WACO OWNERS AND OTHERS
By Ray Brandly
(EAA 38963, NC 480)
700 Hill Avenue
Hamilton, OH 45015
(Photos by K. Borisch Unless Otherwise Noted)
We have all seen many examples of really sincere
dedication shown among those who fly antique air-
craft. Some are merely dedicated to ownership, others
show great dedication in proper restoration, but there
are those who demonstrate sincere dedication to both
proper restoration, the ownership and the flying of
their antique aircraft. These are the people who really
hold the antique movement together. They are not easily
swayed by those who believe that everything has its
price. They are the ones who take pride in flying,
maintaining and providing a rare and valuable antique a
good home for many years.
There are several members of the National Waco
Club who have owned their present Waco for more than
thirty years. A very high per cent of Waco owners have
had their present Waco for more than fIfteen years. These
are the dedicated people who strive for absolute perfec-
tion in craftsmanship and originality. They are the ones
who are aware that craftsmanship is actually a waste, if
the end result does not exemplify the real or original
product. Many times the only reward for such dedica-
tion is the satisfaction of knowing they have preserved
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The fishhook stripe is evident on AI Nogard's 1935 Waco
ZKC-S, NC14614, flown here by sons Gary and Alan from
Ballston Spa, NY.
An example of the placement of the registration number on
the rudder. This is on a Waco ZPF-6.
A variation of the custom three line stripe appears on this 1938 Waco ZGC-8, NC19360. (Photo by Dick Stouffer)
A good example of the diamond point stripe on this 1931 Waco QCF-2, NC11482 owned by Frank Fox, Rockville. MD.
This 1937 Waco YK8-7, NC17701, owned by Wayne Hayes, Trenton, NJ bears the funnel stripes.
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Factory records show many combinations of this paint scheme
on Wacos built from 1931 thru 1935. Example: A Black airplane
used Red panels on the top side of upper wings and on the
bottom side of the lower wings, with numbers In Cream.
Another example was a Red fuselage with Black & Gold stripe,
Cream wings with Red panels using Black numbers. Numbers
were usually 24 Inches In height. On all Wacos built In 1930
or later, numbers on rudder should be five Inches In height,
located horizontally with the NC above the number.
AUTHENTIC WACO STRIPING
Known as the GIllies type leading edge tri m.
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The Waco Aircraft Company offered a variety of paint --.-----r------- ------ ---------.....
schemes. Those most commonly used are shown below: 12"
Fish-hook striping originated In 1931 and was commonly
used thru 1936 on both open and cabin models.
Diamond point striping was very common on the Taperwlng, CENTER
Stralghtwlng, RNF, INF, aCF-2 and occasionally on the GXE. SECTION
FIne-line striping originated In 1932 and was used with some
variations thru 1936.
In 1936 Waco offered Funnel striping, Lockheed and Ughtnlng
striping and then added the Custom three-line the next year.
Bump cowls were common In 1933, 1934 and 1935.
the original and historical value of another rare Waco.
Very few people have been able to actually judge these
airplanes for their true authenticity or their rare historical
Waco owners are most fortunate in that they have a
choice of many authentic and different models, and there
never was a particular paint scheme or color that could
be called the original or factory standard. The owners
of J-3 Cubs have no choice, and it was much the same
with Staggerwings, Howards, Aeroncas, Rearwins and
so on. The only paint scheme used by Waco, that could
be called a factory standard, was the silver wings and
horizontal tail surfaces used with a Vermilion fuselage
trimmed with a diamond point stripe of black edged in
gold or silver. This was common during 1930 and 1931.
However, the same scheme was used with a choice of
Insignia blue or Stinson green fuselage. The blue and
the green fuselages used a Vermilion stripe edged in
gold or silver. Occasionally, a customer would ask for
cream wings instead of the silver. IntBrplane struts were
always painted the darkest color used in this paint
scheme. Waco also offered a choice of propellers and tires.
Yes, there were some Wacos sold with red tires, using
Waco owners are also fortunate that we are able
to refer to the actual sales records of most Wacos that
were sold. Many ask for the original colors and paint
schemes, as well as the original upholstery and the
original equipment used in their particular Waco, prior
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to starting their restoration project.
The annual Waco Reunion Fly-In at Hamilton, Ohio
the last weekend of June has become the mecca where the
most dedicated meet annually to display and fly the
finest examples of authentic restorations to be found
anywhere. We invite everyone to experience the greatest
display of enthusiasm in a non-competitive atmosphere
where each revels in the accomplishments of other Waco
Bob and Doug Leavens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada own this
1928 Waco GXE, C-GAFD with the fuselage, fin and rudder
painted vermilion with the wings, stabilizer and elevators
A happy Phil Mlchmerhulzen and the newly restored J-2 Cub.
OUT OF THE BARN AND
By Phil Michmerhuizen
(EAA 33782, Ale 581)
186 Sunset Drive
Holland, MI 49423
(Photos by the author except as noted)
I started to advertise and look for Piper J-2 Cub
parts in 1970. Soon I had acquired a bare fuselage with
nothing inside, a rather sad set of wings and a 40hp
engine. I cleaned and painted the fuselage, but now
what! I had no idea of how the floorboards, seats, rudders,
and the control stricks went. An unairworthy fuselage
was advertised in Oklahoma. After it was shipped to
Michigan, I at least had rudder pedals, control sticks
and a door.
Then I received a call from a friend in another state.
He remembered seeing old airplane parts in a barn several
years ago. He said he'd show me the barn, so I could talk
to the farmer.
About a week later Donna and I were sitting on the
farmer' s porch. He was very cautious and skeptical;
someone had gypped him in an airplane deal several
years ago, I found out later. At one time he had four
Cubs, including a J-2 and J-3s.
Yes, he did have parts left. They were about
in three different barns, but he really didn't want to
sell them. We spent the better part of that day visiting
and reminiscing with him. He said he had belonged to
the Flying Farmers. He had flown to Iowa, Nebraska
and many other places in his Cubs which he kept at
the strip on his farm.
Later evidence leads me to believe he flew one air-
plane until it was damaged, worn out, or whatever. After
putting the pieces in the barn, he would buy another
plane. He let us go into the barns and oh what a sight!!
Parts scattered all over, hanging here and there, old
tractors, trucks, a spinning wheel, old baby buggy, and
on and on.
After supper we went back to the farmer's house;
he had had a chance to talk with his children and to
think it over. Finally, we agreed on a price. I could
buy all the "yellow" airplane parts that were in the
barns. He asked us to come back in the morning and his
son would help us load the parts.
Donna and I went to a motel for the night. After
breakfast the next day we had to go to the bank; the
farmer wanted cash. We then went to a store to get
some cardboard boxes. I was so afraid he might change
his mind. When we pulled up with our truck he hopped
up in the cab and away we went to the fIrst barn and
started loading. Eight dusty, sweaty hours later our
load consisted of a 1936 J-2 fuselage, a '39 J-3 fuselage,
a Continental 40hp engine, a Franklin 50, three smashed
wings, many bent struts, bent and twisted landing gears
(one set with 18 x 8 x 3 Goodyear airwheels), tail feathers,
floorboards, seats, boot cowls, and side enclosures. Also,
lots of "little stuff," like pulley covers, a glass inclinometer,
porcelain exhaust stacks and the old seat belts with CUB
stitched into them!
There were no log books, or papers, but we paid the
agreed price. We had him sign a bill of sale and then
we started back to Michigan.
About six months later I had the paperwork straight-
ened out on the '36 J-2 and even had the original N
number. I had been taking a lot of pictures, making
sketches and notes before taking anything apart. From
here on it was a rather typical restoration project -
In the winter of 1974 - 1975 I sandblasted the fuselage.
John Emmons, the All who was looking over my shoulder
checked it and found only two tubes which needed
replacing. All the tubing was re-oiled inside and epoxy
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Phil sandblasts the fuselage frame, January 16, 1975.
Preparing to solder the hand spliced and wrapped cable
ends, March 12, 1976.
Fitting the wings to the fuselage on May 5, 1979. L-R: Dan
Bauman, Ken Dannenberg, Jason Petroelje and Gord
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I took a large cardboard refrigerator box and made a
small sandblaster in the basement to handle the small
parts. With a light in the top, vactium hose in the side,
plexiglass on one side and two arm holes, it worked just
fine. Using the old floor boards and seats as patterns,
it was no problem making them.
We took the Continental A-40 to Bob Thompson
(also known as "Mr. A-40"), in Dayton, Ohio, for an
overhaul. On our way back home after picking up the
engine in June, 1977, we stopped at the farmer's place
to show him the pretty little A-40. He asked if we had a
prop for it. We didn't. Five minutes later he came out
of the house with two!! One was not airworthy, but the
other had been reconditioned at the Anderson Prop Co.
and was still boxed and wrapped in 1949 newspapers!
In February, 1978 the airframe rolled out of the
basement garage door on the Goodyear 18 x 8 x 3 air-
wheels, with engine and prop installed. After tying the
tail down the little engine started quite easily and I
had a smile from ear to ear.
Only wing rebuilding and covering remained; almost
done!! Ha ha!! Mter removing the fabric, I kept one '36
wing intact for a pattern. I took five others apart to
get at the good ribs and steel fittings I needed.
The wings really were in sad shape. Besides a landing
accident (tree or pole), a concrete block hangar had fallen
Finally the ribs were sorted out and repaired, but
I was still concerned with corrosion. Donna and I went
to EAA Headquarters where I talked with Mr. Bill Chomo
about it. I followed his recommendation: scrub the ribs
with a stainless steel wire brush and phosphoric acid,
rinse and then apply zinc chromate.
The new spars, new drag wires and bolts arrived
and I started to re-assemble the wings. With help, the
wings were bolted to the fuselage for alignment and squar-
I had decided earlier to restore the J-2 as close to
original as I could. The old control cable had some of
the original Roebling roll splices at the ends and also
some nicropress and someone's attempt at a 5-tuck
navy splice. Oh those Roebling roll splices looked so
neat! I had already done the wire wrap and solder on
the tail brace wires. I tried the splices and anguished
over the results. At first they looked like spiders! Slowly
they did improve. John Emmons said they looked O.K.,
but to be sure I did a 10" sample with new cable and had
it tested in a lab. At 2,300 lbs. it broke in between the
splices! Soon the control cables were fmished.
One big decision was yet to be made - the fabric.
Original of course wag grade "A." New fabrics are
lighter, easier, better. Maybe at Oshkosh I could decide.
Pros - cons, good, bad, everyone had his preference. I
finally settled on the Stits process for several reasons.
1) A possible six pound savings in weight. 2) A good
instruction book (I had never done any fabric work
before). 3) A friend was just finishing up his Wagabond
and it looked super.
I found out that I'm not a painter. I wiped up the
worst runs ofT the floor! I had written to Piper Aircraft
for the original colors and their reply was "green and
yellow." The fabric work was fun and very educational.
Donna and I did the rib stitching together.
By April, 1981 I could not find much to do on the
airplane at home. On a Saturday morning we took it to
the airport and into John Emmon's hangar.
After assembling and rigging the airplane, I worked
on the three piece windshield. Everything takes me
longer than I think it will. Then we ran the weight and
balance and finally the taxi tests!
Now I could make application for an airworthiness
certificate to our local GADO office. On August 25,
1981 Mr. Noel Gary from the FAA handed me this
important piece of paper. The weather was good that
day but I waited one more day and on August 26,
1981 our airplane flew for the first time in about 30
years. It was exactly 45 years after it rolled out of
the Taylor Aircraft Company in Bradford, Pennsylvania.
The airplane now has 18:30 hours on it. The only problem
has been the windshield. I used material which was too
thin and flexible . It certainly is fun to fly. It lands
very slowly and I enjoy flying it with the tail skid.
I could not have done this restoration alone. My
thanks go to John Emmons, the A l l, Bob Thompson,
and to members of our EAA Chapter 211 - especially
Gord Meeusen who hammered out a new nose bowl and
did all of the aluminum work. I also want to recognize
my friends Dick Hill, Garth Elliot, Ed Kastner, Jim
Hays and Howard Brandon who provided information
which was instrumental in making the restoration so
As shown on the original ledger sheet from the Taylor
Aircraft Company, the empty weight of our J -2 was
553 pounds. As hard as I tried to keep weight down
wherever possible, the empty weight of our restored plane
came to 591 pounds. Interestingly enough, the quoted
empty weight of the plane as it left the factory, plus
the weight of the following components (as shown on a
company Weight and Balance report 139 dated November
8, 1937) comes out like this:
E. W. 5531bs.
1 Gal. Oil 7.5
Our Cub is as authentic as we could make her and
as yet no carburetor heat, airspeed, compass or side
enclosures are installed. The registration number is
NC16957, SIN 823. The Continental A-40-4 is SIN
2016. Date of manufacture is August 26, 1936. Full
static rpm is 2250 and full throttle in flight produces
72-74 mph true air speed at 2400 rpm. The Lewis propeller
is Design L-33-2-22, SIN 5540.•
The Cub flies again, exactly 45 years to the day when it first
rolled out of the factory. .
The Continental A-40 expert, Bob Thompson, age 79 and the
engine he overhauled for the Michmerhuizens' Taylor J-2
CUb. Photo taken in Bob's shop in Dayton, OH on June 11,
The J-2 leaves the basement workshop for the trip to the
airport, in April 1981.
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Editor's Note: Ted Koston forwarded the following letter
from Mike Rezich which corrects a misstatement in Ted's
"22nd Annual Waco Reunion" story in the January 1982
issue of The VINTAGE AIRPLANE. Mike also supplies
additional information on the subject Waco eRG which
we find to be most interesting:
I saw your beautiful spread in The VINTAGE AIR-
PLANE on the Waco Fly-In. I regret that I missed the
To straighten you out on Waco CRG, N600Y .. . it
was originally built for the Ford Reliability Tour as
was its sister ship, NR660Y. NR600Y was flown by John
Livingston and NR660Y was flown by Art Davis.
Both planes were built especially for the tour. You
will notice the landing gear vees and oleos are much
taller than the standard Waco tripod gear. The reason
was to lift off quicker during take-off which gave an
additional point advantage. NR600Y also had the super-
charged Wright J6-7-El engine.
You said it was the first aircraft to do smoke writing
over New York City .. . not so! This plane was bought
and operated by Andy Stinis, an old time smoke writer
in the New York area. But the first smoke writer in
America was an Englishman named Dick Acherly with a
Hisso powered SE5. He had a contract with Chevrolet
(and the secret for the smoke), and he wrote in script,
Later, Andy Stinis had a contract with Lucky
Strike and he used the Waco CRG, NR600Y, a Laird
LCR which formerly belonged to Alex Seversky, and
several Speed wing Travel Airs.
I bought our Speedwing NC606K from Andy in 1949.
It was also used in the smoke writing program. His
son is still in the business using five AT-6s.
(EAA 510, A /C 2239)
6424 S. Laporte Avenue
Chicago, IL 60638
The Mystery Plane in the March 1982 VINTAGE
AIRPLANE is the Gee Bee P-l. This was the first
Gee Bee Airplane and was first powered by a Velie
engine. Different engines were installed and tested
and the one pictured would be the Cirrus. Finally the
Kinner was installed as standard during production.
The series became known later as Model A. The
registration number on this plane was 3086. No "NC"
was included until production was started on these planes
- after approval.
One of these planes is currently owned by the Bradley
Air Museum, Windsor Locks, CT, Registration No.
Thank you for a fine magazine.
(EAA 115942, A /C 3328)
347 Southwick Rd.
Westfield, MA 01085
Dear Mr. Chase:
I was looking through some of my past VINTAGE
AIRPLANE magazines when I saw an article in the
March 1981 issue on page 6. The article is about a Waco
UBF-2 starring in a movie. I have recently seen the famed
movie, "Raiders of the Lost Ark" starring Harrison Ford
who plays Indiana Jones, an anthropology professor at a
16 MAY 1982
Near the beginning of the movie, Indiana Jones is
captured by some unfriendly natives after stealing a
prized artifact. He quickly escapes and runs to his friend
who is fishing off his plane. Jones, with natives not
more than a second behind him, yells to his friend to
start the plane and start moving. With split second
timing, Indiana Jones swings on a vine and lands next
to the plane. With spears coming from all directions,
Jones hangs on for life as he and his friend make a
hectic getaway to safety. As they narrowly miss the
treetops , the Waco UBF-2 on page 6 of March 1981
VINTAGE AIRPLANE and Indiana Jones fly off into
(EAA 155011, A /C 5615)
2626 West Avenue N-4
Palmdale, CA 93550
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Kinner powered Gee Bee Model A, N901 K as re stored by
Encel Kleier (now deceased) of Claremore, OK. Robert L.
Taylor, AAA founder and president, spins the prop. Photo
taken 1 V HY62 at Claremore's Will Rogers Airport by Gene
With reference to the "Mystery Plane" shown in my
just-received copy of the March 1982 issue of The
VINTAGE AIRPLANE, it is a Gee Bee Model A, and in
this picture mounted a Cirrus Ensign engine.
If I read it correctly the plane pictured is the first
one built and has the registration number 3086. It was
first powered with a Velie M-5 engine, then a Kinner
K-5, which was used on the production planes. This
particular plane was apparently used to test the suitability
of some other engines, for at various times it had a
British Armstrong-Siddely "Genet" (requiring a left-
hand prop), Chevrolair D-4, and the Cirrus engine. The
Chevrolair was an inverted four-cylinder in-line air-
The Model A was a two place side-by-side airplane.
Apparently only eight were built. It apparently never
achieved a full A.T.C., but was manufactured under a
Group 2 approval. Incidentally, the above plane was
also flown with floats and skis. Really, an interesting
plane that was certainly overshadowed by the sportsters
and racers that followed.
Regards to all -
J. William Knepp
(EAA 76534, A /C 435)
6214 S. Navajo Drive, R.R. 3
Bartonville, IL 61607
First of all , "Hello" from Australia. I am writing to
you to ask for your help or advice with two aircraft I
I have two Austers, a J5B powered with a Gipsy Major
Series 1 with electric start. This aircraft needs are-bag
and has been flying up until recently. It is in reasonable
shape, just needing re-covering and a good clean up.
It has a Fairey-Reed metal prop and approximately 200
hours to run on the engine. All of the log books are there.
It is a four place aircraft, cabin type with high wing,
and it's a taildragger. It's an excellent paddock aircraft
(short field take-ofT and landing). The registration is
The other aircraft is a J5G which is identical except
it has a Cirrus Major (155hp) engine. This aircraft is
completely stripped and in pieces. It has several major
parts missing such as right wing fuel tank, prop, wheels,
some instruments, and top, bottom and front cowls.
I was wondering if you knew of anyone over your
way who would be interested in buying them? I believe
there are not very many Austers in the USA or Canada.
I would be interested in selling them outright or perhaps
swapping them for a good Aeronca Sedan, Cessna 170B,
or perhaps a Cherokee 180 . . . preferably the Aeronca
One day I hope to meet you at Oshkosh, or if you are
over here, please feel free to call. Hope to hear from you
in the near future.
7 Biloela Ct.
(Phone 065-831794 evenings)
AI Wheeler (EAA 64433, A IC 5519) created this
pencil artwork of the well-known N3N-3 owned by Bob
Van Vranken (EAA 48657, A IC 2201), Suisun, California.
Before his retirement and move to Hawaii, Al lived in
EI Sobrante, California where he served as newsletter
editor for the Schell ville Antique Escadrille Gazette of
the AAA Chapter based at Schell ville Airport. For several
years readers of "The Gazette" enjoyed AI's artistic
talents in each of the monthly issues.
Al based his Pitts S-l at Schell ville while he lived
on the "Mainland." We wonder if he took it to Hawaii
WHY GEESE FLY IN FORMATION
- From Al and Betty Nelson's "Bird Talk," Fall 1981.
There must be some advantages to formation flying
for geese or they would not persist in it. There is a
great advantage, say California Institute of Technology
researchers. As air leaves the wings of one bird it
provides an updraft for the birds following it in formation.
The resulting energy saving increases the range of
geese by 71 per cent.
But because the lead bird has to work harder than
the other birds following it in V formation, you will
see the lead bird drop back occasionally while another
bird takes its place.
Now, if I apply this principle to cross country in my
E-2 Cub, I should be able to fly non-stop from Milwaukee
to Bardstown, Kentucky. Incredible! . .. Ed.
This month's Mystery Plane photo was sent by Ted
Businger (EAA 93833, A IC 2333), Rt. 2, Box 280, Willow
Springs, MO 65793. Identification will appear in the
July issue of The VINTAGE AIRPLANE.
The March Mystery Plane was the prototype Gee Bee
Model A, built in 1930 by the Granville Brothers and
powered with a Cirrus engine in this photo. For additional
details on this interesting aircraft, see letters in "Letters
to the Editor" on page 16 from Bill Knepp and Burton
Williams, both of whom correctly identified the Gee Bee .
• 'iI Dan Cullman, Lewiston, ID, George Tinker, Bangor,
ME, Mike Rezich, Chicago, IL, and John A. Eney,
Doylestown, P A also identified this mystery plane.
VINTAGE AIRPLANE 17
FROM THE 1930'S
Poster Number 14 of the original Thompson Series
By Lionel J . Salisbury
Seven Harper Road
Brampton, Ontario L6W 2W3
THE CURTISS-WRIGHT FALCON
A High Speed Fighter
Editor's Note: Twenty of these posters originally appeared
in the February 1979 through September 1980 issues of
The VINTAGE AIRPLANE. Starting with this issue, the
first of the remaining eight of the nostalgic series will
appear. Lionel Salisbury accumulated the complete set
of posters for publication and obtained permission from
the Borden Company. The original posters are from the
collections of Glen Inch of Brampton, Ontario, Cedri c
Galloway of Hesperia, CA and Marion McClure, Blooming-
"Thompson's Double Malted" - that was the product
that many a young man, and perhaps some young ladies,
urged their parents to buy in the early 1930's, not only
because they liked the drink, but more likely because
they wanted the coupon on the can, to send in for a poster.
The posters were 19" x 11" on stiff card, and in black
and white mostly, although some of the early ones had
a slight tint of buff. All the posters featured airplanes
of the day, all of interest to those pilots of the future.
Strangely though, this obviously successful promotion
for the Thompson product seems to have been its last,
for after the issue of the first series of these posters,
the Thompson Company of Waukesha, Wisconsin dis-
appeared, to become a part of the Borden Company.
Borden's continued with the promotion, issuing several
series of posters in the United States and Canada
while the product gradually became known as Borden's
This poster of the Curtiss-Wright Falcon is the third
and last supplied by Cedric Galloway of Hesperia,
California from his collection that he started in 1933.
Mr. Galloway was able to add these posters to the first
18 that have been published in The VINTAGE AIR-
PLANE, from a collection by Glenn Inch of Brampton,
Ontario, Canada. When this collection of posters was
initiated in The VINTAGE AIRPLANE we had no idea
that there had been in total , 30 posters made available
by Thompson's and Borden's. After Mr. Galloway came
forward with his additions, Mr. Marion McClure of
Bloomington, Illinois sent in his entire collection, from
which we will be able to present an additional six posters
for publication here. We will start with Mr. McClure's
posters next month, featuring the Douglas Dolphin.
The description and the three-view line drawing
of this month's aircraft "The Curtiss-Wright Falcon"
is from the back of the poster.
Description of Curtiss-Wright Falcon
The Curtiss-Wright Falcon is made by the Curtiss
Aeroplane & Motor Co. of Buffalo, NY. This type of plane
is used considerably in mail service, but the one illustrated
is one of the high speed U.S. Army fighting planes.
Specifications. Span, upper wing, 38 ft. ; lower wing,
35 ft .; Length overall, 28 ft . 3 in. Height overall , 10 ft.
4 in. Wing area (including ailerons), 351 square feet .
Power loading, 6.9 pounds per horsepower. Wing loading,
11.3 pounds per square foot. Curtiss D-12-E 435 horse-
power. Weight empty, 2,940 lbs.; Useful load, 1,060 lbs.;
Gross weight, 4,000 lbs.
Performance. High speed, 160 miles per hour .
Cruising speed, 136 miles per hour. Landing speed,
50 miles per hour. Rate of climb, 1,700 feet per minute.
Climb in 10 minutes, 12,500 feet. Service ceiling,
25,300 feet. Radius, 415 miles. Gasoline capacity, 90
gallons - 160 gallons maximum.
The fuselage is of riveted duralumin tubing, fabric
covered. The Frise ailerons are of duralumin and steel
skeleton, fabric covered. Tail surfaces are of duralumin
skeleton, fabric covered with balanced elevators and
rudder. The wings are constructed of spruce box spars
and spruce ribs, fabric covered. Landing gear is of the
The pl a ne is equipped with Hamilton-Standard
propeller, Curtiss oleo shock absorbers, Eclipse starter,
Bendix brakes, Curtiss instrument panel and oxygen
18 MAY 1982
THE CURTISS-WRIGHT FALCON
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CALENDER OF EVENTS
MAY 21-23 - TULSA. OKLAHOMA - Harvey Young Ai rport 41st
Anniversary Fl y-In. Speci al welcome to ultralights. warbi rds.
homebuilts. antiques and classics. Contact Hurtey Boehler. Rt. 8.
Box 617. Claremore. OK 74017. Telephone 918/ 341 -3n2 or 918/
MAY 28-30 - ATCHISON . KANSAS - Annual Kansas City Antique
Airplane Association Chapter Fly-In. Amel ia Earhart Memorial
Ai rport. For details contact Bi ll Hare. 6207 Riggs. Mission. KS
MAY 29-30 - WATSONVILLE. CALIFORNIA - 16th Annual Watson-
ville Fly-In. Sponsored by the Northern Cal ifornia Chapter of AAA.
Two days of airshows. Camping facil it ies. No pre-registrat ion
required. For information contact Dick Borg. 6515 San Ignacio
Ave.• San Jose. CA 95119. 408/ 226-3603.
JUNE 4-8 - MERCED. CALIFORNIA - Silver Anniversary West Coast
Fly-In at Merced Municipal Airport . For information contact Dee
Humann. P.O. Box 2312. Merced. CA 95344. 209/ 358-3487.
JUNE 8 - DeKALB. ILLINOIS - EM Chapter 241 and MST Aviation
co-sponsor Annual Fly-In. Drive-in Breakfast. 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For details contact Martin Crown. 815/ 895-6856.
JUNE 8 - MENTONE. INDIANA - Dedication ceremonies for the
Lawrence D. Bell Aircraft Museum. Museum will serve as historical
research source for personal records and memorabil ia of Lawrence
D. Bell . aviation great.
JUNE 11-13 - DENTON. TEXAS - 20th Annual Texas AAAlEAA Fly-In.
For information contact Jack Winthrop. Rt. 1. Box 111 . Allen. TX
JUNE 18-20 - PAULS VALLEY. OKLAHOMA - Oklahoma City Chapter
of Antique Airplane Association Fly-In at Paul Valley. OK. For
information phone 405/ 321-8042 - Don Keating; 405/ 392-5608 -
JUNE 19 - TOMS RIVER. NEW JERSEY - EM Chapter 315 6th Annual
Antique & Homebuilt Fly-In. 11 :00 at R. J. Miller Airport. Refresh-
ments. plane rides. flour bombing contest. aviation flea market.
(Rain date Sunday. June 20.) For information call Lew Levison
201 / 367-4907.
JUNE 19-20 - FREDERICKSBURG. VIRGINIA - 15th Annual Antique
Aircraft Fly-In and Air Show at Shannon Airport. " A Tribute to Sidney
L. Shannon. Jr." Antique Aircraft Fly-In Saturday. Air show Sunday -
wing walker. aerobatics. clown act . sky diving and more. For
JUNE 20 - ANSONIA. CONNECTICUT - 4th Annual Piper Vagabond
Fly-In. Ansonia Airport. 60 oct. fuel avai lable. Contact Jim Jenkins.
8 Hemlock Drive. Huntington. CT 06484. 203/ 929-9814.
JUNE 2So27 - HAMILTON. OHIO- 23rd Annual National Waco Reunion
Fly-In. National Waco Club. 700 Hill Avenue. Hamilton, OH 45015.
JULY - SUSSEX. NEW JERSEY - Flanders Valley EM Antique/
Classic Chapter 7 and EM Chapter 238 Annual Fly-In. Antiques.
warbirds. homebuilts. and factory machi nes welcome. Food. hangar
square dance and much more. Camping and lodging upon request.
Contact Dave Sylvernal . President. One Cayuga Trail . Oak Ridge.
NJ 07961 or call 201 / 697-7248.
JULY 3-5 - BLAKESBURG. IOWA - Aeronca Fly-In at Antique Air-
field. For information contact Augie Wegner. 1432 28th Ct. . Kenosha.
JULY 10.11 - ALLIANCE. OHIO - Annual Taylorcraft Fly/ lnlReunion
sponsored by Taylorcraft Owner's Club and the Taylorcraft " Old
Timers." Factory tours. many activities. Contact Bruce Bi xler at
JULY 16-18 - ORILLIA. CANADA - Annual Orillia Convention by EM
of Canada. Orillia Airport, 80 miles north of Toronto. Land and sea
plane facilities, camping and motels. Convention UNICOM 123.4.
Contact Bill Tee, 46 Porterfield Road, Rexdale, Ontario .M9W 3J5.
JULY 16-18 - MINDEN, NEBRASKA - National Stinson Club Fly-In.
For information contact George Leamy, 117 Lanford Road , Sparten-
burg, SC 29301 , 803/ 576-9698 or Mike Emerson, 3309 Overton
Park E., Fort Worth, TX 76109, 817/ 924-6647.
JULY 16-18 - LEWISTOWN, MONTANA - 5th Annual Montana Chapter
AM Fly-In at Beacon Star Antique Airfield. For further information,
please contact Frank or Billie Bass, Beacon Star Antique Ai rfield,
Star Route. Moore, MT 59464. 406/ 538-7616.
JULY 30 - AUGUST 1 - COFFEYVILLE, KANSAS - Funk Fly-In. Antiques.
Classics, Homebuills invited. Contests, trophies, dinner. Contact
Ray Pahls, 454 Summitlawn, Wichita, KS 67209. 316/ 943-6920,
JULY 31 - AUGUST 7 - OSHKOSH. WISCONSIN - 30th Annual EM
Fly-In Convention. It's never too early to start making plans for the
wortd's GREATEST AVIATION EVENT.
AUGUST 6-8 - SHELTON, WASHINGTON - Sanderson Field. Second
Annual Antique, Classic and Warbird Fly-In sponsored by the
Puget Sound Antique Airplane Club, EM Antique/Classic Division
9. Arrive on Friday, Public Display Saturday, dinner Saturday evening.
Fly-a-way breakfast on Sunday. For information contact Fred C.
Ellsworth, 17639 SE 293rd Place, Kent, WA 98031 . 206/ 631 -91 17.
AUGUST 8-14 - SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS - International Cessna 170
Association Annual Convention. Contact John D. Benham, 12834
Dovetail , San Antonio, TX 76253.
AUGUST 9-14 - FOND DU LAC, WISCONSIN - Annual International
Aerobatic Cl ub Championships and Convention. Contact lAC, P.O.
Box 229, Hales Corners, WI 53130.
AUGUST 22 - WEEDSPORT. NEW YORK - Antique/ Classic and Home-
built fly-in sponsored by Chapter 486. Whitfords Airport. Pancake
breakfast, airshow. Field closed 1-5. Intermission for early de-
partures. Contact Herb Livingston, 1257 Gallagher Road, Baldwins-
ville, NY 13027.
AUGUST 27-29 - ARLINGTON, WASHINGTON - Northwest EM Fly-In.
Homebuilts, classics and ant iques. Camping, meals, forums,
exhibits, awards and fun. For information contact Dave Woodcock,
SEPTEMBER 2-6 - TULLAHOMA, TENNESSEE - 2nd Annual Ole
South Fly-In. Parish Aerodrome, Soesbe-Martin Field. Saturday.
Parade of Flight ; Sunday, Air Show. Campi ng. Contact Jimmy
Snyder, President, Tennessee Valley Sport Aviation Association,
Inc .• 5315 Ringgold Road. Chattanooga. TN 37412. 615/ 894-7957.
OCTOBER 1-3 - CALLAWAY GARDENS. GEORGIA - International
Cessna 120/ 140 Association, Inc. Annual convention and fly-in.
For info contact Charles Wilson, 567 Forrest Ave., Fayetteville.
GA 30214. 404/ 461-6279.
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and $69.00 for 3 years. All Include 12 issues of Sport Aviation per year . JUnior Membership (under 19
years of age) is available at $15.00 annually. Family Membership is available for an additional $10.00
• EAA Member - $14.00. Includes one year membership In EAA Antique-Classi c D,v,s,on. 12 monthly
Issues of The Vintage Airplane and membership card. Applicant must be a current EAA member and
must give EAA membership number
• Non-EAA Member - $24.00. Includes one year membership in the EAA Ant ique-ClassIc D,v,s,on. 12
monthly issues of The Vi ntage Airplane. one year membership In the EAA and separate membership
cards.Sport Aviation not included.
lAC • Membership i n the Internati onal Aerobatic Club. Inc. is $20.00 annually which incl udes 12 issues of
SportAerobatics. All lAC members are requiredto bemembers of EAA.
• Membership i n the Warbirds of America. Inc. is $20.00 per year . which Includes a subscflptlOn to
Warblfds Newsletter. Warbird members are required to be members of EAA.
• Membership in the EAA Ultralight Assn. IS $25.00 per year which includes the Ultralight publlcal/on
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EAA President Paul H. Poberezny has agreed to
serve as a member of a newly established Aviation
Advisory Committee formed at Southern Illinois
University in Carbondale, IL. The purpose of the com-
mittee is to advise the SIU-C Flight Training Program
supervisor and other University administrators on all
aspects of aviation, including pilot training and aviation
RAGS TO RIVETS
Rags To Rivets is the name of an aircraft restoration 1
maintenance business just started by Gar Williams. Gar,
you will recall, restored the fabulous 1928 Cessna A W
that was declared the Antique Grand Champion at
Oshkosh last summer - and was featured on our cover
last October. After Oshkosh, the A W was also declared
the Grand Champion at the Antique Airplane Associ-
ation's national fly-in at Blakesburg, l A, giving it a
rare "grand slam" on the showplane circuit. The airplane
is now on display in the EAA Aviation Museum here at
Gar has had 28 years of aircraft restoration Imainte-
nance experience, encompassing the full spectrum of
lightplane types - wood, fabric, metal or whatever. He has
completely restored a Meyers 145, numerous Luscombes,
a Cessna Airmaster and, of course, the A W. He has also
built a Midget Mustang from scratch.
Rags To Rivets is intended to be a super custom
operation, taking on even the most exotic projects many
others will not touch. What Gar really wants to do is
restore your airplane to Grand Champion condition ...
but he will also do routine maintenance and annuals.
His operation is located right in his backyard - he lives
on the Naper Aero airport in suburban Greater Chicago,
just south of DuPage County airport. If you want your
aircraft restored Imaintained 1annualled at reasonable
rates by a Grand Champion caliber master craftsman,
contact Gar Williams at Rags To Rivets, 9 South 135
Aero Drive, Naperville, IL 60540 or phone 312 /355-9416.
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