(Photo by Ted Kaston

)
THE 
PRESIDENT'S 
PAGE 
By E. E. " Buck" Hilbert
President, Antique-Classic Division
SHARING THE WEALTH
A two day trip to Blakesburg/Ottumwa proved again that Antique and Classic airplane
lovers are just that . .. lovers, not fighters. In the time I was there I heard some testy comments
and dire suggestions, but they all seemed to evaporate in the presence of good camaraderie and
aviation lore. The realization that the airplanes were the center of attraction and not at all part
of the petty rivalries came late to some people, but it came.
Talk about allegiance to this or that group soon dissolved and there was a constant stream
of traffic between the two fields as people tried to see all they could. The welcome mat was
out at both fields and the barriers that were in some minds soon tumbled. I left early - not by
choice - but I'm sure the outcome was what I expected. The airplanes will win . .. in the end.
There was just too much experience and airplane happiness to share. Most of the joy of air-
planes comes from sharing it with other interested people and the common goal of keeping
them flying can't be ignored.
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 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   family member.
Membership in EAA is $15.00 per year which includes 12 of SPORT AVIATION. All mem-
bership correspondence should be addressed to: EAA, Box 229, Hales Corners, Wisconsin 53130.
2
(Photo by Dick Stouffer)
  A  
VOLUME 2 - NUMBER 11 NOVEMBER 1974
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Lincoln  PT-W  Res toration  ... Don Rayborn ........... ............ . . ........ . ... .......... . ... 4 
Bellanca  .. . The Early  Years,  Part  III  ... John Morgan ....................... .. . . ..... .. . . .... 7 
AAA  National  Fly-In  .. .  Dick Stouffer ... . .............. ............ . . .................... . .. 11 
Reminiscing  With  Big  Nick  ... Nick Rezich . .. . ................................. . ............. 15 
Howdy Do,  YaH  Welcome  To  Tahlequah  ... Gar Williams ...... . ............ .... .......... ... . 18 
Around  The  Antique-Classic  World  ............................ . ...................... .. ......  22 
ON THE COVER .•. Neils Sorensen 's Hisso BACK COVER .. • Cockpit of Reagan Ormand's
Standard. Heath.
Photo Dick Stouffer Photo Dick Stouffer
EDITORIAL STAFF
Publisher - Paul H. Poberezny Ed itor - Jack Cox
Assistant Ed itor - Gene Chase Assistant Editor - Golda Cox
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 GAR W. WILLIAMS, JR.
BOX 181 9 S 135 AERO DR., RT. 1
LYONS, WIS. 53148 NAPERVILLE, ILL. 60540
DIRECTORS
EVANDER BRITT JIM HORNE MORTON LESTER KELLY VIETS
P. O. Box 458_ 3850 Coronation Rd. P. O. Box 3747 RR 1, Box 151
Lumberton, N. C. 28358 Eagan, Minn. 55122 Martinsville, Va. 24112 Stilwell , Kansas 66085
CLAUDE L. GRAY, JR. AL KELCH GEORGE STUBBS JACK WINTHROP
9635 Sylvia Ave. 7018 W. Bonniwell Rd. RR 18, Box 127 3536 Whitehall Dr.
Northridge, Calif. 91324 Mequon, Wisc. 53092 IndianapOliS, Ind. 46234 Dallas, Texas 75229
DIVISION EXECUTIVE SECRETARY
DOROTHY CHASE. EAA HEADQUARTERS
THE VINTAGE AIRPLANE is owned eXClusively by Antique Classic Aircraft. Inc. and is publIShed
monthly at Hales Corners. Wisconsin 53130. Second Class Permit pending at Hales Corners Post
Office. Hales Corners, Wisconsin 53130. Membership rates for Antique Classic Aircraft. Inc. are
$10.00 per 12 month period of which $7.00 is for the subscription to THE VINTAGE AIRPLANE. All
Antique ClassIc Aircraft . Inc. members are requi red to be members of the parent organization. the
Experimental Aircraft Associ ation. Membership is open to all who are i nterested in aVI.ation.
Postmaster: Send Form 3579 to Antique Classic Aircraft, Inc., Box 229,
Hales Corners, Wisconsin 53130
Copyright 1974 Antique Classic Aircraft, Inc. All Rights Reserved

LINCOLN PT-W RESTORATION
BY
Don Rayborn
(Photos by the Author)
A 1929 factory photograph of Jim Hayden's Lincoln PT-W, the first of only five Warner powered PTs
built. This is the same photograph used to illustrate the PT-W in Volume 3 of Joe Juptner's U.S. Civil
Aircraft series. Note the hastily applied registration number on the rudder - probably done for the
taking of this picture.
The restoration of Jim Hayden' s Lincoln PT-W bi-
plane began in 1970 shortly after its Wamer engine was
spotted sticking out of a farm junkpile near Ashton, Idaho.
The PT-W, N-561M, was the first of it's type to be built and
offered an opportunity to restore a truly classic airplane.
The project might have discouraged a less determined
rebuilder. The fuselage had been cut in two and the for-
ward half used as a snow plane. The Hamilton standard
ground adjustable prop's blades had been reversed and the
landing gear equipped with skis. It is probably safe to
suggest that the snow plane was not highly successful.
The wings, through years of storage and mishandling,
were not rebuildable, although the fittings were in good
condition. Some parts were missing and others were re-
moved from the airframe and indiscriminately stored in
barrels. Fortunately, the original logs and documents came
along with the machine. Since acquisition, Hayden's
Lincoln PT -W has moved steadily forward from basket case
to its present factory new appearing airframe, ready for
it's Irish linen cover.
The log shows that the aircraft was completed July 25,
1929 and test flown shortly thereafter. A TC No. 284, how-
ever, was not issued until December 31, 1929. Although
the factory first quoted a price of $4,625, the depression
caused this figure to be revised downward to $4,315. The
Lincoln could also be purchased without engine or pro-
peller for $2,235. .
The machine's first owner was M. A. Dawson of North
Platte, Nebraska. According to the logs the plane's early
days were spent carrying passengers. N-561M found it's
way to Idaho in 1935, passing through half a dozen owners
until it's career ended temporarily in 1943 while owned
4
by the Lincoln Flyers, Inc. of Salt Lake City. At the time
of its last logged flight, the aircraft had flown a total of
450 hours.
Surprisingly, two Lincoln PT-W's remain today of the
five built in 1929-1930. The other owner is the Ray Hen-
dershot Estate in Leavenworth, Kansas. Jim Hayden
acknowledges the generous help provided by Ray Hender-
shot. Ray, who was a retired TWA mechanic before his
death in 1973, provided data and a number of original
Lincoln parts, which have been vital to N-561M's restora-
tion. The EAA Aviation Museum in Hales Comers, Wiscon-
sin now owns the Kinner powered PT -K, N-275N, beauti-
fully restored a few years ago by Norm Sten of Minnea-
polis. FAA records also list Lincoln PT series owners as:
N-789K - Andy Anderson of Mansfield, Mo., and
N-12553 - Bruce Overmyer of Findlay. Ohio.
The Lincoln PT -W was designed as a pilot trainer.
The large tail surfaces and the ailerons on both wings give
it excellent control at low speeds. It is characterized by
those who have flown it as a gentle and forgiving airplane.
One unusual feature of Hayden's machine is the Bloxham
safety stick in the rear cockpit. Based on the assumption
that a student may "freeze" on the stick, the instructor in
the forward cockpit could pull a safety cable. This tug
released the stick from it's socket.
The   T ~ W is powered by a 110 horsepower Wamer
Scarab engine. This powerplant made the airplane some-
what more expensive than it's sister model the PT-K which
was powered by a Kinner engine. The PT -K's lighter
powerplant increased the overall aircraft's length four
inches. N-561M has it's original Wamer engine, SIN 250.
It has been majored with cylinders Channel chromed and
fitted with new valves and guides. All bearings were re-
placed but the crankshaft, con rods and pistons are ori-
ginal. The spark plugs are of the original type and the
wiring is a very early type of Breeze shielded harness,
manufactured by Air Associated. Mags are Bendix Sin-
tilla PN7D's. The aircraft does not have an electrical sys-
tem. In order to quieten the engine, the tips of the individ-
ual exhaust pipes are flattened and perforated with 51
small holes in each. The 28.5 gallon gravity fuel tank is
located forward of the front cockpit. The fuel shutoff con-
trol is a lever located in the rear cockpit. The fuel guage
and engine instruments are located above and forward of
the front windshield so that they can be viewed by both
pilots. A four gallon oil tank is mounted on the firewall.
A wooden Supreme propeller was standard equipment
but a metal propeller was offered as an option. Hayden'S
Lincoln was an "0" taper Model 1595 Hamilton Standard,
8' in diameter. The logs indicate the propeller was instal-
led in 1934. During the snow plane era the original blades
were shortened. These were replaced and the hub rebuilt
last year. The carburetor heat box is constantly heated by
the exhaust, a design that reportedly allows better fuel
burning characteristics. The carburetor itself is a Strom-
berg NAR5A updraft type located well below the bottom
of the engine.
Restoration of the wings is now in the works. The spars
are sitka spruce. Front spars are 1" x 5
1
/2" and the rear
spars are P/2" x 31/2". The original ribs were basswood.
These are being replaced with spruce. The bottom wings
have two degrees of dihedral. The top wing is flat. The
interplane struts are steel and the wings are rigged with
streamline flying wires rather than cables.
The control system is interconnected with !/s" cable.
Elevator cables are doubled. The horizontal stabilizer can
be adjusted with a jack and torque tube arrangement that
is controlled from the rear seat. The pitot tube is located
on the left N-strut. Control cables are all internal except
for the juncture point below the rear control stick where
they protrude from the bottom of the fuselage. The 24"
x 42" cockpits have bucket type seats with wells for para-
chute packs.
Hayden plans to use the standard factory color scheme
of squadron blue on the fuselage and Omaha orange on
the wings. For a number of years the fuselage carried
the insignia of Betty Boop, an early movie cartoon heroine.
Hayden is still considering this nostalgic touch. He expects
to test hop the machine in the summer of 1975.
SPECIFICATIO NS
ATC284 Issued 12131/29
Overall length .. .... . .... . . ..... . .... . . .... . . . 25' 3"
Height .................. . ..... . ... . ...... . . . ..... 9'
Wing span - upper .... . ... . ... . . . . . ..... . .. .. 32' 3"
Wing span - lower . . ..... . .. ........ ........ . 31' 9"
Chord both wings ......... ....... . . . .. ... . ...... 58"
Wing upper area ........ .. . ..... . . .. . .. . . . 154 sq. ft .
Wing lower area . ....... . . . . .. . .. . . . ....... 143 sq. ft.
Air foil .. . ... . ... . ...... . . .. . .. . .. GOETTINGEN 436
Empty weight . . .. .. . ....... . ............. .. 1203 Ibs.
Useful load . . .. . . .. .... . ......... .. .... . .... . 591 Ibs .
Baggage allowance ......... .... ... . ... . . .. . . . . 501bs.
Gross weight ..... . . . . ..... . .. . . .... ... . .... 1794 Ibs .
Maximum speed ... . .... ... . . . .. . . ... . . . . . .. 108 mph
Cruising speed . ... . . ...... . . ....... . . .. .. ... 87 mph
Landing speed ...... . . .... .. . ....... . .. .. . .. 36 mph
Rate of climb . . ... . .. . . .. 870 ft. per minute at sea level
Ceiling ..... . . .. . ... . .. . . ... . ...... . ....... 14,000 ft.
Cruising range at 7 gallons per hour . ... .... . 330 miles
LEFT: The Lincoln's 110 hp Warner Scarab, the exposed
rocker arms tell you this is an early Warner - and that
wiping grease after every flight is going to be standard
procedure when the plane is flying! This was the most
highly desired engine for the PT series, but it was also
the most expensive. Consequently, the less expensive
Kinner powered PT-K was the bigger seller in those post
Wall Street Crash days.
One of the few concessions to the modern day is the
N3N tail wheel assembly mounted on a leaf spring - re-
placing the original tail skid.
Horizontal stabilizer is moveable for trimming aircraft.
Tail surfaces required only minor repair. Hayden esti-
mates 75% of the aircraft is still original.
Original wheels were 26 x 4 without brakes. Low pres-
sure air wheels were also available for $133.35 extra.
Wheels used for this restoration are 30 x 5 with 12" Ben-
dix shoe-type brakes which are mechanically actuated
from heel pedals in the rear cockpit. .
RIGHT: Fuselage details. Notice the Cub-type bungee
cord landing gear. All steel parts were sand blasted and
primed. The only wood in the fuselage is in the floor-
boards. That 's right , there are four throttles, allowing
one to fly right or left handed. Actually, this was a com-
mon practice in that day and is still seen on some new
European lightplanes. Wichita and Vero Beach, take
note!
6
Jim Hayden and his Lincoln PT-W - nearly ready for
cover.
Accessory compartment showing the mags, oil tank and
engine mount. Note the flattened exhaust stacks with the
pattern of drilled holes. This was a trick old timers
used to quieten the bark of the individual exhaust stacks.
Recently, a national aviation magazine printed an article
showing a Cessna equipped with a similar exhaust stack
and hailed it as a " new" advance in aircraft sound sup-
pression. Ah, progress!
The  Irish  Swoop  after being  rebuilt  for Jimmy  Mollison  in  1936. The  picture  was  taken  during  a test 
flight over New Castle, Delaware with  the author's late brother Richard D. "Dick" Morgan,  at the con-
trols. 
BELLANCA ... THE EARLY YEARS
Part III
By John  McC.  Morgan  (EAA  83694) 
Summit Aviation,  Inc. 
Middleton,  Delaware  19709 
(All Photos Courtesy of the Author)
Last  month  we  carried  Part  1/  of  John  McChesney 
Morgan's pictorial article on  the  Bellanca Aircraft Corpo-
ration.  In  Part  1/1  some  of  the  lesser  known  but  most 
exotic  Bellanca  designs  are  presented  for  your  enjoy-
ment.  Mr. Morgan is  Vice President and General Manager 
of Summit Aviation  in  Middletown, Delaware. 
The Fabulous Flash
In 1934 Bellanca received an order which did more
to keep it in business during the latter part of the '30s
than any other activity. The MacRobertson race from
London to Australia was to start in the fall and all sorts of
aircraft were entered - from specially built British racers
like the DeHavilland Comet, to the American Cee Bee
Q.E.D., Roscoe Turner and Clyde Pangborne's Boeing 247,
a KLM DC-2 and many others. But of most interest to us
around New Castle, Delaware and the Bellanca plant was
the construction for an Irish group of a low wing, twin
Wasp powered two seater with trans-Atlantic range.
To use a low and thin wing for speed, C.M. went with a
wire braced, typical high lift section. As accompanying
pictures will show, this aircraft (and subsequent versions
built for the Chinese) had odd looking pylons hanging
down from its bell y on which to attach the wires. Every-
one wanted to know what a wheels-up landing would be
like, but did not discover the answer until the Chinese
7
broke up mos t 'of an order of twenty Flashes (as they came
to be known in production).
This firs t low wing speedster was obviously fast, but
fl ew littl e before being shipped to England for fu rther
testing and preparati on for the race . It was known as the
Irish Swoop and was fl own by Jock Bonnar and navigated
by a Fit zmauri ce, I believe. Trouble in London kept it from
the race and it was brought back to New Castle where it
was demolished in a poor landing at the factory. It had
lain in a pil e of junk for several years when Jimmy Mol-
lison asked if it could be made fl yable. Somehow it was
and my brother, Dick, tes t fl ew it in 1936. Mollison took
delivery and set a trans-Atlantic record fl ying it home
that held until military aircraft broke it during World War
II. After another record breaking fli ght from England to
South Africa, the Irish Swoop was not heard of again.
The basic design, however, lived on in the form of two
orders for twenty each of an advanced version. These
were the Chinese Fl ashes and are shown in the pictures.
They differed slightl y from the Irish Swoop in that the
last batch had wing flaps. All were flown by Dick Morgan
and Cl yde Pangborne who never scratched one in all the
First of the Flash Series, known as the IRISH SWOOP.
At New Castle, Delaware in 1934 prior to being shipped
to London for the MacRobertson race.
The Irish Swoop in London for MacRobertson Race (1934) .
BELOW: Another view of the "Air France" Flash showing
to good effect the strange keel posts for the flying wires.
One of the first batch of 20 Flashes for China. These did
not have flaps. The " Air France" insignia is not explained
- could it have been a ruse to disguise the actual desti-
nation of the aircraft?
LEFT: Before you read this article, a lot of you never
realized there was more than one Bellanca Flash, right?
Well, how does a line of 12 of them grab you? These are
a part of the first order of 20 that wound up in China.
The original contract called for a penalty of $1 ,000 per
plane per day for late delivery!
8
A Bellanca Flash being dragged in over the threshold
of the 1800 foot Bellanca factory field.
A close-up of one of the China Flashes. Note the armament and the retractable oil cooler on the side of the fuselage.
tes ting. The short runway at Bellanca was only 1800 feet,
yet under the right conditions, they easily flew in and out.
The Tri-Motor Racer
Prior to Bellanca' s development of the small airplane
(the low wing Junior) , C.M. built one last special purpose
aircraft which was most intersting. Alex Papana, the
Rumanian aerobatic pilot of Jungmeister fame, wanted
something to fly home with in record time. A single seated
tri-motor was decided on, built and flown between the
winter of 1936-7 and National Air Race time in Cleveland
in September of 1937.
The pictures show the 400 hp Fairchild Ranger in the
nose and the two supercharged Menascos outboard. They
developed something like 300 hp. Papana was, as far as
could be learned, a superb aerobatic pilot of unsophisti-
cated aircraft like the Jungmeister, however, was not
familiar with supercharged engines and controllable
props. He made the first flight of the new airplane,
landed too fast and ran off the edge of the airport in-
flicting no damage - except for two seized Menascos.
Art Chester was called in from Menasco. He had all
the racing experience with these engines and knew of the
cooling problems at high power output. He overhauled
them on the spot. A hassle developed between Bellanca
and Papana and the latter backed out of the deal . The air-
craft then sat except for the next two Bendix races . Frank
9
Cordova flew it in the 1938 race and quit short of Cleve-
land with a failed Menasco. He later removed the engine
and prop and ferried the airplane to New Castle on the
two remaining engines.
The next year, 1939, was better and Art Bussy finished
second, one hour behind Frank Fuller in a big Seversky.
At that he averaged 244.486 mph by covering the distance
between Los Angeles and Cleveland in 8 hours 21 minutes
and 8 seconds. Second place prize money that year was
$5,800.00. Bussy continued on to New York in just ten
hours even. The tri-motor then sat in our hangar at Bel-
lanca Field until dismantled and sold to some South Ameri-
can country - probably to never fly again. This was the
last of the special and larger Bellancas. Tools and dies for
The Bellanca Model 28-92 trimotor built for aerobatic ace Alex Papana for a record flight from the U.S.
to his native Rumania. "Model 28-92" meant 280 square feet of wing area and 920 horsepower.
the Skyrockets and Air Bus types went to Canada and the
New Castle plant was converted to production of the little
low wing Junior, which evolved into the Cruisair; Cruis-
master and, finally, to the present-day Bellanca Viking.
- CONTINED NEXT MONTH -
LEFT: The Bellanca tri-motor at Floyd Bennett Field in
New York with Art Bussy in the cockpit. He is either
starting the ferry flight to Los Angeles for the start of
the Bendix race - or has just arrived at Floyd Bennett
after competing in the Bendix and continuing on to New
York in ten hours flat in an attempt to set a trans-
continental record.
RIGHT: Front view of the unusual Papana tri-motor -
unusual for anyone except designer G. M. Bellanca, who
had his own unique solutions for achieving speed and
efficiency in aircraft.
10
1974  AAA  GRAND  CHAMPION . .. a  1918 Hisso  Standard J-1  restored by Niels  Sorensen  of Minneapolis,  Minnesota. 
AAA NATIONAL FLY-IN
By Dick Stouffer (EAA  8221) 
65  Miller Rd. 
Lake Zurich,  III.  60047 
(All Photos by Author)
Nostalgia airfield  is  where it's at.  Where it's at  is  a  sod, 
ridge  running  airport  set  in  picturesque,  wooded,  rolling 
land  about  12  miles  westlsouthwest  of  Ottumwa,  Iowa 
and it  is  home for  the Antique Airplane Association  where 
President  Bob  Taylor  gathers  vintage  and  antique  aircraft 
for  a  grand annual  fly-in  about  Labor Day  time. 
The  airport  strains  at  the  seams  with  campers  and 
families  down  in  the  hollows  and  ravines,  and  airplanes 
pushed  in  rows  along  fences  and  taxiways.  But,  it  is  all 
very colorful. 
There were rows of Stearmans, Wacos, Stinsons, Ryans, 
Tiger  Moths,  Meyers  OTW's,  Luscombes,  Aeroncas,  Fair-
childs,  Ercoupes,  Fleets,  Buckers  and  more.  Piper  Alley 
was  over  that way to  the  left! 
There  was  Gypsy  Rose  and  Ramblin'  Rose,  and  two 
Rose  Parakeets  beautifully  restored  and  flying  as  twins  in 
color  scheme.  There  were  two  Arrow  Sport  biplanes  and 
two  Standard  J-1's.  The  Grand  Champion  J-1  was  a  180 
Hisso powered type by Niels  Sorenson from Minneapolis, 
Minnesota.  Charles Klessig  had an  OX-5  powered version 
at the fly-in  .  .. probably the only two Standards flying  in 
the U.S.  A 1931 Heath Parasol stood along the fence with a 
factory installed  Continental A-40  engine.  Just  to  the right 
was  the  Georgias  Special  which  looked  like  an  oversize 
Heath Parasol (but  wasn't)  from  1930.  Further along  was a 
Welch  with  overhead controls  and strut braced  wings  that 
looked  just  like  an  Aeronca  C-3,  but  wasn't.  Next  to  the 
Welch  was  a  low  wing,  strut  braced  Arrow  Sport  by  the 
Arrow  Aircraft  and  Motors  people  from  out  Lincoln,  Ne-
braska  way.  Along  the  taxiway  was  a  beautifully  polished 
Ryan SCW to head up Ryan row.  A trike gear Waco N head-
ed  up  Waco row  with  Standard Wacos,  10's and  UPF's.  A 
single DH89A Rapide in war time RAP colors stood off with 
a  wonderful  Travel  Air  6000  by  Robert  L. Younkin  from 
Fayetteville,  Arkansas.  The  Travel  Air  was  co-runner  up 
with  a  1929  Stearman  C-3R  by  Jack  Greiner,  Boulder, 
Colorado.  This  was  the  first  time  that  there  was  a  tie  for 
the  Sweepstakes  award,  I  understand. 
Going along  another direction  to  the  Buddy Ride  Gate 
was a  Waco JYM  doing yeoman service hopping rides. This 
was  an  early  stretched  airplane  since  the  fuselage  was 
strectched  about  4  feet  to  make  room  for  a  mail  compart-
ment.  It was  used  and  flown  by  Northwest  and  was  so 
painted  and  identified.  This  JYM  was  dated  1929  and  is 
otherwise  a  standard looking  Waco  Taperwing. 
There  were  other  activities  to  keep  interests  alive 
during  the  week.  There  was  a  Fourth  of July  Parade  led 
by the Blakesburg High School  Band - in August! All  day 
11
ABOVE: The newest Aeronca C-3
restoration - just completed by Don
and Ann Pellegreno of Story City,
Iowa. Here Don gives EAA Business
Manager Gene Chase a last minute
cockpit check before Gene buzzes off
into the blue. He reports the C-3 flies
beautifully - one of the best rigged
he has ever flown.
Just a Bird at twilight . ..
The Georgias Special, an antique
(1930) homebuilt oWf 'ed by John Fine
of Owasso, Oklahoma.
BELOW: Bill Wright's 1938 Waco
AVN-8.
t
This aircraft, Bob Younkin 's Travel
Air 6000, and Jack Greiner's Stear-
man C-3R tied for the runner-up posi-
tion to Niels Sorensen's Grand
Champion Standard J-1 at the AAA
Fly-In.
13
long  antiquers  lined  up  at  the  buddy  gate  for  rides  in 
exotic  aircraft:  the  Standard  J-l  of  Neils  Sorenson,  the 
Waco JYM,  the  Stearman  C-3R,  Tiger Moths,  Cubs,  Waco 
Cabin  models,  the Air Power Museum Fairchild  F-l  in  Pan 
Am  markings,  and  many others. 
If you  were  aerobatically inclined  you  could  have gone 
to  nearby  Albia  Airport  for  a  session  of  precision  flying  in 
your Stearman,  Waco,  Fleet,  Driggs Dart,  or whatever.  For 
those  limited  by  airplane  or  experience  there  was  a  very 
simple  performance  limited  to  spin,  roll  and  loop.  For 
others  a  full  aerobatic  routine  was  prepared  in  the various 
classes  of sportsman,  advanced,  etc. 
Always  it  was  "pass  the  time  of  day"  with  the  fellow 
standing next to  you  in  the chow line, coke line or watching 
the planes fly  by.  The joy  of greeting old friends was some-
thing  that  just  cannot  be  beaten  or  appreciated  by  non-
participants .  This  annual  renewal  of  friends  and  activities 
must  be  experienced  as  it  is  at  all  aviation  activities  and 
fly-ins  all  over  the  country. 
Major Award Winners
GRAND CHAMPION -1918 StandardJ-l, N-22581, owned 
by Niels  Sorensen of Minneapolis . 
SWEEPSTAKES (Runner-up) - (Tie)  1929  Travel  Air  6000, 
N-377M,  owned by Robert L. Younkin, Fayetteville, Arkan-
sas. 
(Tie)  1929  Stearman  C-3R,  NC8828,  owned  by  Jack 
Greiner,  Boulder,  Colorado. 
ANTIQUER OF THE YEAR - John  Turgyan  of  Trenton, 
New Jersey. 
OLDEST ANTIQUE -1917 Standard J-l, N-9477,  owned by 
Charles  "Chuck"  Klessig,  Tucson,  Arizona. 
Standard pilots Chuck Klessig, left, and Niels
Sorensen.
How far back would one have to go to duplicate this
scene - two Standards? That's Chuck Klessig's
OX-5 J-1 in the foreground and Niels Sorensen's
Hisso powered J-1 in the background.
Another rare sight - two Arrow Sport Pursuits.
N-8181 , foreground, belongs to Charles Zangger and
Roy Cram of Burwell, Nebraska. N-853H, back-
ground, is owned by Roy Cram. Both the little tapered
wing, side-by-side beauties are 1929  models.
14 
REMINISCING WITH BIG NICK
OX-5 ANNUAL REUNION
( Photos by Jessie Woods and Bob Collins)
The South has risen!! BELIEVE-YOU-ME, it has!$9.20 for
four drinks ... $21.00 for a fish plate and a cold steak. I
just returned from the colorful and historical city of
Charleston, S. C. I have always been a fancier of the South,
but I believe the Charlestonians are still mad at us damn
Yankees. (That's "damyankee' in the South, Nick ... one
word. I was 14 before I was told it was two words up
Nawth! - Editor) Every time I tried crossing a street with
the green light at least two of them would try to get me.
I swear they can smell a Yankee a traffic light ahead!! A
blind man is safer in downtown Chicago!
It all started when I boarded an Eastern Airlines DC-9
at O'Hare on October 9. I knew I had been " had" as soon
as we started to taxi. Now, I wouldn't say we were taxiing
fast ... but when we turned onto the taxiway leaving
the gate area, my calendar watch moved up one day!
My wife turned to me and asked, "Are we taking off?" -
to which I replied, "No, the best is yet to come." Sure
enough, we tum onto the runway running full bore with
about a 4G side load. We rotate and before. the gear doors
close, he racks this hog into a 45
0
bank and we are on our
way. My wife turns to me again and asks, "Has he turned
the smoke on?" About the same time I was reaching
for a phantom microphone to announce this act!
As they vectored us to the airway, each tum became
more vigorous than the preceeding one. When we finally
leveled off and the hostess started hustling drinks, I
ordered the first martini of my life and my wife had a
double, her first. The next hour and fifteen minutes were
routine and dull .. I. with only an occasional 30
0
bank
using only about a 180
0
per second roll rate ...
Now it was time for Act II - and sure enough, he had
a whole new bag of tricks in store for us. It started with
Nick Rezich
4213 Centerville Rd.
Rockford, III. 61102
going from cruise power to idle with the articulate arm of
King Kong, followed by a push over to zero G. Again, I
instinctively reach for the air show mike for I know he is
setting it up for an outside snap as we roll into a 60
0
bank.
About this time the number two boy decides to bring the
cabin down to catch up with the airplane, but overshoots
and has us on the ground as we are going through 25,000
feet. By now all the sinus sufferers are ready for interment.
A few more downhill point rolls and we wind up on
a ten thousand foot base leg. Now King Kong wants to
play Bob Hoover .. . out go the high lift devices, full rear
flap and the gear. He pushes over to about 60
0
and pro-
ceeds to clean out all the ash trays.
When we roll out on final, he blows the whole Bob
Hoover bit - we are about two miles out and he has us
down in the toolies with the speed meter reading slow.
About this time someone up front remembers Lesson Num-
ber 8 and the P&Ws spool up to about 105%. Jo Anne turns
to me and says, "Is this a Whisper Jet?" For the next two
miles we all get to enjoy the same comforts a bronco
buster thrives on.
The impact and roll out magnified my thoughts .. .
that the machine is master of the man . . . !!
When we turned off at the end, I noticed that King
Kong was a very thoughtful and considerate pilot. He
applied the same 4G load to the opposite gear from the one
he limbered up on take-off ... and set my watch back on
the correct date.
After checking into the hotel, I decided to check out the
availability of some much-needed spirits. I walked down
a block and as I stepped off the curb to cross the street,
here comes one of those Charlestonians aiming at me full
bore. Out of nowhere a very strong hand pushed me to
safety. I swear on an old Southern Bible, the driver of
that car was wearing an Eastern Airlines uniform!!
The purpose of my trip to Charleston was to attend
the 19th Annual Reunion of the OX-5 Aviation Pioneers.
The highlight of the reunion was the announcement of
15
the Hall of Fame inductees who will be enshrined in May
at Hammondsport, NY. I was proud and very happy to
learn that Gordon Israel of Howard fame was named as a
recipient of this unique honor.
I had a long chat with another Hall of Fame Inductee,
Mr. Clayton C. Scott, the retired Boeing chief test pilot.
Mr. Scott is the owner of Jobmaster, Inc., the company
that produces Howard DGA seaplanes. He also owns all the
STCs and A TC for Howard aircraft. He informed me that
he has many parts for the DGA-15. He also told me that
he wants to spend more time fishing and hunting and that
the whole Howard Aircraft business is for sale. He would
rather sell it to a Howard enthusiast than a commercial
group. Here is your chance, you Howard Lovers!
The New Flying Aces
I also had a long visit with Mrs. Jessie Woods, the lady
I mentioned in the May issue. Jessie and her late husband
operated the "Flying Aces" air show from 1929 to 1939
using 3 Travel Air 4000s. Jessie was the wing walker, the
parachute jumper and pilot of one of the ships.
During our chat she told me about the "New Flying
Aces" up in the Northwest U.S.A. They are a real bunch
of gung-ho antiquers who have the market cornered on
Travel Airs, Wacos, Stearmans and many other golden
oldies. They are part of the Northwest Antique Airplane
Club.
Max Robertson, Bob Collins and Bill Warren of Med-
ford, Oregon along with Carroll Pope of Grants Pass, Ore-
gon restored three Travel Air 4000s and painted them in
the original paint scheme of the Flying Aces - complete
with the insignia of the hand of aces on the fuselage and
the single ace, each of a different suit, on the vertical
fins. The airplanes are all original except for the engines -
the Weight J-5s have been replaced with 220 Continentals.
This past March Jessie Woods joined the New Flying
Aces and took a trip into the past. Saturday morning, March
23, 1974, Jessie donned a flying suit and climbed aboard
Paul Lawrence's red and white Curtiss Wright Travel Air
12-W, joined by Dale DeTour in his red ASO Waco and Al
Kroft in his PT -13, and took off from the Evergreen Airport
at Vancouver, Washington and pointed their nose south for
a cold 245 mile flight to Medford. Jessie's first glimpse of
Jessie Woods, left, Dale De Tour and Evelyn Waldren at
Evergreen Airport. The piece of cowling contains the old
Flying Aces calling card.
Paul Lawrence and his 12W.
" The Medford Occasion" - Kneeling, left to right, Bob Collins, Bill Warren and Max Robertson. Stand-
ing, left to right, Dale De Tour, AI Kroft, Gary Kroft, Paul Lawrence, Jessie Woods and Carroll Pope.
the New Flying Aces came when they landed at Cottage
Grove, Oregon for some gas and some much needed coffee.
As they taxied to the ramp, Jessie spotted those famil-
iar elephant ears on the blue and white 4000 belonging
to Carroll Pope. Next in sight was "Miss Jessie", the blue
and white 4000 owned and flown by Max Robertson, their
host for the weekend . . . and the ramrod behind
the revitalization of the Flying Aces.
The sight of the two Travel Airs brought a tear to the
eyes of Jessie - as she put it, "I kept swallowing, but the
lump in my throat stayed." After much back-slapping,
hugging and hand shaking, they were off for Medford
where the third and final Travel Air of the Flying Aces
would join the flight. The trip over the snow covered
Calapooya Mountains was cold and slow, but rewarding.
As the Medford airport came into view, so did the bright
red and white Travel Air of Bob Collins and Bill Warren .
Jessie was freezing, but seeing those 3 Travel Airs soon
warmed the blood and heart. The evening was spent at
Max and Michelle Robertson's place talking about Travel
Airs and the Flying Aces.
Sunday morning dawned bright and clear and soon
Jessie Woods would be treated to one of the greatest mo-
ments of her life. After a short trip to the airport in Max
Roberton's meticulously restored Model A truck, the three
220 Continentals barked to life and as the Flying Aces
taxied out in formation, Jessie closed her eyes for a mo-
ment and thought, "Is it really March 1974 .. . or is it
March 1929?" The New Flying Aces treated Jessie and her
friends to a special show reminiscent of 1929.
When it was over and time for home, Jessie expressed
her feelings with the following words, "Here at last my
dream had come true! This flight had been made that I
might see three Travel Airs together once again and re-
painted in the same configuration as our Flying Aces Air
Circus of the late 20s and 30s . I , too, like Alice walked
through a looking glass into the past and experienced the
delights of 'The Medford Occasion' ."
I salute you, Max Robertson, Bob Collins, Bill War-
ren, Carroll Pope and the Northwest Antique Airplane
Club, may your galaxy shine forever. Keep the Travel
Air flying! - Big Nick
Max Robertson's Travel Air 4000 " Miss Jessie", painted up just like one of the original Flying Aces'
Jessie Woods and Carroll Pope enjoying the sun at the
Cottage Grove gas stop.
Paul Lawrence giving Jessie Woods some much needed
help donning the last layer of clothing prior to take-off
from Cottage Grove to Medford. That's Paul's Curtiss
Wright Travel Air 12W in the background.
show planes. (Photo by Jack Cox)
17
(Photo  by Gene  Chase) 
The  Grand  Champion  of the  1974 Tulsa  Fly-In  held  at Tahlequah,  Oklahoma,  the  one  and only  Lus-
combe  Colt.  Beautifully  restored  by  Bobby  Slaton  and Joe  Johnson  of Bedford,  Texas,  the  aircraft 
was  built by Don  Luscombe and engineer Fred  Knack in  1944 - in  Luscombe's  back yard at Ambler, 
Pennsylvania.  Several  companies,  including  Weatherly-Campbell  and  Swallow  Aircraft  Corporation, 
acquired the  design  rights  at one time or another,  but,  unfortunately,  the plane was never put in  pro-
duction.  It's  a shame because  the  Colt flies  beautifully. 
"HOWDY DO, Y'ALL WELCOME TO TAHLEQUAH!"
By  Gar Williams 
9 S 135 Aero  Dr.  Rt.  1 
Naperville,  Illinois  60540 
" Thar's  nuthin'  like  a big,  hearty  'HOWDY  DO' ,  a
whack  on  the  back  and  a handshake  to make  ya  feel 
welcome  .  .. and  that's  whut  we're  aimin'  to do.  Them 
people  wearin'  blue  name  tags  with  H-O-S-T  on  it  .. .
well,  they're  hy' ar  to help  y'all  any  way  they  can.  In  re-
turn  we'd  like  ya  to help  us,  friend,  so why  not  find  a
potty,  relax  and read  on  ...
First  off .  . . and THIS  IS  IMPORTANT . .. y'all  try  to
register soon's ya  can  'cause without a name badge folks 
might  not  know  y'alls  one  o'us.  Besides,  someone's 
likely  to be  holdin' out  their  hand  if'n  ya  don't  have  a
ticket . . . it's good for the  free  cookout (which  ain't free 
if'n  ya  don't have  a ticket - then  it costs two  bucks),  the 
cake  and  stuff in  the  mornin',  the  booze  and  chow  to-
morry night and breakfast fix'ens  Sunday. 
Secondly,  thar's  tiedown  stakes  and  rope  for  them 
whut needs'em,  but thar's  going  to be  a deposit  to pay. 
'Nuther  thing,  once  ya  stakes  a claim,  we'd  'preciate  it 
if y'all not mosey over to someone else' s tiedown ' cause 
we don't take  kindly  to claim jumpers. 
Soon  after ya  arrive y'all be  gitt'n  some  tags.  If'n  ya 
want  free oil,  hang  the  blue  tag  on  the  prop  and  we'll 
do  our levelest best  to git t'gether  with  ya  and  GIVE  ya 
as much Aeroshell as ya  need. For gas,  hang .the red one 
on  the prop, and the  gas  truck'lI be by ... gotta problem 
18
tho . .. less'n  we come up 'twixt' now and then with some 
80  oct.  thar' lI  be  100  oct.  ONLY.  (Gent  hy'ar  says  they 
don't take bank credit cards - just Phillips,  Gulf,  Texaco, 
Exxon,  Chevron  and Conoco  . . . or CASH!) 
When  ya  mosey  on  up  thar  to register,  y'all  find  of' 
Dave's  coffee  house  thar somewhere  . .. he's got some 
souvenir cups for a buck yet, but coffee's a dime now (in-
flation,  ya  know.) 
Don't be  saunterin'  across  the  runway  . .. thar ain't 
nuthin' on  the other side to see nohow. If'n ya  have kids, 
better keep a tight rein  on  'em  . .. wouldn't want them  lit-
tle  buckaroos to hurt theirselves.  Also gotta have  WING-
WALKERS  in  the parking area  ('til ya  get to the  taxiway) 
so if'n ya  got passengers able to walk,  how 'bout helpin' 
us?  If'n  you  ain't, just holler and we'll get some  for ya." 
The preceeding few paragraphs were taken from the
program for the 16th Annual Tulsa AAA-EAA-IAC Fly-
In held October 11 through 13 in Cherokee country (that's
not Piper, either) - Tahlequah, Oklahoma. For those of
you who missed it, Tahlequah is located in the north-
eastern comer of Oklahoma, about half way between
Tulsa and Fayetteville, Arkansas. Sixteen years of fly-ins
gives the sponsors quite a bit of experience which was
readily apparent in the manner in which the weekend was
organized.
One very nice feature of the Tahlequah location is the
utilization of the facilities of the Northeastern State Col-
lege for lodging and meals. THE place to stay - where all
the action is - is on campus in the "visitors" dorm. Quite
a bargain - four bucks a head a night. Impromptu live
entertainment - including a "wild west show" - carried
on for hours in the dorm lounge. Registration fees of only
eight dollars for the fly-in included the Friday night fried
chicken dinner at the airport, the Saturday evening cock-
tail hour and banquet and a Sunday morning breakfast in
the   Union on campus. These accommodations
really help solidify the group and added considerable
continuity throughout the weekend.
This setting provides an environment of natural
beauty, fine facilities and genuine hospitality that is diffi-
cult to match. Mix in exotic airplanes such as the one and
only Luscombe Colt and you have the ingredients for a
tremendous weekend.
Early arrivals were in abundance this year and by Friday
evening quite a cross section of airplanes were sitting on
the turf. The resultant turnout for the evening cookout was
excellent. The meal actuall y was a catered chicken dinner
served in the hangar and was as good as if it had come
straight from the finger lickin' shop. The Fixed Base Op-
erator, Cecil Hammons, really contributed to the success
of the evening by allowing the use of his hangar - in fact,
he practically turned over his facilities to the fly-in for
the entire weekend. Of course, the meal was only the start
of the evening.
After a short bus ride from the field to the college
campus, the party began with the introduction of John
Turgyan's and Bob Taylor' s liquid fixins '. First rate enter-
tainment was provided by Alex Whitmore and his guitar,
which completed the makings for a genuine wild west
show!
Saturday morning activities started with a fly-out to a
grass strip called Whitehorn Cove located just a few min-
utes west of Tahlequah on the shore of Fort Gibson Reser-
voir. Within a short walk of this smooth runway is a neat
floating restaurant - what a place for breakfast! The
Tulsa crowd were not strangers to the waitresses - ap-
parently it's only a half hour trip from Tulsa's Riverside and
Harvey Young Airports and is frequently utilized for
weekend meals.
Back at Tahlequah the homebuilts, classics and an-
tiques were doing their trick around the patch. One of
the most active ships was the freshly finished Luscombe
Colt belonging to Bobby Slaton and Joe Johnson. Not
many Grand Champion candidates are found with other
than the owner in the left seat. This white and green ma-
chine was quite an exception for many lucky chaps were
given the opportunity to sample this exotic machine. We
can all look forward to an article on their rebuild of the
Colt in a forthcoming issue of The Vintage Airplane.
Saturday afternoon fly-bys and buddy rides ended
just short of 4:00 P.M. for the air show - possibly too
soon for the gaudy hawkers of rides in the Airpower Mu-
seum Fairchild 71 piloted by Steve Carroll. This rare old
bird arrived at Tahlequah after a five hour plus ride at 27
gallons per from Antique Airfield at Blakesburg, Iowa
with a crew of young antiquers. The ship was utilized for
sightseeing rides with the hope of making enough to get
that thirsty Pratt and Whitney back to Iowa. The air show
did cut the sightseeing short for awhile while the sky was
filled with smoke and the whine of the high powered Pitts
and other aerobatic craft.
The awards banquet was held Saturday evening follow-
ing the 6:00 P.M. happy hour in the Student Union. Excel-
lent mixing - excellent meal and many awards.
(Photo Courtesy Mike Kearby)
1974 Fly-In Chairmen, left to right, Chuck Welch (lAC),
Bert Mahon (AAA) and Mike Kearby (EAA).
1974  AAA-EAA-IAC  16th  ANNUAL 
TULSA  FLY-IN 
TAHLEQUAH,  OKLAHOMA 
I. STATIC JUDGING AWARDS
Grand Champion 1941 Luscombe CoIt. NX54082 Joe Johnson/Bob Slaton
Ladies Choice 1941 Luscombe Colt, NX54082 Joe JohnsonlBob Slaton
Oldest Aircraft 1928 Waco ATO, N719E Gordon Bourland, Jr.
Rarest Aircraft 1931 Heath Parasol , NXS719 Reagan  Ormond 
Best Antique Biplane 1942 Tiger Moth, N12731 Leon Whelchel
Best Antique  Monoplane  1940  Cessna  Ai rmaster, 
NC2548S Gar  WiUiams 
Best  Classic  1941 Luscombe Colt, NX54082 Johnson & Slaton
Best  Classic Monoplane  1946 Dart, NC31690 Larry Goode
Best  Neo-Classic  1946 Stinson 108, NI08HW Harry Whiting
"Best J-3 Cub 1941 Piper J-3, NC38493 Dale Gore 
*Best Primary Glider Explorer Post 94 Mark  Ramey,  President 
Greatest  Distance  in  an 
Antique 1943 Howard DGA-1S, N95462 John Turgyan (N. J.)
Best Experimental Biplane 1974 Baby Great Lakes, N8727 Robert Shindler
Best Experimental
Monoplane  1949 Pitts 190, N8JD Jim Dulin
Best Original Design 1973 Sonerai II, N2MX Gregg Erikson
(Photo by Mike Kearby)
Gordon Bourland, Jr., left, of Fort Worth, Texas receives
an award from Sam Hockett, President of Chapter 2 of
AAA
19
(Photo by Gene Chase
Bobby Slaton, left, and Joe Johnson , restorers of the
1974 Tulsa Fly-In Grand Champion Luscombe Colt.
(Photo by Gene Chase)
1942 DH82A Tiger Moth owned by Leon Whelchel of
Dallas, Texas. N-12731 is powered by the old faithful
Gipsy Major of 130 h.p. This engine is considered one
of the most reliable ever built in any nation.
Best Warbird
Grea test Distance in an
Experimenta l
1941 Meyers OTW. N26485
1973 sonera i II, N2MX
CharJie Botts
Gregg Erickson (11 1.)
II . NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS AWARDS
From Antique Airplane Assn.
President's Choice 1941 Luscombe Colt, NX54082 Johnson & Slaton
From Experimental A ircraft Assn.
Best Custom- Built
Best Vintage Airplane
Best Warbird
1%1 Smith Mini-Plane. N85P
1941 Luscombe Co lt , NX54082
1943 Fairchild PT-19, N54712
Judy Mason
Johnso n & Slaton
Chet Brake fi eld
III. CONTEST AWARDS
Short Field Take-Off
Spot Landing
Bomb Drop
Balloon Burst
1937 Stearman A-75, N4739V
1946 Piper J-3. N3580W
1941 Taylorcr.ft , N33948
1941 Waco UPF-7, N32060
Art Lindqui st
Lee McCarty
Bill Fulgham
Liz Winthrop
IV. CHAPTER CHOICE AWARDS
Kansas City Chapter AAA
Award 1937 Stinson SR-9, Nl8425
Okla. City Chapter AAA
Awa rd 1941 Meyers OTW, N26485
Texas Chapter AAA Award 1946 Stinso n 108, N108 HW
Jonesy Paul
Charlie Botts
Harry Whiting
V. LIGHTER SIDE AWARDS '
Most Mertious Flight Steve Carroll (1927 Fairchild 71)
Best Hangar Flyer Alex Whitmore
Oldest Pilot Reaga n Ormond (60 years)
Youngest Pilot Liz Winthrop (18 years)
20
(Photo by Gene Chase)
N-8JD is a Pitts Special, but obviously a racer instead
of the usual midget biplane. Curtis Pitts designed and
built this little speedster for the old Goodyear class and
it was flown in competition by Phil Quigley and Bill Bren-
nand. This was the second of two racers built by Curtis
Pitts. It is now owned by James Dulin, Box 158, Paoli,
Oklahoma 73074 and the aircraft is based at the Pauls
Valley Airport. Power is still the Goodyear required Con-
tinental 85.
Hard Luck Ken Love (Missed Happy Hour)
Best Chapter Attendance Texas Chapte r AAA (33 members)
VI. INDIV IDUAL AWARD PRESENTATION
Presented by Sam Hockett , Johnny Arms trong Memori al
Awa rd Charlie Kunzer
Prese nted by Hurl ey Boehler, Acknowledgement to
Pete & Regina Pannell Greatest Antique Couple
Departures began fairly early Sunday morning for the
weather was forecasted to deteriorate during the day. The
Colt was still making the rounds and apparently wasn't
overloaded by all the hardware garnered during the
awards banquet. It was with great reluctance that many of
us turned tail and pointed our ships towards home. Al-
though Cherokee Indians were not known for hospitality
- this gathering at the Cherokee Nation capital - the
Tulsa AAA-EAA-IAC Fly-In certainly qualifies as one of the
most hospitable gatherings available to those who enjoy
this type of weekend escape.
" That's About it, folks. y'all have a good time now,
y'hearf"
(Photo by Gene Chase)
Left to right, Mary Alice and Gar Williams (the author)
and Dick and Bobbie Wagner with Gar's Cessna Air-
master at the White Horn Cove' airport.
(Photo by Gene Chase)
N-6593N is a 1950 Bellanca 14-19 Cruisemaster (Ser.
No. 2046) owned by Dick (EAA 49177) and Helen Guthrie
of P. O. Box 187, Bedford, Texas 76021 . It is powered
with a Lycoming 0-435-1 of 190 h.p. Not many people
walk into the pitot tube on this bird!
(Photo by Gene Chase)
Above - This little Continental A-40 Heath Parasol was
manufactured 43 years ago - in September of 1931 - and
again enjoys basking in the Oklahoma sun as a result
of the restoration skills of owner Reagan D. Ormand of
Arlington. The Heath carries its old registration number
NX-5719. This is the way non-certified aircraft were
designated in the old days.
(Photo by Gene Chase)
No, this is not a two place Acro Sport - it's a Willy 2 built
by C. B. Cunningham (EAA 61104) , Wagoner, Oklahoma.
Powered by a Lycoming 0-320, the Willy 2 weighs 907
pounds empty and has a max gross of 1296 pounds.
Passenger weight is limited to 130 pounds.
(Photo by Gene Chase)
Larry Good flew in this sleek Dart for the owner, Aircraft
and Engine Enterprises of Moore, Oklahoma. NC-31690
is powered by a 145 h.p. Continental.
(Photo Courtesy Gene Chase)
EAA was represented at Tahlequah by, left to right, Gene
and Dorothy Chase and Bobbie and Dick Wagner who
zipped down from Wisconsin in Dick's Aztec.
21
Around  The  Antique/Classic  World  Books  for  Buffs 
from HISTORIC AVIATION
Dear Mr. Cox:
I am sending to you two photographs of ai r-
planes which were taken about 35 to 40 years
ago at either Betti s Fi eld or old Allegheny
County Airport, Pittsburgh, Penna. I obtained
these prints from a fri end of mine who still
has the negati ves, including many more of thi s
era which he hlmseIf took.
One photo looks like the "Invinci ble" which
appeared in the article "Th e Invinci ble Center
Wing(s)" in theAugust1974issueofThe  Vintage 
Airplane.  The other photo is a Lockheed Vega
whlch is pai nted like an eagle.
I would appreciate it if you or anyone else
who receives " Vintage" could fill in the details
behlnd these photos.
Sincerely,
Grover Rahi ser, jr.
EAA 62573, N C 664
SFVan Buren St.
Evans City, Pa. 16033
(EditOr's  Note: The  Lockheed Vega  is  NC-106N, 
Ser.  No.  118, the  Stanavo  Eagle, owned by the 
Standard  Oil  Development  Company  of  New 
York  City.  The  fuselage  of this plane  was  later 
mated to  the wing of Serial No. 69and emerged 
as Jimmy  Mattern' s  " Century  of  Progress"  -
re-registered  as N-869E.  Crash  landed  and 
abandoned  in  Siberia  in  June  of  1933 during 
Mattern's  abortive  solo,  round-the-world  at-
tempt. 
The  little  midwing  we are  not  sure  about.  It 
Isvery similar to  the  two  place Invincible, how-
ever,  in  comparing  the  photos differences  can 
be  seen  (i .e.,  different  wheels,  two  headrests, 
slightly  different  fin  and  rudder,  thinner  aft 
fuselage,  shorter  nose,  different  windshield, 
etc.) Can any of you shed light on the situation?) 
Mr. Cox:
I can' t t ell you how much we have enjoyed
being a member of the Anti que and Classic
Division.
Not being able to attend the Oshkosh Fly- In
this year, the suspense of wai ting for The Vi n-
tage Ai rplane is ever mounting. September's
issue wasjust great. You andthe rest ofthe staff
and officers are to be commended on the won-
d erful job you are doing.
We have a SOL Aeronca Chi ef that we hope to
get back near original some time. Perhaps
some of the members could help- we need an
origi nal panel for a '38, '39 or 1940 Aeronca
Chl ef. Large tach, instruments O.K. Consider
other parts forSOLModel 1939 Chief.
Sincerely,
Harold L. Prior (EAA 42823)
R. D. No. 1
Fulton, N. Y. 13069
Dear Paul :
In the October 12 issue of Trade-A-Plane
there is an ad under "Fairchild Miscellaneous"
for a company that proposes to build center
sections for PT-19, 23 and 26s . You might caII
this to the att ention ofthe interes ted people of
EAA. I am defini tely int eres ted and am al so
going to contact BobTaylor ofAAA.
The price range will be from $1800 to $2200.
The address is: Hamilton Tool and Manufac-
turing, 905 Slack Dr., Anderson, Ind. 46013.
Thanks,
Leonard Bonker (EAA 78001)
403 E. Washington
Albia, Iowa 52531
Dear Mr. Hilbert:
I am an artist specializing in aviation paint-
ings. I am under contract to a company whose
business is (among other things) the marketing
ofprints of my paintings.
22
Whil e I have a fairl y comprehensive avi ati on
reference morgue, I need many more sources
of material for my paintings.
Iamwriting to you in hopesthatyou can pro-
vide me with sources that I can contact. I spe-
cifically need good photos, books, etc. of air-
cra ft for the peri od between the 1920' s and the
mid40's.
The more material I can accumulate the
more accurate my paintings will be and I will
be most grateful if you can advi se me on this
matter.
Thankyou.
Sincerely,
Robert C. Sherry
4716 Amherst Ave.
Binghamton, N. Y. 13902
DearSir.
At the present time I am rebuilding a model
V-470 Tank ai rcraft engine, seri al number 440
and it is rated a t 115 horsepower. The engin e
swings a Curtiss Reed propell er, model DWG.
EX 32909-69. After all of the above have been
restored they will be mounted on an Ashl ey
SP-5 aircraft .
However, at the present time I am having an
extremel y difficult time locating a sufficient
amount of technical material to restore the en-
gine - torque specs, part sizes, assembly pro-
cedures, parts availability, etc. Any and all
cooperati on in obtaining the above informati on
will begreatlyappreciated.
Sincerely yours,
Loui s j . Grabiec, Jr. (NC 1142) 
6960 SyRd.
Niagara Falls, N. Y. 14304
Dearjack:
Could you please place thls in the next Vin-
tage Airplane.
SELLING OUT! 1939 Stinson HW-75 - 80%
res tored tooriginal - all new fairings, lift struts,
etc . Fuselage and tail covered and up through
silver. Disassembled 0-200 Continental with
chrome cylinders - 1/2 roll of 102 Ceconite - all
theretofini sh this rarebird.
Thankyou,
Gene de Ruelle
(NC 963)
4258 Beeman Ave.
StudioCity, Calif. 91604
Telephone 213 980-0240
o Amphibian. The StoryofThe
Loening Biplane
by
Grover Loening ~ : : : .
Complete history of the " flying _ 
shoehorns." Photos so good, . 
text sodetailed and thebooka 
workofart.You'llhavetohaveit . .If 
for your library. 10" x 10" ,250 
photos. $14-:95' 
o WaterFlying-
by Franklin T.Kurt 
~ ' If you own a float plane or are just interested in
L&J waterflying you will want this book. It'sthe first
Z all-inclusivebookaboutflyingboats,floatplanes,
and amphibians. Covers operating techniques
and historyofseaplanes.It ismasterfullywritten
byaformerGrummanengineerfromalifetimeof
testing, designing and instructing in water craft .
100 photos, 15drawings. $8.95
o The Ford AirTours 1925-1931
by Leslie Forden
~ A complete story in text and
L&J photos of the seven cross-
Z country"ReliabilityTours" Pro-
fusely illustrated, incorporating 
muchcollateralmaterialandan 
interesting "whatever hap-
pened to ...?" section in the 
back relating capsule histories 
ofTourparticipants.Amustfor 
the enthusiasts reference lib-
$11.00
rary. 8'12·x 11.
oTheyCall MeMr. Alrshow 
by Bill Sweet 
Morethan an autobiographyof 
Mr. Sweet,this book isa lively 
accountofBillSweet'sassocia-
tion with the greats of the air 
show circuit from the 20's on. 
The book is exciting, informa-
tive and in places riotously
; ~ ~
humorous.Onceyoustartread- .. ~
ing you won't be able to put it 
down. 
$9.95 
oCessnaGuidebook
Mitch Mayborn and Bob Pickett
CompletelikepredecessorStearmanGuidebook.
Contains photos of every single engine model
built through the Airmaster series and WWII
Bobcat,threeviewdrawingsofthemostsignific-
antversions,reprintsofold advertisingandcom-
plete serial listings for military Bobcats. Anyone
whohaseverflown oradmired Cessnawillwant
this one. $6.96
U.S. CivilAircraft
byJosephJuptner ~ •
The antiquers bible . Ency- . .
clopediaofATCplanesgivinga ~
complete description, history, ~
production data, performance, ,J
specifications with excellent . ~ ,..--.'
photocoverage.Colorfulnarra-· \..0
tivesarewoventhroughouttell- ~ l .   .
ing of successes, failures and <"-
little-known anecdotes. Each t . .   ~ -' .
vo'lume covers 100 ATC' s. ';.'
300 + photos & 300 pages.
oVol. 1, ATC #1 thru #100, 1927-29 ...$9.95
oVol. II, ATC #101 thru #200, 1929 ...$9.95
oVol. III,ATC #201 lhru #300, 1929-30 $9.95
oVol.IV, ATC #301 thru #400,1930-31 $9.95
oVol. V, ATC #401 thru #500 1931-33 $9.95
oVol.VI, ATC#501 thru#6001933-35 Sl1.95
Vol. #6 covers suen golden age classics as
~ theDC-2, RyanST,Luscome Phantom,Taylor
~ "Silver Club"' and some of the great Stin-
sons,FairchildsandWacomodels,andmore.
HISTORICAVIATIDN 
printsand books for thecollector
3850-8Coronation Rd. Eagan, Minn. 55122
Enc. $ (Minn. res.add 4 % tax)
Name _____________________________
Address ___________________________
City___________________________
State________Z,p_______
Postpaid 14 day Money·back Guarantee
75¢ Handting on Orders Under $1000
a>
~
o
E
o

N
c
o
tJ2.
L!)


o
o
.0
c
o
tJ2.
o

-+oJ
C
:J
o
U
Ul
"'0
~
<1>
.0
E
<1>
E
«
«
w
:tt
«
«
w
Mail in plain brown wrapper
STATEMENT OF  OWNERSHIP, 
MANAGEMENT AND  CIRCULATION 
(Actof August 12. 1970:Secti on 3685.Title39. United States Code)
Ti tleof Publ i cation- The Vintage Airplane
Date of Filing- October31. 1974
Frequency ofIssue- Monthly
Locationof knownoff ice of publication- 11311 W.Forest HomeAve.. Franklin.
Milwaukee,Wisconsin 53132.
Location of headquarters or general busi ness offi ces of the publ ishers - same
as above.
Publisher- Paul H. Poberezny. Box 229.Hales Corners.Wisconsin 53130.
Edi tor- Justin B. Cox. Box 229,Hales Corners,Wisconsi n 53130.
Owner- Ant iqueClassic Aircraft,Inc.. Box229.HalesCorners.Wisconsi n53130.
Known bondholders. mortgagees and other sec urity holders owning or holding
1percentormoreoftotal amount of bonds,mortgages orothersecuri ties- None.
Avg.no. copies 
each issue 
duringpreceeding 
12 months 
Extent and Nat ureof Circulation
Total No.copies printed (net press run) ............... 1.883
Paid Ci rculation -
1. Sales t hrough dealersand carriers, 
street vendorsand countersales 
2. Mail subscriptions
Total Paid Ci rculation.
Free distri bution by mail. carrier
orother means-
1. Samples.compli mentaryand other
free copies . ... ... ........
2. Copiesdistributed t o news agents.
but not sold ....... .................
Total distribut ion .
None
1.136
t,136
155
None
.... . .. . .,. .. 1,291
Office use, leftover.unaccounted.spoiled
afterprinting.......... . ..... . ........ . .. . ......._. ...... 592
Total 1.883
I certify that the statements made by me above are correct
Actual number
of copiesof
single issue
published
nearest to
filingdate
2,300
None
1,488
1,488
215
None
1.703
597
2.300
and compl ete.
JUSTIN B.COX.Editor
CLASSIFIEDS 
WANTED - Wings, ailerons and lift struts - or plans for
these items - for my basket case 1931 Stinson Jr. S.
Also need 1930 Monocoupe 90A wing and metal pro-
peller for a Lambert R-266 and a Curtiss Reed prop,
No. 5501. Jim Home, 3850 Coronation Rd., Eagan,
Minn. 55122. Phone: 6121454-2493.
WANTED - Original instrument panel for a '38, '39 or
1940 Aeronca Chief. Large tach, instruments O.K.
Will consider other parts for SOL Model 1939 Chief.
Harold L. Prior, R. D. No. 1, Fulton, N. Y. 13069.
Calendar  Of Events 
JANUARY 24-26, 1975- LAKELAND, FLORIDA- Sun and Fun Midwinter FLORIDA SPORT AVI ATION ACTIVITIES - The very acti ve Florida Sport
Fly- In. For an informati onal mail ing, contact: Marti n Jones, 1061 New Aviation Antique and Classic Associati on has a fl y-in somewhere in the
Tampa Hi ghway, Lakeland, Florida 33802. state almos t every month. The decision on the location of the next fl y-
JULY 29 - AUGUST 4, 1975 - OSHKOSH, WISCONSIN - 23rd Annual EAA in is usual ly made on too short noti ce for incl usion in The Vintage Ai r-
Fly-In Conventi on. Sport aviati on world' s greatest event . It' s not too plane , so we recommend to all planning a Florida vacation that they
early to make plans and reservati ons! contact FSAACA President Ed Escallon, Box 12731, SI. Petersburg, Florida
33733 for fl y-i n detai ls. Join the fun!
Back  Issues  Of The Vintage  Airplane 
Limited numbers of back issues of THE VINTAGE AIRPLANE are available at .sOc each. Copies still on
hand at EAA Headquarters are:
1973 - MARCH, APRIL, MAY, JUNE, JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER, NOVEMBER,
DECEMBER
1974 - JANUARY, FEBRUARY, MARGH, APRIL, MAY, JUNE, JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER,
OCTOBER
23