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By Brad Thorn as The fly-in season is here, and what a welcome sight! Sun 'N Fun '82 is history and our season of weekend fly-ins is upon us. Winter has been long for many of us and those not fortunate to have heated hangars are now getting back into the routine maintenance schedule for spring flying. If available, the AM Weather daily reports are fascinating to watch, in particular their presentations and forecasts of weather conditions. We can probably obtain more accurate information from the AM Weather presentations than from some flight service reports. Weather itself has been a debatable subject through­ out history. We have been to the moon and back, but still cannot forecast the weather for more than a short period of time with any accountable accuracy. Our tax dollars have been used for years to bring weather in­ formation to us and advances have been made, both by our government and private sources that now feed the various media outlets. It is reassuring to know what the weather holds for us when we fly, whether VFR or IFR. To depend on the forecasts is often a gamble for accuracy; but to use common sense is the accountable factor. Most of our antique and classic aircraft are basically VFR oriented if restored to the authentic, original con­ figuration, and we should respect the fact they are VFR aircraft. It happens all too often that when flying cross country, conditions occur that appear undesirable and we return to our departure point or land at an airport that remains VFR. A little bit of planning helps to pre­ vent entering unknown circumstances. We fly our antiques and classics for pure pleasure and do not face demanding situations on a do-or-die basis. To enjoy the flight we must respect and be ready to confront threatening weather and winds. Sure, it is fine to have an instrument ticket and be able to use it properly under conditions that meet the require­ ments of the pilot and aircraft. It does eliminate that sudden delay enroute because of weather that was not forecast or a front that was not to move in for several days. An instrument ticket will be invaluable when attempts are made to fly in instrument conditions with an aircraft that should be flown only under VFR situa­ tions. The old familiar statement, "let's do a 3600 and get the heck out of here" is often the result of frustra­ tion and/or lack of planning. Weather, in its general sense, is a tremendous fac­ tor in the maintenance of our antique and classic air­ craft. How many times have we observed an unoccupied building literally come apart over a short period of time. This situation becomes obvious due to its dor­ mant condition and lack of use. The loss of air circula­ tion and ventilation hastily increases the deterioration of the wood contents. Our antique and classic aircraft often have many wood and fabric parts. These same temperature, humidity and ventilating conditions caused by weather definitely apply and affect the life of our aircraft over a period of time. Some aircraft of wood construction have been stored in the southwest for years without evidence of deterioration, obviously due to low humidity and stable climate. On the other


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hand, some aircraft stored in a climate consisting of high moisture content and variable temperatures will show deterioration in a short time. We cannot always control where we live or where we hangar our antiques and classics but we can use preventive methods to eliminate the problems described above. The first step is to make a concerted effort to fly the aircraft fairly often. Let it breathe and flex in flight. The trapped moist air within the wings and tail surfaces will be replaced with fresh air and as a result will give the wood structures a greater life. Check the drain holes and be sure they are not clogged with dirt. How often have we removed insPection plates and found evidence of rodents accumulating various items for bedding. Not only is this condition found within the wings and tail surfaces, but also in hidden engine compartments. The weather conditions affect our antique engines as much as our modern-day ones. When in a static position most engines will have an exhaust or intake valve open, providing a direct source for moisture to enter the cylinder area. The results from lac,k of opera­ tion will be evidence of internal rust. If we cannot actually fly our antique or classic during the winter months, at least we must take it out of the hangar and run the engine frequently to clean out those critical areas. We all are familiar with Howard Hughes' Spruce Goose. Constructed entirely of wood, this aircraft re­ mains in serviceable condition today due to the plan­ ning and knowledge available to control the tempera­ ture and humidity in the storage facility in which it rested all those years. Not only is the aircraft hull serviceable but the engines were maintained under ideal conditions that prevented corrosion and deteriora­ tion. Probably only one of us in a hundred thousand have the facilities and funds to preserve and maintain our antiques and classics as did Howard Hughes, but we can use common sense in approaching our individual maintenance programs by attempting to fly our antiques and classics on a regular basis and keep our engines clean with frequent operation and periodic oil changes. After all, our purpose is to maintain and keep our antiques flying for the enjoyment of ourselves and others. Very few of the young aviation enthusiasts get an opportunity to see, let alone get a buddy ride in, the antiques flying today. So remember that kid on the fence when you fly your bird into the sky •

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W. Brad Thomas, Jr.

301 Dodson Mill Road

Pilot Mountain, NC 27041

919/368-2875 Home

919/368-2291 Office


Jack C. Winthrop

Route 1, Box 111

Allen, TX 75002


M. C. " Kelly" Viets

7745 W. 183rd St.

Stilwell , KS 66085

913/681-2303 Home

9131782-6720 Office

Treasurer E. E. " Buck" Hilbert

P.O. Box 145

Union, IL 60180




Ronald Fritz

15401 Sparta Avenue

Kent City , MI 49330

Morton W. Lester

P.O. Box 3747

Martinsville, VA 2411 2



Claude L. Gray, Jr. 9635 Sylvia Avenue Northridge , CA 91324

Arthur R. Morgan 3744 North 51st Blvd . Milwaukee, WI 53216



Dale A. Gustafson 7724 Shady Hill Drive Indianapolis, IN 46274

John R. Turgyan 1530 Kuser Road Trenton , NJ 08619



FRONT COVER •.. Rare 1933 Fairchild 22, NC14768. SIN 922 owned by Jack Schnaubelt (EAA 36851 , AlC 104), 1755 Country Knolls Lane, Elgin, IL 60120. Photographed at Oshkosh by Ted Koston .

TABLE OF CONTENTS Straight and Level . . . By Brad Thomas ... . .. . ... . . AlC News ... Compiled by Gene Chase .. .. ... . ... .. Fuselage Scale Details Of Lincoln Biplane - Part III . .. Three-Time Grand Champion Winner .. .

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Robert E. Kesel

455 Oakridge Drive

Rochester, NY 14617

By E . E . "Buck" Hilbert . . .... . .... ... .... ... . ... 14

George S. Yo rk

181 Sloboda Ave.

Mansfield , OH 44906

Mystery Plane. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 An Observer At The Wings & Wheels Auction .. . By E . E. "B uck" Hilbert ....... . ...... ... . ... . . .. 16

A Brief Moment In Aviation History . . .



ADVISORS Ed Burns 550 Mt. Prospect Road Des Plaines, IL 60018

Stan Gomoll 1042 90th Lane, NE Minneapolis, MN 55434


Gene Morris 27 Chandelle Drive Hampshire, IL 60140


Espie M. Joyce, Jr. Box 468 Madison , NC 27025 919/427-0216

By William H. Parker . ..... . . _. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Letters To Editor ..... .... . . .. ...... ... . . .......... 19 Calendar of Events . . .... . . ... . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 19


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John S. Copeland 9 Joanne Drive W'~stborough , MA 01581

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By Claude Gray . ..................... . . . . . . . . .. 8 Golden Oldies .. ........ . . . . . ..... . . . ... . . ... ...... 10 Members' Projects . .. . .. ........... .. ... ... . . . . . .. 11 A Photo Album From Hungary ... By Bela Varga . .. 12 Liaison Missions - Men and Machines . . .

S. J. Wittman

Box 2672

Oshkosh , WI 54901

AI Kelch

66 W. 622 N. Mad ison Avenue

Cedarburg , WI 53012

BACK COVER • •• Activity is focused on the landing gear of the Crosby CR-4 racer in 1939. The man at right holds a Cleveland newspaper with headlines announcing the invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany at the start of WWII . Can anyone identify the men in the photo. (Photo from the Clarence B. Kramer collection )

S. H. " Wes" Schmid 2359 Lefeber Road Wauwatosa. WI 53213 414/771 -1545



Gene R. Chase

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Norman Petersen Pat Etter

Editorial Policy: Readers are encouraged to submit stories and photographs. Policy opinions expressed in articles are solely those of the authors. Responsibility for accuracy in reporting rests entirely with the contributor. Material should be sent to : Gene R. Chase , Editor, The VINTAGE AIR­ PLANE, P.O. Box 229, Hales Corners, WI 53130. Associate Editorships are assigned to those writers who submit five or more articles which are published in THE VINTAGE AIRPLANE during the current year. Associates receive a bound volume of THE VINTAGE AIRPLANE and a free one-year membership in the Division for their effort. THE VINTAGE AIRPLANE (ISSN 0091-6943) is owned exclusively by EAA Antique/Classic Division, Inc .. and is published monthly at Hales Corners, WisconSin 53130. Second Class Postage paid at Hales Corners Post Office, Hales Corners, Wisconsin 53130, and additional mailing offices. Mem­ bership rates for EAA Antique/Classic Division, Inc., are $14.00 for current EAA members per 12 month period of which $10.00 is for the publication of THE VINTAGE AIRPLANE . Membership is open to all who are interested in aviation. ADVERTISING - Antique/Classic Division does not guarantee or endorse any product offered through our advertising. We invite constructive criticism and welcome any report of inferior merchandise obtained through our advertising so that corrective measures can be taken. VINTAGE AIRPLANE 3

CHARLIE KLESSIG IS AT IT AGAIN FORD TRIMOTOR FOR SALE Bob Baron recently sent word that Island Airlines' Ford Trimotor is for sale. He quoted from the February 24 , 1982 edition of the Toledo (Ohio) Blade: PORT CLINTON, Ohio - The historic "Tin Goose" Ford Trimotor Aircraft may be leaving its Lake Erie Islands roost. Island Airlines, owner of the 14 passenger relic, announced Monday that it will sell the 54-year-old aircraft as soon as possible because of economic factors. The asking price reportedly is to be about $1 million. Island Airlines officials said that profits generated from daily Trimotor sight-seeing trips over the islands near here could not cover annual insurance payments of nearly $27,000.00. In addition, the Tin Goose was severely hampered by its inability to provide regular passenger service to the Islands because of Federal Aviation Administration regulations prohibiting it from doing so. The Trimotor began its regular sight-seeing flights over the Islands in April 1980 after a $300,000 restora足 tion returned the aircraft to active service. The expensive face-lift was needed after a crash in July 1977, damaged nearly 80% of the aircraft. The Island Airlines Mode14-AT is the oldest Ford Tri足 motor still flying commercially. Ford built 198 Trimotors between 1926 to 1933. Only a handful remain. Bob Baron worked for Ford at the time the Trimotors were being built and he has offered invaluable technical assistance to EAA in the restoration of the Museum's Ford, NC8407. A progress report on this project will be presented in a forthcoming issue of The VINTAGE AIR足 PLANE.

SALMSON MANUALS NEEDED The Museum is in dire need of both overhaul and operating manuals for a Salmson Type 5AG engine. This is the powerplant in the Museum's 1931 Morane Saulnier Type 181 aircraft, which is being restored by EAA Chapter 304 in Jackson, MI. Donations to the EAA Aviation Foundation are tax deductible, or if a manual would be available for copying, please contact Ralph Bufano, Executive Director, EAA Aviation Foundation, Inc. , 11311 W. Forest Home Avenue, Franklin, WI 53132.

JOE MACKEY 01 ES Col. Joseph C. Mackey , Ft. Lauderdale, died on February 14, 1982 in Florida. He was 72. He founded Mackey International Airlines, Mackey Airlines, and Mackey Air Transport. Of interest to EAA members, Col. Mackey was the last registered owner of the 1931 Laird Super Solution before it was donated to the National Air and Space Museum. In 1976 he signed a bill of sale which enabled the EAA Aviation Foundation to acquire the original registration number, NR12048 for its replica of this historic aircraft. 4 APRIL 1982

From the EAA Chapter 81 Newsletter edited by Larry Cowell, Tucson, AZ we learn that Charlie Klessig (EAA 40563, AlC 357) is building a replica of a 1911 Curtiss Pusher. The plane is on the gear with wing center sections, control column, brake and engine mount installed. The ailerons will be operated by the body yoke per the original. Charlie is building the plane at Ryan Field, Tucson and knowing how fast he works, the Curtiss may be flying by the time this gets into print.



The National Agricultural Association Museum, P.O. Box 1609, Jackson, MS 39205 is looking for dona足 tions of aircraft, specifically a Jenny, Huff-Dayland, Travel Air 6000, or other similar historic planes. They are non-profit and tax exempt. The 40 ,000 square foot museum is located on a city tract of 39.5 acres along with other historical museums. The State of Mississippi has given one and one half million dollars to support the NAAA facility. For further information, contact Mr. James Maxwell , Benoit, MS 39725, tel. 6011742-3400 , Operator 7. Mr. Maxwell is founder of "World Agricultural Aviation" magazine and past president of the National Agricultural Aviation Association.



Pea Patch Airlines has announced the formation of an all new club for Aeronca aircraft owners and enthusiasts called the AERONCA AVIATORS CLUB. The group offers a variety of services including: quarterly newsletter, tour planning, reference services by telephone or mail , publications (including many of Charlie Lasher's, president of the former AERONCA OWNERS CLUB), patches, tee shirts, decals, etc. Interested persons should contact Doe Dickey (EAA 62186 , AlC 4169), PEA PATCH AIRLINES AERONCA AVIATORS CLUB, 511 Terrace Lake Road, Columbus , IN 47201. Tel. 812/342-6878 .

INDIANA SPORT AVIATION ASSN . ELECTS OFFICERS The Indiana Sport Aviation Association has announced the election of five Columbus residents as its 1982 officers. Julia Dickey, 511 Terrace Lake, will serve as President; Kimberley Singleton, 3420 Deerfield Place, as Vice-President; Joseph E. Dickey, 511 Terrace Lake, as Secretary; Eileen Shanks, 11832 West 50 South, as Treasurer and Eric Stark, 4320 North Washington, as Youth Representative. The Indiana Sport Aviation Association is a state chapter of the International Experimental Aircraft Association and serves eighteen local Indiana Chapters and 2,000 Hoosier EAA members. (Continued on Page 20)

An excellent

idea of the size and

appearance of the Lin­

coln Sport Biplane may be had

from the above view of a pilot getting

ready to start the Anzani 3-cylinder 35

hp 4-cycle motor. Such a ship is ideal for

the amateur ,and will perform just as capab­

ly as a larger plane. Many of these marvel­

ous light airplanes have already been built.



Details for the immensely popular little biplane are concluded here. This will put the reader in possession of a complete set Of detailed plans for one oj the best planes oj the day.

PART III (From the EAA R eprint of the 1930 FLYING and GLIDER MANUAL) As we glide into the last de­ tails for the building of the Lin­ coln Sport plane let us take a sum­ mary of the plans which we have laid before us and from which the ship is to be built. The last part contained the first of the plans, and carried all the dope about the performance and the main layout. The fuselage fit­ tings, the plan view of the fuse­ lage and the wings, the U.S.A. 27 wing section (which, by the way, is obtainable upon applica­ tion from the National Advisory Committee for Aviation, Navy Building, Washington, D.C.) and the interplane strut and landing carriage details were shown with explanations in that issue. The following part took up the engine mounting, wing mounting, fuse­ lage, strut fittings, stabilizer

parts and wing fittings. This is­ sue completes the set of draw­ ings. Anyone at all familiar with the building of an airplane will be able to construct the Lincoln Biplane from the set of details provided through these pages of Modern Mechanics Flying Man­ ual.

Should the reader wish, he may secure a set of blueprints for the construction of this ship from the

designers, the Lincoln Standard

Airplane Co. of Lincoln, Nebr.

The price of these prints is five

dollars, and though no more com­

plete than the set of plans which

the magazine has presented, they

are shown to somewhat larger

scale and possibly might be a bit

easier to work from.

The Lawrence mounting is pe­

culiar in that there are no points

of attachment about the engine such as bolts, etc. The mounts for the old Penguin planes in which the Lawrence engines were used were merely U-bolts attach­ ed to the lower ends of the cyl­ inder barrels. Use is made of this :" ' .-. -;



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feature in the Lincoln Sportplane if one wants to use the Lawrence . The wing may be covered with Grade A cotton cloth. The load­ ing per square foot is not 51 V:> lbs. per square foot as was at first printed, but only 5 ~/:! lbs. For such a loading, well doped cotton cloth is ample as to strength and lasting qualities. The wing is covered in the usual way by making the covering a tight fitting sack, putting it onto the wing like a stocking, and then sewing it to the ri bs. The sewing stitch is merely a tightly made loop about every four inch­ es along the wing ribs. Start the stitch on one side of the rib, poke the needle through to the under side of the wing, and then bring the thread up through the top again on the other side of the wing. The blueprint on an accom­ panying page shows several de­ tails worth mentioning at length. Among these is the splice in the wing spars. As previously mentioned, the dihedral in this design is built in the wing. The spars are spliced at the centers where the cabane strut is mounted and are glued with Curtis cold water glue . The method of joining the spars is shown in the drawing at the low­ er portion of the page . In the view which may be identified by the dimension 4 % in. showing the length of the splice, it will be noticed that there are ostensi­ bly three holes for bolts. The out­ er ones are used for the fittings; the center one is a dowel pin . The aileron control horn is a complicated piece of cutting and should be laid out flat , cut, and

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then bent, and drilled the last thing so that the holes will be in line. The method of making the cen­ ter section N-strut, or cabane is shown. The welding had best be done by a man used to the work or much tubing will be wasted before a satisfactory job results. The welding of tubing is in it­ self an art, and all welder4 are not tubing welders by a long way. The application of the oxy-acety­ lene welding flame to light tub­ ing such as this is very apt to thin the metal on each side of the weld and nine times out of ten if fail­ ure occurs it is at this point and

for the above reason. In all points the skill of a welder will be found well worth while. The accompanying blueprint also shows the Lincoln method of building the trailing edge of their wings, as will be seen from the cross section of the aileron. Quarter-inch by 22 gauge steel tubing is used for this, and is se­ cured to the wing ribs by copper strips. The copper is soldered to the tubing, nailed to the rib, and the nail heads soldered to pre­ vent their coming loose. The aileron hinges are simple and are readily made out from the drawings. The method of

fastening them together is shown. The clevis pin, a standard 3/16 item is used and anchored with a cotter pin. It is recommended that the builder of this plane, should he wish to fly it, take time from some accredited instructor. It will be the cheapest in the long run and will enable the student to keep his plane intact until he has acquired enough air sense to instinctively do the right thing when an emergency arises. Modern Mechanics does not ad­ vocate the student teaching him­ self to fly. If, however, he wishes to try it and risk a faul~y which may endanger hIS ShIP, here is the way to go about it. On the take-off, after the motor is warmed so that giving her the gun will not load her up and .kill it, the ship is lined directly mto the wind. Choose the early morn­ ing or the evening before the sun goes down. The air is then heavy, lifts well, and is not bumpy as a general rule. . The throttle is gunned WIde out. The stick is shoved way for­ ward so as to lift the tail off the ground. When the nose Of. the ship is on a line with the hOrIz~n the stick is eased back as the ShIp gains enough speed to keep the nose there, and finally a slight nudge back will lift the ship off the ground, and you are in flight. Care must be taken not to climb too fast and stall the ship. As a stall approaches the aileron controls become soft. Nose the ship down to regain control. When about 400 ft. of altitude have been gained head the ship back into the wind for a landing and cut the motor, when flying straight along in normal flight, the air field under you forms a line of vision which approxi­ mates the gliding angle of the ship. Cut the gun, nose the ship over into this line, and gently dive for the field . About 10 ft. or so off the ground level off and wait for the ship to begin to set­ tle. Just at the moment you feel the ship begin to settle keep pull­ ing the stick back, settling the tail, until the ship lands on all three points - tail skid and two wheels. • •• VINTAGE AIRPLANE 7

(Ted Koston photo)

The three time Grand Champion Classic winner In flight near

Wittman Field, Oshkosh, WI during the 1980 EAA Convention.

GRAND CHAMPION WINNER Jim Thompson..)vlth his well-deserved Grand Champion Award. (Betty Thompson photo)

By Claude Gray

Chairman EAA National Judging Committee (Photos by Jim Thompson except as noted)

By carefully planning ahead on the restoration of his 1951 Aeronca Sedan, N1491H, Jim Thompson of Roberts, Illinois was able to win the Classic Aircraft Grand Champion Award three times: Oshkosh 1980, Tullahoma 1980 and Sun 'n Fun 1981. This aircraft was judged at each of these Fly-Ins by a completely different set of judges, but all using the same rules set forth by the Antique/Classic Division of the EAA. Jim started his restoration project by first getting a copy of the Antique/Classic Division Judging Guide Book for restorers. This showed him what is looked for in an authentic restoration and also gave him a grade sheet as used by the judges in grading each aircraft. By studying this information he knew what was expected and looked for. His next goal then was to keep his restoration authentic and also maintain a high standard of quality and workmanship. 8 APRIL 1982

The Instrument panel is restored to original configuration. A modern radio is concealed behind the left glove box door. The unique control wheels were handcrafted at the factory especially for the last two Sedans produced.

Attention to every detail Is a must for a Grand Champion contender.

(Betty Thompson photo)

The judging crew inspecting Jim's 1951 Aeronca 15AC Sedan at Oshkosh '80.


Jim Thompson removes the bugs after arrival at Oshkosh 'SO. (Betty Thompson photo)

The following quotation from Jim to me is an excellent example of how both pre-planning and effort are necessary to produce a winner. "It's an easy booklet to understand, telling everything one needs to know about restoring. An example is Item J., General Appearance, which tells things like color scheme, finishes, nuts, bolts and screws which should all be as they were originally. If you deviate from this you will be penalized." From a judge's viewpoint his aircraft was not "over足 restored." It has original type fabric and dope finish, well put on but not over-done with regards to shine and gloss. Jim's Aeronca strictly represented new quality for the price range of an airplane of that era. When it came to authenticity of various items he wrote to and received answers from such companies as Aeronca, Inc., verifying that his aircraft N1491H was their last production aircraft. They gave him complete

Bill started with this complete, but non-authentic Aeronca Sedan.



Jim's wife, Betty installed the beautiful Interior using original type materials.

details on the color scheme, wheels and brakes used on this particular plane, a change on a firewall mounted battery box and other details. Continental Motors supplied Jim with the exact color scheme on the C-145 at that time, which was black cylinders with a grey case. McCauley Accessory Division of Cessna Aircraft sent him complete details, color and all, of the decal used . on the propeller in 1951. Jim had to make such things as the "flush type" wind­ shield nuts from 7/16 hex stock because none are available now. He states in his letter to me that certain "new manufacture" Phillips head screws could not be used because they have a small flat spot on the head that the original did not have. From a parts book he had obtained a complete list of the hardware used and made sure that all nuts and bolts were of original size and length. All of this research is a lot of work but those of us involved with judging are well aware that a Grand Champion doesn't just happen. It is planned. If you do want to deviate some from original you must try to pick up the penalty points on the plus side of the grade sheet by top workmanship and quality. It can be done . •

Bill Pancake (EAA 118244), Keyser, WV Installs the Continental 145hp engine which he overhauled for Jim.

The fuselage was stripped to bare metal and all questionable tubing replaced before coating with two part epoxy. The wood formers and stringers are new.

GOLDEN OLDIES In 1936 Benny Howard introduced the first of his commercial line of Howard DGA series pat­ terned after his famous Mr. Mulligan racing air­ craft. The prototype of this series was the DGA-7 , later modified to a DGA-8. The example pictured

10 APRIL 1982

here was the 4th DGA-8 manufactured. It was regis­ tered NC14870, SIN 75 and powered with a Wright R-760-E2 of320 hp. It cruised at a respectable 191 mph at 12,000 feet at 66% power. (Photos from the George Hardie Collection)

This section of The VINTAGE AIRPLANE is ded­ icated to members and their aircraft projects. We wel­ come photos along with descriptions, and the projects can be either completed or underway . Send material to the editor at the address shown on page 3 of this issue. Dear Gene: Enclosed is a "before" picture of my basket case Piper PA-12. I found the plane in a Hammond, IN garage covered with trash. It is by no means a hopeless project, but one that will require much work and patience. I have two teenage sons to help. We are all looking forward to camping under the wing at Oshkosh. Sincerely, Doug Campbell (EAA 87558, AlC 6486) 895 Skyline Drive Niles, MI 49120

Ray Fow (EAA 122494, AlC 6952), 9630 SW 148 Place, Miami, FL 33196, a brand new member of the Antlque/Classic Division, sent this photo of his handsome Waco UPF-7, NC30199, SIN 5630.

This Stearman N60562, SIN 75-1492, powered by a Lycoming R·680 Is owned by John C. Hooper (EAA 134504), P.O. Box 354, Harvey, LA 70059. It was photographed In flight by Bob Moore (EAA 113726, A/C 3808) during a Stearman fly·ln at Jennings, LA In November 1981.

This 1952 Piper PA·22·135 Trlpacer, N2390A, SIN 756 Is owned by Dr. Craig A. Rose (EAA 161387, A/C 6053), 2445 Knob Hill Drive, Dubuque, IA 52001. Purchased In June 1980, the plane has been restored to nearly new condition despite having nearly 3,350 hours TTA&E. The Trlpacer Is white with a red stripe, covered with ceconlte and finished with Imron. VINTAGE AIRPLANE 11


By B ela Va rga (EAA 164715)

B udapest, VIII L evdi Oszkar 38 1084 H ungary Editor's Note: Over the years EAA member B ela Varga has been sending aviation magazines, photos, and other aviation m emorabilia from his native H ungary, to EAA Headquarters. T hese are welcome additions to the R esearch Library and photo files. Included here are examples of material received from Mr. Varga. Mr. Bela Varga (EAA 164715), Budapest, Hungary and a European sailplane.

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By E. E. "Buck" Hilbert (EAA 21, Ale 5) 8102 Leech Road Union , IL 60180 (Photos by the author)

Looking at my library shelf, I see a preponderance of titles that deal with WWII and the exploits of the bombers, the fighters and the pilots who flew them, all pictured with their raunchy "fifty mission crush" caps. But what of the guys who flew in support of the "ground pounders" and helped with their efforts including those in the "L" planes, the guys who had to revert to infantry when they crash landed with a load of troops in Normandy in a combat glider, or those who ditched alongside a ship in the North Atlantic after a one-way trip to spot German "U" boats harassing a convoy? I was on the fringes of this kind of flying and I witnessed deeds that were done with these airplanes that bordered on lunacy! Those guys did things with those little airplanes that were normally associated with jeeps, and armored personnel carriers. Somehow they never seemed to have a P.R. man around to tell them, and the world, that they did a heck of a job! They did what had to be done and it was all in a day's work. First thing that comes to mind is, what are "L" planes? Well, let's see if we can remember some of the highlights of their development and how it all started. Prior to 1940 there weren't any! When President Franklin D. Roosevelt began the defense buildup that year, the experts in military strategy, both naval and Instrument panel of the 1950 Cessna L-19, No. 01677.

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1 Lt. E. E. Hilbert, pilot Hq. Co. "Air Section" 24th Inf. Div., Sendai, Japan with General Smythe's L-17B, March 1951.

ground, could see no "practical" use for the "light" plane in military operations. Then came the war game maneuvers in Tennessee and Louisiana in 1941. The Army asked Aeronca, Taylorcraft and Piper management to furnish about a dozen or so of their off-the-shelf airplanes to be used in the maneuvers as an experiment to see if they might be useful in some capacity. Piper sent eight J-3s, Aeronca a couple of Defenders (TCs, I think) , and Taylor sent a couple of his new tandems. First Cavalry Division Commander, Major General Ennis P. Smith, gets the credit for affixing the name "Grasshoppers" to these airplanes, a "monicker" that stuck all through WWII. These little "Grasshoppers" proved extremely valuable. Now the troop commanders had eyes. The artillery could see where their rounds were going. The tank units could avoid the traps ahead. The generals could assess the situation much more readily. The "Grasshopper" came into its own! There are those of us who remember those " ma足 neuvers." We wandered around the swamps and hills carrying broomsticks for weapons and wearing armbands of red or green and sometimes driving vehicles with TANK written on the side of them so the "enemy" would know they were supposed to be afraid. It may have seemed ridiculous to the participants at the time, but prepara足 tions were under way for some very serious REAL WAR in the not-too-distant future . When war was declared, the aircraft manufacturers were flooded with orders for "Grasshoppers." By the end of hostilities, the government had bought about nine thousand of them. These were the "L" planes. The "L" didn't mean "little," it meant LIAISON and they saw action in every theatre of the war, in every branch of the service. Even the Navy had them, and the Marines too. These are the planes I want to write about and tell the world about the guys who flew them. Surprisingly, very few of them were shot down. They flew too slowly to be engaged by enemy fighters and they could fly just high enough to be out of range of small arms fire. If things got real hot and there was no artillery they could calIon to knock out the hot spot, they could always hi-tail it for the trees, or land quickly in some available field and hot-foot it for cover.

The L-19 assigned to 1 Lt. Hilbert at Camp Fuji, Japan. Mount Fuji Is obscured by the cloud in the background.

Cessna L-19 at Camp McNair, Japan on the north side of Mt. Fuji, seen In the background. The sign on the post contains the phone number for Camp McNair.

The antics and exploits of the "L" planes are many and varied and range from the North Atlantic convoy duty mentioned earlier, to being the eyes for all the invasions, including North Africa, Sicily, Italy, Normandy , and Patton's advance. There are many stories to be told about these "L" planes and their enlisted pilots. Hopefully I'm going to smoke out some of the stories. I'm researching now, and in future issues of The VINTAGE AIRPLANE maybe you'll be reading some of them.

I hope to do a series about the "L" planes from the L-1 through the L-20, which was just coming on the scene when I left Army Aviation and started life with United Airlines. I wonder just how many of you readers can help with these articles? If you've got a story or a picture, or a friend who was one of the original four hundred pilots, I'd sure like to hear about it. I know that some of the guys are out there! Let's shake 'em up and get them talkin'! â&#x20AC;˘


This month's Mystery Plane photo was provided by Mike Rezich, 6424 So. LaPorte Ave., Chicago, IL 60638. The plane originated in the Chicago area and it is not a one-of-a-kind. Identification will appear in the June issue of The VINTAGE AIRPLANE. The February 1982 Mystery Plane was the Continental GR-1, SIN 1, designed by Michael Gregor in 1930. It was also known as the Gregor Sportplane. The plane was powered by a 95hp American Cirrus engine. Among those who correctly identified the GR-1 was publisher Jay Miller, Austin, TX who authored an eight

page article with photos and drawings in AEROPHILE, Vol. 2, No.1, about Gregor's FDB-1 and the GR-l. Others who identified the plane were Jack McRae, Huntington Station, NY. Jack said the photo was taken at Roosevelt Field about 1934. Robert C. Mosher, Royal Oak, MI included a three-view drawing taken from a 1937 issue of AVIATION, with his letter identifying the plane. J. Reid Patterson, Whitewater, WI named the GR-1 as did Dick Geist, Wichita, KS. VINTAGE AIRPLANE 15

AN OBSERVER AT THE WINGS & WHEELS AUCTION By E. E. "Buck" Hilbert (EAA 21 , Ale 5) 8102 Leech Road Union , IL 60180

(Photos .by Gene Chase) "Wings & Wheels Museum .. . Cars and planes from another time!" proclaim the billboards placed along the beeline highway and other prominent places in and around Orlando, Florida. What a shame! Wings & Wheels is no longer; it has passed from the scene. The name itself caught the imagination. How could we help but be curious with a name such as that? I'd heard the name originally came from an exasperated school teacher's comment about a certain student of her time who had nothing but "wings and wheels" on his mind. He drove her to distraction because he was forever daydreaming about "wings and wheels." He never studied and was bound to be an absolute failure . From this distracted teacher came the theme that stuck for the rest of his life.

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The facility itself was almost too good to be true . It was a B-52 hangar located at the old McCoy Air Force installation and about 160,000 square feet of support buildings including machine shop, auto shop, paint shop, carpenter shop, hangar workshop, administrative offices and various other buildings that could be used for library and storage purposes. Ideal? Hardly the word for it! These facilities fell under control of the newly-formed Orlando Airport Authority and in addition to being used for Museum purposes, there was a CAP unit, an EAA Chapter, and one Airline also embedded within these walls at the invitation of the Museum. As a matter of fact the entire facility was always available for any aviation activity. The intent was to make the facility into an "aviation activities center," an all encompassing headquarters just for aviation and aviators and their activities. Many times, the admission fee was waived with the presentation of his credentials at the door , and the aviator was given the "royal" treatment. Maybe this was part of the undoing. I would like to have access to the guest registers that were in the lobby. Each visitor was asked to add his name to the list and any comments he chose to make were also duly noted. There are some great names in those registers, some of whom came back to witness the finale. The make-up of the Museum, with its cars, the pictures, the lobby and lounge, the tram that carried visitors on a tour throughout the facility with a narration about each

of the significant displays was prelude to the movie presentation "To Fly". Then one could walk about or sit quietly and ponder the joys of perhaps owning one or more of the machines or dream of days past when he did own one like it. The atmosphere was one of restful contemplation of our aviation heritage and the tribute we owe to those pioneers who made aviation what it is today. It was great! Wings & Wheels closed on the Tuesday after Labor Day, 1981. The reason was simple. The lease on these wondrous facilities was to expire December 31, 1981. The airport authority threw the facility open for bids. A larger, more lucrative business name bid a figure some 300% higher than the existing lease. There was no recourse. The struggle to keep the doors open was over. The writing was not only written on the wall it was embrazoned in large green letters! $$$ And so Sunday, December 6, 1981 was set as the day when the greatest collection of WWI and sport aircraft of the 30s was to be auctioned. The event was advertised almost to the extreme. Virtually every name in aviation was there. Just think of a name ... Ernie Gann? Yep, he was there. Cole Palen, Louis Casey, you put in the names, they were all there! Practically every museum in the world was represented. Canada, Brazil, England, our National Air & Space Museum, the Marine Corps Museum, the Crawford Auto & Aviation Museum of Cleveland - they were all there, as well as the private individuals hoping against hope that a cherished item

might sell in a price bracket within their means. This was not to be a "cheapie" nor mediocre auction. . This affair had class! Admission was by catalog only and that cost! And the successful bidder had to be "up front" with the money and arrange transport of the purchased item within three days. There also had to be paid in addition to the bid price, a 100/0 premium to the auction house as well as the Florida state sales tax of 5%. This, mind you, would add considerably to the bid price. The first items to go were the odd lots. Items that came mainly from the storage areas of the museum that hadn't been suitable for display or were not yet made ready for display. Items like unidentified antique wooden propellers, a Westinghouse J-34 jet engine, an R-3350 run-out, a couple of unfinished homebuilt projects that had not progressed much beyond the dream stage, the photo displays of new clippings and data that an individual had collected over a lifetime. It was all neatly indexed and arranged in cardboard files. A ready reference except for one thing: there were no dates or authentifica足 tion ... no hint as to where or when the stuff was collected. All these items, as well as the WWI engine collection went in very short order bringing prices that were a hint of what was to come! Next came the automobiles. The collection of Model A's went like wildfire. All I could think of was leaking water pumps and leaking rear main bearings that made the clutch chatter. These things were selling for thousands more than I ever paid for one in my day. I couldn't help


but feel I'd lost touch completely when a '37 Ford stake­ bed pick-up went for TEN thousand dollars. And then the Duesenberg Model J went for an astronomical price followed by the Packard Dual Cowl Phaeton's price that went into orbit. The man who purchased the Packard was hopping around like a cat on a hot tin roofprodaiming what a bargain he'd gotten, and that he had expected to pay much more than he did. And then came the airplanes. I looked at my watch. We'd been there less than two hours and that bloody English auctioneer had already disposed of sixty-five lots! The airplane bidding started slowly, just below mach one. I had hoped that none of them would go, but they were snapped up in very short order. The WWI machines went at what I'd consider bargain prices. Imagine a Spad VII, no, TWO Spad VIIs, suitable for display only but invaluable and irreplaceable. A Jenny, an original Deperdussin, a DH-4, the prototype Thomas Morse Scout, SE5A, Fokker DVII, Caudron, Pfalz, Farman, a Camel, Fokker Triplane replicas, a Neuport Replica. The bidders knew what they wanted and the bidding was crisp and deliberate. Then the Waco 9 and lOs, the Robin, the Aeronca C-3 , Commandaire, the lone Porterfield LP-65, American Eaglet, Heath Parasol, Arrow Sport, Bucker Jungman,

Famed aviator Frank Hawks slld'e s Into the cockpit of his Travel Air Mystery Ship before departing the site of his forced

Staggerwing B17, Travel Aire 6000, Curtiss Junior, Fleet 7, Fairchild 24 and 19, Stinson SM8A, and AT-19, Travel Aire 12Q , Inland Sport, and an assortment of basket cases and projects, all of them gone forever. This pilot had flown some of the planes in the past couple of years to events around the Florida area. If I'd had even the slightest inkling that the Travel Aire 6000 would be worth 100 big ones, I would have been afraid to fly it, let alone do the dawn patrol at Sun 'n Fun '81. And so it went, until the last machine was sold. The big sale was over and done. I was sad, knowing that there would never again be a collection like this. Even our EAA Museum, extensive as it is, will never have the WWI craft like this. I was also acutely aware of what this auction had done to the value of antique airplanes. My one hope is that the realist would prevail and the almighty dollar wouldn't taint the real enthusiasts among us . . . but I'm afraid it will. Could it be that some of the vintage planes we've had so much fun with have become such valuable objects that they can never be entrusted to flight again? Editor's Note: This auction was conducted by Christie's of London, England and it attracted world-wide attention. The February 1982 issue of The VINTAGE AIRPLANE contained a fairly complete listing of the aircraft and prices bid. •

landing near Vega, Texas. This plane Is currently on display In Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry. (Photo by Walter L. Mitchell)



By William H. Parker

(EAA 163092, AIC 6458)

3105 Austin Street

Corpus Christi, TX 78404

The year was 1933 in Amarillo, Texas where Walter L. Mitchell, in his early twenties, was working for Fred Smith and Harold Carter, owners of the Willard Battery distributorship in Amarillo. The two owners were both fliers and they hangared at the old Amarillo Airport which was operated by Thornton Oxnard. One afternoon about 5:00 p.m. , Fred Smith came out to the shop where Walter Mitchell was working and told him to pick up fifteen gallons of gasoline in three five gallon cans and 18 APRIL 1982

put them in the trunk of his Ford. When Walter arrived with the gasoline, Fred and Harold got in the car and headed toward the vicinity of Vega, Texas, 17 miles west of Amarillo. The next morning they told Walter about Frank Hawks and his "out of gas" landing in a pasture near Vega with his Travel Air Mystery Ship. They were astounded because this little racing aircraft was not meant for off-airport landings. At Fred and Harold's invitation, Walter Mitchell went out to the airport to see the famed aviator and his Mystery Ship. Walter had his camera and took a picture, possibly the only record of this event as Frank Hawks did not consider a dead stick landing in a cow pasture such a great occurance and did not want any publicity concerning it. After checking the plane over and filling up with fuel, Frank Hawks took off in a thunderous run and was out of sight very shortly. •


Dear Sir: I read with interest your suggestion that some type of certificate might be in order to legally maintain our old aircraft. I have owned my 1941 Bellanca Model 14-12-F3 with a 150 hp Franklin in place of the original 120hp engine, for 28 years. I do 900/0 of the work on it as local FBOs are not interested in older aircraft nor could I afford to pay for the amount of time they would have to spend in research to learn what to do to the plane. Fortunately for me I became well acquainted with a Bellanca specialist when I first bought the ship. He was very generous in teaching me everything he knew about Bellancas. Over the years I have learned how and where to find parts for the plane. Dear Sir: I have often thought that we who maintain old air­ The February '82 "Mystery Plane" is a Continental craft should have some type of certificate. Many of the GR. This particular plane is CN/SN 1. It was built by younger generation of AIls and FAA personnel cannot the Continental Aircraft Corp., 3231 53rd Place, Wood­ even identify antique aircraft. It seems to me that those side, L.L, NY. of us who own them and keep them flying safely, have Referring to the enclosed flyer, there was a Continental proven that we can properly maintain them. Aircraft Corp. at 704 E. Douglas, Wichita, KS. Were these I hope enough people will be interested in and will companies separate entities? support a move to obtain Repairman Certificates for Yours truly, owners of vintage aircraft. Dick Geist Thanks, (EAA 79109, NC 6070) Lt. Col. (Ret.) Jack N. Niland 4905 E. Harry, Apt. 115 (EAA 108590) Wichita, KS 67218 3353 Tanglewood Drive Editor's N ote: Can anyone answer Dick's question con­ Augusta, GA 30909 cerning the two Continental Aircraft Corporations?

Dear Gene: I can identify the "Mystery Plane" on page 17 of the February 1982 issue of The VINTAGE AIRPLANE. It is a Continental GR-1. I wonder if Mike Rezich will get this one? We used to exchange pictures in the '30s. After seeing his name in VINTAGE I made contact with him for the first time in almost 50 years. Best wishes, J. Reid Patterson

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APRIL 30 • MAY 2 - STATESVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA - Annual Fly-In EM Antique/Classic Chapter 3. Antiques, Classics, Home­ builts, Warbirds and Ultralights invited. Awards and banquet Saturday night. Contact Geneva McKiernan, 5301 Finsbury Place. Charlotte. NC 27211. MAY 21·23 - TULSA. OKLAHOMA - Harvey Young Airport '41st Anniversary Fly-In. Special welcome to ultralights. warbirds. homebuilts. antiques and classics. Contact Hurley Boehler. Rt. 8. Box 617. Claremore. OK 74017. Telephone 918/341-3n2 or 918/

JULY 10-11 - ALLIANCE, OHIO - Annual Taylorcraft FlyllnlReunion sponsored by Taylorcraft Owner's Club and the Taylorcraft " Old Timers." Factory tours. many activities. Contact Bruce Bixler at

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JULY 18-18 - MINDEN. NEBRASKA - National Stinson Club Fly-In. Annual Kansas City Antique For information contact George Leamy, 117 Lanford Road. Sparten­ Airplane Association Chapter Fly-In. Amelia Earhart Memorial burg. SC 29301. 803/576-9698 or Mike Emerson, 3309 Overton Airport. For details contact Bill Hare. 6207 Riggs. Mission. KS Park E.. Fort Worth. TX 76109, 817/924-8647. 66202. JULY 18-18 - LEWISTOWN. MONTANA- 5th Annual Montana Chapter JUNE .... - MERCED. CALIFORNIA - Silver Anniversary West Coast AM Fly-In at Beacon Star Antique Airfield. For further information. Fly-In at Merced Municipal Airport. For information contact Dee please contact Frank or Billie Bess. Beacon Star Antique Airfield. Humann. P.O. Box 2312. Merced. CA 95344. 209/358-3487. Star Route. Moore. MT 59464. 406/538-7816. JUNE. - DeKALB. ILUNOIS - EM Chapter 241 and MST Aviation JULY 30 - AUGUST 1 - COFFEYVILLE. KANSAS - Funk Fly-In. Antiques. co-sponsor Annual Fly-In. Drive-in Breakfast. 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Classics, Homebuilts invited. Contests. trophies. dinner. Contact For details contact Marlin Crown, 815/8~. Ray Pahls. 454 Summittawn. Wichita. KS 67209. 316/943-6920. JUNE 11·13 - DENTON. TEXAS - 20th Annual Texas AAAlEM Fly-In. evenings. For information contact Jack Winthrop, Rt. 1. Box 111. Allen, TX JULY 31 - AUGUST 7 - OSHKOSH. WISCONSIN - 30th Annual EM 75002. 214fl27-5649. Fly-In Convention. It's never too early to start making plans for the world's GREATEST AVIATION EVENT. JUNE 18-20 - PAULS VALLEY. OKLAHOMA - Oklahoma City Chapter of Antique Airplane Association Fly-In at Paul Vailey. OK. For AUGUST 8-8 - SHELTON, WASHINGTON - Sanderson Field. Second information phone 405/321-8042 - Don Keating; 405/392-5608 ­ Annual Antique. ClaSSic and Warbird Fly-In sponsored by the Bud Sutton. Puget Sound Antique Airplane Club, EM AntiquelClassic Division JUNE 19 - TOMS RIVER, NEW JERSEY - EM Chapter 315 6th Annual 9. Arrive on Friday, Public Display Saturday, dinner Saturday evening. Antique & Homebuilt Fly-In. 11:00 at R. J. Miller Airport. Refresh­ Fly-a-way breakfast on Sunday. For information contact Fred C. Ellsworth. 17639 SE 293rd Place. Kent, WA 98031.206/631-9117. ments. plane rides. flour bombing contest. aviation flea market. (Rain date Sunday. June 20.) For information call Lew Levison AUGUST 8-14 - SAN ANTONIO. TEXAS - International Cassna 170 201/367-4907. Association Annual Convention. Contact John D. Benham. 12834 Dovetail. San AntoniO. TX 78253. JUNE 19-20 - FREDERICKSBURG. VIRGINIA - 15th Annual Antique Aircraft Fly-In and Air Show at Shannon Airport. " A Tribute to Sidney AUGUST 9-14 - FOND DU LAC. WISCONSIN - Annual International Aerobatic Club Championships and Convention. Contact lAC. P.O. 1111 L Shannon. Jr." Antique Aircraft Fly-In Saturday, Air show Sunday ­ wing walker, aerobatics. clown act. sky diving and more. For Box 229. Hales Corners. WI 53130. information call 703/373-4431. AUGUST 22 - WEEDSPORT. NEW YORK - AntiquelClassic and Home­ JUNE 20 - ANSONIA. CONNECTICUT - 4th Annual Piper Vagabond built fly-in sponsored by Chapter 486. Whitfords Airport. Pancake Fly-In. Ansonia Airport. 80 oct. fuel available. Contact Jim Jenkins. breakfast, airshow. Field closed 1-5. Intermission for early de­ 8 Hemlock Drive. Huntington. CT 06484.203/929-9814. partures. Contact Herb Livingston. 1257 Gallagher Road. Baldwins­ JUNE 25-27 - HAMILTON. OHIO- 23rd Annual National Waco Reunion ville. NY 13027. Fly-in. National Waco Club. 700 Hill Avenue. Hamilton. OH 45015. AUGUST 27·29 - ARLINGTON. WASHINGTON - Northwest EM Fly-In. JULY 3-4 - SUSSEX. NEW JERSEY - Flanders Valley EM Antiquel Homebuilts. classics and antiques. Camping. meals. forums. Classic Chapter 7 and EM Chapter 238 Annual Fly-In. Antiques. exhibits. awards and fun. For information contact Dave Woodcock. 206fl47-2748. warbirds. homebuilts. and factory machines welcome. Food. hangar square dance and much more. Camping and lodging upon request. Contact Dave Sylvernal. President. One Cayuga Trail. Oak Ridge. (ConUnued on Page 20, NJ 07981 or call 201/697-7248. VINTAGE AIRPLANE 19



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MORE GREMLINS Joe Brancik (EAA 78069) is n ot from Addison , MI as ment ioned on page 7 of the January 1982 issue of T he VIN TA GE AIRPLANES. He's from Milford , MI a nd we apologize for having inadvertently " moved" him some 75 miles. J oe is one of the talented artists whose works have appeared on the back covers of EAA's SPORT A VIA TWN.

TYPE CLUB LISTING Each year we publish a current list ing of Type Clubs and other a viation organiza ti on s in a Fall issu e of The VINTAGE AIRPLANE . During April we will be sending out forms to be updat ed and returned to u s for organizations who wish to be listed again. Newly formed groups who would like to be listed should contact us, providing t h e foll owing information : Name, address and phone number of the organization and the contact person; frequency of newsletter , if provided; and amount of dues, if required. Send information t o Pat Etter , The VIN TAGE AIRPLANE, P.O. Box 229, Hales Corners, WI 53130 . •

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CLASSIFIED ADS Single place biplane capable of un­ limited aerobatics. 23 sheets of clear, easy to follow plans, includes nearly 100 isometrical drawings , photos and exploded views. Complete parts and materials list. Full size wing drawings . Plans plus 88 page Builder's Manual - $60.00. Info Pack - $4 .00. Super Acro Sport Wing Drawing - $15.00. Send check or money order to: ACRO SPORT, INC., Box 462 , Hales Corners, WI 53130. 4141 425-4860. ACRO SPORT -

ACRO II - The new 2-place aerobatic trainer and sport biplane. 20 pages of easy to follow , detailed plans . Com­ plete with isometric drawings, photos, exploded views . Plans - $85.00. Info Pack - $4.00. Send check or money order to: ACRO SPORT, INC., P .O. Box 462, Hales Cor­ ners, WI 53130.414/425-4860 .

VW powered parasol - unlimited in low. cost pleasure flying . Big, roomy cockpit for the over six foot pilot. VW power insures hard to beat 3V2 gph at cruise setting. 15 large instruction sheets. Plans - $45.00. Info Pack - $4.00. Send check or money order to: ACRO SPORT, INC., Box 462, Hales Corners, WI 53130. 4141 425-4860.



Aeronca C-3 1933 "Razorback". All original including Fresh E-113 engine and prop, currently licensed and flying - black fuselage with orange flying surfaces - a real beauty. Sell outright or trade for biplane. 8131 322-1666.

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BOOKS FOR VINTAGE AIRCRAFT BUFFS. Out-of-print and current. State specific needs. Catalog $1.00. John Roby, 3703B Nassau, San Diego, CA 92115.

Antique Aviation items for sale - Original 1910/1950. Memorabilia and ephemera - Forty page catalog air­ mailed, $5 - Jon Wm. Aldrich, Pine Mountain Lake Air­ port, P.O. Box 706, Groveland, CA. FOR SALE: Stinson Model 10 with 80hp Continental. About 80 hours since complete rebuild of airframe and engine. Always hangared. Please write for details. Joe Kasper, Aircraft Conversions, 2100 5th Avenue NW, Minot, ND 58701.

AVAILABLE BACK ISSUES 1973 1974 1975 1976

March through December All Are Available All Are Available February through May, August through December 1977 All Are Available January through March, August, October 1978 through December February through December 1979 January, March through July, September 1980 through December 1981 - All Are Available 1982 - January through March Back issues are available from Headquarters for $1.25 each, postpaid, except the July 1977 (Lindbergh Com­ memorative) issue, which is $1.50 postpaid. 22 APRIL 1982

A story of one of the true pioneers of aviation who until now has remained largely unknown to the general public . Harold F. Pitcairn , a Philadelphia native, pioneered the early air mail , forming his own air mail line. He designed and manufactured his own mail plane , the now famous Pitcairn Mailwing. The Pitcairn Aviation air mail line eventually evolved into Eastern Air Transport and then Eastern Air Lines. In the late 1920s, Pitcairn began work on the development of rotary wing aircraft and his autogiros became a common sight throughout the eastern part of the country. The de· velopment work in rotary wing aircraft done by Pitcairn and his group has been recognized as advancing the introduction of the practical helicopter by many years. This book has over 175 photographs with three-view draw­ ings and specifications of all of the aircraft manufactured by Pitcairn.

Retail price - $25.00

Limited pre-bookstore offer - $21.00 Plus PA Sales Tax Stephen Pitcairn Jenkintown Plaza Jenkintown, PA 19046


VISIONS OF AGOLDEN AGE The launch of the Space Shuttle was a sight beyond any superlatives. It is todays gesture that will eventually lead mankind to literally reach out and touch the stars. There was a time not long ago that helped point the way to Launch Pad 39. The genius and daring of the builders and pilots of the 1930's exemplifies mans eternal desire for discovery and adventure. My father, Mr. C. B. Kramer, was in his youth during these years. All his life he has had a love for airplanes. (He partici­ pated in 39 bombing missions in the Air Force during World War 11.) When he was about 14 years old, he started photogra­ phing airplanes. He is now 64 and still transforms into a teenager when he is at an air show. We proudly present to you a small part of his photographic collection. It includes many famous aircraft from the National Air Races. We also have many military, commercial, and private aircraft photo­ graphs from the 1930's. There is no doubt that this was a classic period in aviation history, that some of us saw first­ hand and all of us will love forever. Thank you ,


Great effort has been taken to produce the highest quality photographic enlargements from rather old negatives. Each print is uniquely mounted and placed on a neutral fabric background and put in a (9 3/4" X 14 W ') pewter finish frame, ready to hang. The professional manner in which these prints are presented , gives them the look befitting a fine piece of artwork. CLASSIC BEAUTY AND HISTORIC VALUE








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