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THE PRESIDENT'S PAGE


By E. E . "Buck" Hilbert, President

EAA Antique/Classic Division

KEEP THAT BIRD STOCK


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

VOLUME 1 - NUMBER 5 HOW TO JOIN THE ANTIQUE­


CLASSIC DIVISION
APRIL 1973
Membership in the EAA Antique-Classic Divi­
sion is open to all EAA members who have a spe­
cial interest in t h e older aircraft that are a proud
par t of 'our aviation heritage. Membership in the
TABLE OF CONTENTS Antiqu e-Classic Division is $ 10.00 per year which
National Ryan Club . . . Bill Hodges ... . ... .. . 4 entitles ' one to 12 issu es of The Vintage Airplane
The Arkansas Command-Aire ... published m onthly at EAA Headqu arters. Each
R obert Lock. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 member will also receive a special Antiqu e-Classic
Now, About Those Replica Plans .. . membership card plus one additional card for
J ack Cox ... . ...... .. . . .... . . . . . . .. . ..... 10
one's spouse or other designated family member.
Membership in EAA is $15.00 per year which
Around The Antique-Classic World . . . . . . . . .. 12 includes 12 issu es of S POR T AVIATION. All mem­
bership correspondence should be addressed to:
Calendar of Events .. . . ... .. .. . . . ... . . . . . .. . 14
EAA, Box 229, Hales Corners, Wisconsin 53130.

EDITORIAL STAFF
Publisher - Paul H. Poberezny Editor - Jack Cox
Assistant Ed itor - Gene Chase Assistant Ed itor - Golda Cox

ON THE COVER . . . Ryan PT-21s at the Ryan Factory , lindbergh Field , San Diego.

BACK COVER - Lusco mbe on float s. Ph oto by Howard Levy.

ANTIQUE AND CLASSIC DIVISION OFFICERS

PRESIDENT­ VICE PRESIDENT


E. E. HILBERT J . R. NIELANDER , JR.
8102 LEECH RD . P. O. BOX 2464
UNION , ILLINOIS 60180 FT. LAUDERDALE , FLA. 33303

SECRETARY TREASURER
RICHARD WAGNER NICK REZICH
BOX 181 4213 CENTERVILLE RD.
LYONS , WIS. 53148 ROCKFORD, ILL. 61102

DIVISION EXECUTIVE SECRETARY

DOROTHY CHASE , EAA HEADQUARTERS

Postmaster: Send Form 3579 to Antique Classic Aircraft, Inc., Box 229,

Hales Corners, Wisconsin 53130

Co pyrigh t © 1973 Ant ique Classic Ai rcraft, In c. All Rig hts Reserved .

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(Ryan Aeronautical Co ,)
An STM-2 in Dutch markings.

NATIONAL RYAN CLUB

By Bill Hodges
EAA Air Museum

The National Ryan Club was first organized in 1960 Ryan Club members without charge. There are no mem­
by Everett Cassagneres of Cheshire, Connecticut, and bership dues, however any contribution to help pay the
the ST-3KR Division was started by Bill Hodges, then of cost of mailing will be appreciated. The Annual Meet­
Quinlan, Texas, in 1963 and was affi liated with the An­ ing of the National Ryan Club is now held in conjunction
tique Airplane Association. In late 1972, its 213 mem­ with the Experimental Aircraft Association's Annual In­
bers voted to establish affiliation with the new Antique ternational Convention and Fly-In at Oshkosh, Wiscon­
and Classic Division of the Experimental Aircraft As­ sin, the first week in August. All National Ryan Club
sociation. The National Ryan Club is now being co­ members are encouraged to attend this meeting, the
chaired by Mrs. Pat Friedman and Bill Hodges. world's largest gathering of sport aircraft.
The purpose of the National Ryan Club is to main­ Mrs. Pat Friedman, a noted Mid-West aviatress,
tain as completely as possible records of existing pre­ chairs the "STA Division" of the National Ryan Club ,
World War II Ryan Aircraft, as well as past, to the ex­ which maintains the information center on all pre-ST­
tent of their flyability, location, owners and disposition. 3KR series Ryans. Mrs. Friedman owns and flies a 1940
Also maintained are records locating parts throughout Ryan STM-E2, originally owned by the Dutch in the
the world, a master photo file and files on authorized Netherlands East Indies.
modifications. This information is avai lable to National
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Bill Hodges continues to chair the ST-3KR Division
and maintains an information center on the ST-3KR
(PT-21, NR-l , PT-22), ST-4 and FR-l series Ryans.
Hodges is currently restoring his fourth PT-22 and has
number five waiting in the "barn".
Enthusiasm for pre-World War II Ryan aircraft re­
mains at an all-time high throughout the country, Canada
and Australia.
The classic lines of the STA are readily apparent and
are carried over into the ST-3KRIPT-22 series. Large
gatherings of Ryans may be seen, especially at fly- ins
in California such as at Watsonville, May 18-20; Mer­
ced, June 1-3; and the 3rd Annual Gathering of Ryans
at Paso Robles, May 4-6. Large numbers are also
planning to gather at the EAA Convention July 29­
August 4, where the annual National Ryan Club meeting
will be held and the 2nd Annual Mid-West Ryan Owners
Gathering to be held at Rockton, Illinois on August 18
and 19.
Of the 1,250 PT-22 series aircraft manufactured,
160 remain in the Civil Aircraft Register.
Interested persons wanting more information may
contact Mrs. Friedman at 609 Hill Street in Highland
Park, Illinois 60035 or Mr. Hodges at 3351 So. 99th
Court in Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53227.

(Myron Rupprecht Photo)


BELOW - Myron Rupprecht's 1942 Ryan PT-22 (SIN
1923) in Mexican Air Force colors at Paso Robles in (EAA Photo)
1972. The proboscis of an American Classic .
(Bill Hodges Collection)
To most fly-in goers of today, this is what
" Ryan " is all about, the ubiquitous PT-22 .

(Di ck Stouffer PhotO )


( Ryan Aeronautical Co . Official Phot o)
PT-22.
A PT-20 in its element.
(Photo by Jack Cox)
Walt Mindermann of Hollis, N. Y. restored this 5C-3. It has been modern­
ized with the addition of a 220-hp Continental and World War II era wheels.

THE ARKANSAS COMMANO-AIRE

By Robert G. Lock (EAA 56824)

1186 N . Pecan

Reedly, California 93654

After the conclusion of World War I, a great num­ wheels, and large wheels and tires on the main landing
ber of military surplus aircraft were dumped on the gear. There was the Waco 9, which received Approved
civilian market. These aircraft were former trainers and Type Certificate No. 11; Beech's Travel Air 2000 ,
fighters which were fabricated in large numbers towards holding ATC No. 30; and the Stearman C3C, granted
the end of the war by the United States. Probably the ATC No. 62. The first Approved Type Certificate was
best known airplane of that era was the Curtiss Jenny . awarded under the Air Commerce Act of 1926 in the
Hundreds of Jennies were produced to train pilots for year 1927. Since there were so many new designs ap­
air combat. After the war they were sold to the public pearing, the government decided that some type con­
for as little as $200. When a person could purchase a trol was needed to assure safe flight and structural
flying machine for that small amount of money , many soundness. Thus, Approved Type Certificate Number
fell into the hands of unqualified pilots with the result One was awarded the Buhl-Verville "J4 Airster" on
that many Jennies were wrecked . As they slowly disap­ March 29, 1927.
peared, new aircraft were designed and built in garages Making an appearance on the commercial market
and small shops. in July 1928 was the Command-Aire 3C3 series. The
One aircraft that immediately comes to mind is the Command-Aire closely resembled the Waco, Travel Air
Ryan monoplane designed and built by the Ryan and Stearman. It had two wings, was powered by the
Company in San Diego for Charles Lindbergh. In 1927, surplus Curtiss OX-5 engine, and was said to have out­
Lindbergh flew the Ryan solo across the Atlantic. Cer­ standing flight characteristics. Over 100 of the 3C3 series
tainly this event triggered an expansion of commercial were built.
aviation and many new designs appeared. The Waco The factory was located in Little Rock, Arkansas in
made Troy, Ohio famous, while Cessna , Beech, and a plant formerly occupied by an automobile manu­
Stearman made Wichita , Kansas the capital of com­ facturer . R. B. Snowden, Jr. was the President, Albert
mercial airplane production. Clyde Cessna formed Ces­ Voelmecke was the Chief Engineer, and a noted pilot,
sna Aircraft, Walter Beech formed the Travel Air John Carroll Cone, was in charge of sales. Voelmecke
Compa ny and Lloyd Stearman set up a small factory was formerly with Ernst Heinkel Airplane Works of Ger­
that was to produce many famous aircraft. many. Chief test pilot was Wright "Ike" Vermilya, who
Almost all the newly built aircraft had identical dazzled the public by riding on top of the fuselage aft
features: two or three place open cockpit biplanes, con­ of the rear seat straddling the airplane. Of course he
ventional landing gears with tail skids instead of tail- wore no parachute; he just sat there while the airplane
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flew itself. Thus, the Command-Aire was shown to be , thirty-five 5C3's were manufactured by the Little Rock
extremely stable and the word "stabili ty" was used . plant. All 5C3's were powered by a 185 horsepower, six
many times in the firm's advertising. cylinder Challenger radial engine. Performance was very
As the supply of OX-5 engines became scarce, the good and the engine was quite reliable. Cruise speed
factory experimented with other engines, mostly the was 103 miles-per-hour while full control of the aircraft
radial type. The next development by the company could be maintained down to 40 miles-per-hour. So good
was the Command-Aire 3C3-A, which received ATC was the control and stability of the airplane, the Curtiss
No. 118 in March of 1929. Only 20 were built and one Flying Service promptly ordered sixteen 5C3's fitted as
Warner powered model, serial number W-79, was placed dusters by the factory and licensed in the restricted cate­
on Edo floats . gory (NR). Some 200,000 acres of cotton were dusted in
During the year 1929, distribution and sales were the southern states in 1929. Price at the factory was
taken over by the Curtiss Flying Service, located in 26 $6325, later reduced to $5950 in 1930.
of the 48 states. Most of the later Command-Aire models The 5C3 was entered in many air races in 1929, but
were sent to the company's Houston, Texas location. always placed midway in the field each time; it was not
The next step in Command-Air~ evolution came in built for speed. Major John Carroll Cone, who was still
the closing days of March, 1929 when the model 3C3-B in charge of sales, flew a 5C3 to seventh place in the
received ATC No. 120. The 3C3-B had a seven cylinder 1929 National Air Tour.
Siemens Halske engine of 105-113 horsepower. The en­ During the same month, July 1929, one 5C3 air­
gine was of German manufacture, distributed in the craft was modified and a 150-hp Hispano-Suiza (Risso)
U.S.A. by K. G. Frank as the "Yankee Siemens". Per­ engine installed. The airplane was given ATC No. 185
formance of aircraft and engine was good, but engine 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
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(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 straddling the rear of the fuselage in his usual style.
about $5500. Only three were built and one 4C3 was pro­ The distance covered was about one hundred miles and
duced, powered by a 135 hp Walter engine of Czechosla­ only occasional rudder control was used to keep the ship
vakian design. on the proper heading. This certainly was a safe and gen­
With the increasing interest in flying and pilot train­ tle airplane in its day.
ing, Command-Aire introduced the model 3C3-T in May ATC No. 209 was issued August 22, 1929 for the
of 1929. Carrying ATC No. 150, thirty or more of this Command-Aire 3C3-BT. This model carried the same
type were manufactured and sold for $1130 in 1929. La­ structure of the 3C3-AT, but a 113-hp "Yankee Sie­
ter in 1930, the price was reduced to $2250. The one mens" engine was installed. Only three were manu­
elongated cockpit was quite roomy for two persons factured.
seated tandem and was dubbed the "bath tub". Towards the end of 1929, the Command-Aire Com­
In the same month, Command-Aire received ATC pany decided to develop its own sales organization un­
No. 151 for the model 3C3-AT. It was basically the same der the direction of Major J. Carroll Cone. The Curtiss
as the previous model, but had a Warner 110 hp en­ Flying Service would no longer distribute Command­
gine installed. This engine gave the aircraft better per­ Aire aircraft. This development became effective No­
formance needed for the higher category license, such vember 1, 1929.
as "limited commercial" or "transport". Only six of this In the latter part of 1929, another event was taking
type were built; most were used by the Curtiss Flying place - the Great Depression. Unfortunately, Command­
Service for flight instruction. Aire was among the many companies that suffered
The model 5C3 was the firm's best and most popu­ severely. However, ATC No. 214 was granted the com­
lar airplane. Granted ATC No. 184 in July 1929, some pany for production of the model 5C3-B. Only three were
built, being powered by a newly developed 150-hp Axel­
son engine. The Depression was beginning to take its
toll.

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WILLARD r SCHMITI
;4027 ROCKY RIVER DR. NO. 22
ilLlN.I;;LAND~ OHIO 4413a 1973 COMMAND·AIRE REGISTRATION LIST
Model3C3
N 136EA Ser . No . 532 John S Thurmond
4302 S Camino Verde
Tucson . Am. 85714
N 583E Ser No . 607 LOUIS Anderson
RI. 2
Mans f ield . Mo . 65704
N 7885 Ser . No 530 Sileiby B . Hagberg
RI. 1. Box 42
Greenfield. Iowa 51343

Mode13C·3A
N 970E Ser No . W- l0B Dolph Overton
P. a Box 93
Sanlee. S. C 29142

Mode13C·38
N 610E Ser . No W69 Joseph Erale
1 Willow SI.
9rentwood . N. Y. 11717

Model5C-3
N 925E Ser . No . W-88 Walter A. Mlndermann
196 30 Como Ave
Hollis. N. Y 11423
N 996E Ser. No. W-135 Joh n R. McDa nlel
Box 757
Ft. Pierce . Fla . 33450
N 997E Ser . No . W-136 Robert G. Lock
1186 N. Pecan
Reedley . Calif. 93654
N 998E Ser . No . W-137 John R. McDaniel
Box 757
Ft. Pierce . Fla . 33450
N 939E Ser . No . W-93 Joseph E rale
4 Willow SI.
Brentwood . N. Y. 11717
N 946E Ser . No. W-95 John S. Thurmond
4302 S. Camino Verde
Tucson . Am. 85714

( Photo Co urtesy 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 model 5C-3. The aircraft is in poor condition but is re­
was ATC No. 233 , and designated as the 5C3-C. Pro­ buildable. There were approximately 33 of this model
duction began in September 1929. The 5C3-C was manufactured by the Command-Aire Company of Little
powered by a later version of Lindbergh's engine, the Rock, Arkansas. The original design began in 1928 and
Wright J-6-5 , developing 165 hp. If the Depression had was powered by a Curtiss OX-5 engine. Only 5 remain _
not hit the country, this model would have been the most The 5C series aircraft were powered by a 6 cylinder
. popular with the public. The Wright engine offered re­ Curtiss Challenger radial engine developing 185 hp. My
liability greater than the previous engines. The per­ aircraft, NC997E , is the next to last built and has been
formance was outstanding: cruising speed 101 mph, land­ modified for crop dusting use. The engine was changed to
ing speed 42 mph, and rate of climb was 810 feet per a Continental R-670, 220 hp.
minute from sea level. Cruising range at eight gallons When I begin restoration next year, I would like to
per hour was six hundred miles. Price at the factory was install a Wright R-540 engine of 175 hp as shown in the
$7,000; later it was reduced to $6,025. However, the mar­ 5C3-C aircraft. This will mean a change in engine mount
ket failed to materialize, leaving the company with only ring and, of course, an engine. This engine went out of
the consola tion that a future for this craft would have production in July of 1937, so locating one will be diffi­
been assured had the market held up to its normal pro­ cult. However, if you should happen to find one, let me
portions. know. I have a new overhauled Hamilton Standard ground
So ends the story of the Command-Aire. Briefly adjustable propeller cut down to fit the Command-Aire.
manufactured from 1928 to 1930, the Command-Aire My Command-Aire is currently stored in a warehouse
owns a small space in the history and development of in Hanford along with two other 5C3's, NC996E and
aviation. Command-Aire no longer lives - only a few NC998E. These are three of the last five that are be­
examples have survived the past forty-two years. Per­ lieved to exist. One is NC925E located in New York and
haps the statement "Command-Aire no longer lives" is the other is in Illinois.
incorrect. The name lives in the memories of the pilots These aircraft are said to have excellent low speed
who flew them, and to those who are fortunate to have characteristics because they were among the first air­
found one to restore. craft to use the Frese type aileron. Notice that the land­
ing speed is a low 40 mph.
COMMAND-AIRE 5C-3 A ra ther interesting find in this day and age. I am look­
Sometime ago I purchased a 1929 Command-Aire ing forward to getting one of these aircraft in the air. _.
someday.
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(Photo by Dick Stouffer)
Carl Swanson 's fantasticall y accurate re pl ica Nieu port 17.

. NOW , ABOUT THOSE REPLICA PLANS

By Jack Cox

EAA Headquarters receives hundreds of requests Fokker Dr I Walter Redfern, Box G, Tekoa,
every year for information on plans for vintage aircraft, Wash. - Plans for Warner-powered
mostly World War I fighter types. replica $50.00. Brochure $2.00.
The following list is what we send out to all con­ Fokker D- VIII E. O. Swearingen, 40 Monee Rd.,

cerned. Park Forest, Ill. 60466. Drawings,

from Platz originals, for Warner­

Bleriot XI Mel Miller, 2030 Geary, Albany, powered replica.

Oregon 97321 - Complete set of Nieuport 17 Fred Kom Losy (address above) -

drawings and instructions for repli­ Rosendaal drawings. Air Force Mu­

ca - $15.00 seum, Dayton, Ohio - Drawings.

Curtiss Pusher Charles F. Schultz, 910 Broadfields Nieuport 27 Fred Kom Losy (address above) ­
Dr., Louisville, Ky. 40207 - Set of Drawings.

drawings developed from original Gordon E. Codding (address above)

Curtiss prints. - Drawings.

Curtiss JN4D Gordon E. Codding, 4572 West 147 Macchi­


St. , Lawndale, Cal. 90260 - 23 Hanriot HD-l Chris J . Warrilow, 141 Chairbo­

drawings, incomplete but good cov­ rough Rd ., High Wycome, Bucks,

erage England - Set of Drawings $120.00.

DeHavilland 4 Air Force Museum, Wright-Patterson RAFSE5A Replica PlanS, 953 Kirkmond Cres­

AFB, Dayton, Ohio - Some draw­ cent, Richmond, B.C., Canada -

ings available. _. Darwings for 85% scale wooden

Fokker D-VII Fred Koin Losy, 724 Robin Way, N. replica.

Palm Beach, Fla. 33408 - Set of Air Force Museum - Drawings.

Blue Max D-VII drawings. Gordon E. Codding (address above)

Harold Best-Devereux, 11 Stone­ - Drawings.

hills House, Welwyn Garden City, RAE Farnborough, Public Records

Herts, England - Sets of Blue Max Office, Chancery Lane, London,

D-VII drawings. England - Drawings.

Herbert L. Kelly, 56424 Handley Sopwith Camel Gordon E. Codding (address above)

Rd., Yucca Valley, Calif. 92284 - 11 - Drawings.

plates averaging 34" x 54" with all Chris J. Warrilow (address above) ­
details needed to build 160-180 hp Clayton and Shuttleworth drawings

Mercedes D-VII - $110.00. of Camel FI and some of 2FI. 200

drawings $144.00.

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Sopwith Pup Gordon E. Codding (address above) Thomas-Morse Gordon E. Codding (address above)
- Drawings. S4C - Drawings.
Smithsonian Institution, Washing­
ton, D. C., - 72 drawings 18" x 24" We also recommend that World War I replica en­
$162.00. thusiasts contact two groups which publish newsletters
Air Force Museum, Dayton, Ohio ­ on their favorite activity, building and flying aircraft
Drawings. of The Great War. They are:
Hawker-Siddeley, Kingston-upon- "World War I Aeroplanes" by Leonard E. Opdycke,
Thames - Drawings. 46 Pleasant Ridge Road, Poughkeepsie, New York
Public Records of Hawker-Siddeley 12603.
(above has drawings for 100 hp con­ "Fokker Verein." Contact Dr. Stanley L. Morel, 812
version). East Park Row, Arlington, Texas 76010 (Phone 277­
Sopwith Triplane Chris J. Warrilow (address above) ­ 8361). The Fokker Verein is not limited to Fokker en­
Clayton and Shuttleworth drawings thusiasts - all World War I types are included.
$72.00. Your editor would like to hear of sources of any other
SPADs 7/13 Gordon E. Codding (address above) plans and/or organizations devoted especially to the
- Drawings. above type of activity. We will be happy to publish the
Air Force Museum, Dayton, Ohio ­ information in The Vintage Airplane.
Drawings.
(Ted Koston Photo)
BELOW - E. O. Swearingen's much admired Fokker O-VIII and a friend from another generation .

(Ralph Nortell Photo) "


ABOVE - Fokker Triplane
built by Walt Redfern .

(Salo Photo)
RIGHT - Sopwith Camel. Now
on exhibit at Wings and Wheels
in Santee, S. C.
AROUND THE ANTIQUE/CLASSIC WORLD

(Photo by Ted Koston)

PROBLEMS!

(Photo by Dick Stouffer)

PROBLEMS!

(Photo Courtesy Lee Parsons)

PROBLEMS!

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OH , THOSE PROBLEMS! RARE WACO FOR SALE


Memorial Day weekend is enough to drive the An­ There is one Waco YPF-6 left. This is the one that
tique and Classic buff from drink! That same long week­ looks a lot like the fabulous "D" owned by Dick Jackson.
end three of the largest and most active type clubs in It has the sliding greenhouse, etc., but a smaller Jacobs
the antique-classic world are holding their national fly­ R~755-9 rather than the 450-hp Pratt and Whitney. This
ins. The Staggerwing, Swift, and Waco Clubs all meet aircraft was well into the process of restoration when its
that weekend, their fly-in sites tantalizingly close for owner passed away. The center section and cowl are
those of us who would like to attend all three. complete, the fuselage primed, and jigs for the wing ribs
have been built. The engine is zero time since overhaul.
STAGGERWING Wing spars have been purchased. The aircraft is a 1935
Waco UPF-6 , Serial Number 4375, NC 15700. The en­
Tullahoma, Tennessee's big World War II training gine serial number is JO-21395.
field-now-municipal-airport is where Staggerwing Club The aircraft is located just across the street from the
President "Dub" Yarbrough will greet his fellow Beech Boulder, Colorado airport. Contact: Lucille Bennett,
buffs. All sorts of "down home" activities are on tap for 5117 Independence Road, Boulder, Colorado 80301
the May 25-28 spree. Items: A Tennessee "Hoedown" (3 03/442-3123 ). This would be a highly desirable antique
on Saturday night (with "Tennessee spirits"); panel dis­ and a special prize among Waco buffs.
cussions and actual demonstrations of Staggerwing re­
pair, maintenance, inspection, and rebuilding; feat.ured
speaker is Louise Thaden, winner of the 1936 BendIx ­ PORTERFIELD CLUB
in a Staggerwing, of course. Camping facilities are If you are an admirer of The Skinny Bird , the lIttle
available - including shower and toilet and electrical Porterfields of the late 30s and early 40s, you will want
hook-up. In addition to the stars of the show, the Stag­ to join the Porterfield Club and get their newsletter.
gerwings, there will be glider flying and even hot air bal­ For information write Marc Herman , 2306 Hyperion
loons. Time is short, but for last minute fly-in informa­ Avenue, Los Angeles , California 90027.
tion contact: W. C. Yarbrough, Lannom Mfg. Co. , Inc., A recent Porterfield restoration is N27281 , a 1940
Tullahoma, Tennessee 37388. LP-65, rebuilt by William R. Knox of Marietta, Georgia.
Painted red and cream, the bird is reported to be a
SWIFT beauty. This will not be hard to believe for those of ~ ou
who remember Bill's Fairchild 24 of a few years back.
Your first problem in going to the Swift Fly-In will He is now hard at work on a 1929 Fleet I.
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 STEARMAN RESTORERS

of Swifts buzzing all over the place - its name on your


chart is Kentucky Dam State Park Airport. When you
ASSOCIATION

get your chart down to find all this, look at the extreme
western end of Kentucky, find Paducah, then trace the For many years the Stearman Restorers j.ssocia­
Tennessee River east to the Kentucky Lake Dam. By then tion served as the Stearman Type Club for both the EAA
you should have the airport symbol located. This is a and AAA and was an active force in the sport flying
beautiful resort area and a fantastic site for any kind of world. But for the past few years it has been inactive, due
outdoor event. Last year Charlie Nelson's Swift nuts mainly to the great time and travel requirements of Bill
came in from all over the country in droves - around 100 McCreary's job. For some time now Bill has tried to get
of the snappy little low wingers were on hand (probably me to take over the position of President of the SRA and
the biggest assemblage of Swifts on one airport since get it active again and I have finally agreed to do so.
the factory had 'em sitting around awaiting Aeromatic With the apparent increase in interest in the Stearman
Props just after World War II!) All sorts of activi.ty is ?n as shown by fly-in activities during the past couple of
tap with lots of flying promised. Your contact IS SWIft years I hope that we will be able to make it a Vital. part
Club President Charlie Nelson, Swift Association, Box of sport aviation once again. In the near future I wIll be
mailing a letter to all past SRA members and to other
644, Athens, Tennessee 37303.
known Stearman enthusiasts detailing the re-activation
of the SRA. Members who had paid up membership
WACO dues during the last active year of the SRA will be c~n­
sidered to be paid in full for the next year. Anyone m­
We outlined the activities that will go on at the Waco terested in the Stearman Restorers Association please
Fly-In in the February issue of The Vintage Airplane . .. feel free to contact me.
but for new members, here is a resume. The Hamilton, Thomas E. Lowe, President
Ohio municipal airport is the site of the annual Waco Fly­
Stearman Restorers Association
In and the meet is always a biggie. Ray Brandly, Presi­ 823 Kingston Lane
dent of the Waco Club, will host the event. Formation Crystal Lake, Ill. 60014
flying of huge gaggles of big 01' Wacos is a trademark of Telephone 815-459-6873
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 VINTAGE AIRPLANE BACK ISSUES
President of the Waco Company throughout its existence. Membership in the Antique-Classic Division of EAA
Mr. Bruckner, needless to say, is a walking storehouse is growing very rapidly. Most new members want to get
of Waco history - as is Brandly himself. Contact: Ray all the back issues to date - which we have done as long
Brandly, National Waco Club, 2650 West Alex.-Bell­ as possible. Due to the demand, the February issue
brook Road, Dayton, Ohio 45459. (which featured Wacos) is completely used up. (We al­
So there you are ... all are great fly-ins . "You pays most forgot to save file copies for ourselves at Head­
your money and you takes your choice," as the saying quarters!) We still have a few of the January and March
goes. As soon as the Antique-Classic Division member­ 1973 issues and will send them out on a first come, first
ship roll hits the one million mark, we're going to ask the served basis. . It is amazing that a magazine only four
boss to lease a Lear Jet so we can attend all three!
13
months old is already considered a collector's item!
Thank you all for your confidence.
On another matter, we simply were unprepared for
the landslide of mail the Antique-Classic Division and
The Vintage Airplane have generated. Many of you asked
questions, made special requests, etc. in your mem­
bership letters. Please be patient, we will answer you as
soon as possible.

EAA IN ACTION
Within the past few years a number of antique air­
craft produced in foreign countries have been imported
to the U. S. These include such favorites as the Bucker
Jungmann and Jungmeister, Canadian built Tiger
Moths, Stampes, plus various ex-military aircraft such
as Me. lOSs and 109s, Spitfires, Sea Furies, and others.
One of the first problems the new American owner en­
counters is how (and if) the FAA will license the air­
craft. All the aircraft mentioned have never been certi­
ficated in the U.S.A. and no category exists for such
machines .. . except the catch-all "Exhibition" classifi­
cation. Several hundred non U. S. type certificated air­
craft have been placed in this category in recent years.
This caused no undue hardship until the crash of the This is Joseph L. McKinstray (EAA 50730), 1500 W.
F-S6 into an ice cream parlor in Sacramento, California Belle St., Belleville, III. 62223 and his 1946 Piper J-3
last fall. which he completely restored. The plane was destroyed
Now, all FAA offices have been instructed to enforce (?) by fire and was acquired by Joe in March of 1970.
the letter of the law on Exhibition Category aircraft. Two years later he had it flying again. The bird required
This means the plane can ONLY be used for proficiency one spar, 50% new ribs, new instruments, and a dif­
flights in a small local area designated by the FAA, ferent engine and prop. It is covered in Stits Polyfiber
flown to and from bona fide air shows, and with no pas­ and is painted as close to original (except for side num­
sengers. Obviously, this renders these otherwise fine air­ bers) as possible.
craft almost useless.
In order to bring about some relief for owners of MENASCO NEEDS
such aircraft, EAA President Paul Poberezny called a H. C. Leydecker, 2031 Sprucewood Place, Birming­
meeting of all national sport aviation groups and the ham, Alabama 35214 has a Menasco D-4-S7 A that is al­
FAA at EAA Headquarters. That meeting was held most new but lacks a few parts: one intake valve rocker
March 2. A second meeting will be held at Hales Corners and shaft, starter and adapter, and a gasket set. Can
on April 30. As of this writing there are indications that anyone help?
your organization's efforts will bring much needed re­ Mr. Leydecker is also restoring a 1946 14-13-2
lief to owners of these fine vintage aircraft. 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 JUNE 3 - BURLINGTON, WISCONSIN - Burlington Municipal
of Carolinas-Virginia EANAntique-Classic Chapter 395. Wings and Airport. Piper Fly-In/Swap Meet for Piper Aircraft from the E-2
Wheels Museum-Airport. Contact : Morton Lester , Box 3747, Mar­ to the PA-20 Pacer. Sponsored by EANAntique Classic Di vision.
tinsville, Va. 24112. For further information contact EAA Headquarters.
MAY 4-6 - PASO ROBLES, CALIFORNIA - 3rd Ryan SC, St. PT JUNE 8-10 - DENTON, TEXAS - Denton Municipal Airport. 11th
Fly-In. Contact: T. D. Strum . 1570 Kensington Circle, Los Altos, Annual Texas Antique Fly-In. Everyone welcome . Texas hospitality
Cal. 94022 - Rain Date : May 11 -13. assured . Contact : Jack Winthrop , 3536 Whitehall Dr., Dallas, Texas
MAY 18-20 - WATSONVILLE, CALIFORNIA - Annual Fly-In . 75229.
MAY 18-20 - CALLAWAY GARDENS, GEORGIA - Eastern 195 An­ JULY 21-22 - LA RUE, WISCONSIN - 5th Annual Antique Trans­
nual Meeting. Business meeting followed bV maintenance semi­ portation Meet. Near world famous Baraboo , Wisconsin. Antiques
nar. Family type affair. Contact: Bill Terrell , M. D., Rt. 2, Box 380, only . Registration fee - $5.00. This is a fun meet. For information,
Hillsboro, Ohio 45133. (513) 393-4454. contact Edward C. Wegner, 10 Stafford St., Plymouth, Wisc . 53073.
MAY 20 - HARVARD, ILLINOIS - Dacy Airport, Antique Fly-In. JULY 29-AUGUST 4 - OSHKOSH, WISCONSIN - 21st Annual EAA
Contact: Tom Lowe, 823 Kingston Lane , Crystal Lake , III. 60014. International Fly-In Convention. Complete program and awards
MAY 25-28 - TULLAHOMA, TENNESSEE - Staggerwing Fly-In. for antique and classic ai rcraft. World's greatest aviation event.
Contact: W. E. " Dub " Yarbrough, Lannon Mfg., Box 500, Tulla­ AUGUST 10-12 - ARLINGTON, WASHINGTON - EANAntique Fly­
homa, Tenn. 37388. In. Contact : Dick Baxter, 15845 8th N. E., Seattle, Wash. 98155.
MAY 25-28 - GILBERTSVILLE, KENTUCKY - National '73 Swift Phone 206/EM5-1657.
Association Fly-In . Contact: Charlie Nelson, Swift Association , SEPTEMBER 28-30 - GASTONIA, NORTH CAROLINA - Gastonia
Inc., Box 644, Athens, Tenn. 37303. Municipal Airport. Carolinas-Virginia Chapter 395 Annual Fall
MAY 26-28 - HAMILTON, OHIO - National Waco Fly-In . Hamilton, Fly-In. Contact Morton Lester, P. O. Box 3745, Martinsville, Va.
Ohio Airport. Banquet on Saturday night featuring Clayton Bruk­ 24112.
ner, President of the Waco Company , as guest speaker . Contact : SEPTEMBER 28-30 - GALESBURG , ILLINOIS - 2nd National
National Waco Club , 2650 W. Alex.-Bellbrook Rd. , Dayton , Ohio Stearman Fly-In . Contact : Jim Leahy, 445 N. Whitesboro , Galesburg ,
45459. Illinois 61401 or Tom Lowe , 823 Kingston Lane , Crystal Lake, Illi­
JUNE 1-3 - MERCED, CALIFORNIA - Annual Fly-In. Contact : An­ nois 60014.
tique Fly-In, P. O. Box 2312, Merced , Calif . 95340.

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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
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Write for a complete listing of EAA publications and merchandise -
free of charge. Includes a listing of all available back issues of Sport
Aviation
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EAA PUBLICATIONS OF INTEREST TO ANTIQUE AND


CLASSIC ENTHUSIASTS AND/OR RESTORERS

Wood . Vol. 1 $2.00

Wood. Vol. 2 $2.50

Sheet Metal . Vol. 1 $2.50

Sheet Metal. Vol. 2 $2 .50

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
EAA Antique/Classic Division
P. O. Box 229
Hales Corners, Wisconsin 53130
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