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THE PRESIDENT'S PAGE
By E. E . "Buck" Hilbert, President 
EAA Antique/Classic Division 
KEEP THAT BIRD STOCK
Each  of us  who  owns  an  Antique  or  Classic  aircraft  is  privileged  to  be  the  curator  of 
our own personal  museum piece.  It's  a  responsibility  whether we  realize  it or  not.  The  more 
rare  the  bird  the  larger  the  responsibility  and  the  greater  the  effort  should  be  to  keep  it 
original. 
Pride  of ownership,  pride  in having  something  no  one  else  has,  and  greater  recognition 
is possible,  by just keeping it factory  new  and cleaner than the  one  next to  it. 
Butching  up  an  airframe  to  make  it  aerobatic  or  speedy,  hanging  a  bigger  engine,  or 
in some  way  taking it out of the  original  configuration makes it less  desirable,  and also  im-
portant, less saleable. 
Some  mods  are  necessary  to  keep  the  birds  flying.  Brakes  and  a  tailwheel  are  an  abso-
lute  necessity  in todays  world  of aviation.  So  is  a  radio.  And  with  engine  reliability  always 
a  problem,  a  more  modern  engine  is  sometimes  the  only  answer.  But  to  customize  to  gain 
attention  will  never  do  the  trick.  If its  an  aerobatic  bird  you  want,  go  get  a  special.  If its 
speed  you're  after,  then step up  to one built for  it. 
But keep  those  Antique and Classic machines stock ... ask our judging committee. 

VOLUME  1 - NUMBER 5 
APRIL  1973 
TABLE  OF  CONTENTS 
National  Ryan  Club . . .Bill  Hodges  ... . ... .. . 4 
The  Arkansas  Command-Ai re  ... 
Robert  Lock. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Now, About Those  Replica  Plans  .. . 
J ack  Cox  ... . ...... .. . . .... . . . . . . .. . .....  10 
Around  The  Antique-Classic  World  . . . . . . . . ..  12 
Calendar  of  Events  .. . . ... .. .. . . . ... . . . . . .. .  14 
HOW  TO  JOIN  THE  ANTIQUE-
CLASSIC  DIVISION 
Membership in the EAA Antique-Classic Divi-
sion is open to all EAA members who have a spe-
cial interest in t he older aircraft that are a proud
par t of 'our aviation heritage. Membership in the
Antique-Classic Division is $10.00 per year which
entitles ' one to 12 issues of The  Vintage  Airplane 
published monthly at EAA Headquarters. Each
member will also receive a special Antique-Classic
membership 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 mem-
bership correspondence should be addressed to:
EAA, Box 229, Hales Corners, Wisconsi n 53130.
EDITORIAL  STAFF 
Publisher - Paul  H.  Poberezny  Editor - Jack Cox 
Assistant  Ed itor - Gene  Chase  Assistant  Ed itor - Golda  Cox 
ON  THE  COVER  . . . Ryan  PT-21s  at  the  Ryan  Factory,  lindbergh  Field, San  Diego. 
BACK  COVER  - Luscombe on  float s.  Photo  by  Howard  Levy. 
ANTIQUE  AND  CLASSIC  DIVISION  OFFICERS 
PRESIDENT-
E.  E. HILBERT 
8102  LEECH  RD. 
UNION, ILLINOIS  60180 
SECRETARY 
RICHARD  WAGNER 
BOX  181 
LYONS, WIS.  53148 
VICE  PRESIDENT 
J . R. NIELANDER, JR.
P. O. BOX  2464 
FT.  LAUDERDALE,  FLA.  33303 
TREASURER 
NICK  REZICH 
4213  CENTERVILLE  RD. 
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  Ant ique Classi c  Ai rcraft,  Inc.  All  Rights  Reserved. 
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(Ryan Aeronautical Co,)
An STM-2 in Dutch markings.
NATIONAL  RYAN  CLUB 
By Bill Hodges
EAA Air Museum
The National Ryan Club was first organized in 1960
by Everett Cassagneres of Cheshire, Connecticut, and
the ST-3KR Division was started by Bill Hodges, then of
Quinlan, Texas, in 1963 and was affi liated with the An-
tique Airplane Association. In late 1972, its 213 mem-
bers voted to establish affiliation with the new Antique
and Classic Division of the Experimental Aircraft As-
sociation. The National Ryan Club is now being co-
chaired by Mrs. Pat Friedman and Bill Hodges.
The purpose of the National Ryan Club is to main-
tain as completely as possible records of existing pre-
World War II Ryan Aircraft, as well as past, to the ex-
tent of their flyability, location, owners and disposition.
Also maintained are records locating parts throughout
the world, a master photo file and files on authorized
modifications. This information is avai lable to National
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Ryan Club members without charge. There are no mem-
bership dues, however any contribution to help pay the
cost of mailing will be appreciated. The Annual Meet-
ing of the National Ryan Club is now held in conjunction
with the Experimental Aircraft Association's Annual In-
ternational Convention and Fly-In at Oshkosh, Wiscon-
sin, the first week in August. All National Ryan Club
members are encouraged to attend this meeting, the
world's largest gathering of sport aircraft.
Mrs. Pat Friedman, a noted Mid-West aviatress,
chairs the "STA Division" of the National Ryan Club,
which maintains the information center on all pre-ST-
3KR series Ryans. Mrs. Friedman owns and flies a 1940
Ryan STM-E2, originally owned by the Dutch in the
Netherlands East Indies.
Bill Hodges continues to chair the ST-3KR Division
and maintains an information center on the ST-3KR
(PT-21, NR-l , PT-22), ST-4 and FR-l series Ryans.
Hodges is currently restoring his fourth PT-22 and has
number five waiting in the "barn".
Enthusiasm for pre-World War II Ryan aircraft re-
mains at an all-time high throughout the country, Canada
and Australia.
The classic lines of the STA are readily apparent and
are carried over into the ST-3KRIPT-22 series. Large
gatherings of Ryans may be seen, especially at fly- ins
in California such as at Watsonville, May 18-20; Mer-
ced, June 1-3; and the 3rd Annual Gathering of Ryans
at Paso Robles, May 4-6. Large numbers are also
planning to gather at the EAA Convention July 29-
August 4, where the annual National Ryan Club meeting
will be held and the 2nd Annual Mid-West Ryan Owners
Gathering to be held at Rockton, Illinois on August 18
and 19.
Of the 1,250 PT-22 series aircraft manufactured,
160 remain in the Civil Aircraft Register.
Interested persons wanting more information may
contact Mrs. Friedman at 609 Hill Street in Highland
Park, Illinois 60035 or Mr. Hodges at 3351 So. 99th
Court in Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53227.
(Myron Rupprecht Photo)
BELOW - Myron Rupprecht's 1942 Ryan PT-22 (SI N
1923) in Mexican Air Force colors at Paso Robles in
1972.
(EAA Photo)
The proboscis of an American Classic.
(Bill Hodges Collection)
To most fly-in goers of today, this is what
" Ryan " is all about, the ubiquitous PT-22.
(Di ck Stouffer PhotO)
( Ryan Aeronautical Co. Official Phot o)
PT-22.
A PT-20 in its element.
(Photo by Jack Cox)
Walt Mindermann of Hollis, N. Y. restored this 5C-3. It has been modern-
ized with the addition of a 220-hp Continental and World War II era wheels.
THE  ARKANSAS  COMMANO-AIRE 
By Robert G. Lock (EAA 56824)
1186 N.  Pecan 
Reedly,  California  93654 
After  the  conclusion  of  World  War  I,  a  great  num-
ber  of  military  surplus  aircraft  were  dumped  on  the 
civilian market.  These  aircraft were  former  trainers  and 
fighters  which  were  fabricated  in  large  numbers towards 
the  end  of  the  war  by  the  United  States.  Probably  the 
best  known  airplane  of that era  was  the  Curtiss Jenny. 
Hundreds  of  Jennies  were  produced  to  train  pilots  for 
air  combat.  After  the  war  they  were  sold  to  the  public 
for  as  little  as  $200.  When  a  person  could  purchase  a 
flying  machine  for  that  small  amount  of  money,  many 
fell  into  the  hands  of  unqualified  pilots  with  the  result 
that  many  Jennies  were  wrecked.  As  they  slowly  disap-
peared,  new  aircraft  were  designed  and  built  in  garages 
and small shops. 
One  aircraft  that  immediately  comes  to  mind  is  the 
Ryan  monoplane  designed  and  built  by  the  Ryan 
Company  in  San  Diego  for  Charles  Lindbergh.  In  1927, 
Lindbergh  flew  the  Ryan  solo  across  the  Atlantic.  Cer-
tainly  this  event  triggered  an  expansion  of commercial 
aviation  and  many  new  designs  appeared.  The  Waco 
made  Troy,  Ohio  famous,  while  Cessna,  Beech,  and 
Stearman  made  Wichita,  Kansas  the  capital  of  com-
mercial  airplane  production.  Clyde  Cessna  formed  Ces-
sna  Aircraft,  Walter  Beech  formed  the  Travel  Air 
Company  and  Lloyd  Stearman  set  up  a  small  factory 
that was  to  produce  many famous aircraft. 
Almost  all  the  newly  built  aircraft  had  identical 
features:  two  or  three  place  open  cockpit  biplanes,  con-
ventional  landing  gears  with  tail  skids  instead  of  tail-
wheels,  and  large  wheels  and  tires  on  the  main  landing 
gear.  There  was  the  Waco  9,  which  received  Approved 
Type  Certificate  No.  11;  Beech's  Travel  Air  2000, 
holding  ATC  No.  30;  and  the  Stearman  C3C,  granted 
ATC  No.  62.  The  first  Approved  Type  Certificate  was 
awarded  under  the  Air  Commerce  Act  of  1926  in  the 
year  1927.  Since  there  were  so  many  new  designs  ap-
pearing,  the  government  decided  that  some  type  con-
trol  was  needed  to  assure  safe  flight  and  structural 
soundness.  Thus,  Approved  Type  Certificate  Number 
One  was  awarded  the  Buhl-Verville  "J4  Airster"  on 
March 29,  1927. 
Making  an  appearance  on  the  commercial  market 
in  July  1928  was  the  Command-Aire  3C3  series.  The 
Command-Aire  closely  resembled  the  Waco,  Travel  Air 
and  Stearman.  It had  two  wings,  was  powered  by  the 
surplus  Curtiss  OX-5  engine,  and  was  said  to  have  out-
standing flight characteristics.  Over  100 of the 3C3 series 
were  built. 
The  factory  was  located  in  Little  Rock,  Arkansas  in 
a  plant  formerly  occupied  by  an  automobile  manu-
facturer .  R. B.  Snowden,  Jr.  was  the  President,  Albert 
Voelmecke  was  the  Chief  Engineer,  and  a  noted  pilot, 
John  Carroll  Cone,  was  in  charge  of  sales.  Voelmecke 
was formerly  with Ernst Heinkel Airplane Works of Ger-
many.  Chief test  pilot  was  Wright  "Ike"  Vermilya,  who 
dazzled  the  public  by  riding  on  top  of  the  fuselage  aft 
of  the  rear  seat  straddling  the  airplane.  Of  course  he 
wore  no  parachute;  he just sat  there  while  the  airplane 

flew itself. Thus, the Command-Aire was shown to be
extremely stable and the word "stabili ty" was used
many times in the firm's advertising.
As the supply of OX-5 engines became scarce, the
factory experimented with other engines, mostly the
radial type. The next development by the company
was the Command-Aire 3C3-A, which received ATC
No. 118 in March of 1929. Only 20 were built and one
Warner powered model , serial number W-79, was placed
on Edo floats.
During the year 1929, distribution and sales were
taken over by the Curtiss Flying Service, located in 26
of the 48 states. Most of the later Command-Aire models
were sent to the company's Houston, Texas location.
The next step in   evolution came in
the closing days of March, 1929 when the model 3C3-B
received ATC No. 120. The 3C3-B had a seven cylinder
Siemens Halske engine of 105-113 horsepower. The en-
gine was of German manufacture, distributed in the
U.S.A. by K. G. Frank as the "Yankee Siemens". Per-
formance of aircraft and engine was good, but engine
, thirty-five 5C3's were manufactured by the Little Rock
. plant. All 5C3's were powered by a 185 horsepower, six
cylinder Challenger radial engine. Performance was very
good and the engine was quite reliable. Cruise speed
was 103 miles-per-hour while full control of the aircraft
could be maintained down to 40 miles-per-hour. So good
was the control and stability of the airplane, the Curtiss
Flying Service promptly ordered sixteen 5C3's fitted as
dusters by the factory and licensed in the restricted cate-
gory (NR). Some 200,000 acres of cotton were dusted in
the southern states in 1929. Price at the factory was
$6325, later reduced to $5950 in 1930.
The 5C3 was entered in many air races in 1929, but
always placed midway in the field each time; it was not
built for speed. Major John Carroll Cone, who was still
in charge of sales, flew a 5C3 to seventh place in the
1929 National Air Tour.
During the same month, July 1929, one 5C3 air-
craft was modified and a 150-hp Hispano-Suiza (Risso)
engine installed. The airplane was given ATC No. 185
and was probably the best looking of the Command-
Aire models, closely resembling the Travel Air 2000.
However, only one 5C3-A was produced. This aircraft
was flown from San Diego, California to Los Angeles,
Qalifornia, by fearless test pilot Ike Vermilya while
                                                                                                       
(Photo by Jack Cox)
N970E, a 3C-3A, is a part of the Wings and Wheels Museum collection located in
Santee, S. C. It was beautifully restored for owner Dolph Overton by Ernest E. Webb
of Charlotte, N. C. The Warner powered Command-Aire has a tailwheel but, other-
wise, is authentic to the smallest detail. This is without question one of the coun-
try's outstanding antique ai rplane restorations.
parts were hard to find. Price at the factory new was
about $5500. Only three were built and one 4C3 was pro-
duced, powered by a 135 hp Walter engine of Czechosla-
vakian design.
With the increasing interest in flying and pilot train-
ing, Command-Aire introduced the model 3C3-T in May
of 1929. Carrying ATC No. 150, thirty or more of this
type were manufactured and sold for $1130 in 1929. La-
ter in 1930, the price was reduced to $2250. The one
elongated cockpit was quite roomy for two persons
seated tandem and was dubbed the "bath tub".
In the same month, Command-Aire received ATC
No. 151 for the model 3C3-AT. It was basically the same
as the previous model, but had a Warner 110 hp en-
gine installed. This engine gave the aircraft better per-
formance needed for the higher category license, such
as "limited commercial" or "transport". Only six of this
type were built; most were used by the Curtiss Flying
Service for flight instruction.
The model 5C3 was the firm's best and most popu-
lar airplane. Granted ATC No. 184 in July 1929, some
straddling the rear of the fuselage in his usual style.
The distance covered was about one hundred miles and
only occasional rudder control was used to keep the ship
on the proper heading. This certainly was a safe and gen-
tle airplane in its day.
ATC No. 209 was issued August 22, 1929 for the
Command-Aire 3C3-BT. This model carried the same
structure of the 3C3-AT, but a 113-hp "Yankee Sie-
mens" engine was installed. Only three were manu-
factured.
Towards the end of 1929, the Command-Aire Com-
pany decided to develop its own sales organization un-
der the direction of Major J. Carroll Cone. The Curtiss
Flying Service would no longer distribute Command-
Aire aircraft. This development became effective No-
vember 1, 1929.
In the latter part of 1929, another event was taking
place - the Great Depression. Unfortunately, Command-
Aire was among the many companies that suffered
severely. However, ATC No. 214 was granted the com-
pany for production of the model 5C3-B. Only three were
built, being powered by a newly developed 150-hp Axel-
son engine. The Depression was beginning to take its
toll.
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WILLARD  r SCHMITI 
;4027 ROCKY  RIVER  DR.  NO.  22
  OHIO 4413a  1973  COMMAND·AIRE  REGISTRATION  LIST 
Model3C3 
N  136EA  Ser .  No. 532  John  S  Thurmond 
4302  S  Camino  Verde 
Tucson . Am. 85714 
N  583E  Ser  No. 607  LOUIS  Anderson 
RI.  2 
Mansf ield .  Mo. 65704 
N  7885  Ser .  No  530  Sileiby  B.  Hagberg 
RI.  1.  Box  42 
Greenfield.  Iowa  51343 
Mode13C·3A 
N  970E  Ser  No.  W- l0B  Dolph  Overton 
P. a Box  93 
Sanlee.  S. C  29142 
Mode13C·38 
N  610E  Ser . No  W69  Joseph  Erale 
1 Willow  SI. 
9rentwood. N.  Y.  11717 
Model5C-3 
N  925E  Ser . No.  W-88  Walter  A.  Mlndermann 
196  30  Como  Ave 
Hollis.  N.  Y  11423 
N  996E  Ser.  No.  W-135  Joh n  R. McDa nlel 
Box  757 
Ft. Pierce.  Fla. 33450 
N  997E  Ser . No.  W-136  Robert  G.  Lock 
1186  N.  Pecan 
Reedley.  Calif.  93654 
N  998E  Ser .  No.  W-137  John  R.  McDaniel 
Box  757 
Ft.  Pierce.  Fla. 33450 
N  939E  Ser . No.  W-93  Joseph  E rale 
4  Wi llow  SI. 
Brentwood . N.  Y.  11717 
N  946E  Ser .  No.  W-95  John  S. Thurmond 
4302  S. Camino Verde 
Tucson. Am.  85714 
( Photo  Courtesy  of  Lloyd  TOll ) 
Major John  Carroll  Cone, Sales  Manager for Command-Aire  flew this 5C3  to 7th  place  in the 
1929 National  Air Tour.  The  engine  is  a  six  cylinder  Curtiss  Challenger with  bayonet  stacks. 
The last model manufactured by Command-Aire
was ATC No. 233, and designated as the 5C3-C. Pro-
duction began in September 1929. The 5C3-C was
powered by a later version of Lindbergh's engine, the
Wright J-6-5, developing 165 hp. If the Depression had
not hit the country, this model would have been the most
. popular with the public. The Wright engine offered re-
liability greater than the previous engines. The per-
formance was outstanding: cruising speed 101 mph, land-
ing speed 42 mph, and rate of climb was 810 feet per
minute from sea level. Cruising range at eight gallons
per hour was six hundred miles. Price at the factory was
$7,000; later it was reduced to $6,025. However, the mar-
ket failed to materialize, leaving the company with only
the consolation that a future for this craft would have
been assured had the market held up to its normal pro-
portions.
So ends the story of the Command-Aire. Briefly
manufactured from 1928 to 1930, the Command-Aire
owns a small space in the history and development of
aviation. Command-Aire no longer lives - only a few
examples have survived the past forty-two years. Per-
haps the statement "Command-Aire no longer lives" is
incorrect. The name lives in the memories of the pilots
who flew them, and to those who are fortunate to have
found one to restore.
COMMAND-AIRE 5C-3
Sometime ago I purchased a 1929 Command-Aire
model 5C-3. The aircraft is in poor condition but is re-
buildable. There were approximately 33 of this model
manufactured by the Command-Aire Company of Little
Rock, Arkansas. The original design began in 1928 and
was powered by a Curtiss OX-5 engine. Only 5 remain_
The 5C series aircraft were powered by a 6 cylinder
Curtiss Challenger radial engine developing 185 hp. My
aircraft, NC997E, is the next to last built and has been
modified for crop dusting use. The engine was changed to
a Continental R-670, 220 hp.
When I begin restoration next year, I would like to
install a Wright R-540 engine of 175 hp as shown in the
5C3-C aircraft. This will mean a change in engine mount
ring and, of course, an engine. This engine went out of
production in July of 1937, so locating one will be diffi-
cult. However, if you should happen to find one, let me
know. I have a new overhauled Hamilton Standard ground
adjustable propeller cut down to fit the Command-Aire.
My Command-Aire is currently stored in a warehouse
in Hanford along with two other 5C3's, NC996E and
NC998E. These are three of the last five that are be-
lieved to exist. One is NC925E located in New York and
the other is in Illinois.
These aircraft are said to have excellent low speed
characteristics because they were among the first air-
craft to use the Frese type aileron. Notice that the land-
ing speed is a low 40 mph.
A rather interesting find in this day and age. I am look-
ing forward to getting one of these aircraft in the air. _ .
someday.

(Photo by Dick Stouffer)
Carl Swanson' s fantasticall y accurate repl ica Nieuport 17.
. NOW, ABOUT THOSE  REPLICA  PLANS 
By Jack Cox
EAA  Headquarters  receives  hundreds  of  requests 
every  year for  information  on  plans for  vintage  aircraft, 
mostly World  War I  fighter  types. 
The  following  list  is  what  we  send  out  to  all  con-
cerned. 
Bleriot XI
Curtiss Pusher
Curtiss JN4D
DeHavilland 4
Fokker D-VII
10 
Mel  Miller,  2030  Geary,  Albany, 
Oregon  97321  - Complete  set  of 
drawings  and  instructions  for  repli-
ca - $15.00 
Charles  F.  Schultz,  910  Broadfields 
Dr.,  Louisville,  Ky.  40207  - Set  of 
drawings  developed  from  original 
Curtiss prints. 
Gordon  E.  Codding,  4572  West  147 
St. ,  Lawndale,  Cal.  90260  - 23 
drawings,  incomplete  but  good  cov-
erage 
Air Force Museum, Wright-Patterson 
AFB,  Dayton,  Ohio  - Some  draw-
ings  available.  _. 
Fred  Koin  Losy,  724  Robin  Way,  N. 
Palm  Beach,  Fla.  33408  - Set  of 
Blue Max D-VII drawings. 
Harold  Best-Devereux,  11  Stone-
hills  House,  Welwyn  Garden  City, 
Herts,  England - Sets  of Blue  Max 
D-VII drawings. 
Herbert  L.  Kelly,  56424  Handley 
Rd.,  Yucca Valley, Calif.  92284 - 11 
plates  averaging  34"  x  54"  with  all 
details  needed  to  build  160-180  hp 
Mercedes  D-VII - $110.00. 
Fokker Dr I
Fokker D-VIII
Nieuport 17
Nieuport 27
Macchi-
Hanriot HD-l
RAFSE5A
Sopwith Camel
Walter  Redfern,  Box  G,  Tekoa, 
Wash.  - Plans  for  Warner-powered 
replica  $50.00.  Brochure $2.00. 
E.  O.  Swearingen,  40  Monee  Rd., 
Park  Forest,  Ill.  60466.  Drawings, 
from  Platz  originals,  for  Warner-
powered replica. 
Fred  Kom  Losy  (address  above)  -
Rosendaal  drawings.  Air  Force  Mu-
seum,  Dayton, Ohio - Drawings. 
Fred  Kom  Losy  (address  above)  -
Drawings. 
Gordon  E.  Codding  (address  above) 
- Drawings. 
Chris  J .  Warrilow,  141  Chairbo-
rough  Rd.,  High  Wycome,  Bucks, 
England - Set of Drawings  $120.00. 
Replica  PlanS,  953  Kirkmond  Cres-
cent,  Richmond,  B.C.,  Canada  -
Darwings  for  85%  scale  wooden 
replica. 
Air Force  Museum - Drawings. 
Gordon  E.  Codding  (address  above) 
- Drawings. 
RAE  Farnborough,  Public  Records 
Office,  Chancery  Lane,  London, 
England - Drawings. 
Gordon  E.  Codding  (address  above) 
- Drawings. 
Chris J.  Warrilow  (address  above) -
Clayton  and  Shuttleworth  drawings 
of  Camel  FI  and  some  of  2FI.  200 
drawings $144.00. 
Sopwith Pup  Gordon E. Codding (address above)
- Drawings.
Smithsonian Institution, Washing-
ton, D. C., - 72 drawings 18" x 24"
$162.00.
Air Force Museum, Dayton, Ohio -
Drawings.
Hawker-Siddeley, Kingston-upon-
Thames - Drawings.
Public Records of Hawker-Siddeley
(above has drawings for 100 hp con-
version).
Sopwith Triplane  Chris J. Warrilow (address above) -
Clayton and Shuttleworth drawings
$72.00.
SPADs 7/13  Gordon E. Codding (address above)
- Drawings.
Air Force Museum, Dayton, Ohio -
Drawings.
Thomas-Morse  Gordon E. Codding (address above)
S4C - Drawings.
We also recommend that World War I replica en-
thusiasts contact two groups which publish newsletters
on their favorite activity, building and flying aircraft
of The Great War. They are:
"World War I Aeroplanes" by Leonard E. Opdycke,
46 Pleasant Ridge Road, Poughkeepsie, New York
12603.
"Fokker Verein." Contact Dr. Stanley L. Morel, 812
East Park Row, Arlington, Texas 76010 (Phone 277-
8361). The Fokker Verein is not limited to Fokker en-
thusiasts - all World War I types are included.
Your editor would like to hear of sources of any other
plans and/or organizations devoted especially to the
above type of activity. We will be happy to publish the
information in The  Vintage  Airplane. 
(Ted Koston Photo)
BELOW - E. O. Swearingen's much admired Fokker O-VIII and a friend from another generation.
(Ralph Nortell Photo) "
ABOVE - Fokker Triplane
built by Walt Redfern.
(Salo Photo)
RIGHT - Sopwith Camel. Now
on exhibit at Wings and Wheels
in Santee, S. C.
AROUND  THE  ANTIQUE/CLASSIC  WORLD 
(Photo by Ted Koston)
PROBLEMS! 
(Photo by Dick Stouffer)
PROBLEMS! 
(Photo Courtesy Lee Parsons)
PROBLEMS! 
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OH , THOSE  PROBLEMS! 
Memorial Day weekend is enough to drive the An-
tique and Classic buff from drink! That same long week-
end three of the largest and most active type clubs in
the antique-classic world are holding their national fly-
ins. The Staggerwing, Swift, and Waco Clubs all meet
that weekend, their fly-in sites tantalizingly close for
those of us who would like to attend all three.
STAGGERWING 
Tullahoma, Tennessee's big World War II training
field-now-municipal-airport is where Staggerwing Club
President "Dub" Yarbrough will greet his fellow Beech
buffs. All sorts of "down home" activities are on tap for
the May 25-28 spree. Items: A Tennessee "Hoedown"
on Saturday night (with "Tennessee spirits"); panel dis-
cussions and actual demonstrations of Staggerwing re-
pair, maintenance, inspection, and rebuilding; feat.ured
speaker is Louise Thaden, winner of the 1936 BendIx -
in a Staggerwing, of course. Camping facilities are
available - including shower and toilet and electrical
hook-up. In addition to the stars of the show, the Stag-
gerwings, there will be glider flying and even hot air bal-
loons. Time is short, but for last minute fly-in informa-
tion contact: W. C. Yarbrough, Lannom Mfg. Co. , Inc.,
Tullahoma, Tennessee 37388.
SWIFT 
Your first problem in going to the Swift Fly-In will
be finding where to go! Gilbertsville, Kentucky is the
nearest town, the landmark to look for is the Kentucky
Lake Dam, and the airport will be the one with scores
of Swifts buzzing all over the place - its name on your
chart is Kentucky Dam State Park Airport. When you
get your chart down to find all this, look at the extreme
western end of Kentucky, find Paducah, then trace the
Tennessee River east to the Kentucky Lake Dam. By then
you should have the airport symbol located. This is a
beautiful resort area and a fantastic site for any kind of
outdoor event. Last year Charlie Nelson's Swift nuts
came in from all over the country in droves - around 100
of the snappy little low wingers were on hand (probably
the biggest assemblage of Swifts on one airport since
the factory had 'em sitting around awaiting Aeromatic
Props just after World War II!) All sorts of activi.ty is ?n
tap with lots of flying promised. Your contact IS SWIft
Club President Charlie Nelson, Swift Association, Box
644, Athens, Tennessee 37303.
WACO 
We outlined the activities that will go on at the Waco
Fly-In in the February issue of The Vintage Airplane . ..
but for new members, here is a resume. The Hamilton,
Ohio municipal airport is the site of the annual Waco Fly-
In and the meet is always a biggie. Ray Brandly, Presi-
dent of the Waco Club, will host the event. Formation
flying of huge gaggles of big 01' Wacos is a trademark of
this fly-in .. . it goes on all clay, everyday if the weather
is decent. A banquet is held on Saturday night and the
featured speaker will be Mr. Clayton Bruckner who was
President of the Waco Company throughout its existence.
Mr. Bruckner, needless to say, is a walking storehouse
of Waco history - as is Brandly himself. Contact: Ray
Brandly, National Waco Club, 2650 West Alex.-Bell-
brook Road, Dayton, Ohio 45459.
So there you are ... all are great fly-ins. "You pays
your money and you takes your choice," as the saying
goes. As soon as the Antique-Classic Division member-
ship roll hits the one million mark, we're going to ask the
boss to lease a Lear Jet so we can attend all three!
RARE  WACO  FOR  SALE 
There is one Waco YPF-6 left. This is the one that
looks a lot like the fabulous "D" owned by Dick Jackson.
It has the sliding greenhouse, etc., but a smaller Jacobs
  rather than the 450-hp Pratt and Whitney. This
aircraft was well into the process of restoration when its
owner passed away. The center section and cowl are
complete, the fuselage primed, and jigs for the wing ribs
have been built. The engine is zero time since overhaul.
Wing spars have been purchased. The aircraft is a 1935
Waco UPF-6, Serial Number 4375, NC 15700. The en-
gine serial number is JO-21395.
The aircraft is located just across the street from the
Boulder, Colorado airport. Contact: Lucille Bennett,
5117 Independence Road, Boulder, Colorado 80301
(303/442-3123). This would be a highly desirable antique
and a special prize among Waco buffs.
PORTERFIELD  CLUB 
If you are an admirer of The Skinny Bird, the lIttle
Porterfields of the late 30s and early 40s, you will want
to join the Porterfield Club and get their newsletter.
For information write Marc Herman, 2306 Hyperion
Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90027.
A recent Porterfield restoration is N27281, a 1940
LP-65, rebuilt by William R. Knox of Marietta, Georgia.
Painted red and cream, the bird is reported to be a
beauty. This will not be hard to believe for those of ou
who remember Bill's Fairchild 24 of a few years back.
He is now hard at work on a 1929 Fleet I.
STEARMAN  RESTORERS 
ASSOCIATION 
For many years the Stearman Restorers j.ssocia-
tion served as the Stearman Type Club for both the EAA
and AAA and was an active force in the sport flying
world. But for the past few years it has been inactive, due
mainly to the great time and travel requirements of Bill
McCreary's job. For some time now Bill has tried to get
me to take over the position of President of the SRA and
get it active again and I have finally agreed to do so.
With the apparent increase in interest in the Stearman
as shown by fly-in activities during the past couple of
years I hope that we will be able to make it a Vital. part
of sport aviation once again. In the near future I wIll be
mailing a letter to all past SRA members and to other
known Stearman enthusiasts detailing the re-activation
of the SRA. Members who had paid up membership
dues during the last active year of the SRA will be
sidered to be paid in full for the next year. Anyone m-
terested in the Stearman Restorers Association please
feel free to contact me.
Thomas E. Lowe, President
Stearman Restorers Association
823 Kingston Lane
Crystal Lake, Ill . 60014
Telephone 815-459-6873
VINTAGE AIRPLANE BACK ISSUES 
Membership in the Antique-Classic Division of EAA
is growing very rapidly. Most new members want to get
all the back issues to date - which we have done as long
as possible. Due to the demand, the February issue
(which featured Wacos) is completely used up. (We al-
most forgot to save file copies for ourselves at Head-
quarters!) We still have a few of the January and March
1973 issues and will send them out on a first come, first
served basis. . It is amazing that a magazine only four
13 
months old is already considered a collector's item!
Thank you all for your confidence.
On another matter, we simply were unprepared for
the landslide of mail the Antique-Classic Division and
The Vintage Airplane have generated. Many of you asked
questions, made special requests, etc. in your mem-
bership letters. Please be patient, we will answer you as
soon as possible.
EAA IN ACTION
Within the past few years a number of antique air-
craft produced in foreign countries have been imported
to the U. S. These include such favorites as the Bucker
Jungmann and Jungmeister, Canadian built Tiger
Moths, Stampes, plus various ex-military aircraft such
as Me. lOSs and 109s, Spitfires, Sea Furies, and others.
One of the first problems the new American owner en-
counters is how (and if) the FAA will license the air-
craft. All the aircraft mentioned have never been certi-
ficated in the U.S.A. and no category exists for such
machines .. . except the catch-all "Exhibition" classifi-
cation. Several hundred non U. S. type certificated air-
craft have been placed in this category in recent years.
This caused no undue hardship until the crash of the
F-S6 into an ice cream parlor in Sacramento, California
last fall.
Now, all FAA offices have been instructed to enforce
the letter of the law on Exhibition Category aircraft.
This means the plane can ONLY be used for proficiency
flights in a small local area designated by the FAA,
flown to and from bona fide air shows, and with no pas-
sengers. Obviously, this renders these otherwise fine air-
craft almost useless.
In order to bring about some relief for owners of
such aircraft, EAA President Paul Poberezny called a
meeting of all national sport aviation groups and the
FAA at EAA Headquarters. That meeting was held
March 2. A second meeting will be held at Hales Corners
on April 30. As of this writing there are indications that
your organization's efforts will bring much needed re-
lief to owners of these fine vintage aircraft.
This is Joseph L. McKinstray (EAA 50730), 1500 W.
Belle St., Belleville, III. 62223 and his 1946 Piper J-3
which he completely restored. The plane was destroyed
(?) by fire and was acquired by Joe in March of 1970.
Two years later he had it flying again. The bird required
one spar, 50% new ribs, new instruments, and a dif-
ferent engine and prop. It is covered in Stits Polyfiber
and is painted as close to original (except for side num-
bers) as possible.
MENASCO NEEDS
H. C. Leydecker, 2031 Sprucewood Place, Birming-
ham, Alabama 35214 has a Menasco D-4-S7 A that is al-
most new but lacks a few parts: one intake valve rocker
and shaft, starter and adapter, and a gasket set. Can
anyone help?
Mr. Leydecker is also restoring a 1946 14-13-2
Bellanca with a 190-hp Lycoming and would like to
hear from others with the same kind of airplane.
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 - Annual Fly-In.
MAY 18-20 - CALLAWAY GARDENS, GEORGIA - Eastern 195 An-
nual Meeting. Business meeting followed bV 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.
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 EANAntique Classic Di vision.
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 EAA
International Fly-In Convention. Complete program and awards
for antique and classic ai rcraft. 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.
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- 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  lining.  Blue 
with  EAA  decal  on  both  sides.  $4.50 each 
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free  of  charge.  Includes a  listing  of  all  available  back  issues  of  Sport 
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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 
Tips  on  Fatigue  ........ . .... .... . . . . .  $2.50 
Welding  ...... . .... .  $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  (Reprint)  .  $4.00 
Flying  and  Glider  Manual  Reprints .. 
1929 . .. .  $2.00 
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80. and  many  more.  Beautiful  photos. 3-views and  flight  reports.  $2.50 
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