Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Crating up the L4 to go to France.

     The container for the L4 was dropped off so Glenn, Tony and I loaded up the L4 to go to France.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

BD-5B Project for Sale @ St Louis Air & Space Museum.

The St Louis Air & Space Museum also has a BD-5B project for sale.

If interested, please contact Mark (contact info below).

I have no affiliation to the museum, just passing the word along.

Also includes wing skins, uncut canopy blank

and plans (not shown)
Contact: Mark Nankivil 314/603-3600 nankivil@charter.net
Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum

Rare Rawdon T-1 for Sale.

Rawdon T-1 For Sale--
The Greater St Louis Air & Space Museum has a Rawdon T-1 for sale.
Anyone interested should contact my friend Mark Nankivil (contact info below).
I know nothing about the airplane, am just passing the word along.

Rawdon T-1 (Serial #2)
Restoration Project includes Lycoming O-320 Engine and all log books
$21,900 for the project
Contact: Mark Nankivil
314/603-3600 nankivil@charter.net
Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Packing up to go to France

Glenn and I spent Sunday afternoon taking apart this L4j for shipment to France for its new owner.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

A Thoroughbred comes to Visit...Stay?

Lookee what I found in the hangar snuggled next to the Vagabond and the Monosport!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Beautiful Fall Sunday at the Airport.

Flying the Monosport after the Annual.

Airport friend Desmond Penrose is coming over from England later this week and Al wanted to have something unique for him to fly. Glenn finished the annual on the Monosport mid-day Saturday and then took it around the patch a couple of times just for the heck of it.

Old & New

A Flight Options Citation X dropped in to pick-up some pax while the Monosport was getting fuel.

A friend drops by to say "Hello"


Walt Bowe from California dropped by Friday and Saturday for a quick visit while on his way to Tulsa and Houston.

Going for a Ride.

Jim Harvey (l) and Glenn Peck return from their Monosport flight.
Jim is the Past-president of the Monocoupe Club.

A Tank Driver Reflects...

Sky came out the airport with me this moring to talk with Jim Harvey.
Jim is Past-President of the Monocoupe club and was a tank commander in the US Arny.
Jim brought out two old photo albums of pictures he while in the service.
He was stationed near Munich during the Korean War.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Annualing the Monosport

     Spent all day helping Glenn annual the Monosport. We fought a stuck valve for about 2 hours.
Here's he backs away as the Kinner engine catches after he's hand-propped it.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Start-up of John Cournoyers Spartan Executive

     Yesterday morning saw the start-up and engine run of John Cournoyers Spartan Executive. The airplane had not moved under its' own power since 1992. John had the engine majored in the meantime.

They had a fuel pump/transfer problem that only allowed them to run the engine for a few minutes on the header tank, before running that tank dry.

John keeps a watchful eye on the Spartans' engine.

     Today, a new pump in place, that problem was resolved and they were able to run the engine for several minutes. Coming soon is the gear swing.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Lesson from the Master

It's been 4 years since I've stitched anything so prudence dictated that I have
Glenn give me a little dual on rib-stitching before I venture off alone.

The weather is really dreary in STL today...

I'll just stay inside and poke rib-stitching holes.

Friday, October 3, 2014

From the Bear-Cave

Worked on the bottom of the wing today. Had marked it yesterday, so applied the reinforcing tapes and polybrushed them down today. Had to stop--got too dark and to cold to continue.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

What's this??? Progress on the Cub??? I kid you not!

Pulled the wings out, dusted them off and got to work. Measured the holes for rib-stitching and polybrushed/applied the reinforcing tapes for the stitches.

Going to see if I can stab myself tomorrow with a 12" needle (if it doesn't storm, I'm doing this in my hangar.)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Departing for Tullahoma

Les does a final walk-around.

Les Grotpeter's Beechcraft Staggerwing headed off today to its new home at the Staggerwing Museum in Tullahoma, TN.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Russell Williams wins a deserved award!

(Click to enlarge)
My friend Russell Williams won an award up at Blakesburg.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Blakesburg--Day 2

Two Beech 18's made several passes Saturday morning.

Nice formation work!

An Interstate Cadet struggles to free itself from the soggy runway.

Blakesburg---Day 1

This years Blakesburg is very wet and soggy.

Raindrops hanging of Bob Jenkins Airmaster wing.

Sky got the picture of the day--me playing guitar with my friend Richard Hawley.

Between showers--you can see the rainbow over the blue Stearman.

We saw 5 deer on the drive back to the hotel.
(Click to make pictures bigger.)
This years AAA Blakesburg fly-in was severly impacted my multiple, heavy rainshowers leaving the grounds and runway muddy, soggy and in some spots, flooded.
Flying was cancelled Friday night and most of the day Saturday as the grass runway was too wet to support aircraft.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Curtiss-Wright CW-1 Junior

The Historic Aircraft Restoration Museums Curtiss-Wright CW-1 Junior replica takes to the air in the capable hands of Fred Yeager.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

My friend Bill's Cessna 150 is for Sale

My friend, Bill Austin, has his 1966 Cessna 150 up for sale.
If any of you are interested, contact me at f24 AT fairchild24 dot com.

Sunday, July 20, 2014


No updates from Oshkosh this year. My son and I are heading out to Colorado and Utah on a road trip/nature tour. Taking a break from airplanes.

I do plan on being up at Blakesburg though, even have my hotel room spoken for.

I've been to Osh 35 times...to say it's changed over the years is an understatement.

I hope all of you have a great time there, take lots of cool photos...even send me a few. I just need a break.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

A Good Preflight

Scott Johansson preflights a Waco QCF2 before going flying Sunday.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

2014 American Waco Club Fly-In

Half of the dozen Waco's that attended this years Fly-In at Creve Coeur.
A pretty red Cabin Waco graces our field.

Dave Allen taxies his Waco to parking.

Scott Johansson taking off on the breakfast fly-out.


Taking off for the breakfast Fly-Out.

     This years Waco Fly-In was a little mo subdued and smaller than in previous years. But the people who attended seemed to enjoy themselves and seeing the airplanes. As usual in St Louis this time of year, the weather seemed to be bipolar, being hot and steamy one day with thunderstorms the next.

The airplanes were parked on the old grass runway as opposed to being in hangars which made them more accessible and easily viewed.  When a storm came up Saturday evening, hangar owners quickly volunteered open spaces in their hangars to keep the biplanes out of the wind/rain/lightning.