December 1967 American ModelerTable of Contents
Some things never grow old. These pages from vintage modeling magazines like American Aircraft Modeler, American Modeler, Air Trails, Flying Aces, Flying Models, Model Airplane News, & Young Men captured the era. I will be glad to scan articles for you. All copyrights are hereby acknowledged.
Ottumwa Municipal Airport was the national headquarters of the Antique Airplane Association (AAA) in 1967 when this article was written by Don Pratt for American Modeler magazine, but today it is located about 10 miles west of Ottumwa at Antique Airfield. Maybe ever since Radar O'Reilly made 'put Ottumwa on the map' in the M*A*S*H television series, the Muni got so busy that AAA had to move. Or not. This is a great collection of photos of full-size airplanes many of which probably don't even exist anymore... at least in airworthy condition.
Antiques Fly Again
By Don Pratt
About the same time the first warm breezes come whistling out of the south, and the front lawn commences to turn green around the edges, it's time for the start of the Antique Airplane fly-in season. Things get off to a slow galloping start with dozens of local weekend get-togethers at airports all over the country. The first really big fling is when the antiques scoot into Rockford, Illinois to help the homebuilders live it up at their annual National Fly-In Convention during the first week of August. Nearly as many antiques show up at Rockford as do homebuilts, but for the "old and bold" this is just a warm-up for the big show at Ottumwa, Iowa over the Labor Day holidays.
Ottumwa Municipal Airport is the national headquarters of the Antique Airplane Association, and when the first week of September rolls around that's where the action is. Every year this event gets bigger and this year 281 (our count) antique (over 25 years old) and vintage aircraft showed up to be displayed. Every sort of aged flying machine could be seen lined up side by side on the parking ramps. You could see, smell, feel, and flip over such juicy subjects as the powerful "H" model F-51 Mustang or a 30 hp Curtiss-Wright "Junior," or maybe an absolutely perfect 1929 Velie Monocoupe. For a long-time scale bug like myself, the fly-ins this year were a ball. I went to everyone I could reach, including Rockford and Ottumwa, armed with my cameras, dozens of rolls of film, a press pass, and a helpful wife-type assistant. I photographed every airplane that showed up and would layout prints of the whole bunch right here for you to see, but there just isn't room. So, here instead is a selection of photos of the very best of them, the sharpest rebuilds, the rarest birds.
Posted December 5, 2013