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Vintage In Review at AirVenture 2018

10:45 am each day (10:30 on Monday):

Ladies for Liberty will open Vintage in Review with their musical tribute to the Andrews Sisters.

Remember “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” and Don’t Sot Under the Apple Tree?” Ladies for Liberty is a singing troupe dedicated to performing the Andrews Sisters style of music through their own rendition of vocals, costumes, hairstyles and the spirit of patriotism reminiscent of the 1940s.

Join us each morning Monday through Friday beginning at 10:45 am and ending at noon.  Vintage in Review  is located in the Vintage Village on the flightline just west of the Red Vintage Tower.

Each day Chairman Ray Johnson selects special aircraft on the field to display and to interview the pilots and owners.  Comfortable bleacher seating is available as well as amplified sound so you can hear the interview over the roar of engines.

11:00 am each day

1915 OX-5 (90 H.P.) engine run conducted by OX-5 Pioneers David Hedgecock and Don Voland

1915 Gnome rotary engine (Replica) engine run conducted by Tony Wytenburg from New Zealand

Pilot and owner interviews will follow immediately each day after these opening events.

Monday, July 23rd

Jim Savage and his 1939 Spartan 7W Executive. (N17634, formerly RAF KD102).

There are really two aspects to the involvement of Spartans with the RAF.  The first aspect, was their use at Polaris Flight Academy in Lancaster, CA for the purpose of training US pilots for service in the three RAF Eagle Squadrons.  That program existed prior to Pearl Harbor to get around various provisions of the different Neutrality Acts. ie: US citizen pilots being trained in civilian airplanes in the US prior to them enlisting in the RAF.  Although the airplanes were indirectly “purchased and owned” by the RAF, they retained their US civilian registration numbers.

Rusty Morris from Fort Worth, Texas with his original 1955 Cessna 170B.

This airplane is NOT a restoration, it is original. The trim stripes have been repainted to the original color and the carpet had to be replaced. It has been continually hand polished on a regular basis. Panel and interior are original.

Tom Kozura  from Comstock Park, Michigan with his 1917 Sopwith Camel – Original data plate and Le Clerget engine.

The Sopwith Camel project is based on an original data plate for aircraft B2337.  According to British records it was built under license by Ruston Proctor in Lincoln and was delivered to #4 Air Acceptance Park on August 24, 1917. Enroute to Felsted1st Air Repair Depot it was presumably crashed and the allotment was canceled. I obtained this data plate and a complete set of original instruments and drawings and started construction in 2003.  I obtained an original Le Clerget engine in 2011 and finished the overhaul in 2014.  I believe it is the only airworthy Clerget currently in the United States. The project features original Vickers .303 machine guns…(de milled per ATF requirements), original instruments, authentic data plate, 2 original Rotherham air pumps, Tampier throttle quadrant and 60 original turnbuckles in the fuselage and of course the 1917 Clerget complete with original accessories.  Everything else is made from original drawings including all of the nuts and bolts as they were British Standard Fine (BSF).  The fittings are made from mild steel, nickel plated then baked enamel. The wood is ash and spruce.  Every detail down to the type of material to the thread count on the bolts is accurate per the 1917 Sopwith drawings.

This fuselage with engine mounted will be on display all week in front of the Red Barn.

Tuesday – July 24th – Vintage Youth Day

Kermit Weeks and his 1917 Albatros D-Va

At one point during World War I, the Albatros D.Va was the most feared aircraft in battle, giving the legendary German aces their great success in the sky the time they enjoyed a superior technical advantage.

Ultimately, it was responsible for “Bloody April” in 1917. The aircraft was renowned not just for its fierceness but also for its beauty and innovation, with a surprisingly modern shape, uniquely streamlined and aerodynamic, and a fascinating before-its-time construction technique—featuring wood skinning on the bulkheads.

 

Chuck Jansen from Poplar Grove, Illinois Vintage Wings & Wheels Museum, with (YEA) Youth Exploring Aviation. This youth group is currently restoring a 1939 Aeronca 65-CA Chief.

 

Wednesday, July 25th – Vintage Day

Owners Jim Hammond and Kate Tiffany, restorer Paul Workman and pilot Andrew King with a rare 1936 Aeronca LB just out of the shop which flew recently for the first time in 57 years.

Joining us will be Adrian Eichorn with his highly modified 1962 Beechcraft Bonanza P-35. Adrian flew this contemporary airplane around the world!

Greg Heckman and his newly restored 90 H.P. OX-5 powered 1928 Lincoln-Page LP-3 Biplane. This airplane was wrecked in 1929 & has been in storage until it’s recent restoration.

Thursday – July 26th – Ladies Day

Heather (Lucky) Penney – Major Penney, who was a first lieutenant at the time, was ordered into the air in her F-16 fighter jet alongside Marc H. Sasseville’s aircraft from Andrews Air Force Base as the terrorist attacks were unfolding on September 11, 2001. They were ordered to down United Flight 93 before it reached Washington, DC’s, airspace but because of the urgency, there was not time to outfit their aircraft with live ammunition. The mission could only have been accomplished by ramming the plane with their respective fighter jets. Heather currently owns a PT-17 Stearman and a 1950 Cessna 170A.

Judy Birchler – Founder of Ladies Who Love Taildraggers with members all over the world! www.ladieslovetaildraggers.com

Jan Johnson brings us her 1945 L-5 Stinson Sentinel. This airplane is currently on the cover of the 2018 Oshkosh Arrival NOTAM booklet.

Tom Fey will be running his 1943 Righter 2-GS-17 target drone engine with contra-rotating propellers as well as his 1945 Kiekhaefer 0-45-1 drone engine of 20 horsepower. These engines powered radio-controlled, steel tube and fabric drones of twelve foot wingspan used for gunnery training over land and sea during WWII.

Friday, July 27th

Four years ago Dr. John Sessions was looking for a plane with short field capability. John was in the process of bulldozing a flat 700-foot-long spot on top of a hill in the Texas backcountry and needed a plane that could take off and land in that space.

He chose a Helio Courier, one of the most capable short takeoff and landing aircraft in the world. N4121D is a Helio H-3191B Courier and Dr. Sessions a physician and aviation medical examiner in Kirbyville, Texas.

Tom Fey will be running his 1943 Righter 2-GS-17 target drone engine with contra-rotating propellers as well as his 1945 Kiekhaefer 0-45-1 drone engine of 20 horsepower. These engines powered radio-controlled, steel tube and fabric drones of twelve foot wingspan used for gunnery training over land and sea during WWII.

Kermit Weeks and his Sopwith Pup

The Pup was one of the first Allied aircraft with a machine gun synchronized to fire through the propellor, powered by original 80 hp LeRhone rotary engines. It’s a very light little plane with a lot of wing area and flies around like a butterfly.

 

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