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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
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
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
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.
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
E. E. HILBERT
8102 LEECH RD.
UNION, ILLINOIS 60180
LYONS, WIS. 53148
J . R. NIELANDER, JR.
P. O. BOX 2464
FT. LAUDERDALE, FLA. 33303
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.
(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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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
WILLARD r SCHMITI
;4027 ROCKY RIVER DR. NO. 22
OHIO 4413a 1973 COMMAND·AIRE REGISTRATION LIST
N 136EA Ser . No. 532 John S Thurmond
4302 S Camino Verde
Tucson . Am. 85714
N 583E Ser No. 607 LOUIS Anderson
Mansf ield . Mo. 65704
N 7885 Ser . No 530 Sileiby B. Hagberg
RI. 1. Box 42
Greenfield. Iowa 51343
N 970E Ser No. W- l0B Dolph Overton
P. a Box 93
Sanlee. S. C 29142
N 610E Ser . No W69 Joseph Erale
1 Willow SI.
9rentwood. N. Y. 11717
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
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
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
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.
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. _ .
(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
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
Gordon E. Codding, 4572 West 147
St. , Lawndale, Cal. 90260 - 23
drawings, incomplete but good cov
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
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
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
Fred Kom Losy (address above) -
Rosendaal drawings. Air Force Mu
seum, Dayton, Ohio - Drawings.
Fred Kom Losy (address above)
Gordon E. Codding (address above)
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
Air Force Museum - Drawings.
Gordon E. Codding (address above)
RAE Farnborough, Public Records
Office, Chancery Lane, London,
England - Drawings.
Gordon E. Codding (address above)
Chris J. Warrilow (address above)
Clayton and Shuttleworth drawings
of Camel FI and some of 2FI. 200
Sopwith Pup Gordon E. Codding (address above)
Smithsonian Institution, Washing
ton, D. C., - 72 drawings 18" x 24"
Air Force Museum, Dayton, Ohio
Thames - Drawings.
Public Records of Hawker-Siddeley
(above has drawings for 100 hp con
Sopwith Triplane Chris J. Warrilow (address above)
Clayton and Shuttleworth drawings
SPADs 7/13 Gordon E. Codding (address above)
Air Force Museum, Dayton, Ohio
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
"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.
RIGHT - Sopwith Camel. Now
on exhibit at Wings and Wheels
in Santee, S. C.
AROUND THE ANTIQUE/CLASSIC WORLD
(Photo by Ted Koston)
(Photo by Dick Stouffer)
(Photo Courtesy Lee Parsons)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
EAA Antique/Classic embroidered patches (pictured at right)
- A distinctive, colorful emblem. $1 .50 each
EAA Caps - men and ladies. Specify small, medium, large,
or extra large. Ladies, one size. $2.25 each
1973 EAA Calendar. Made of heavy, unbleached cloth.
Features full color renditions of a Standard J-1 ,
P-51, Scorpion Helicopter, and a Dyke Delta. $2.30 each
EAA Flight Bags. Durable nylon with waterproof lining. Blue
with EAA decal on both sides. $4.50 each
Write for a complete listing of EAA publications and merchandise
free of charge. Includes a listing of all available back issues of Sport
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EAA PUBLICATIONS OF INTEREST TO ANTIQUE AND
CLASSIC ENTHUSIASTS AND/OR RESTORERS
Wood . Vol. 1 $2.00
Wood. Vol. 2 $2.50
Sheet Metal . Vol. 1 $2.50
Sheet Metal. Vol. 2 $2.50
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
1932 .... ....... . .... . . .. . . . $2.00
1929-32 .... . . ... . $2.00
'" Add 30c postage for first manual plus 10c
for each additional one
Wings Of Memory - 72 pages of Aero Digest reprints. Covers the greats of civil
aviation from 1932 to 1941 . Ryan STA. Howard DGA-9, Fai rchild 24. Cessna Air
master. Rearwin Speedster, Fleetwings " Sea Bird ". Stinson SR-1O, Stearman Model
80. and many more. Beautiful photos. 3-views and flight reports. $2.50
Golden Age Of Air Racing - 168 pages covering the great 1929-1939 air racing
era. All about the racers and their pilots who flew for the Bendix, Thompson,
Greve and other trophies. $2.75
Back Issues of American Airman. While they last - 25c ea.
ANTIQUE AND CLASSIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - When you complete the restoration of an an
tique or classic (specify which), you are eligible for a beautiful certificate you will frame and be
proud to display in your home or office. These certificates are free, courtesy of EAA to recognize
your efforts to save another great old airplane. Just send your name and address and the year, make
and model (i.e. - 1937 Monocoupe 90A) of your ai rcraft. Solo certificates are also available.
JOIN EAA - JOIN THE ANTIQUE/CLASSIC DIVISION - WRITE FOR INFO PACKET - $1.00
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