Saturday, November 28, 2015

Awesome Antiques - Blakesburg Iowa Antique Fly In 2015

It was a last minute trip to Iowa this past September. The effort was worth it as the weather was sunny and the aircraft turned up in good numbers. Here are some highlights from the Antique Airplane Association Fly-In 2015 in Blakesburg, Iowa. This grass strip event provides the perfect setting for vintage airplanes and photography. It is another on my list of "must see" aviation events in the United States.

The St. Louis Robin - the record breaking Curtiss Robin

Two Curtiss Robins in flight

180hp Chipmunk

450hp Mullicoupe with Mr. Mulligan in the background

Waco Model D

Ryan SCW

Fairchild 71

Beautiful line up of Cessna 140s

Custom Travel Air

Spartan 7W Executive

Stearman Model 4
 Link - Antique Airplane Association

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome - An Aviation Must See

There are aviation museums and events around the United States that are on my "must see" list. So in conversations with friends and family these must see's come up often. To name a few.... the "big one" at Oshkosh, The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum (downtown and at Dulles), National Museum of the U.S. Air Force... along with one of the places that I HIGHLY recommend be visited if you are a die hard aviation enthusiast or just a casual observer is Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome. This grass airfield in rural New York will take you back to another time. Early aviation lives and flies there! I visited there in June of 2005 with my parents and my sisters family. Quite the scene to pull up on the vintage hangars and buildings full of aircraft from the 1910s thru the 1930s. A stroll around the grounds and watching the afternoon airshow will be a site you will never forget. So if in New York... GO!

Dan enjoying the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome
I saw a bit of news a couple days ago. Old Rhinebeck is fundraising to rebuild their gift shop and model museum building after a fire last month. Read the article here on AvWeb.

Let's support the rebuild. Visit the donate page on the Old Rhinebeck site here.

Go and see the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome!!

Links - Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Vintage Aircraft Fly-In - Ranger, Texas

If you want to experience a grass roots, grass airfield, vintage aircraft fly-in at its best then plan to make the Ranger Airfield annual fly-in! The historic grass airfield is the perfect setting for a laid back day of vintage aircraft spotting. October 2-4, 2015 - Ranger, Texas

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Rimowa Fokker F-13 Replica

One of the cool announcements to come out of Oshkosh 2015 was that Rimowa, the luggage maker, would be offering Fokker F-13 replicas for sale. The Rimowa company has a dedicated web site for the project... click here for the full details.

Photo via Fast Company magazine

For the press from EAA at Oshkosh.... click here.

The EAA press states that it will cost about $2.2 Million... cruise at 86 knots... and be powered by a Pratt and Whitney 985.

For some press from FAST COMPANY magazine... click here.

I guess you will spend quite a bit of money to fly slowly... BUT you will be THE COOLEST airplane on the ramp at every airport you land at!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Cowtown T-6 Texan

In June, just as we pulled into the Propwash airport, a radial engine broke the silence and pealed off to land. My boy and I were on an outing to drop in on the Cowtown Aerocrafters hangar in Justin, Texas. We watched as Lanny Parcell and his son landed in the newly restored AT-6 Texan. The gang at Cowtown had this T-6 in storage for a long time and spent the last few years bringing it up to flying status. A fine T-6 now graces the skies over Texas. The glint off the polished skin will have you reaching for your sunglasses! On our visit preparations were being made for the big trip to Oshkosh. (Lanny and Tom Swindle made the trip up and back successfully.) Below are a series of photos from the visit in June.

Cowtown T-6 Gleaming in the Texas sun

Search for "Cowtown Aerocrafters" on Facebook to follow along on their restorations.