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Good Weather on the Horizon for the AAA Fly-In

Posted in News | August 27, 2015

Looking at the long range forecast it looks like it is going to be nearly perfect conditions for the upcoming AAA fly-in over Labor Day weekend. Some showers this weekend should get the field nice and green, but it will be dry and in peak condition as the fly-in starts.

If you're one of those who is waiting to see what the weather would do before pre-registering for the fly-in, now you can block out the time. You can save yourself time at the fly-in by pre-registering online - there are still a few days left before pre-registration closes this coming Sunday.

Work Weekend Report

Posted in News | August 27, 2015

With just a week to go until the start of the AAA/APM invitational Fly-in a lot of work is happening around Antique Airfield. The work is not only to get the field ready for the Fly-in but also to continue on the major infrastructure projects via the 2015 APM Capital Improvement Fund.

In relation to those projects much has been accomplished yet much remains to be done. For example, the re-graveling of the roads/driveways here at Antique Airfield continues and while we hope to be completely done by the start of the Fly-in it will be close !! Already some $4K+ has been spent on this project alone. Several of the high visibility projects have been finished “THANKS” to the hard work of a very dedicated and hard working group of volunteers. Those projects include;

  1. The new hangar doors on the APM Main Museum hangar which are now complete and fully operational.
  2. New roof on the APM Annex.
  3. All new sheet metal on the façade of the APM Main Museum Hangar
  4. The exterior wall of Powell Hall rebuilt and new steel installed.

While these major projects and several other smaller projects have been finished, much remains to do via the 2015 APM Capital Improvement Funds. Included are electrical, insulation and finishing the interior of Powell Hall, installation of systems (electrical, pneumatic, plumbing and heat) in the APM Restoration Center, new windows for the APM Gift Shop and more.

It’s obvious that with the AAA/APM Fly-in just ten days away, most of the above “to do” projects will have to wait until after the Fly-in, though we hope to get the new windows installed in the APM Gift Shop by the Fly-in. However, plans are being formulated as to making further progress this fall/winter.

We look forward to all our Fly-in attendees seeing firsthand what has been accomplished in improving the looks of the APM and moving it forward.

We also want to “Thank” the following for coming and helping out this weekend (my humblest apologies if I missed anyone);

  • Dan, Dakota & Lu Quinn
  • Mike Criswell
  • Ken Marth
  • Luke Pieper
  • Mark & Teri Lancaster
  • Eric & Jane Fritz
  • Rick Gritters
  • Jessica Fuller
  • Holly Vanorny
  • Harve Applegate
  • Aaron Klugherz
  • John Lossner
  • Travis Gregory
  • Mike & Doris Gretz
  • Marcy Taylor
  • Ben Taylor

Brent Taylor

Luke, Mike & Ken start on the task of installing a new exterior wall on the Powell Hall portion of the APM Annex.

Dakota doing what he loves best...running machinery!


Kinda looks like a summer camp project ?? Aaron Klugherz brought down his portable CNC machine and the new signs for the rebuilt Flightline Gate #1 were engraved. Here Harve, Ben, Aaron & John apply some paint to the sign.

RLT checking on the progress of the project at Powell Hall.

Almost done!

After sanding the new signs are ready for finish and installation.

Fly-In Pre-Registrations

Posted in News | August 27, 2015

Fly-In pre-registration is closing this Sunday evening! If you pre-register you can save time at the fly-in during sign-in, and you get a picture of your airplane here on the website. You can register online with this link: Click here to register.

Here are the latest pre-registrations (for which we have photos):

1948 Piper PA-11 N4978H
Nick Hildreth
Red Oak, IA
2011 RV-4 N799D
Dallas Grimm
Sioux City, IA
(Brent Taylor photo)
1954 Cessna 170B N2748C
Don Jonas
Foristell, MO
(G.R. Dennis Price photo)
Piper PA-12 N4259M
Tom Murray
Urbandale, IA
1945 Aeronca 7AC N81571
Larry Hoppes
Springville, IN
1991 Cygnet N4215G
Mike Hargrave
Marshalltown, IA
1929 Fairchild 71
Marlin Horst
Bird in Hand, PA
1947 Cessna 120 N3114N
Shane Vande Voort
Pella, IA
(Megan Vande Voort photo)
1941 Stearman PT-17 N941MG
Lin Oakley
Zebulon, NC
1948 Piper PA-15 N4567H
Mark Flounders
Bloomfield, IA
(Brent Taylor photo)
1930 Waco QCF N11497
Scott Johansson
(Photo by Bob Cameron)
1947 Stinson 108-2 N8074K
Rick Gritters
Pella, IA
(Charles E. "Chuck" Stewart photo)
1943 Howard DGA-15P NC68431
Ron Wagner
Tonka Bay, MN
(G.R. Dennis Price photo)

Mowing Party This Saturday!

Posted in News | August 27, 2015

This Saturday (August 29th) will be the annual "Mowing Party" so let us know if you can attend and plan on bringing your tractors, riders, mowers, weed eaters and other implements of destruction to help have Antique Airfield looking it’s best for the Fly-in. See you then!

Latest Fly-In Registrations

Posted in News | August 17, 2015

Time is running short for pre-registration for the 2015 Fly-In. If you pre-register you can save time at the fly-in during sign-in, and you get a picture of your airplane here on the website. It also helps with planning for food ordering. You can registered online or via paper mail, but if you want to use paper you'd better hurry! Click here to register.

2011 Pietenpol Aircamper NX912JG
Chad Hill
Bellevue, NE
(Charles E. "Chuck" Stewart photo)
1946 Stinson 108-1 N97990
Tim & Luverne Verhoeven
New Prague, MN
(G.R. Dennis Price photo)
1947 Stinson Voyager N8685K
Gary Redden
Wymore, NE
(Brent Taylor photo)
1941 Monocoupe 90al NC38905
Richard Smith
Seneca, PA
(Charles E. "Chuck" Stewart photo)
1946 Taylorcraft BC12-D N95598
Terry Bowden
Moody, TX

Work Weekend Report

Posted in News | August 17, 2015

It was a busy weekend once again at Antique Airfield. Besides a big crew of volunteers on hand to move forward on several projects and Fly-in preparations, we were honored to show Commander (Ret.) Kirk Lippold around Antique Airfield and the APM.

For those that may not recognize the name, Kirk Lippold was the Commanding Officer of the USS Cole (DDG-67) on October 12, 2000 when the ship was attacked and bombed by Al-Qaeda terrorists during a refueling stop in the Yemen. Kirk is a recent private pilot and was in the Ottumwa area to speak at a benefit for the "Wounded Warrior Project".

We enjoyed his visit and look forward to seeing him fly into Antique Airfield in the future.

Also this weekend, the ABATE motorcycle group (Chapters 12, 15, 18 & 24) held their annual picnic at Antique Airfield, with lots of interesting motorcycles to look at!

But back to the work weekend. Much was accomplished this weekend with work being done on the Pilot's Pub, the APM Gift Shop, finish work on the new APM hangar doors, painting the porch of the "Library of Flight" and spreading a lot of the recently donated mulch around the 24th Fighter Sqd Mess Hall, the Pub, the Fly-Market, etc.

"Thanks" to the following folks for coming out and helping: Ken Marth, Luke Pieper, Rick Gritters, Jesse Fuller, Mark & Teri Lancaster, John Tiffany, Gary Lust, Ron Hodges & friend, Mike Gretz, Dan Quinn, Charles Van Noorde, Marcy & Ben Taylor.

We'll be hosting another work day/weekend on Saturday August 22nd. If you can come and help out please let us know!

Ken, Ben & Rick spreading some of the 100yds of mulch donated by B&B Bedding of Oskaloosa, IA. The mulch is being spread in low and bare spots about Antique Airfield to help keep things drier in case of rain this year.

The final projects in connection with the news doors on the APM Main Museum hangar included installing a drain tile and the center hold down pins for the doors themselves. Here the "Georgia Back Hoe" crew takes a water break!

The new drain tile being laid while Marcy, Teri & Cooper supervise!

Finishing up the drain tile project, now it's on to the door pins. All was accomplished before the end of the day "Thanks" to a lot of hard work by a dedicated crew of volunteers.

Pilot's Pub Midnight Movies and Other News

Posted in News | August 17, 2015

The Pilot's Pub "Midnight Movies"

  • Wednesday – Airplane/ Zero Hour
  • Thursday – Disney Planes/ Battle of Britain
  • Friday – Disney Planes Fire & Rescue
  • Saturday – Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines
  • Sunday – Red Tails

Pub Daily Specials

  • Welcome Wednesday – Opening night specials
  • Thirsty Thursday – Pub Snacks, Happy Hour specials
  • Friday – Sweet Corn Feed @ 2 PM on the runway side of the Pub
  • Friday – Pub Snacks – starting around 6 PM
  • Saturday – Pub Snacks – starting around 6 PM
  • Saturday – Hawaiian Shirt Awards; Raffle drawings
  • Sunday – 'Gone Home' specials in the Pub after the Awards Ceremony

Repair the Roof Activities

  • Patron of the Pub Sponsorship (see flyer)
  • $10 Donation - Includes 2 water bottles with free refills during pub hours at the 2015 Fly-in
  • Raffles: M&M display, Autographed windsock, Pilot’s Pub Print

Pub Memorabilia

If you have an item that would contribute to the ambiance of the Pub, please give to Brent or leave on the bar during any of the work weekends. We will do our best to find a spot for it.

Nebraska Chapter Fly-In August 28-30

Posted in Chapter News | August 12, 2015

The Nebraska Chapter of the Antique Airplane Association is holding its annual fly-in at Seward, NE August 28-30. This is a new location this year, and fun events. Drop in on your way to Blakesburg, you're invited to attend even if not part of the Nebraska Chapter. For more information see the chapter website.

First Arrival for the Fly-In?

Posted in News | August 12, 2015

Gary Redden, from Wymore, NE, dropped into Antique Airfield with his Stinson 108 yesterday to help out with grounds preparations for a few days. Does that mean Gary is the first arrival for the 2015 Fly-In?

Pre-registration remains open. If you pre-register you can save time at the fly-in during sign-in, and you get a picture of your airplane here on the website. It also helps with planning for food ordering. You can registered online or via paper mail, but if you want to use paper you'd better hurry! Click here to register.

1949 Piper PA-16 Clipper N5208H
Richard Sweet
Prior Lake, MN
1946 Globe GC-1B Swift N80600
Matthew Lovley
Prior Lake, MN
1943 Boeing N2S-3 Stearman
James Ostrich
La Mesa, CA
1939 Fairchild 24 NC20628
Wilbur A. Womack
Jackson, LA

Hangar Door and Work Weekend Report

Posted in News | August 10, 2015

The last week has seen an amazing amount of progress in connection with infrastructure projects and preparations for the AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in now just a few weeks away

While projects like re-graveling all the roads/driveways around the field, trimming trees, landscaping etc. continue, some major projects were accomplished this week past.

In that week, the new roof was finished over the APM annex, new hangar doors were built and installed on the APM Main Museum hangar, the gable end of the APM Main Museum hangar received a face lift of all new metal sheeting, the exterior rebuild of the 24th Fighter Sqd Mess Hall was completed and some progress was made to the replacement of the N wall of Powell Hall and more.

All the above was accomplished due to a group of dedicated and extremely hard working volunteers who put in 10-12 hours a day for six days to get these projects done. These folks came from IA, IL, MI and MN.

When you see or meet the following folks at the AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in be sure and “Thank” them for their dedication and efforts to make Antique Airfield & the APM a better place;

Steve Adkisson Gary Van Farowe Ken Marth
Bob Tejchma Dan & Dakota Quinn Luke Pieper
Tim & Luverne Verhoeven Ben Taylor Marcy Taylor
Holly Taylor Rick Gritters Les Gaskill
Nick Hildreth    

With the Fly-in but a month away, much remains to be done. We welcome any who would like to come spend a few hours or a few days to help move some of the unfinished infrastructure projects and/or Fly-in preparations toward completion/readiness. We will host work days each Sat/Sun from now until the Fly-in. The dates for those work days will be Aug 15th & 16th, Aug 22nd & 23rd and Aug 29th & 30th. August 29th will be the annual “Mowing Party” so bring your tractors, weed eaters, chain saws, shovels, rakes and other implements of destruction and help us have Antique Airfield looking its best for the Fly-in

Finally "Thanks " too all those who contributed to the 2015 APM Capital Improvement Fund. You help make these projects possible!

Brent Taylor

Monday Aug 3rd. And so it begins!! APM Director Steve Adkisson, AAA lifetime members Ken Marth, Dan & Dakota Quinn along with Ben Taylor have started work on replacement of the APM main museum hangar doors

Tuesday Aug 4th Steve Adkisson, Ken Marth, Dan & Dakota Quinn installed the new headers and door tracks for the APM main museum hangar as well as began construction on the new hangar doors.

Meanwhile Ben Taylor, along with help from Dakota Quinn finished construction of the new porch on the 24th Fighter Sqd. Mess Hall.

Wednesday Aug 5th Steve Adkisson, Ken Marth, Dan & Dakota Quinn & Ben Taylor framed up two of the three new hangar doors by end of the day. Door skins were installed on two of the doors as metal for the frame of the third door was being cut.

Thursday Aug 6th Gary Van Farowe & Bob Tejchma were back from MI to finish the re-roofing project on the APM annex and along with Steve Adkisson, Ken Marth, Dan & Dakota Quinn & Ben Taylor, made for quite a crew.

Even RLT's daughter Holly Taylor was up from the St.Louis area to help with some of the landscaping projects around the field.

Friday Aug 7th Steve, Ken, Dan & Ben dropped the old hangar doors off the APM main museum hangar, then installed new headers and new door track. The new hangar doors were rolled shut by the end of the day!

Saturday Aug 8th Along with continued progress on the getting the new hangar doors functioning, work to complete the installation of new metal on the gable end of the building was accomplished by Luke Pieper & Tim Verhoeven.

Plus Gary Van Farowe and Bob Tejchma finished the re-roofing of APM annex, a major undertaking!

Meanwhile Luverne Verhoeven was busy painting the 24th Fighter Sqd. Mess Hall as well as the porch/railing at the “Library of Flight”, while a crew worked on cleaning and prepping the Fly-Market for the Fly-in.