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Flying Stories for August 10, 2012

Here are some articles that you may have missed this week:

A great way to get some common ground with your teenager.

Sorry Folks. It was pointed out that this article link was not working.  The DeKalb Chronicle is operated by Shaw Newspaper Media. Shaw doesn’t appear to want anybody out of their area visiting their site, so  once an article has been available for a few days they move it to their Archives located behind a firewall. Heaven forbid that someone should bring them traffic by linking to one of their articles.

Travel-Air 4D

Bruce McElhoe and his 1929 travel Air 4D, one of the participants in the 2012 American Barnstormers Tour

This is from the DeKalb, IL Daily Chronicle. Morgan is David’s teenage daughter. Thanks to a nice offer at a local Corn Fest last year they now have a common ground to discuss over dinner. Not a typical situation with a teenager…

Richard Taylor’s Memoirs: Chapter 16
This is from AvWeb. Chapter 16 in Richard Taylor’s memoirs. A good read, as usual.

The Spirit of St Louis
This is from the Golden Gazette News – Golden Age of Fiction News from Yesterday and Today. From their FAQ page: The Golden Gazette News features stories, articles and interesting facts from the pulp fiction of the 1930s and 1940s written by New York Times bestselling author L. Ron Hubbard. Looks like there are several interesting articles on the site.

2012 American Barnstormers Tour
This is from the Brainerd (MN) Dispatch. The 2012 American Barnstormers Tour kicked off last weekend and will run through the remainder of the summer. This article talks a little about the pilots and their airplanes. The tour’s website is where you can find their planned stops and the dates – it’s well worth the time to pay them a visit if you are near one of the stops.


No flying for me this week, but I did spend a little time at a couple of the venues for Reno’s Hot August Nights event.  Here are some photos I took – in no particular order. Not the all-chrome super-customized hot rods, but some nice restorations of older cars and some that you probably don’t see every day.


Aviation Articles for August 3, 2012

No flying this week – I went out to the airport Saturday to see how it looked, but didn’t like the smoke hanging in the air. There was (still is) a fire-fighting TFT up within 4 miles of my intended destination (2O1) and the prevailing light breeze was blowing the smoke from the fire toward Reno and the surrounding valleys.

We’re getting into the hot part of our year now – probably one reason they call the celebration this coming week Hot August Nights. I’m looking forward to taking a look at some of the custom cars that will be in town, but not looking forward to the heat. Starting Wednesday it’s supposed to top 100 degrees every day. Makes for pretty high density altitudes when ground level is a bit above 5000’.

A couple of weeks ago I decided to experience the Colusa (CA) Old time Fly-in. I had heard that it is a nice quiet affair. Hmmm. Not this year.  As I crested Donner Pass on the way to the fly-in I started hearing aircraft in the Colusa traffic pattern (same frequency as Reno-Stead).  The chatter continued until I turned the radio off at engine shutdown.

Apparently this was the year everybody in the area decided to attend the fly-in. the ramp was full of airplanes, the taxiways between the hangar rows were filled with airplanes and there was a row of planes in the dirt all the way around the ramp. It was obvious in the line for breakfast (free for fly-ins) that they had not expected the volume of planes that attended. One factor causing the added traffic may have been their advertising that they would be selling aviation fuel at their cost for attendees. I took advantage and filled all my tanks – saving just about $1/gallon over my home field. It probably would have been smarter for them to sell it at $0.10 over cost or something similar – still a great price.

Here are a few photos I took at the event:

Colusa Fly-in Parking

2012 Colusa, CA Old Time Fly-in

1943 Navy N3-N

1943 Navy N3-N

Travel Air 4000

Travel Air 4000



Fairchild M-62A

Fairchild M-62A-3, the predecessor to the PT-19


Here are some articles that you may have missed this week:

A short look at the planes in Mojave

This is from CNET. The article is part of CNET’s Road Trip 2012 coverage. Not much text but almost 30 photos.

Curtiss Jenny to be part of PBS special

This is from krqe in Bowling Green, KY. Harry Balcer of Bainbridge, OH is an airplane enthusiast, In 1979 he bought construction plans for a Jenny from the Smithsonian Institution. Life got in the way for a while, but for 15 years he had been building his dream. When Dorian Walker was doing research on the number of Jennies still remaining he ran across Balcer’s project. Balcer has sold the project to Walker, not an aircraft builder himself. Walker is gathering a group of volunteers in south-central Kentucky to finish the project as he films the process for PBS.

Electric Lindbergh

This is from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via AviationPros. Chip Yates is another individual who intends to retrace Lindbergh’s flight across the Atlantic, not really that difficult with today’s navigational and aircraft capabilities. Yates, however, is adding a new twist – his airplane will be powered only by electricity…

Flying Stories for July 27, 2012

No Swift flying yet this week – and not too many aviation articles not covering what is happening at AirVenture this year.

I mentioned last week that I had been to a Swift gathering in Oregon. I finally had enough time to work on s few photos, so here goes…

Enroute  Mt-Shasta

Photo 1: Mt. Shasta off the left wing of the Swift.

Photo 1 was taken on my way ‘up’ to Cottage Grove, OR where the fly-in took place. My route was from Reno-Stead direct to Klamath Falls (KLMT) then west to Grants Pass(3S8) and north again to Cottage Grove (61S).  I made the jog in a direct route because I didn’t feel that I needed to fly over the rough terrain between Klamath Falls and Cottage Grove. I wasn’t in a hurry – part of my program to minimize risks.

At the point were I took the photo I was very near N41.6 and W121.52 where the sectional notes there is a lava flow. It was very obvious what it was, but not so obvious how it got there – no volcanic comes, just an obvious lava flow. Also near to the Lava Beds National Monument. Who knew?

Jim Wright Field, Cottage Grove, OR

Photo 2: Jim Wright Field, Cottage Grove, OR

Photo 2 if the welcoming sign for the Cottage Grove State Airport. The airport was named after one of it’s notable tenants, Jim Wright. Of his many accomplishments, one stands out for the aviation community – the commissioning of the building of a replica of the Hughes H-1 – pictured on the sign. I had the opportunity to look at it closely when it made an appearance at the Reno Air Races. It was truly a work of art. It is extremely unfortunate that Jim lost his life in a crash of the aircraft. It was very good to see him remembered in this manner.


Oregon Aviation History Center

Photo 3: Oregon Aviation History Center

Photo 3 is a view of the Oregon Aviation History Center on the airport. The Center is nice enough to host our fly-in group. Their hangar/display area was made available to us for our meetings, airport meals and banquet. They also allowed us to take over their parking ramp. Just above the fuselage of the Stinson parked out front you can see a tarp hanging in the hangar doorway – shade for the tables set up inside.


Swifts attending the Cottage Grove Fly-in.

Photo 4: Swifts attending the Cottage Grove Fly-in.


Photo 4 is a group shot of the 18 Swifts we had in attendance. There were also 4 ‘other types’ of planes that flew in.  the camera lens was not wide-angle enough to capture all of the planes. My plane is nose to the camera in the back row – the only one attending this gathering that has a 3-bladed prop.


Swift Kayaking

Photo: 5: Cottage Grove attendees heading out for a little kayaking.

Photo 5 is a shot of some of the fly-in attendees about to take a kayaking trip down the Row River to a portage just on the edge of the airport. Groups went out Friday and Saturday – it was a good break from the 90-degree temperatures. The fly-in organizers also set up bike and shopping tours for our group.






Airway Beacon

Photo 6: Airway Beacon display at the Oregon Aviation History Center.

Photo 6 is a photo of one of the displays situated around the Aviation History Center.  This is an actual Airway Beacon used in the mid 1920s to mark the route between major metropolitan areas.  They were placed about 10 miles apart and shined a Morse code letter in relation to the distance from the start of the route segment. The beacons started the route with a ‘W ‘ followed by U, V, H, R, K, D, B, G and M.  If additional beacons were needed, the 10-letter sequence would repeat. The pilots used the mnemonic When Undertaking Very Hard Routes Keep Directions By Good Methods.Knowing the distance between beacons and their code order the pilots could keep track of their progress along the route.




1936 Yates Geodetic

Photo 7: 1936 Yates Geodetic in the Oregon Aviation History Center.

Photo 7 is a shot of one of the aircraft hanging from the Aviation History Center rafters. It is a 1936 Yates Geodetic, designed by George Yates and built in Beaverton, OR. It is a low-wing single-place aircraft designed for 50-90 HP engines.


It was a fun time over the weekend and a nice way to get some time on the plane. I was able to renew old friendships and start a few new ones. This gathering is held every two years. I already have it on my calendar.



Here are some articles that you may have missed this week:

A look at being an Aerial Firefighter

This is from the Deseret News of Salt Lake City, UT. Doug Robinson, the article author, gives us a good look at the job of aerial firefighter – specifically the single-engine variety. We have a tanker base at Reno-Stead that currently is home for two of the Air Tractors mentioned in the article as well as an Erickson Skycrane.

Aerion, a Reno, NV aircraft design firm.

This is from AIN Online. Kirby Harrison, the article author, asks the question: Have Airplane Designers Lost the Edge? He goes on to describe the efforts of a couple of ‘cutting edge’ firms – Piaggio, with airplanes in production, and Aerion, a Reno firm with big plans but little backing.

Hastings [MN] man inducted into aviation hall of fame

This is from the Hastings Star Gazette. Orville Brede knew he wanted to fly from the first time he got into the air – and just doing that was a feat in the 1930s. Mr. Brede is not only a recipient of the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic award, he has also been inducted into the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame. Here’s his story…

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