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Antiques Fly Again
December 1967 American Modeler

December 1967 American Modeler

December 1967 American Modeler Table of Contents

These pages from vintage modeling magazines like Flying Aces, Air Trails, American Modeler, American Aircraft Modeler, Young Men, Flying Models, Model Airplane News, R/C Modeler, captured the era. All copyrights 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

A green and silver 1929 Waco 10 with the Curtiss WWI surplus OX-5 engine - Airplanes and Rockets

A green and silver 1929 Waco 10 with the Curtiss WWI surplus OX-5 engine. Note men using "Armstrong" starter to coax the engine to make noise.

Staggerwing Beechcraft - Airplanes and Rockets

The Staggerwing Beechcraft is still a fast and popular machine for pure transportation. This model "G" is all black with cream trim lines.

Fairchild 22 C-7F - Airplanes and Rockets

Designed as an aerobatic club-owned trainer, Fairchild 22 C-7F was not too popular. Few were made from 1932 through 1938.

Sid Hess' 1930 Fleet biplane powered by the 125-hp Kinner five-cylinder radial - Airplanes and Rockets

Sid Hess' 1930 Fleet biplane powered by the 125-hp Kinner five-cylinder radial. Several still fly actively around the country.

"Topeka Robin," 1929 Curtiss Robin - Airplanes and Rockets

"Topeka Robin," 1929 Curtiss Robin, 225-hp Lycoming power.

Great Lakes 2T-1A equipped with a 165-hp Warner - Airplanes and Rockets

Sharp looking acrobatic favorite, Great Lakes 2T-1A equipped with a 165-hp Warner. Owned by Dale Drummond, of Olathe, Kan.

1929 Stinson SM-2 "Detroiter" - Airplanes and Rockets

Would you believe? A 1929 Stinson SM-2 "Detroiter." It is the only one in existence and is superbly restored. By Bob Jenkins.

Cessna "Airmaster" - Airplanes and Rockets

A smooth and popular bush plane is the Cessna "Airmaster." Note the cantilever wing - lt is pre-WWII design!

Travelaire 4000 - Airplanes and Rockets

The Travelaire 4000 of the depression days. It has a front-cockpit door. Undercambered airfoil - lots of lift.

Fairchild 71 (FC-2), Wright 225-hp engine - Airplanes and Rockets

Fairchild 71 (FC-2), Wright 225-hp engine, folding wings for storage.

ST-7 Stinson - Airplanes and Rockets

ST-7 Stinson. This plane was the one from which the popular 82-in. Cleveland model kit was patterned. The first double-taper wing.

oldest Monocoupe still flying, a 1929 Velie-powered plane - Airplanes and Rockets

The oldest Monocoupe still flying, a 1929 Velie-powered plane in black and red-orange paint scheme.

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.

1930 Brunner-Winkle Bird CK biplane - Airplanes and Rockets

A 1930 Brunner-Winkle Bird CK biplane flown in by Nicholas J. Kiscki. Note windscreens, undercambered airfoil, and door on front cockpit.

Waco "Taperwing" of 1929 - Airplanes and Rockets

The wonderful Waco "Taperwing" of 1929. This is a truly magnificent restoration by the Hogan Brothers of Hamilton, Ohio.

Arrow Sport model "M" of 1937 used converted Ford V-8 engine - Airplanes and Rockets

Arrow Sport model "M" of 1937 used converted Ford V-8 engine.

Ryan STA - Airplanes and Rockets

The always popular Ryan STA, a favorite of movie stunt pilot "Tex" Rankin during the 1930's.

1935 Aeronca C-3 - Airplanes and Rockets

A 1935 Aeronca C-3 with a very unusual paint scheme. It is equipped with the 36-hp Aeronca E-113 engine. An all-time favorite.

Stearman PT-17 with the big 450·hp radial engine - Airplanes and Rockets

One of those planes that really turns you on! The Stearman PT-17 with the big 450·hp radial engine. (Just like Sterling's kit.)

Curtiss-Wright "Junior" - Airplanes and Rockets

There is always a Curtiss-Wright "Junior." This is re-engined 1931 model.

Warner 165·hp powered Fairchild 24W - Airplanes and Rockets

Warner 165·hp powered Fairchild 24W whose finish inside and out is fabulous. Not an uncommon plane even today.

Stinson Trimotor - Airplanes and Rockets

A Stinson Trimotor showed its short-field ability with a quick, easy takeoff.

Curtiss-Wright "Fledgling" - Airplanes and Rockets

A Curtiss-Wright "Fledgling." It has a huge wing span of nearly 50 ft. and a 170·hp six-cylinder Challenger radial engine.



Posted December 5, 2013

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