

Radio Donations to APM Mark the 80th Anniversary of the Jimmie Allen Radio Show

Posted in News | August 17, 2013

The 2013 AAA-APM Fly-In will celebrate several historic anniversaries:

  • 60th Anniversary of the Antique Airplane Association
  • 60th AAA-APM Fly-in
  • 75th Anniversary of the Luscombe 8

AND... the 80th Anniversary of the Jimmie Allen Radio Show

When you are at the Fly-In be sure to check out the new Jimmie Allen display in the Airpower Museum. We have been collecting artifacts and memorabilia to document not only the Jimmie Allen radio show, but all of the aviation radio programs of the 1930s and 1940s. Programs like Tailspin Tommy, Hop Harrigan, Smilin Jack, Frank Hawks' Sky Patrol, Roscoe Turner's Sky Blazer, Speed Gibson, Anne of the Airlines, Captain Midnight, Sky King, and all the others. Several AAA members have stepped forward to donate artifacts.

Lifetime member Forrest Lovely recently donated a beautiful 1927 Atwater-Kent Model 38 Radio, which will become part of the APM's new GOLDEN AGE OF AVIATION RADIO display. Historically the Atwater-Kent Model 38 radio was an important milestone in radio development. Earlier radios were powered by batteries, which had to be constantly recharged and replaced. That changed with the development of 110v AC tubes in the late 1920s and the introduction of the RCA Radiola 17 and the Atwater-Kent Model 38 radios. The Model 38 sold for $125.00 - without the tubes. They cost extra!

Forrest also donated a 1924 Crosley Model 51 radio receiver, one of the more popular battery powered radios that preceeded the AC powered Atwater-Kent. Only a few of the first run Crosley 51s had a wood front like this one. The majority had a bakelite front panel. The Crosley 51 sold for $18.50 when it was introduced - or $38.25 with the tubes and headphones!

Atwater-Kent advertisement in the Saturday Evening Post, May 26, 1928 - advertising "AC! Electric! Modern!"

Spend some time in the Airpower Museum and listen to Jimmie Allen and the other aviation radio programs that inspired an entire generation of young aviators and astronauts.

A First Visit to Blakesburg By Patt Schmitz

Posted in Members | August 17, 2013

This article by Patt Schmitz appeared in the August 2013 issue of the Nebraska Chapter Newsletter, on his first visit to Blakesburg:

I have been hooked as a lover of the old flying machines of yester year for many years. My love for the antiques was only heightened with my ownership of a 1941 Aeronca 65CA which was previously owned by a good friend of our family and was also the first plane to land at our farm. My goal became to someday make it to the Minden Antique fly in which I was finally able to make in 2009 with my wife Janet. We came, and joined the NE chapter, and got hooked by enjoying the wonderful new friends we met and gained a new goal, to make it to Blakesburg for the National Antique Aircraft Fly in. Every year it seemed that there was schedule and commitments that got in the way for us to go to Blakesburg, however; this year as the conflict on our schedule got changed, a plan for departure was made for "sometime" Friday.

It seamed odd that the year after I sold my antique we would make the trek to Blakesburg, however, my love of the old birds and the people who fly them has not changed. I’ll admit I was a bit nervous about coming in to the air field, all the talk about uneven and trees, and being busy... and that I would be flying an "almost new" 1968 Cherokee (which I was sure I would get a lot of grief about).

The trip to Blakesburg was good, we got going at 4:00 pm and with a head wind (of course) we crossed the field a little before 7:00 p.m.. We made a wide circle to lose altitude, and joined the left hand pattern for a southerly landing. Janet's main job was looking for aircraft, and watching the flagmen which really put me at ease having the help. The sky and conditions were deteriorating but still good, and there were few airplanes flying which made that part easy also. As we came in on final, Janet spotted the flagmen, and the approach was maybe a tad high, but the concerning thing was we did not get a green flag... but we also did not get a red flag. I’m not real sure how perfect my landing was because I was watching the flagmen watch me. My guess was that it was OK to land, and it was. My years of landing on my grass strip (which is shorter and not nearly as level as antique airfield) must have paid off.

Aaron met us at the cross runway, and lead us to a parking spot way over the hill. As we parked, Todd Harders met us with drinks and a hearty welcome which really made us feel at home. We learned that the HyVee food service was scheduled to be ending, so we quickly tied down so we could hurry to dinner since we were hungry and no food with us. Aaron came back with a golf cart to escort us up to dinner which was still serving.

The atmosphere and people of this fly in were fantastic and we enjoyed every part of it. Just to spend the night, and wake up to the "Field of dreams" with all the marvelous old (and some newer) airplanes was like fantasy. Everyone was just glad that we were there, and that we flew in with a non antique, was not an issue. Antique airfield was everything it’s name implies, and the countryside coupled with the camping was really great to experience. The "Pilot's Pub" was a real surprise, now that is a perfect man's cave for me! We are glad that we made it, and plan to return in the future years.

Fly-In Registrations

Posted in News | August 17, 2013

The fly-in starts in less than two weeks. It is nearly the end of advanced registration, so get your registrations in now and save time at the field when you arrive.

1971 Bowers Flybaby N337X
Fulton Cook
Elizabethton, TN
1946 Ercoupe 415C N93318
Marc Broer
Des Moines, IA
(Charles E. "Chuck" Stewart photo)
1937 Waco YKS-7 NC17453
Tom Eggert
Woodbury, MN
(Gilles Auliard photo)
1947 Piper PA-12 NC3072M
Craig Munter
Crystal Lake, IL
1997 Givens T-Clips N595G
Erik Edgren
Oskaloosa, IA
(Nigel Hitchman photo)
2005 Corben Baby Ace D N488N
Steve McGuire
Ponca City, OK
(G.R.Dennis Price photo)
1975 Rose-Rhinehart A4C "Parrakeet" NC14883
C.W. "Skip" Gatschet
Weston, MO
(Charles E. "Chuck" Stewart photo)
1939 Piper J-3 NC23226
Paul Isakson
Amery, WI
1942 Stearman PT-17 N56221
Nick Hildreth
Red Oak, IA
(Charles E. "Chuck" Stewart photo)

Nebraska Chapter August Newsletter and Minden Fly-In Reminder

Posted in Chapter News | August 17, 2013

The Nebraska Chapter is holding their 32nd Annual Chapter Fly-In at Minden, NE the weekend of the 24th. This event is is also the kickoff to the Husker Hawkeye Air Tour for a week of flying from Minden to Blakesburg.

Here's the Nebraska Chapter Newsletter for August 2013.

Applegate Fly-In

Posted in Members | August 13, 2013

What a fine day for a fly-in!

The Sunday after the close of AirVenture finds the Applegate family, Harve, Carolyn, Matt, Taryn & Shalyn, hosting their annual Watermelon Fly-in. This year (2013) marked the 26th annual event and one would be hard pressed to have found a finer day to hold the event.

The Applegates, along with their volunteers, put on an enjoyable laid back event that finds aircraft and visitors from throughout MO, IA and elsewhere attending. This year some sixty antique, classic, neo-classic & homebuilt aircraft filled the parking areas. As pictures often speak louder than words we'll let the following pictures give an idea of the day's fun.

Part of the sixty-some attending aircraft.

The parking area was getting pretty full around lunch time.

Dan Kirpatrick's Warner Fairchild 24 framed by host Harve Applegate's Waco YKS-6

Sometimes a Cub just doesn't provide enough shade!

Sarah & Jim Dickerson attended in their highly polished Cessna 120.

APM Director Jim Jones pulling his Meyers OTW out to the flightline.

Carolyn Applegate and a future pilot, her granddaughter Allison Pemberton.

Matt Applegate allowed APM Director and popular airshow pilot Eric Edgren to take him for a ride in his Piper Vagabond. Hard to tell who had more fun!

Fly-In Registrations

Posted in News | August 13, 2013

2005 Piper PA-11 N535FL
Monte Jestes
Stillwater, OK
1934 Waco YKC NS14137
Dave & Jeanne Allen
Elbert, CO
(Doug Ratchford photo)
1947 Luscombe 8A clipwing NX2133K
William Bradford
Independence, MO
(G.R. Dennis Price photo)
1948 Luscombe 8A N1969B - "World's Smallest Airline"
Howard Hollinger
Austin, TX
(Photo by Dennis Price)
1946 Luscombe 8E NC1761K
Cynthia Grant
Austin, TX
(Photo by Howard Hollinger)

Me and This Old Guy

Posted in Members | August 09, 2013

From AAA member Bill Hoffrage, in Madera, CA:

A few weeks ago now I was coming out of a store in Fresno. This old guy was looking at a new Harley parked in the lot. I asked "You going to buy one?"

He said "No, but it sure is pretty." We got to talking about bikes and things and he mentioned that he loved airplanes. I told him we had a Stearman up in Madera. He said he worked the airshows that they had up there.

I said "So did I, the Flight line Heavy Bombers!" He worked on the other end so I didn't really remember him, but he looked familiar. He said he tried to join the cadet program at Hammer Field (Fresno Air Terminal) when he got out of High School in 1943. Passed all the tests but they didn't call.

He joined the Army and was sent over to the Coast (Camp Roberts) for boot camp. They cut boot camp off and loaded everyone on a train to New York. Then on the Queen Mary to Scotland. In two weeks at 19 he was at the Battle of the Bulge. Strafed, shelled, machine gunned, in foxholes with dead Germans, losing a lot of buddies. He never got wounded. Returned to the States and sold farm equipment on Fresno's west side. We know a lot of the same people. I invited him up for a ride, and we did that. This is Vern Schmidt at 88 in the front cockpit. Glad I stopped to talk.