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Flying Stories for May 18, 2012

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

Curtiss P-40 WarHawk

Curtiss P-40 WarHawk

A Cub Couple
This is from AOPA Online. A married couple and flight school owners plan to fly their Piper Cub on an 8000nm journey around the United States this summer. The article has links to follow their progress.

The reason they are still flying.
This is from examiner.com. The Wings of Freedom tour flew their B-24 into Long Beach Airport recently. One of the passengers they picked up and flew to John Wayne Airport was 92-year-old Howard Mann. The last time he had been in a B-24 was the day his crew had to ditch in the Pacific after taking fire in a bombing raid over the Philippines in 1945.

What was lost is found.
This is from Yahoo News. A Polish oil company worker was exploring a remote region of the Western Desert in Egypt and came across a P-40. The article includes a 1:30 video clip of the find.

A very light Beech 18
This is from AOPA Online. The Grimes Manufacturing Company of Urbana, OH is a name well known to aircraft owners and builders. The people living near Grimes Field are familiar with it, too – for another reason…

Reno – Day Two

One big advantage of being a Stead tenant during the races is that I can drive right to my hangar and avoid the crowded parking lots and long walk to one of the entrance gates. I normally park on one side of the hangar and open the other side so that people waking by can look in and see the planes inside. I have a polished Globe Swift that usually draws people to the hangar entrance for a closer look. and my wife has a Aeronca Champ project in the hangar with a For Sale sign attached. We have decided that we won’t be finishing the aircraft rebuild and will be selling the partially completed project in it’s current condition.

As race week progresses more people arrive at Stead to watch the action. There was a noticeable increase in traffic going by the hangar today. After an initial tour through the pit area I spent most of the day at the hangar answering Champ questions and talking about the Swift. I also had some airline friends stop by for a chat.

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