Flymall Wheels & Wings March 2018 Newsletter

Written on April 2, 2018 at 1:14 pm, by hkraemer

Welcome to the Flymall March 2018 Wheels & Wings Newsletter.   To view past newsletters click here.  You can sign up for our newsletter at

Did you know that our newsletter section is searchable?  Want to find a topic or subject we covered?  Looking for the newsletter that featured a certain car or aircraft?  Just use the search box on the right side of our newsletter section of the Flymall.  The search box is just above where it says “Recent Post”.

Visit our Pilot Shop for some great deals on pilot supplies.  We have added an online checkout. Now you can place your order online and pay via PayPal.

Achievements & Special Recognition:  Do you know someone that stands out and should have recognition, let us know and we’ll post it here.  Our newsletter reaches hundreds of readers each month.  You can use the contact us section on the Flymall to send any achievements & special recognition to Harry.

Aviation/Aviators in the news:  If you enjoy reading about aviation history, we have a “Today in aviation history” fact at the bottom of each page on the Flymall.  Each day there is a new fact regarding aviation history for that day. Some days have more than one fact.

Car/Motorcycle Show NewsThe Laytonsville Cruise In is in full swing.  Be sure to check out the new coffee shop (The Family Room) in Laytonsville.  They are planning to be open late for the Friday night cruise in.

The Flymall team attended their first show of the season, an annual swap meet/car show at the Howard County Fairgrounds.  Click here for some pictures from the event. Visit our appearance schedule to see where the Flymall team will be next.

Enjoy this 1970s TV commercial:  Supermarine Spitfire vs Triumph Spitfire.

Barn Finds/Hangar Finds:  Here is a very interesting barn find for this month. A 1978 Buick Opel by Isuzu.  As far as we can tell this is the only vehicle without a model name. It does have three different brand names.  Read the full story on Barn Finds by clicking here.


If you need an appraisal on your barn find, contact Harry.  You can visit our appraisal page to learn more about our appraisals.  Research vehicle prices in the Market Watch section of the Flymall.

CFI Notes:  New rules for DC FRZ.  Click here for story on AOPA’s site.

Weather in the news:  On March 2 2018 much of the east coast experienced a wind storm. Wind gusts were over 70 mph in Maryland.  Here are some pictures of a downed tree from the storm.  This is the driveway at Kraemer Aviation.


Click here for more pictures of the storm damage at Kraemer Aviation.

Three Wheel Association (TWA):  A lot of progress has been made on the Heald Hauler fire-truck project.  Click here for pictures.  The Heald Hauler was a yard vehicle made in the 1970s – 1980s.  The Heald Hauler will be displayed in the TWA museum.

Prototypes:  This month we’re featuring a Harley Earl design. The 1954 Buick Wildcat II.

Click here for more info on the Wildcat II.

Animals in the headlinesFlymall’s own Jett makes the news this month.  In late March 2018 she was attacked by a coyote in her own fenced in back yard. By the time Harry realized what was going on Jett had the coyote pinned down on its back with one paw holding it down and the other paw hitting the face of the coyote.  It appears that Jett won the fight, but not before getting bit on the leg.  The attack/fight only lasted a few minutes.  Harry broke up the fight and got Jett inside.  The strangest thing was that the coyote showed no fear of humans when Harry was yelling at Jett to get inside.  In fact the coyote tried to calmly follow Jett inside.


We close this newsletter with some words from Wilbur Wright.

Flymall / Kraemer Aviation February 2018 Newsletter

Written on February 28, 2018 at 8:51 am, by hkraemer

Welcome to the Flymall Wheels & Wings February 2018 Newsletter.  Visit our new Flymall Wheels and Wings eBay store by clicking here.  We always have some great deals on pilot supplies, vintage car and motorcycle parts, collectibles, and more.

Achievements & Special Recognition:  The Flymall team would like to congratulate Ira Walker & Walker Aviation and his Early Snow Transportation Club. Ira has been working hard getting the Early Snow Transportation Club started.   Coming soon there will be an entire section on the Flymall dedicated to the club.  Visit Ira’s section in the Flymall store by clicking here.

Aviation/Aviators in the news:  Earlier this month SpaceX launched Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster into space on top of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket.

Sort of like this scene from Spaceballs with their Winnebago



Car/Motorcycle Show News:  This month we have some show news that is 101 years old. It was in February 1917 that Glen Curtiss showed the public is Autoplane at the Pan-American Aeronautic Exposition in New York City.  This vehicle is considered the first attempt to build a roadable aircraft.


For more information on flying cars and roadable aircraft visit Harry’s Flying Car page on the Flymall.

While on the topic of automobiles, is it an engine or a motor?  Read Harry’s post on this topic by clicking here.

Barn Finds/Hangar Finds:  Have you heard of a 1929 Marmon Roosevelt.  Here is one we found on Barn Finds.

Is this car worth restoring?  Click here for the story on Barn Finds.


CFI Notes:  The first to correctly identify the area shown by the blue arrows wins a Flymall Wheels & Wings tool kit.  Tool kit pictured below.


Weather in the news:  Earlier this month (Feb 7 2018) we had an array of liquid precipitation in the north east.  Here is a screen shot of the radar from that day.

So with that day in mind we’re explaining some weather terms for our readers (especially the pilots).  Do you know the difference between freezing rain, sleet, and snow?  Which is the most hazardous for a pilot?  Click here for an explanation by AccuWeather.

Here is a weather term that you probably never heard: Hoar frost.  What is it? After a cold, clear winter night without much wind, the ground and nearby tree branches may be covered by tiny, white ice crystals.  These loosely interlocked ice crystals are a phenomena known as hoar frost or radiation frost.  For more reading on this topic click here.

Since we’re on the topic of snow, here is how a pilot measures snow fall in his/her back yard.  It appears to be about 40 nautical miles deep on a true course of 090.


Three Wheel Association (TWA):  Visit our appearance schedule to find out where we will be displaying our rare three wheel vehicles.  We will be at a lot of airport open house events and car shows this year with our collection.


Prototypes:  This month we’re featuring a 1942 Hydromobile.  This one is on display in the Auto Mobil museum in Loheac France, but was built in the USA by a Hungarian engineer – only one prototype was built.  It has a fully wooden superstructure and retractable wheels (three),therefor the vehicle can plane on the surface of the water.
Engine: Ford 100 HP flathead 8 cylinder 4700 cc
Speed land: 140 km/h, Water: 45 km/h

1948 de Coucy wind tunnel prototype: This vehicle (pictured below) was one of several small engine, one seaters funded by engineer, racing patron, and brilliant mathematician – the Count Enguerrand de Coucy – who lived from 1887 to 1974.  Read more on by clicking here.


Animals in the headlines:



We close this newsletter with some words for the dog lovers.

Flymall Wheels & Wings January 2018 Newsletter

Written on January 25, 2018 at 10:44 am, by hkraemer

Welcome to the Flymall January 2018 Wheels & Wings NewsletterClick here for the January 2018 Newsletter.  To view past newsletters click here.  You can sign up for our newsletter at

Visit our new Wheels & Wings page on Facebook by clicking here.

Recently there was some great news in the music industry. Ringo Starr is now Sir Richard Starkey. Ringo was recently Knighted by the Queen.  If you’re a Beatles fan like we are check out our events calendar, select the Beatles category to view historic dates in Beatle history.

Achievements & Special Recognition:  December 22 2017 German M. passed his checkride for his initial flight instructor certificate.  German is a friend from Harry’s days at a flight school at KGAI.

Harry’s former student Francesca is enjoying her first year at Embry Riddle. She is also in a Navy ROTC program.  They enjoyed a dinner together at Julliano’s while she was in town for the holidays.

Next month (Feb 2018) will be the 30th anniversary of Harry receiving his instrument rating.  He earned his instrument rating on February 25 1988.  Thirty years of flying around with his head in the clouds.

Aviation/Aviators in the news:  This month we’re featuring some aviators in the news from WWII. Their interesting story is about 2 Boeing B-17 Bombers that became entangled in the air during WWII.  The 2 aircraft actually flew joined together for some time while the crews of each were able to parachute to safety.  Click here for the full story.



Car/Motorcycle Show News:  Here is a new design motorcycle by Yamaha that show be at shows in 2018.  The all new Yamaha Niken.  It has side by side front wheels.

We have been receiving a lot of entries for our events calendar for cars shows this coming spring and summer.  Check it out to get the latest and most accurate dates for upcoming shows and other events.

Here is a flashback from Harry’s hometown, Baltimore Maryland.  Kind of, sort of car show news. Long before Eastpoint Mall was a mall, it was known as Eastpoint Shopping Center.  There was a miniaturized village there called Safety Town. It was used to educate children about the laws of the road.  Here are a few pictures found online of Safety Town.


Barn Finds/Hangar Finds:  This month in Barn Finds we’re featuring a 1925 Julian Sport Coupe.  This car is said to be the granddaddy of the Volkswagen Beetle.  The Julian Sport Coupe had an air-cooled engine.  The prototype sat in a storage garage for 24 years until it was sold to recoup some of the storage fees.  It has since been restored and is now owned by the National Automobile Museum in Reno, Nevada. Click here for the full story on this interesting vehicle.


The Flymall Market Watch is a great resource for “pickers”.  We designed the database to be smart phone friendly and easy to use.  The database over 10,000 entries including vintage cars, antique motorcycles, aircraft, bicycles, and more.  You can even search the database by a celebrity name (if you want to know how much celebrity ownership increases a vehicle’s value).  We have even expanded the database to include memorabilia that can be searched by key words such as Beatles, John Lennon, Chip Foose, etc.

Here is another interesting barn find or maybe a tree find we seen while scrolling through barn finds on Facebook.  Look closely, the tree actually grew through the rear wheel of this bike.

If you enjoy barn finds visit Bingo’s Swap Meet Garage by clicking here. Bingo’s site can also be found on the Flymall under our classified section.  Bingo always has some cool stuff for sale.

CFI Notes:  Here is an NTSB report I found while researching an aircraft for a client.  What stands out in this accident is the fact that the CFI asked the student to add fuel (primer) while he pulled the prop through.  This is not a good idea.

Aircraft: CESSNA 150M, registration: N714QW
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Uninjured.


Weather in the news:  Erie PA, Christmas 2017 has some weather that is news worthy.  They had over 65 inches of snow.  Here is a picture that was posted on Facebook. The location was West 8th in Erie PA.  That is a lot of snow.

Click here for pictures of the blizzard of 2016.

Click here for pictures of the snow storm of 2011.

Click here for pictures of the blizzard of 2010.


Harry’s blizzard video from 2010.

Three Wheel Association (TWA):  Many of our readers are familiar with the Morgan 3 wheeler.  The first Morgan 3 wheeler was made in 1909 and production stopped in 1952.  But not many may know who or what inspired Morgan to start production up again. It was re-introduced in 2011 thanks to the work of Pete Larsen and the Ace Cycle Car (first one rolled out in 2004).  Pete was the person that figured out how to mate a Mazda Miata transmission with a Harley Davidson V-twin engine.  To read reviews on the Morgan 3 wheeler, visit our Test Drive section of our forum.


Prototypes:  This month we’re featuring a rare prototype bicycle that showed up on ebay back in October 2017.  This 2006 prototype was made to be sold as a Harley Davidson license, but did not make it to market (internal politics between Toys R Us and HD).  It is based from the 2004 award winning Schwinn Stingray, with several modifications: The frame has unique “Tank” gusset.  Only 2 of these frames in existence. It has a Fat-boy fork – extra wide spacing for a 4″ x 20″ front wheel, alloy crowns, and chrome plated legs. It has a modified coaster brake which is 170mm wide – The only Chopper made with this hub (note that this hub was used on the limited run”Manta Ray” as well). Equipped with full wrap fenders. It has a springer saddle – not found on the production Stingrays. An extra wide chain guard. None of these features can be found on any production bicycles (except for the rear hub).  This bike and ad was found on ebay and the seller claimed that he was the product designer at Schwinn.


And here is a 4 wheel concept car or prototype. A 1938 Y-Job Buick Concept (possibly GM’s first concept car). The car had hidden headlamps, electrically powered windows and top. The top folded away into the trunk.  Many of these design features would find their way into post-war production Buicks in the late 40s and early 50s.

One more prototype for this month…  Many think that Chrysler was the first US car manufacturer with the minivan.  Nope!  More than ten years before Chrysler had the minivan, Ford had one.  The 1972 Ford Carousel.  Ford was kind of hesitant of the idea of the minivan.  Lee Iacocca was at Ford at the time the Ford Carousel was introduced. And when Lee Iacocca left Ford and went to Chrysler, the minivan idea went with him.  And the rest is history.  Here is the 1972 Ford Carousel.


Enjoy this video about a wood fueled 1913 Model T Ford


Animals in the headlines:  Enjoy this video about a wolf that made friends with some local dogs in Alaska.


Look for our February 2018 newsletter and learn about the 1942 Hydromobile. And in our March 2018 newsletter hear some words of wisdom from Wilbur Wright.

We close this newsletter with a quote from Winston Churchill: We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

Twas the Night Before Christmas – Biker style

Written on December 25, 2017 at 10:10 am, by hkraemer

’Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.

The owners were all snug and warm in their beds,
With visions of this summer’s great rides running through their heads.

The cycles, too, were all tucked in for the season,
Having been winterized so thoroughly, it was beyond reason.

They’d been given fresh oil, fresh wax, and had their batteries tended,
Not a scratch, or a chip, or a ding could be found that hadn’t been mended.

Now off in the distance arose a rumble,
It made the ice crack, it made the snowmen crumble.

Yes, it was beyond belief, that jolly old elf known as Biker Claus,
Riding up on his chopper, truly a rebel without a cause.

He came bearing bright gifts of chrome and steel,
Sure to make good biker boys and girls everywhere delightfully squeal.

He deposited those gifts under the tree with care,
Being careful not to disturb the pet bunny or the hare.

Once done, he immediately headed outside to get back on his trusty steel steed,
He had many other gifts to deliver, for many had done a good deed.

A burnout he did, right there in the driveway,
Yes, that motor was runnin’, as he headed out on to the highway.

And he could be heard saying to all as he rode out of sight,
Merry Christmas to all, ride safe tonight!

Twas The Night Before Christmas – Collection

Written on December 23, 2017 at 10:58 am, by hkraemer

Here is a collection of “Twas The Night Before Christmas” updated December 2017.  The original is below.


Twas the night before Christmas was originally “A Visit from St. Nicholas”.  Click here to read about the origins of the poem.

For the automotive enthusiasts:  Click here for one for the car collectors.  Here is another one for our automotive enthusiasts readers.


Biker style: Click here for one version for our biker readers.


Click here for another version for the bikers.

For the aviators: One for the pilots.  And another one for the aviators.


For the mechanics:  Click here for one version for the mechanics.


And one by Harry – Twas the Night Before the Cruise-in: Click here for Harry’s Twas the night before the cruise-in.


By Clement Clarke Moore


‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter’s nap,

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;

“Now, DASHER! now, DANCER! now, PRANCER and VIXEN!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!”

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my hand, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

His eyes — how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,

Twas the Night Before Christmas – for the mechanic

Written on December 23, 2017 at 9:40 am, by hkraemer

Twas the night before Christmas,
And all through the shop,
Nothing was stirring, not even the mop.

The stockings were hung over the workbench with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.

The tools were all clean and snug in their beds,
While visions of ‘Made in USA’ and ‘chrome vanadium steel’ Danced in their heads.

When all of a sudden there came a strange roar.
A souped-up red snow mobile, ported and stroked
With a custom bore.

And driven by no ordinary elf –
This was the real deal – St. Nicholas himself!

He materialized in the shop, saw the stockings.
And hopped up on the bench.
Filled them with sockets, Channel Locks,
And a shiny new torque wrench.

Then back to his snow mobile, idling like a Harley.

And I heard him say as he motored out of sight:
“Good tools are like good friends, so treat them right.
Now Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

Twas the Night Before Christmas Biker Style

Written on December 16, 2017 at 9:43 am, by hkraemer

Twas the night before Christmas, and out in the garage. Two Harley’s were sitting…… a V Twin montage. But all of the streets they were covered with snow…. Not a safe place to ride, not a spot on the road.
The tenders were plugged in and humming away. Keeping batteries charged on that cold winter day.
The chrome was all shiny, the paint bright and clean, But the weather outside, it was nasty and mean….
Then out in the yard I heard such a Clatter, But how can that be, does the snow really not matter?
Then out in the driveway was a thunderous rattle, The unmistakable sound of a Ural’s lifter clatter.
The pilot was plump and dressed for the weather. A long beard of white gauntlets of leather. He went to the house and walked right through the door, Leaving gifts by the tree and gifts on the floor. A helmet and shield and a new set of lights, to make the ride safer for all those two wheeled bikes.
A new set of pipes just to make the bike sing. Chrome license plate cover, a bit of new bling. Then back to his Hack, old Ivan Clause came. He fired it up and the soviet motor sang. And I heard him exclaim as he clattered out of sight.
Safe riding to all, and to all a good night.
Merry Christmas my friends.
Safe riding in 2018, Ural, Harley or any brand that makes you smile

Flymall Wheels & Wings December 2017 Newsletter

Written on December 11, 2017 at 12:53 pm, by hkraemer

Welcome to our December 2017 Wheels & Wings newsletter found only on the Flymall.  We hope you have enjoyed our new format for the past 3 months.  This month we have decided to add a new section to the newsletter – “Achievements & Special Recognition”.  This section will highlight achievements and recognition by flight students and our readers on the “wheels” side of Wheels & Wings.

Since it is Christmas time, here are a few different takes on “Twas the night before Christmas”.  Click here for a collection of “Twas the night before Christmas”.   There are some for the automotive enthusiast and a few for the pilots.  Click here for a late addition, one for the bikers.

Visit our eBay store for some great deals happening until the end of the year. We have lots of items that start at just $1 with no reserve. Click here for our eBay store.

Achievements & Special Recognition:  On December 2 2017, Joe Neely took to the skies on his first solo in Cessna N2621Z.  Joe has been training on weekends and has about 22 hours.  It was cold that day, but he handled the water bucket rite-of-passage like a winner.  Way-to-go,  Joe!  Pat Kraemer is his flight instructor.

Aviation/Aviators in the news:  We’re featuring some “old” news this month in Aviation/Aviators in the news.  Here is the Futuro, or Futuro House.  These were a prefab house built in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Less than 100 were made.  There were several of these spaceship houses around Harry’s hometown of Baltimore, Maryland.

There is one currently located at Eagle Crest Hudson Airport in Delaware. For more reading on these unique homes click here.

Also, last month (November) we celebrated the birth of aviation.  No, not the Wright Brothers. The Montgolfier Brothers, who on  November 21 1783, flew their hot air balloon in Paris.  120 years before the Wright Brothers first successful powered flight.


Here is an interesting takeoff from an interesting airport. A Twin Otter takeoff from Barra Airport. This is a short-runway airport (or STOL airport) situated in the wide shallow bay of Traigh Mhòr at the north tip of the island of Barra in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. The airport is unique, being the only one in the world where scheduled flights use a beach as the runway. The airport is operated by Highlands and Islands Airports Limited, which owns most of the regional airports in mainland Scotland and the outlying islands. Barra Airport opened in 1936


There is some good news in the aircraft manufacturing industry.  First, Cessna has announced a new aircraft – the Cessna SkyCourier 408 and Pilatus Aircraft Ltd has recently received FAA approval on their new PC-24 Jet.

Here is a picture of the new Cessna 408 next to the Cessna 208.

Car/Motorcycle Show News:  There are still lots of car shows through out the winter months. Visit our events calendar or our classic car cruise in page for up to date information.

While not really news, this is something that was very common to do in the 1960s and 1970s.

Barn Finds/Hangar Finds:  If you’re considering purchasing a barn find, here is a guide to interpret the car ad.  You can click on the image for a larger view.

If you need an appraisal on your barn find visit our appraisal page for information on our appraisals.

How would you like to find something on Craigslist for $700 that turns out to be worth millions.  Interesting?  Click here for the story.

Here is a rare barn find seen on eBay Motors UK. A 1983 Vauxhall Chevette with a 1.3 engine.  One owner and only 31,000 miles on the clock. It comes with the original Bill of Sale from 1983.  Click here for the listing.

CFI Notes:  This month we have started to update/upgrade the flight training section of the Flymall.  Just click on the Flight Training icon on the right side of the home page. Visit Harry’s Lesson Plan page found on the Flymall for up to date flight training information.  You can also click here to read the numerous articles Harry has published over the years.

Weather in the news:  Once again, the California wildfires are in the news.  Fueled by strong winds and dry air.  Click here for the latest from Google news search results.


Three Wheel Association (TWA):  Visit the TWA page for up to date information on the association.  On the TWA forum there is also an area for the latest news pertaining to 3 wheelers. Click here for the TWA forum page.

Prototypes:  This month we’re featuring concepts of the 1960s and vehicles made from drop tanks (aircraft fuel tanks made to be dropped after use).

Here’s an interesting idea that GM’s Truck Studio was working on in March, 1961 for the next generation Suburban.  The studio mocked up their “Regatta” concept for a wood-grained panel option on the studio’s fiberglass model.  The concept also included a wood grained panel between the taillights.

Here is another concept from the 1960s. The Singolette: was a concept of tiny cars that would occupy a very minimum area. It was considered personal transportation of the future designed for busy city travel. This illustration is by  Walter Molino for the Italian magazine, Domenica del Corriere, 16 December 1962.  Click on the image for a larger view.

Here is a 1963 Cadillac V12 concept.

Here is another GM concept from the 1960s. The 1968 Chevrolet Astro II (XP-880). A mid-engine vehicle.  It was introduced at the 1968 New York Auto Show.

Here is the original Facebook post on this vehicle.  Click on the picture below for more reading.


Here is the 64 Pontiac Banshee XP 833

Here is the 61 Pontiac XP – 758 Scorpion

And now for the drop tank vehicles.  Here is a 1968 Belly Tank Trailer that was made from a Corsair A7 drop tank.  It was made to haul a motorcycle.  Very creative!

Here is a Facebook find. Built in 1946 in Lake County, CA. by a gentleman that was fabricating custom equipment for hospitals. The drop tank is aluminum 300 gallon. Perhaps a P-38 lightning tank. The car was used as a daily driver into the 1950s. In around 1964, the owner was giving a grandchild a ride, and hit a tree in his driveway. He then hung it from the rafters of his shop. The next owner mounted it on a tilt trailer and it became a Lake County parade favorite – He would raise the front end, and exhaust a fire extinguisher for blast off! The 1949 Triumph twin was installed sometime in the fifties. Trans, wheels, brakes, fenders are Harley Knucklehead/ Panhead. Steering wheel is VW. Controls, front axle, suspension, and rear swing arm are all home made. The gas tank is custom made and sits behind the driver.


Animals in the headlines:  For those of you that travel with your pets, here is something we found online regarding motels allowing pets: We allow pets in this motel. We never had a dog smoke in bed and set fire to the blankets. We never had a dog that stole our towels, had the TV too loud, or had a noisy fight with his travelling companion… we never had a dog that got drunk and broke all the furniture… So if your dog can vouch for you. You’re welcome too….

Enjoy this video about the friendship between a dog and a duck.


Here is a companion dog for those that drink too much wine!


We close this newsletter with a quote from Winston S. Churchill:  “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

Flymall November 2017 Newsletter

Written on November 6, 2017 at 5:50 pm, by hkraemer

Welcome to our November 2017 Wheels & Wings Newsletter found only on the Flymall.

Earlier this month we celebrated Veterans Day. Thank you to all that have served.

We often get reader feedback regarding topics in our newsletters. Sometimes we receive submissions or additional material to add.  So check back because we will often update a newsletter.

Hundreds of events have been added to our events calendar.  Click here to view our calendar.  With over 25 categories, there is something for everyone.

Just in time for Christmas we have some Flymall Wheels & Wings tool kits for sale.  Click here for details.  Click on each image for a larger view.

You can also visit our ebay store for more items for sale.  From now until the end of the year we have many items up for auction with the bidding starting at $1.00 with no reserve.  Don’t miss out on these deals.

Aviation/Aviators in the news:  Here are some aviators in the news from WWI.  Very little has been written about the forward defensive machine gun position on top of German Zeppelins.  Often freezing cold, always vulnerable, the defensive gunners occupied a tiny, sunken recess on the very top of the airship, shielded from the buffeting winds only by a shallow screen and their thick leather flying suits. Just a handrail and a shallow step lay between them and a drop over the side the Zeppelin. Their air-cooled Parabellum MG.14 machine guns did little to scare away their attackers.



Car/Motorcycle Show News: Our Friday night Laytonsville Cruise In will slow down (attendance of classic cars) now that we set the clocks back an hour.  However the event is all year (every Friday).  Click here for information on the cruise in.  Every Friday folks start arriving around 4PM. Stop by for some good food and good company. What has become a tradition on Friday nights is celebrating birthdays at Julliano’s.  Earlier in November we celebrated Pat’s birthday at Julliano’s.

Click here for more pictures from her party at Julliano’s.

Jett had some fun with Pat’s birthday balloon.


The new documentary about Danica Patrick came out earlier this month.  Here is Danica talking about it.

Not really car show news.  Here are some manufacturers that made both cars and planes.  Ford is one of the automobile manufacturers that also made aircraft. Enjoy this picture of a Ford Model A with A Ford Tri-Motor.

Bugatti also made an aircraft. Here is a 1936 Bugatti type 57 sc atlalante automobile and the Bugatti 100 p aeroplane “the blue dream”.

And we still do not have mass produced flying cars????


Barn Finds/Hangar Finds: If you have a Barn Find that you purchased and want to share the price, you can do so in our Market Watch section of the Flymall.  Just click on “Add your own price quote”.

Here is a 1976 Corvette barn find that showed up on ebay.  In need of a lot of work, the car is far from original.

CFI Notes:  This month in our CFI notes we’re going to have some fun.  Here is a collection of aviation jokes, humor, etc.,  from Harry’s lesson plan section of the Flymall.

Here’s one: A student became lost during a solo cross-country flight. While attempting to locate the aircraft on radar, air traffic control asked: “What was your last known position?”
Student: “When I was No. 1 for take-off.”

One more sample: O’Hare Approach Control: “United 329, traffic is a Fokker, one o’clock, 3 miles, eastbound.”
United 329: “Approach, I’ve always wanted to say this … I’ve got that Fokker in sight.”

Click here for the full page of aviation humor.


Weather in the news:  If you have the winter blues, here is an interesting destination. Jules’ Undersea Lodge in Key Largo, FL. An under water motel!  This is just one of the many interesting and fun activities found in the Day Tripper section of the FlymallClick here for Google images of the lodge.



Three Wheel Association (TWA):  The Market Watch section of the Flymall is the best place to research prices/values of three wheel vehicles of all kinds.  From 3 wheel cars, motorcycles, off road 3 wheelers, 3 wheel bicycles, etc., we most likely have price data on it.

Keep checking the TWA page on the Flymall. Lots of exciting news coming very soon.

Here is a very rare Briggs & Stratton Midget Mobile owned by Harry that will soon be in the TWA museum.  The Briggs & Stratton Midget Mobile page is full of information on the history of the motor wheel.  This is one of two midget mobiles know to exist.

Prototypes:  On October 16, 1958, Chevrolet begins to sell a car-truck hybrid that it calls the El Camino.  With that in mind, this month we’re going to feature some Ranchero or El-Camino type vehicles.  First here is a 1966 Mustang Ranchero.  Shown here are 2 of 50 licensed by Ford.  These were produced by Beverly Hills Ford. They called them Musteros. Click here for more information.  Click on each image for a larger version.

Here is a 1968 Camaro concept the XP-14 or Camaro Caribe.  None were ever produced.  Here is a short story on about the Camaro Caribe.


Click here for a post Harry did just on Camaro prototypes.

Here is a Facebook find, a GTO version.  To the best of our knowledge this is just a home made vehicle.

Here’s a post we found about a Vettamino.  Click here for the story.  This is a custom one-off vehicle. We hope you appreciate the work that went in to this vehicle whether you like it or not.

Here are a few more Facebook finds.

And here is a 1949 Ford Phantom Ranchero (custom).

Here is another Facebook find. A one-off 57 Chevy.


A few reader submissions.


And a Ford Edsel version.

Animals in the headlines: Harry’s African Sulcata (Sherman) is in the news again this month.  Sherman has a lot of stories to tell.  Back in 2016 he busted through the fence in his habitat and in the course of about 4 hours he managed to get more than 3 miles away.  And from the Facebook posts of sightings of him on his way, he walked all 3 miles on public roads without getting hit.  That’s nothing he says.  Last month (October 2017) the livestock heater in his new house caught fire early one morning badly damaging his new house.  He managed to get out unharmed and just sat near by as Harry & Pat put out the fire.  And if that wasn’t enough.  Sherman was temporarily staying in a bathtub (no water, he is a desert tortoise that cannot swim, he sinks) while Harry was repairing his house. There was a UV light hanging on a hook on the wall (UV or sun is very important for a turtles health).  Sherman somehow managed to reach high enough to pull down the light braking the bulb and in the process of doing so Sherman also turned on the water.  There was some uneaten food that clogged the drain.  So Sherman was in the tub with a live electric light fixture floating in the water and the water was just about over his head when Pat found him.  He was saved again, unharmed.  He could have been electrocuted or drowned.

Here is a picture of his badly damaged house.

Click here for more pictures of the damage and the rebuild by Harry.

Sherman came to Harry & Pat with quite a tale to tell.  Before he was given up for adoption by his previous family, he lived in a bathtub without proper lighting and heating.  He was given up because he ate too much and the family could not afford him.


Enjoy this video of police escorting a family of geese.


We close this newsletter with a quote from Henry Ford: Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.


Flymall October 2017 Newsletter

Written on October 24, 2017 at 5:32 pm, by hkraemer

Welcome to our Wheels & Wings October 2017 Newsletter found only on the Flymall.

This month you’ll notice a new format in the newsletter.  Starting this month we’ll have standard sections that will be covered each month.


Aviation/Aviators in the news:  Here is an interesting aviation fact that happened in October 1967: October 3rd, 1967, Test pilot “Pete” Knight gave that Ol’ Mach Demon the best chase it ever had! William John “Pete” Knight set a world absolute aircraft speed record for manned aircraft when he piloted the X-15A-2 to 4,520 miles per hour, or Mach 6.72, almost seven times the speed of sound. A speed record that still stands to this date. Knight also became one of only five pilots to earn their Astronaut Wings by flying an airplane to an altitude over 280,500 feet.

If you enjoy aviation history you can visit and each day we have a new fact at the bottom of our web pages under “Today in Aviation History”.

And now for some current aviation news: Bravo Flight Training was recognized as one of AOPA’s Distinguished Flight Schools! And Brenda Tibbs was nominated as one of the North East Region Distinguished Flight Instructors.

Car/Motorcycle Show News:  Visit Harry’s Classic Car Cruise In page for information on local cruise nights and car shows.

On October 13th Pat & Harry surprised Kenia (waitress at Julliano’s) with a cake and gift for her 24th birthday.  Kenia does a great job with our Friday night cruise in folks waiting on our large table.  Click here for more pictures.

Stay up to date with all of the car shows by visiting our events calendar.  You can have our calendar email you a reminder about an event. Click here for the calendar.  You can click here to view the Flymall schedule to see where the team will be next.

The Flymall team attended the Laytonsville Volunteer Fire Department benefit dinner on October 21 2017.  Click here for more pictures from the event.  The fire department is a supporter of our Friday night Laytonsville Cruise In.  They will often bring their restored 1930 Brockway fire truck (pictured below) to the cruise in.  They also bring their barbeque trailer and vending truck and sell grilled hot dogs and hamburgers at the event.


You can follow Harry on Facebook for live updates from the numerous car and motorcycle shows he attends.  Or checkout his Flymall Wheels & Wings Facebook page for updates as well.

Barn Finds/Hangar Finds: If you enjoy reading about barn finds and/or hangar finds, Facebook has numerous groups dedicated to just that.  We will also be posting some here each month.

They’re out there, you just have to look for them.  Here is an old Dodge that showed up in a barn in Lovettsville, VA.  From the picture it looks like there are a few more vehicles in the barn.

If you have a barn find and what to know the value of it, contact Harry for an appraisal.  You can visit our appraisal page to learn more about our appraisal service. Click here for the page.  You can also visit the market watch section of the Flymall.  Our market watch is an online searchable database of vehicle (including aircraft) values.  You can also add your own price data to our market watch.  Just go to our market watch page and click on “Add your own price quote”. We will review it and enter into our online database.

Should you need assistance in restoring your barn find, visit our tech tip page found on the Flymall.  You can search the page by vehicle type, component, or other key words.  You can also visit the Flymall Classifieds & Flea Markets page to shop for vintage car parts.

CFI Notes:  In 2018 Harry will enter his 29th year as an active flight instructor.  Still a very active flight instructor Harry also offers consultant services to start up flight schools and other aviation businesses. Harry can assist in 141 certifications, M1 and F1 visa programs, 135 operations, and more.

Congratulations to Jason Reid on passing his CFI checkride this month. Harry was his instructor.

Here is a trivia question for the flight instructor readers: See picture below.  Leave your answers in the comments below.


Visit Harry’s lesson plan page for more detailed information on various maneuvers and other information required for FAA certificates and ratings.  Click here for the pageClick here to view the many educational articles Harry has published in various aviation publications.

Weather in the news:  With the extreme drought in Califorina and the many wildfires, the tankers (airborne tankers) have been brought in to drop fire retardant on the fires.  We salute the pilots that fly their aircraft in to these fires.


Three Wheel Association (TWA):  October 8 to October 15 2017 was the World Solar Challenge race.  This is a race of solar powered electric vehicles.  Teams from around the world compete to become the first to deliver sustainable solar powered electric vehicles. Many of these vehicles are three wheelers.

Harry has had a long interest in three wheel vehicles, flying cars, and solar powered vehicles.  They all sort of go together, many flying cars and solar powered vehicles are three wheelers.  Harry’s interest in three wheel vehicles has lead him to found the Three Wheel Association (TWA)TWA was founded to provide support for all three wheel vehicles.  TWA will also be opening a museum in the near future.  Click here to view Harry’s vehicle collection (mostly 3 wheelers).   Harry’s three wheelers will become part of the TWA museum.

Prototypes:  This month we’re going to feature some self balancing motorcycles.  Lit Motors designed a conceptual 2 wheel vehicle which is a fully electric, gyroscopically stabilized vehicle.  Click here to visit their site to learn more about this motorcycle.

Self balancing vehicles are not something new.  Alex Tremulis was the brainchild behind the Gyro-X (on display at the Lane Motor Museum) back in 1967.

The first prototype Gyrocar, The Shilovski Gyrocar (pictured below), was commissioned in 1912 by the Russian Count Pyotr Shilovsky, a lawyer and member of the Russian royal family.


Look for our November newsletter where we will feature some Ranchero or El-Camino type vehicles.

Animals in the headlines: Here is an interesting video showing the benefit of wolves.

Speaking of wolves, Pat & Harry’s Jett (a Tamaskan) likes to enjoy the tropical lagoon at the Flymall headquarters.  Here she is on a typical Saturday afternoon.


Harry’s African Sulcata tortoise (named Sherman because of his strength) got a new house this month. Click here for more pictures.  The house is large enough that he can spend all winter in it.  It has a pig heater (a large heating pad used for pigs and other livestock) in it which has been keeping it around 80 degrees with the door open.  As the cooler months arrive a large UV or sun lamp will also be added as he will most likely be spending more time in the house.  Sun or UV rays are very important and/or crucial to a turtle’s health.  Click here to visit Harry’s turtle section of the Flymall.

Visit the “Pilots & Pets” section of the Flymall Forum at more information on animals and pets in the news.

We close this newsletter with some words of wisdom from the late Tom Petty: “You will never be told when the next bit of education is coming or where it’s coming from or who the teacher will be. That information will only reveal itself after the fact. All that you can do is leave a little room there for the next lesson to come through. Someone will be carrying it. You just leave the door open a crack.” -Tom Petty

Today in Aviation History
April 24, 1962: USAF used an orbiting satellite for first time to transmit TV photographs