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THE  PRESIDENT'S  PAGE 
By  E. E.  "Buck" Hilbert,  President 
EAA Antique/Classic Division 
"THAT SAME  OLD  QUESTION" 
Over and over again. "Hey! that's an aerobatic airplane, ain't it?" How do you answer?
Is it? If it's a Classic, it's twenty or more years old. If it's Antique, thirty. S'ure it'll do aero-
batics, but what shape is it in structurally?
Are those old wires still o.k.? Is the old tubing and that engine mount sound? How old
is that wood spar? What about those twenty-five year old wing and mount bolts? That
aluminum skin? The spar fittings? We know we can take it, how about that old airplane?
With all FAA regulations satisfied, if you're still certain that all those pieces that hang in
there to make up your airplane will do just that, then the answer has to be a very loud, proud
AFFIRMATIVE! If there is the least doubt, then you use my line: "Heck, I only do that kinda
stuff by mistake!" and then wait till you've had a chance to personally pull that bird down
and make sure all those pieces are "RIGHT" ... Think about it.
The  first  person  who  can  identify  the  designer  of  this  aircraft  can  take  his  choice  of  an 
EAA  publication  (see  page 15) . Send  your (ha!)  guesses to Jack Cox  at  EAA  Headquarters. 
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Ted  Koston  Photo 
VOLUME 1 - NUMBER 4  MARCH  1973 
TABLE OF  CONTENTS 
Chuck  Klessig  ... Wanderlust  In  A  1917  Standard... ... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4 
The  Wiley  Post  Biplane ... Jack  Cox  ........... .. .... .. ... ... ................... ..  7 
Those  Delightful  Ultra-Lights ... Gene  Chase  ....... . .. ...... . .. ........ . ...........  10 
Around  The  Antique-Classic  World  . ...... ... . .. .. ..... ..... . ... ........ . . .. .. .. ... .  12 
EAA  Air  Museum  News  .. . .. . . .... ................ ........ .. .... . . . ... .. ....... .. .. "14 
How  To  Join  The  Antique-Classic  Division  . .... ... .. ........ ............ .... . . .... .  14 
Calendar  of  Events....... . .. .. .. . ............ . . .. .. ........ ...... . .... . .......... .  14 
ON  THE  COVER  .. . Chuck  Klessig's  1917 Standard  J-1.  Photo  by Ted  Koston. 
EDITORIAL  STAFF 
Publisher - Paul  H.  Poberezny  Editor - Jack Cox 
Assistant  Editor - Gene  Chase  Assistant  Editor - Golda Cox 
BACK COVER  - Clarence  Chamberlin  and  the  Bellanca  "Columbia". 
ANTIQUE AND CLASSIC  DIVISION  OFFICERS 
PRESIDENT- VICE  PRESIDENT 
E, E.  HILBERT  J. R. NIELANDER, JR. 
8102  LEECH  RD.  P. O. BOX  2464 
UNION, ILLINOIS  60180  FT.  LAUDERDALE,  FLA.  33303 
SECRETARY  TREASURER 
RICHARD  WAGNER  NICK  REZICH 
BOX  181  4213  CENTERVILLE  RD. 
LYONS,  WIS.  53148  ROCKFORD,  ILL.  61102 
DIVISION  EXECUTIVE  SECRETARY 
DOROTHY  CHASE,  EAA  HEADQUARTERS 
Postmaster: Send Form 3579 to Antique Classic Aircraft, Inc.,  Box 229, 
Hales Corners, Wisconsin  53130 
Copyright  ©  1973  Antique Classic  Aircraft, Inc. All  Rights  Reserved. 
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(Ted Koston Photo)
Chuck Klessig ... Wanderlust In A
1917 Standard
By Lawrence Gehrlein (EAA 15158)
Thermal G.  Ranch Gliderport 
RFD 4,  Hamot Road 
Waterford,  Pennsylvania 16441 
Chuck  Klessig  to  me  is  a  Homebuilder's  Classic.  To 
know  Chuck  is  an  enriching  experience  in  this  age  of 
strife  and  the  struggle  for  most  people  trying  to  find 
their thing to do. 
lt all  happened  in  the  winter  of  1971  when  Grayce, 
my  good  wife,  and  I  were  chasing  the  sun  in  the  good 
ole  south via  Winnabago Motor Home. 
As  I  muse  and  look  back,  it  was  inevitable  that  we 
would  cross  paths  with  Chuck  in  Tucson,  Arizona  at 
Ryan  Field.  In  our  travels  we  had  been  hearing  this 
name  "Chuck  Klessig"  and  the  story  of  the  fabulous 
Standard J-1  he was  rebuilding. 
Grayce  and I  drove  our  Motor  Home  onto  Ryan  Field 
on  a  bright  sunshining  day  - to  be  exact,  February  9, 
1971.  We  parked just outside  of EAA  Chapter  81's  very 
own hangar. As  I walked into the hangar, there was a  fel-
low very much engrossed in splicing the flying wires for  a 
Standard  J-1.  Yes,  I  was  about  to  meet  Chuck  Klessig, 
and  a  week  later  as  we  again  hit  the  road,  with  Chuck 
waving good-bye, I knew then that I had just spent a  most 
profitable  week  which  enriched my life  in every way. 
Chuck Klessig, the man,  was born sixty one years ago 
and  he  hails  from  Galesburg,  North  Dakota.  His  past 
reads somewhat like a  story  book. In the depression year 
of 1930  Chuck  soloed  a  Wllco  9  and  this  started him out 
in a life long involvement with flying and flying machines. 
In 1942 Chuck crossed the border into Canada and joined 
up  with  the  Royal  Air  Force  Transport  Command.  He 
served there until 194 7 when he again took up his civilian 

life.  You  can well imagine the stories of the war years -
Chuck  sure  has  a  bag  full  of  them.  The  most  refresh-
ing thing about them is  that they are all about flying and 
not flying  bullets  and killing. 
After mustering out of the  Canadian Transport Com-
mand,  Chuck  was  once  again  at  loose  ends,  so,  the  trail 
to  flying  adventure  again  beckoned.  He  soon  landed  a 
job  delivering  a  Norseman  to  South  America,  and  while 
in Argentina, South America he taught students the rudi-
ments of flying,  his one big love. 
After  about  a  year  in  South  America,  he  joined  up 
with  the  Department  of Agriculture  in the  U.  S.  A.  Aid 
Program,  and  the  next  few  years  were  spent  in  Africa 
and  the  Middle  East  teaching  the  natives  how  to  spray 
crops  with  airplanes.  As  far  as  Chuck  is  concerned,  how 
would you spray crops  but with an airplane? 
After the U.  S.  A. Aid Program was completed, Chuck 
decided  to  take  the  next  few  years  a  little  slower,  so  he 
spent three years  on foot  looking  for  the Lost Dutchman 
gold  mine  - you  might  say  looking  for  Pie  in  the  Sky. 
Chuck came out of this  foot  sore  and with empty pockets 
- but with a  new hobby.  Along  with  flying,  he  is  now  a 
rock hound. 
In 1965  Chuck got around to  gliding,  and in one  year 
he  built  and  flew  a  beautiful  BG-12  sailplane.  Anyone 
else would  have  taken  at least four  years  to  build  a  BG-
12, but not Chuck - he got with it and finished up in one 
year. 
When Chuck first soloed back in 1930, he discovered
a Standard J-1 sitting under a cotton tree. He was inter-
ested and through the years sent many antiquers out to
look at the old ship. But the ravages of time had taken
their toll, and no one took up the challenge to rebuild
it.
After Chuck built the BG-12, he was again at loose
ends. Not one to be idle for long, he started dreaming
of flying to the 1971 EAA Fly-In in a brand new Standard
J-1 airplane. This is all he needs - a dream - and the
wheels are set in motion! Out to the farm and the old
cotton wood tree, and there it is, the old Standard IN-1
fuselage still more or less intact. All the wood was rotted
but 90% of all the metal fittings were o.k. To Chuck this
was a most valuable find. The N-number was 947 and it
was built in New Jersey during the year 1917, with
Serial Number 2434.
' So now Chuck again went to work with the deter-
mination and grit that only another homebuilder would
know about and appreciate.
He had no wings, so, he had to start from scratch.
Fortunately, the Air Force Museum was good enough to
loan him a complete set of drawings, which resulted in
near perfect and original wings and fuselage. His next
move was to find and buy Curtiss OXX-6 engine. This
done, he spent the next summer in rebuilding it. As win-
ter approached Chuck took his camp truck and pulled
a trailer loaded with an OXX-6 engine, parts and tools,
etc., and headed for Tucson, Arizona, Ryan Field and-his
new-found friends in EAA Chapter 81. The winter weather
in Arizona is fine and he is able to build to his heart's
content.
It is at this point that our paths crossed and I had
TOP. Charlie and his passenger show up as shadows
on the side of the Standard' s clear doped fuselage.
(Dick Stouffer Photo)
(Ted Koston Photo)
BOTTOM. Detail of the Standard 's tail feathers.
Yep, that's a gen-U-ine tailskid!
the honor to help dismantle the J-1 to get it ready for
covering. With all his work (and we all know what work-
ing to a deadline is!) he still had time to spend showing
me how to splice wire cable.
For one week my good wife did needle work, patiently
waiting for my interlude with Chuck Klessig to' come to
an end. As I finish writing this, I remember the evening
Chuck showed us the violin he made and the wonderful
music he played on it. I wondered then what new ad-
ventures awaited this versatile and interesting man. I
know now that he did, indeed, make it to Oshkosh -
from Tucson to Wisconsin in 10 days and 42 hours of
flying time! I know he took home a raft of trophies and
awards, plus the     of all the EAAers. In the
winter of 1971-72 Chuck and the Standard became
movie stars - if you look closely at some of the com-
mercials on T.V. you may see them reliving the days of
yesteryear.
In 1972, Chuck and the Standard made the long flight
eastward once again, landing at Oshkosh after more air-
time crossing the country than modern jets take to circle
the globe. It's a sure bet, however, that the folks in
their aluminum tubes with the tiny peep hole view of
Mother Earth never get to know what a beautiful planet
we live on like Chuck does from the rear hole of that
46 year old flying machine.
The last word we have on ole Chuck is that he is near-
ing completion of a Pitts . .. guess he has discovered
aerobatics!
So, Chuck Klessig, - wherever you are - good luck
with that Pitts ... and if you are still on the trail of the
Lost Dutchman, I hope you stub a toe on a gold nugget
as big as a grapefruit!
(Oshkosh Daily Northwestern Photo)
Charlie Klessig, a truly intrepid aviator.
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CHUCK  KLESSIG  ... 
(Ted Koston Photo)
LEFT. So you think youngsters today are "tuned out"
concerning helmet and goggles aviation? Look again
at those admiring glances!
(Lawrence Gehrlein Photo)
BELOW. At this stage Chuck had a long way to go be-
fore he and the Standard would slip the surly bonds
of earth.
(Photo Courtesy Author)
ABOVE. Believe it or not, this is what Chuck had to start with to restore his Standard J-1 . It always
takes money, patience and skill to restore any antique ... in this case, it also took just plain guts!
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THE WILEY POST BIPLANE
By Jack Cox
The building of replicas of antique aircraft is grow-
ing by leaps and bounds. A lot of mail received at
EAA Headquarters is from members inquiring about the
availability of plans for some old bird from aviation's
tender years. World War I fighter replicas - some scaled
down and some full size - are so popular that various
type clubs have sprung up like poppies in Flanders
Fields. Movies like the Blue Max have spurred this build-
ing activity so that a reasonable facsimile of the fight to
defeat the Fokker Scourge could be easily recreated if
all the World War I replicas could be assembled in a
couple of fields a few miles apart.
More recently we have noted a trend toward building
full sized replicas of more ordinary antiques - particu-
larly the ultra-lights of the 1920s and 1930s. For in-
stance, elsewhere in this issue you will read about Gene
Chase's racy little Church Midwing which, technically,
is a restoration, but required one heck of a lot of build-
ing from scratch due to the condition of the "original".
In a lot of cases, prospective owner/builders either can't
find an original to restore, or else they can't afford what
they locate. I don't have to elaborate on what has hap-
pened to old airplane prices in recent years. At any rate,
the result is that a lot of people are now building up their
own Curtiss "Juniors", Heaths, Pietenpols, etc., mid we
are getting inquiries on such birds as Velie Monocoupes,
Kari Keen Coupes, Star Cavaliers and other low pow-
ered jobs.
One old bird on which we can count on getting a let-
ter or two a month is the Wiley Post biplane. EAA Head-
quarters does not have any plans for this aircraft, so
we refer everyone to the only person we know who owns
one - Marion McClure of Bloomington, Illinois. (0. K.,
now you know who the culprits are, Marion!) Marion,
in fact, owns two Wiley Posts - the only two known
to exist of the 12 or 13 believed to have been built. There
are rumors of a basket case in Florida and, if such things
hold true to form, this article will result in a spate of let-
ters telling us of a couple more hidden away in some
barn or basement.
It is easy to understand the interest in the Wiley Post.
It is a neat little side-by-side, open cockpit biplane that
was so simple in structure that no homebuilder or ex-
perienced restorer would have a great deal of trouble
whipping one out. It was powered with a converted Model
A engine that, along with the airframe, was type certifi-
cated. This brings up an important point. The Wiley Post
received Approved Type Certificate No. 561 which
means that Marion McClure can restore his two birds,
NC13957 and NC13961, license them in the Standard
Category, and fly with no restrictions . .. unless for some
reason he has a crying need to land at Chicago O'Hare.
Then he would need radio, transponder, and an extra en-
gine to power the generator to run all that garbage!
For those who would build a replica, you will have to
license your plane in the Experimental-Amateur-built
Category. Unless you could somehow come up with an
original Wiley Post Model A Ford conversion, you would
have to go with an uncertified engine and fly the bird
in an FAA-proscribed test area for 75 hours before you
would be turned loose to come to Oshkosh to show off
your handiwork. You purists would want to stick to the
Model A engine, of course, but it crosses this heretic's
mind that the Chevrolet Vega (such as in Forrest Lov-
ley's Pietenpol Scout - see SPORT AVIATION, No-
vember 1972, page 31) would be a natural. From what
Gene Chase tells me about his experiences with NC13961,
the airplane could use the extra power. •
The Wiley Post A started life in the early 1930's
as the Straughan Biplane. It was developed and initially
produced in Wichita but the plant was eventually re-
located in Oklahoma City where the name was changed
to the Wiley Post A - hoping, quite naturally, to trade
on the name of the famous Oklahoma aviator.
The Wiley Post was an amazingly light airplane. The
airframe, minus Model A engine, weighed a mere 292
pounds. Mind you this was for a machine with two 28
foot wings and a length of 19 feet 81/2 inches. With an
empty weight of 581 pounds, the airframe weighed
just 3 pounds more than engine and prop! Gross weight
was 998 pounds so, at least on paper, that left 417 pounds
for fuel , oil, water, and skinny aviators.
The neatly cowled engine was accessible through
hinged side panels held in place by suitcase-type fasteners.
(Photo by the late Tom Matthews)
John Bouteller props his Wiley Post A.
(Photo by the late Tom Matthews)
John Bouteller of Tulsa Oklahoma in his Wiley Post, N13961, Serial Number 12. This picture was
taken in February of 1962 shortly after the plane was restored . N13961 was subsequently sold
to Marion McClure of Bloomington, Illinois.
The radiator was hung from the top wing between the
front cabanes (see photos) so that the cowling had few
drag inducing openings - all-in-all a rather clean nose
for that period. The converted Model A was cruised at
1,700 rpms which produced a blazing 68 mph and if one
twisted the "A's" tail so that 1,900 rpms - the redline -
were achieved, 78 mph was allegedly possible.
The Wiley Post's landing gear was a clean shock cord
unit with nice fat air wheels to soak up the bumps and
bounce out of gopher holes. The first Straughan is
usually pictured in old magazines like Popular Aviation
with the gear legs uncovered, but production models
were fabric covered. The bird was completely devoid of
such niceties as brakes and tailwheel - it was certified
that way - which helped keep the originally adver-
tised selling price down to $990.00 F. O. B. Wichita.
The construction of the airframe was typical for light-
planes of the 30's - all-wood wing and steel tube fuse-
lage, every bit cocooned in fabric and made pretty and
slick by coats of the good kind of dope. The wings were
very lightly built with no leading edge reinforcement
other than a single nose stringer. The accompanying
pictures show the spindly looking round tubing used for
N-struts as well as the cabanes. This is one place where a
few ounces of extra weight in the form of some balsa and
fabric tape wrapping for streamlining should have been
used. I shudder to think of the drag caused by those
round tubes ... on, of all places, a low powered airplane.
Factory publicity releases claimed a rate of climb of
400 feet in the first minute and a landing speed of 28
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miles per hour. The service ceiling was listed as 10,000
feet and absolute ceiling was 12,500 feet. Fuel capacity
was seven gallons which allowed for 140 miles range,
headwinds notwithstanding. As a selling point, prospec-
tive customers were told that one could easily land the lit-
tle bird on a highway, taxi up to any ordinary filling sta-
tion (remember when they were called that?), fill her up
with auto gas ... and if any repairs were in order, just
ring up your friendly Ford dealer and have him rush out
some good cheap parts.
Merciful heavens, where did we go wrong???
The Wiley Post differed from most of its contemporary
open cockpit competitors in that it featured side-by-side
seating. Dual controls were standard. Seating was such
that one's head just barely protruded above the top of
the fuselage and even then was shielded from the prop
blast ... and hot water ... by a low, frameless wind-
shield.
We have no idea whether copies of the factory draw-
ings are still available for the Wiley Post A or not. We
do know that Marion McClure is presently restoring
N13957. Perhaps, while it is apart, some of you could
rush to Bloomington and take some measurements and/
or detailed photos for use by the folks who are panting
at the prospect of building their own. Barring that, you
could do as Bob McCartney of Tulsa is doing. He is
building his replica of the Wiley Post from Cleveland
Model airplane plans - which were drawn from mea-
surements of Marion's N13957!
WILEY
POST . .
(Tom Matthews)
RIGHT. The Wiley Post looks
like a model airplane - but
it is for real, as is the C-97.
(Tom Matthews)
BELOW. While John Bouteller
props the Model A engine, the
reader can take a closer look
at the surprisingly thin N-
struts and cabane struts.
Round struts are high drag
producers. Also notice the ai -
leron gap seals made of thin
aluminum sheet.
(EAA Archives)
ABOVE. Marion McClure' s N13957 at
an early Rockford EAA Fly-In. This
plane is presently undergoing com-
plete restoration .
(Dick Stouffer Photo)
LEFT. Marion and his Wiley
Post in a spot landing contest.
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(Photo by Wayne Hamil'l)
Gene Chase's 1928 Church Midwing.
THOSE DELIGHTFUL ULTRA-LIGHTS
By Gene R. Chase
Frequently I am asked how my 1928 Church Mid-
wing flies. It flies like other low powered, ultra-light air-
craft of the period. That's great, but this answer is mean-
ingless to those who have nothing to relate it to.
The controls are responsive and very light, pressure-
wise. It handles as nicely on the ground as any plane I've
flown with a tail skid and no brakes. The plane is really
a delight to fly, but this has not always been the case. In
my attempt to be as authentic as possible with the restora-
tion of the Church, I created some flight problems which
have since been corrected. I'll explain these later.
The first Church aircraft was built in 1928 by Mr.
James Church in Chicago, who converted a Heath Super
Parasol into a midwing configuration. The fuselage con-
struction was the bolted, wire-braced type. The fuselage
on my Church is the same, which means that it is one
of the very early models.
Therefore, I reasoned that with my authentic restora-
tion I would experience some of the same sensations as
Mr. Church did with his first flights. My reasoning may
have been accurate, but my good judgement was not.
For example, no where could I find that the aileron
gaps were sealed originally, so neither were mine. In
this configuration the plane was extremely sluggish in
all departments. The take off run was long, climb was
very slow, and the glide very steep for such a light plane
(367 Ibs. empty). In fact, I had to carry 2,000 rpms for
the landing approach.
The aileron response was practically non-existent,
particularly in right turns. (The Henderson engine turns
anti-clockwise as viewed from the cockpit.) Because of
this I would make no intentional right turns below traffic
pattern altitude, especially after the following incident.
I was making a right hand pattern and turning from
base onto final with a 15k, 30
0
right crosswind. Along
the right side of the runway was a row of fairly tall trees,
and as I turned into the area blanked by the tree row, I
was unable to bring up the right wing with full left aileron
and rudder. Also, the application of full power did not
slow the descent.
Not until ground effect took over did the plane respond
to my efforts in the cockpit, and I was able to land in a
conventional manner rather than on the nose and a wing
tip.
This experience convinced me that I had carried
my "authenticity kick" far enough, and the plane did not
fly again until the aileron gaps were sealed. This made
all the difference in the world, and I would most-em-
phatically recommend to anyone planning to restore a
Church, Heath, or any comparable aircraft, that they
seal the aileron gaps. These low powered planes need
all the help they can get!
One thing that surprised me was the amount of
wind in the cockpit while flying such a slow plane. It
has no air speed indicator, but clocking the section lines
shows a 60 mph cruise. The Church also has no wind-
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shield per se, but does have an effective "windshield
cowling".
Another unique feature is the 1" gap between the
lower wing surface and upper fuselage longeron. This
is for downward visibility and is very helpful. But it is
also the source of most of the breeze through the cock-
pit.
The cockpit is quite snug and the way I fit into it, I
have no trouble sealing this gap with my arms. This adds
considerably to pilot comfort.
The plane would fly hands off, but this isn't practical
because there is no other place to put one's hands, as
·long as they are in the cockpit. An occasional wa",e to a
passing aviator is permissible, but this should be of short
duration because it changes the plane's flight attitude.
Straight and level flight is a delicate balance be-
tween pitch attitude and rpm. The slightest change in
one makes a noticeable change in the o t h ~ r   I hasten to
add that these comments are not offered as criticisms but
as characteristics that make the plane fun to fly.
About 1,600 rpm works well for the landing approach.
This setting prevents rapid engine cooling and gives a nice
rate of descent. I'm always careful to not lower the nose
too much because both the air speed and engine rpm
build up rapidly. \
Three point landings are easily made, and here again,
I control rate of descent with power all the way to touch
down.
The Church Midwing is t he only Henderson-powered
plane I've flown, and I've always kept in mind the ad-
vice offered me by men like Jim Church, Ray Hegy, and
Bob Burge. They all said to stay close to the airport be-
cause the Henderson had a habit of breaking prop shafts.
It happened to me and, fortunately, I was over the run-
way making a fly-by and was able to land without inci-
dent. I am now installing a newly-made prop shaft on
which was turned a 3/ 16" radius between the flange and
shaft. This was the weak point on the originals as they
contained no radius. I would strongly advise anyone
planning to restore a Henderson-powered plane to re-
place the original prop shaft and thus eliminate a most-
likely failure.
I've always enjoyed flying vi ntage aircraft and par-
ticularly the light planes. So it's little wonder that I have
a special affection for the ultra-lights. The Church Mid-
wing has afforded me many pleasurable moments fl y-
ing behind the smooth-running Henderson, and I would
like to see more of the deli ghtful ultra-li ghts fl ying.
(Photo by Ben Newby)
Gene Chase and the fabled Henderson engine. These
converted motorcycle engi nes powered many early
homebuilts.
(Photo by Dick Stouffer)
Church Midwing instrument panel. Top, altimeter; mid-
dle, tachometer; bottom left to right , throttle, oil
temperature, Choke (top), carb heat , push button mag
switch, oil pressure.
CHURCH MIDWING
Wing Span .. ..... .... . . . . . ................... 26' 8"
Length .. .. . . ... . . . .. . . . . ..... . . . . . .. . . . ... . . 16' 10"
Height . . .. , . . .. . .... . . . . . ... . .... . ... . . . . .. . .. 4' 10"
Empty Weight ... . .. ... . ...... . ..... . . . . .. .. 367 Ibs.
Gross Weight .. .. . ....... . ... .. . . .. . . . . . .. . . 595 Ibs.
Fuel Capacity . . ........ . . ... ... ..... .. .. .. . 4V2 gals.
Oil Capacity . . . .. . . .. ... .. . . . . . . ..... .. . .... 6 quarts
Cruise Speed . ..... .. . .. . ..... . ..... . ... .. .. 60 mph
Landing Speed ... . . ... .. .. . .. . .. .... .. .. .. .. 28 mph
Fuel Consumption . . . ... . ... .... .. ... . ..... .. . 2 gph
(Photo by Gene Chase)
The Church Midwing under restoration .
AROUND  THE  ANTIQUE/ CLASSIC  WORLD 
HOUSTON  CHAPTER 
The Antique-Classic Division's newest Chapter has
just been chartered in Houston, Texas. They are known
as the Houston Antique Flyers and will hold meetings
every fourth Sunday of each month at 2:00 P.M. at
various airports in the Houston area. Officers for 1973
are:
President  Vice  President 
John B. Kane W. C. "Corky" Pyron
Rt. 1, Box 12C 41 Bucan
Cypress, Texas 77429 Houston, Texas 77022
Secretary  Treasurer 
J. J. Paul Ken Dwight
1518 Ronson Rd. 12231 Perry Rd.
Houston, Texas 77055 Houston, Texas 77070
We hope to have news of this group's activities
and aircraft in forthcoming issues of The Vintage Air-
plane.
THE  SPEED  BIRD 
John N. Denny, 1220 Sabal Drive, San Jose, Cali-
fornia 95133 writes: "I've been a member of EAA over
4 years and have never asked for help before, but I
need it now. I am restoring one of the rarest planes on
the West Coast, a one of a kind prototype of the old Bird
Company called the "Speed Bird". It never reached pro-
duction because of the Depression. My problem is with
the engine. It originally had an 85 Le Blond - and needed
more - so, I was happy when I found a 125 Warner. I
have been overhauling the Warner in an Adult Educa-
tion Aeronautics Class and have found that much of the
valve train needs replacing. I need new exhaust valves,
valve springs and guides. I have contacted Paul Dailey
in Texas and a few other sources only to find that 125
Warner valves - especially exhaust valves - are virtual-
ly non-existent. If I have to, I can make the guides, but
really need those valves. Can someone help me get this
rare airplane going again?"
THE SPEED BIRD (Photo Courtesy John Denny)
SKYRANGER  CLUB 
R. A. "Zot" Barazzotto, 1604 Madison St. , Bellevue,
Nebraska 68005 writes: "I have a Commonwealth Sky-
ranger 185 under restoration and I'm in the process of
getting a second. Scott Carson of Federal Way, Wash-
ington (State) has enough parts to build 3 Skyrangers
and is well along on restoring his "Fleet". Together we
formed an organization called SPARS (Society for the
Preservation and Restoration of Skyrangers), to exchange
information and, hopefully, keep a few Skyrangers fly-
ing long into the future."
"Would you pass along the word to those who would
be interested in receiving our newsletter?" (Edi tor:
Consider it done, Zot!)
PIPER  J-5A  WANT 
J -5A Cub Cruiser needs airworthy left landing gear vee
No. 30452-00 and Left wing tank. Could use a copy of
drawings showing installation of the optional gas tank
and its plumbing. Kemper, 565 Fair St., Warwick, Rhode
Island 02888.
AERONCA  ENGINE 
WANTED 
John P. Wood (EAA 64159), 3415 West 80th Street,
Inglewood, California 90305 owns Aeronca K NC 19339.
He needs an Aeronca E-113-C engine in good condition
and/or a crankshaft for same. Also a dual mag set-up,
and any other Aeronca K or E-113-C goodies are on his
want list
EAA  ANTIQUE/CLASSIC 
LIFE  MEMBERS 
Without any solicitation, three men have paid for Life
Membership in the Antique-Classic Division. Frank Lang
(EAA 30970, Antique-Classic Life Member 1), 11702
S. Center Dr., Lemont, Illinois 60439, Buck Hilbert. An-
tique-Classic President (EAA 21, Antique-Classic Life
Member 2), and John Turgyan (EAA 71313, Antique-
Classic Life Member 3), 1530 Kuser Rd., Trenton, New
Jersey 08619, are the men who have shown complete
confidence in this new division of EAA - and have
served notice to those who are responsible for the pub-
lication that we have our work cut out for us!
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Buck is by now well known to all of you by virtue
of his article on his Fleet in the January Vintage Air-
plane. Frank Lang is a Chicago area antique and classic
enthusiast of long standing. He is a real Swift buff and
is active in Charlie Nelson's Swift Association. If any
of you attend the National Swift Fly-In in May (see
Calendar of Events) look Frank up and say howdy. John
Turgyan is fast becoming the most widely traveled an-
tiquer i,n the country. If you are holding a fly-in almost
anywhere in the U. S., don't be surprised if a gleaming
red Howard DGA-15P comes roaring in. John has been
known to visit two fly-ins per weekend several hundred
miles apart! You' ll see him and the big red machine at
Oshkosh.
Life Membership in the Antique-Classic Division is
available for the same rates and payment schedule as
in EAA - $225.00, payable in lump sum or in three an-
nual installments of $80, $80, and $65.
PIPER FL V-IN
EAA's Antique and Classic Division will hold its
first independent aviation activity on Sunday, June 3,
1973 at the Burlington Municipal Airport, Burlington,
Wisconsin (25 miles S. W. of Milwaukee). This will be a
fly-in/swap meet for owners of Piper aircraft from the
E-2 to the PA-20 Pacer.
The Burlington airport is the site of the prop.osed
new EAA HeadquarterslMuseum complex and has ample
space for parking for aircraft and camping for those who
want to fly or drive in early - or stay late. Appropriate
recognition will be made for exemplary Pipers, various
activities are planned, and anyone who has Piper parts
are encouraged to bring them along so a great flea .. . er,
Cub Market (?) can be set up.
So that we will have some idea of how many of you
plan to attend, please drop us a card in the mail with
your name, address, aircraft type and "N" number if you
plan to be on hand June 3. Although the activities will
center around Piper aircraft, all interested sport flyers
are welcome. For further information contact EAA
Headquarters.
A SPADE IS A SPADE!
In response to Antique-Classic President Buck Hil-
bert's hilarious description of his trials and tribulations
as a slave to a Fleet, (January The Vintage Airplane),
his friend Bill Haselton (EAA 22608, Antique-Classic
91),1238 Catherwood, South Bend, Indiana 46552, writes
this "stinging" rebuttal. (Note to Women's Libbers -
it's all in fun, we love all airplane nuts, Mr ., Mrs. or Ms. )
"I'm rather di sgusted with the attitude of some pilots.
To get right to the heart of the matter and to call a spade
a spade', I'm disgusted with Buck Hilbert.
In the January, 1973 issue of The Vintage Airplane
he made the unforgiveable, unpardonable, and asinine
mistake of calling his airplane a "him".
This misstatement is as unpardonable as calling the
mass of metal that is used as a propulsive force on a vin-
tage aircraft a "motor" instead of an engine. Any dunce
knows that a motor uses electricity to make it turn while
an honest-to-goodness engine is what is used to pull or
push an aircraft. Now that I've gotten that off my chest
and have cleared the air, let's get on with my diatribe
against Buck for calling an airplane a "him".
At one of my chance meetings with Buck, he men-
tioned that for a living he flew a DC-8 which was a
"big mama".
Now, I submit that there is little basic difference be-
tween a DC-8 and a Fleet. They both have wings, fuse-
lage, and an engine, so why should one be called a "her"
and the other a "him"?
It could be that Buck needs to go through psycho-
analysis and, perhaps, the analyst would find that this is
just a freudian slip. Analyzing it myself, it could be that
Buck's mother was as big as a DC-8 and his father the
size of a Fleet! Since the DC-8 serves to put bread on the
table and a roof over his head, it could be that this is
the role his mother played in his childhood. If this is
true, as I have no doubt it is, then Buck's father was
the Fleet and, therefore, the Fleet deserves to be called
a "him", but only by Buck!
I submit that an aircraft is a her and should always
be designated as such. Just look at the names that have
been given to the planes we see at the annual conven-
tion - Miss Los Angeles, Millie's Mink, Pretty Purple
Puddy Tat (yes, cats can be female, and while a male is
a "tom", a female is known as a "queen" which just
goes to show that a female airplane is better than a
male.)
Some planes have been given the name of the de-
signer and I submit that this has been done in the name
of the wife. Her last name is the same as his! I do know
I would rather look at the designer's wives than at the de-
signer. They're so much prettier!
I think an airplane is a pretty thing and since
women are so much prettier than men, it just naturally
follows that an airplane should be called a "her".
Look at all the things in everyday life that we tall
"her". Boats, hurricanes (who ever heard of a himi-
cane!), cars, trains, countries (Britain), and almost every
mechanical thing that man uses is thought of as "her".
To this list I submit that we henceforth and forever
call any and all airplanes "her", notwithstanding Buck
Hilbert's ideas.
There are reasons for calling an aircraft a "her".
Some of them are all of the following, all of them are
some of the following, and all females are the following
. .. cantankerous, moody, demanding, unpredictable
(they unpredictably stall), obstinate (they won't start),
a headache, need loving care, demand lots of attention,
stubborn, get middle age spread (from adding new equip-
ment), droop, need a face lift every 15 years, expensive,
object of love, have to be babied, have to be waxed and
polished like make-up, they stand out, have their own
systems, have excess -baggage, are complex creatures,
and they are top heavy. A man usually loves his airplane
so it follows that a plane just has to be a "her".
If those reasons aren't enough to call an airplane a
"her" instead of a "him" just write a note to Buck and
get him to defend his use of the word.
In the meantime, I'm going back to the arms of my
wife. There's no better place in the world."
EAA IN ACTION
The FAA recently issued a Notice of Proposed Rule
Making (NPRM 72-35) which would make the legal VFR
ceiling in uncontrolled airspace 1200 feet instead of the
present 500 feet. The FAA has received some 300 pub-
lic comments 90% of which were in opposition. EAA
has also opposed the proposal on the grounds that the
500 foot legal VFR ceiling has served well in the past,
and, if enacted, would reduce the flyable days per year
by, perhaps, a month in total - thus making the light
airplane even less utilitarian in nature. One EAA Chap-
ter (166 in Hartford, Connecticut) has just submitted a
petition containing the si gnatures of 1500 EAA members
from around the country - 100% against. The closing
date for comments was March 22, 1973.
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EAA  AIR  MUSEUM  NEWS 
(Photo by Lee Fray) (Photo by Dick Stouffer)
"01' Number One", the very first Travel Air 1000/2000, is being restored, for permanent display
in the EAA Air Museum. At the left above, Bob Ladd, kneeling, and Lou Poberezny put some finish-
ing touches on the fuselage. At the right above is the rear cockpit instrument panel . The aircraft
was donated to the Air Museum by Dave Jameson of Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
HOW TO  JOIN  THE  ANTIQUE-
CLASSIC  DIVISION 
Membership in the EAA Antique-Classic Division is open to all EAA members who have a special
interest in the older aircraft that are a proud part of our aviation heritage. Membership in the An-
tique-Classic Division is $10.00 per year which entitles one to 12 issues of The Vintage Airplane pub-
lished monthly at EAA Headquarters. Each member will also receive a special Antique-Classic mem-
bership card plus one additional card for one's spouse or other designated family member.
Membership in EAA is $15.00 per year which includes 12 issues of SPORT AVIATION. All
membership correspondence should be addressed to: EAA, Box 229, Hales Corners, Wisconsin 53130.
CALENDAR  OF  EVENTS 
MAY 4-6 - SANTEE, SOUTH CAROLINA - 5th Annual Spring Fly-In
of Carolinas-Virginia EANAntique-Classic Chapter 395. Wings and
Wheels Museum-Airport . Contact : Morton Lester, Box 3747, Mar-
tinsville, Va. 24112.
MAY 4-6 - PASO ROBLES. CALIFORNIA - 3rd Ryan SC, St. PT
Fly-In. Contact: T. D. Strum, 1570 Kensington Circle, Los Altos,
Cal. 94022 - Rain Date : May 11-13.
MAY 18-20 - WATSONVILLE, CALIFORNIA - AnnuaIFly-ln.
MAY 18-20 - CALLAWAY GARDENS, GEORGIA - Eastern 195 An-
nual Meeting. Business meeting followed b\' maintenance semi-
nar. Family type affair. Contact : Bill Terrell , M. D., Rt. 2, Box 380,
Hillsboro, Ohio 45133. (513) 393-4454.
MAY 20 - HARVARD, ILLINOIS - Dacy Airport, Antique Fly-In.
Contact : Tom Lowe, 823 Kingston Lane, Crystal Lake, III. 60014.
MAY 25-28 - TULLAHOMA, TENNESSEE - Staggerwing Fly-In.
Contact : W. E. " Dub" Yarbrough, Lannon Mfg., Box 500, Tulla-
homa, Tenn. 37388.
MAY 25-28 - GILBERTSVILLE, KENTUCKY - National '73 SWift
Association Fly-In. Contact : Charlie Nelson, Swift ASSOCiation,
Inc. , Box 644, Athens, Tenn. 37303.
MAY 26-28 - HAMILTON, OHIO - National Waco Fly-In. Hamilton,
Ohio Airport . Banquet on Saturday night featuring Clayton Bruk-
ner, President of the Waco Company, as guest speaker. Contact:
National Waco Club, 2650 W. Alex.-Bellbrook Rd ., Dayton, Ohio
45459.
JUNE 1-3 - MERCED, CALIFORNIA - Annual Fly-In. Contact: An-
tique Fly-In, P. O. Box 2312, Merced, Calif. 95340.
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JUNE 3 - BURLINGTON, WISCONSIN - Burlington Municipal
Airport. Piper Fly-In/ Swap Meet for Piper Aircraft from the E-2
to the PA-20 Pacer. Sponsored by EAA/Antique Classic Division.
For further information contact EAA Headquarters.
JUNE 8-10 - DENTON, TEXAS - Denton Municipal Airport . 11th
Annual Texas Antique Fly-In. Everyone welcome. Texas hospitality
assured . Contact: Jack Winthrop, 3536 Whitehall Dr. , Dallas, Texas
75229.
JULY 21-22 - LA RUE, WISCONSIN - 5th Annual Antique Trans-
portation Meet. Near world famous Baraboo, Wisconsin. Antiques
only. Registration fee - $5.00. This is a fun meet . For information,
contact Edward C. Wegner , 10 Stafford St., Plymouth , Wisc. 53073.
JULY 29-AUGUST 4 - OSHKOSH, WISCONSIN - 21st Annual EM
International Fly-In Convention. Complete program and awards
for antique and classic aircraft. World 's greatest aviation event.
AUGUST 10-12 - ARLINGTON, WASHINGTON - EANAntique Fly-
In. Contact : Dick Baxter, 15845 8th N. E., Seattle, Wash. 98155.
Phone 206/EM5-1657.
SEPTEMBER 28-30 - GASTONIA, NORTH CAROLINA - Gastonia
Municipal Airport. Carolinas-Virginia Chapter 395 Annual Fall
Fly-In. Contact Morton Lester, P. O. Box 3745, Martinsville, Va.
24112.
SEPTEMBER 28-30 - GALESBURG, ILLINOIS - 2nd National
Stearman Fly-In. Contact: Jim Leahy, 445 N. Whitesboro, Galesburg,
Illinois 61401 or Tom Lowe, 823 Kingston Lane, Crystal Lake, Illi-
nois 60014.
EAA  Antique/Classic  embroidered  patches (pict ured  at  right) 
- A  distinctive, colorful  emblem.  $1 .50  each 
EAA  Caps - men  and  ladies. Specify  small ,  medium,  large, 
or extra  large.  Ladies, one  size. $2.25  each 
1973  EAA  Calendar.  Made  of heavy, unbleached  cloth. 
Features  full  color renditions  of a  Standard  J-1, 
P-51 , Scorpion  Helicopter, and  a  Dyke  Delta. $2.30  each 
EAA  Flight  Bags.  Durable nylon  with  waterproof l ining.  Blue 
with  EAA decal  on  both  sides.  $4.50 each 
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Write  for  a  complete  listing  of  EAA  publications  and 
free  of  charge.  Includes  a  listi ng  of  all  available  back  issues  of  Sport 
Aviation 
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EAA  PUBLICATIONS  OF INTEREST TO ANTIQUE  AND 
CLASSIC  ENTHUSIASTS AND/OR  RESTORERS 
Wood .  Vol.  1  ........ . . ... . . . . . . .. .. .  $2.00 
Wood .  Vol.  2  $2.50 
Sheet  Metal.  Vol.  1  ..... . .. .  $2.50 
Sheet  Metal ,  Vol .  2  ........ .  $2.50 
Ti ps  on  Fat igue  $2.50 
Weld ing  $2.00 
Dope  and  Fabric  $2.50 
Hand  Tools,  Vol.  1  .. ... ... .. ... .  $2.50 
Hand  Tools,  Vol.  2  $2.50 
CAM  18  (Reprint )  . ..... .. .  $3.00 
CAM  107  (Repri nt)  . .... . .. .  $4.00 
Flying  and  Glider  Manual  Reprints  . . 
1929 .  $2.00 
1932  . . .  $2.00 
1929-32  $2.00 
'" Add  30c postage  for  first  manual plus 10c 
for each  addi tional  one 
merchandise  -
Wings  Of  Memory  - 72  pages  of  Aero  Digest  repri nts.  Covers  the  greats  of  civil 
aviation  from  1932  to  1941 .  Ryan  STA,  Howard  DGA-9,  Fairchild  24,  Cessna  Air-
master, Rearwin  Speedster , Fleetwings  " Sea  Bird",  Stinson  SR-1O, Stearman  Model 
80,  and  many  more. Beautiful  photos,  3-views  and flight  reports. $2.50 
Golden  Age  Of  Air  Racing  - 168  pages  covering  the  great  1929-1939  air  raci ng 
era.  All  about  the  racers  and  their  pi lots  who  flew  for  the  Bendix,  Thom pson, 
Greve and other  trophies. $2.75 
Back  Issues  of American  Airman.  Whi le they last  - 25c  ea. 
ANTIQUE  AND  CLASSIC  ACHIEVEMENT  AWARDS - When  you  complete  the  restoration  of an  an-
tique  or  classic  (specify  which) ,  you  are  eligible  for  a  beautiful  cert i ficate  you  will  frame  and  be 
proud  to  display  in  your  home  or  office.  These  certificates  are  free,  courtesy  of  EAA  to  recogni ze 
your efforts to save  another great old  airplane. Just send  your  name  and  address and  the  year,  make 
and  model  (i ,e. - 1937  Monocoupe  90A)  of your aircraft.  Solo  certificates are  also  available. 
JOIN  EAA - JOIN THE  ANTIQUE/CLASSIC  DIVISION - WRITE  FOR  INFO  PACKET - $1 .00
EAA  Antique/Classic  Division 
P. O. Box 229 
Hales Corners, Wisconsin  53130
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The Vintage Airplane is the official publication of Antique Classic Aircraft, Inc.,
a division of The Experimental Aircraft Association, Hales Corners, W i s ~ o n s i n