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Dale Gustafson to Receive Posthumous Induction into Vintage Hall of Fame
The late Dale “Gus” Gustafson, a 53-year EAA member who was involved in vintage aircraft activities for more than 42 years, has been selected by the Vintage Aircraft Association as the 2015 inductee to the VAA Hall of Fame. Dale will be inducted posthumously during the annual EAA Hall of Fame induction banquet on November 5, 2015.
Gus passed away in July 2014, bringing to a close a long passion for aviation, particularly vintage aircraft. Prior to his death, he had been an Antique/Classic and Vintage Aircraft Association board member. He served as VAA’s chief judge at AirVenture for more than 40 years… (read more)
AIRPORT ACTION: EAA Chapter 690
This very active chapter is located in Lawrenceville, Georgia, just to the northeast of Atlanta. The chapter celebrates its 35th anniversary this year. It is one of the most dynamic EAA chapters in the country. Chapter 690 is one of the largest in the nation with over 250 members currently. A pancake breakfast takes place on the first Saturday of every month and includes a program following the fellowship and eating. A business meeting and program take place on the second Friday of each month.
In 1995 the chapter secured a land lease from the local county and undertook a project to build eight 50×60 hangars. Seven of those hangars were built and funded by individual chapter members and the eighth was built to house the chapter. Over the years additions and improvements were made including a full kitchen for the chapter’s many social activities… (read more)
Support Vintage Sponsors
For many years at AirVenture several vendor advertisers have stepped forward to provide additional financial support to benefit Vintage members and guests.
This year our Pilot Welcome Packets, Vintage Forums, Volunteer Hats and Mass Arrival Pilot Plaques were all provided with the generous help of Univair, B & C Specialty Products, Poly-Fiber, and Radial Engines Ltd.
These folks deserve our support. If you use their products or services let them know you are a Vintage member and thank them for their support of Vintage. (see more)
October Mystery Airplane
This unusual design appeared in the mid-thirties.
When sending replies please disclose as much information as possible about the aircraft’s development, specs, performance and history.
Click here or on the image above to view full size, to submit an answer, and to see our past mystery airplanes.
August Mystery Solved
As expected The August Mystery Plane was not difficult for our members to identify. Bradford Payne, who submitted a correct answer wrote,
The aircraft in question is a Langley 2-4 Twin. The Langley Aircraft Corporation was named for aviation pioneer, Samuel Langley, and was based in Long Island, NY. The Langley Twin was designed by Arthur Draper and Martin Jensen, and two prototypes were constructed in 1940.They were constructed of non-strategic materials (primarily mahogany plywood molded plastic), and could hold up to four people.
The picture appears to be the first aircraft (NX29099), and it was originally powered with two 65 hp Franklin 4AC engines. The final fate of this airplane is unknown. The second prototype (NS1706) was powered by 90 hp engines, and it was purchased by the U.S. Navy as the XNL-1. The airplane survived the war and was sold as surplus. In 1965 it was totaled in an accident, but parts were mated to a Stinson 108 fuselage to create the one-off twin engine homebuilt Pierce Arrow (N6622A). The Langley Aircraft Corporation went out of business in 1941. (read more)
Tech Tips: Aircraft Plywood
Upon examining the problems associated with selecting wood for use in your airplane, it is apparent that you must become familiar with how to properly inspect wood prior to installation.
The previous articles provide an in-depth look at the types of wood you can use, the common defects found in these types of wood, and how to properly inspect the wood.
Military Specification 6073 is presented and discussed as it relates to Sitka spruce. The articles suggest that you should purchase wood from a reputable kit manufacturer or aircraft supplier—one that further inspects lumber prior to shipment. Most of these companies complete a final inspection for obvious defects before shipping the order to you—the end user. Several of them will even do testing on samples of wood. Let’s take a look at aircraft plywood… (read more)
EAA Vintage Aircraft Insurance
Antique, classic, and contemporary aircraft are a special class of aircraft. EAA Insurance Solutions has specific solutions for Vintage Aircraft Association Members. (learn more)
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