Ray Johnson, the Voice of Vintage, accepts ownership papers for “Arthur” from donor and long-time Vintage member Myrt Strong Rose.

South Barrington, IL – October 24, 2019 The Vintage Aircraft Association was delighted to accept a new donation from long-time member Myrt Strong Rose.

Many of our taildragger pilots and Barrington area residents will remember “Arthur,” the 1929 Ford Pickup Truck on display at visits and annual fly-ins at Bill and Myrt’s Mill Rose Farm. In presenting the truck, Myrt noted, “I couldn’t think of a better place than Vintage Village for Arthur to begin his next life.”

Vintage Board Members were overjoyed with the generous donation. President Susan Dusenbury noted, “We have been improving Vintage Village every year and this donation is the perfect icing on the cake. Look for Arthur in front of our hangar next to the vintage gas pump. You may also spot him cruising up and down Wittman Road during convention.”

Donor Myrt Rose in the driver’s seat of Arthur.

In 2015 Vintage began a substantial expansion and upgrade of the Vintage Village at AirVenture through a generous donation from Myrt in memory of her late husband Bill. Our front yard is now formally known as Bill & Myrt Rose Park in their honor. Myrt has continued to generously support Vintage on an annual basis. The donation of Arthur is just the latest pleasant surprise.

Long-time AirVenture attendees will remember that for many years the Roses brought “The Rose Fleet” to AirVenture with as many as 12 antique planes each year. And they never were just on display. Each plane flew daily if the weather was good enough for taildraggers.

Arthur arrives at his new home in Vintage Village, Oshkosh.