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Flymall Wheels & Wings June 2018 Newsletter

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

Welcome to the Kraemer Aviation / Flymall Wheels & Wings June 2018 Newsletter.

Some words from Amelia Earhart to start off with this month: “Flying may not be all plain sailing, but the fun of it is worth the price.”– Amelia Earhart

We have a nice Ercoupe for sale. This is a 415-C model which can be flown on a Sport Pilot Certificate.  This won’t last long, so if you are interested in a light sport aircraft check out this Ercoupe.  Click here for more info.

We have several inexpensive headsets for sale, including 2 David Clark models. Click here for the headsets. Visit our store at Flymall.org for more pilot supplies.

Earlier this month we celebrated Paul McCartney’s birthday. Visit our events calendar for more dates in Beatle history.  Just select the “Beatle” category in our calendar.

We have 2 electric aircraft tugs for sale. Click here for more info.

Achievements & Special Recognition:  Pat’s student Noah did his first solo earlier this month.

Click here for more pictures from the day.

 

Here is a Facebook find and this lady deserves some recognition for being able to drive up to the young age of 100.  She was the original owner of this 1973 Mercury Comet (pictured below). When she turned in her drivers license the car had 35,500 original miles.  From the picture it looks like she took care of the car.

 

A local airport gets some special recognition this month.  On June 14, 2018, Easton Airport logged more flight operations in the day than any other airport in Maryland–even exceeding the total operations conducted at BWI. ESN routinely ranks as one of the busiest airports in the state

 

Aviation/Aviators in the news:  Here is a cute act that we have been lucky enough to see in person.  Enjoy!

 

Here is an interesting read. It is about a WWII gunner on a Boeing B-17 that jumped from his damaged aircraft at 22,000 feet without a parachute and survived the fall.  His name is Alan Magee. Click here for the story.

In June 2018 Goodyear will launch its newest airship. It is 246-foot long and comes in at 10-tons. Called Wingfoot Three it is bigger than most jumbo jets.  Click here for the story in the Washington Post.

 

Car/Motorcycle Show News:  The Flymall team was planning to have our 1975 Lomax Roadster at The Original Car Day in early June, however as with most of May, we had heavy rain and storms on the day of the show.  Hope for better weather next year.

 

The Family Room located where we have the Laytonsville Cruise In is becoming a popular spot for the cruise in folks.  The have specialty coffee and ice cream as well as other snacks and sandwiches. So if you at the cruise in please stop in a check them out.

Check out this rare Datsun double cab pickup spotted on Craigslist.  She is a 1954 Datsun 6147.  They were referred to as a ranch sedan or a station wagon. It could be yours for just $20,000.00 USD.  This would surely be a show winner as is or restored.

While on the topic of rare pickups. Here is a 1982 Dodge Rampage ad.

Pat & Harry attended The White Rose Motorcycle Club swap meet on June 8 2018.  There were a lot of interesting bikes for sale as well as parts, manuals, etc.  Click here for pictures from the event.

Here is a YouTube video of Harry’s still pictures from the White Rose event.

 

 

We were invited to a friend’s farm (Putt’s farm, Century farm, Retirement farm, Putts Farm) today for a cookout. It is a 99 acre farm that has been in his family since the 1700s. The stone house is from the late 1700s and the small log cabin (actually a smoke house) is from the early 1700s. There is even a family cemetery on the farm with graves from the 1700s and 1800s. One of his relatives (one of the first owners of the farm) was a witness to the signing of the declaration of independence. The buildings you see house his car collection and his vintage tractor collection.  Click here for Harry’s Facebook album of pictures from the event.

This beautiful Morton building houses his collection of GTOs.

The stone house in the background is from the late 1700s.

This smoke house is from the early 1700s.  We’re told this was originally build in 1740.  Most of the wood is original.

The farm is from a time when families buried the dead on their property.  This farm has a family cemetery with graves dating back to the 1700s.

We recently had a Batmobile and cool drag car at Laytonsville Cruise In.  The Barmobile took 900 hours and about a year to build. He started with a 1978 Lincoln Town Car.  Here is Bill Gibson’s Batmobile.

 

Here it is leaving the Bat Cave. He has a barrier that folds down just like in the TV series.

 

He even has flames coming from the jet engine exhaust system.

For more info on the build of the unique build check out the builder’s YouTube Channel – billsmetal.

 

Barn Finds/Hangar Finds:  Here is an interesting barn find for this month.  A 1950 Chevrolet 3100 Short-bed Pickup for only $6,500.00 USD.  It has been sitting in a shop in Kansas. It comes with the all original 216 motor, 4 speed transmission, new tires, new tail gate, new rear fenders, and a few more new items including a new chrome grill.

 

Harry was tipped off to a hangar find. This little Piper Cherokee 140 had been sitting for almost 10 years.  He was able to get it presentable and had it sold in a few weeks for under $20,000.00 USD.

If you’re looking for a deal like this, bookmark our used aircraft page and check it often since these deals do not last very long.

Visit our Tech Tip section of the Flymall to assist you in restoring your barn find.

CFI Notes:

For more CFI notes, visit Harry’s lesson plan section of the Flymall.  You can also view Harry’s publish material by clicking here.

Weather in the news:  Rain, rain, and more rain.  This has been the topic for a lot of May and early June in the Mid-Atlantic region.  The historic Whites Ferry has been closed due to flooding from the rain.

Connect with Whites Ferry on their Facebook page.

 

Three Wheel Association (TWA):  Many car manufacturers started with 3 wheelers. Oldsmobile did as well as the AC Car Company.  It is generally accepted that Karl Benz (which became Mercedes Benz) invented the motor car, but did you know that car was a three wheeler?

This month we have a few rare Japanese 3 wheelers in the news.  Toyo Kogyo (which is now know as Mazda) built 3 wheelers before and after WWII.  Here is their Tricycle Truck Type GA, powered by 669cc air-cooled single cylinder SV engine.

 

Here is a Toyo Kogyo Type PB tricycle.  Also know as the 90 yen Taxi. This was a popular means of transportation in the city of Hiroshima.

Slightly larger than the Tricycle Truck Type GA, here is a Tricycle Truck Type GB with a 701cc air-cooled single cylinder engine.

 

While at the White Rose Motorcycle Club swap meet in June 2018, Harry spotted a rare Hyosung golf cart for sale.  There is not much info online about this rare little 3 wheeler.  It was in very good running condition. An electric motor with 4 12 volt batteries powered it.

 

Here is another very rare 3 wheeler for this month. A 1961 Roustabout Concept, this was a prototype of the Trivan three-wheeler.

 

Prototypes:  This month we’re featuring some of the Ercoupe prototypes.  Pat & Harry were lucky enough to meet Betsy Weick (the designer Fred Weick’s daughter).  We were able to have her sign a copy of her dad’s book.

The Ercoupe was the first aircraft to use rocket assisted takeoff technology.  During WWII a two aircraft were built using Birch and plywood to demonstrate use of non-strategic materials, but no further aircraft were built and the test aircraft were scrapped.  We have been unable to find any pictures of the wood Ercoupe.

In 1948 J. B. Collie of Southeast Air Service produced a Twin Ercoupe by joining two Ercoupe fuselages with a new centre section, similar to the North American P-82 Twin Mustang. This aircraft was built to be used in airshows by Thrasher Brothers Air Circus of Elberton GA.  The aircraft had a smoke system for each engine, and could be flown from either cockpit

 

There was also a retractable gear version made.

 

Here is another prototype for this month. This is the 1962 prototype of the Dassault Mytère 20 (Falcon).  This is the aircraft that would become known as the Falcon 20.

Animals in the headlines:  We have two Jets (little Jet and Jett Kraemer) in the headlines this month.

This month we celebrate Jett’s 5th birthday.  We also need to remember little Jet, our first Tamaskan (wolf dog).

Remembering Little Jet (Emely/Emily): April 19 2013 – June 20 2013

John Lennon once said “Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end”. I guess our little puppy is ok now. Every life deserves a chance no matter what the odds are and Pat and I gave this little girl a chance.  The odds were against her when Pat picked her up from the breeder.

Here is a Facebook post I did a few days after she passed away:  With very little sleep for the past week and giving constant care for the puppy I have not been able to keep you updated but I did want to thank everyone for staying in touch with me and thanks for asking about our little puppy over the past week.  She lost her struggle this past Thursday peacefully in my arms.  She lived 2 months and 1 day. She has a permanent resting place poolside in one of our gardens.  By the time we got her she was very weak.  Her blood sugar level was 17 and it should have been around 80.  We were able to get it up to 47.  During her last two days she went downhill fast.  The last two vets that saw her could not get blood from her little legs or ears (blood to check blood sugar level).  The last blood sample was gotten by clipping one of her nails very short which only yielded one drop of blood.  Her heart was not sending blood to her legs, etc in an effort to keep her vital organs alive.  I was with her round the clock since my wife left Tuesday morning for her business trip.  No sleep, just naps (naps on the floor next to the dog) here and there.  I was so tired one morning that I put shaving cream on my tooth brush and brushed my teeth – yuck!  No matter how tired I got I was determined to be with her round the clock, if she passed I wanted her to feel a warm body next to her, if she pulled through I wanted her to see me first.  She passed with a warm body next to her.

Pat and I feel that every living thing deserves a chance on life and we gave this little girl her best shot on life. I was feeding this puppy round the clock with numerous different foods and liquids.  She was seeing a vet every day for a checkup and to be hydrated.  The puppy was too weak for most tests and she had very little blood.  All of the tests that were completed were normal – blood, urine, stool sample, all normal.  No one knew what was wrong with her.

I do have to send out a special thanks to Joan Macri who gave us some encouragement by suggesting some food that when put in front of the puppy she woke up from a sleep and started eating on her own.  That was the first time we saw her eat on her own. Thanks Joan for some brief happiness with our puppy.

Also this month we’re starting to see our tadpoles morph into little frogs/toads.

 

 

More baby frogs/toads from our pond.  Click here for some high resolution pictures of them.

We close this newsletter with this:

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Flymall Wheels & Wings May 2018 Newsletter

Friday, June 1st, 2018

Welcome to the Kraemer Aviation / Flymall Wheels & Wings May 2018 newsletter.

We have a nice starter airplane for sale, a 1967 Piper Cherokee 140 that can be purchased for under $20,000.00 USD. Click here for details.

Visit our ebay store for some great deals on pilot supplies, car parts, collectables, and more.  You can also shop on the Flymall by clicking on our store button on the left side panel.  We have numerous categories in our store, and you can pay online.

Are you looking for some deals on aviation headsets.  We have some for sale. Click here to view our used headset inventory.

Achievements & Special Recognition:  Do you want to promote/celebrate your first solo or new pilot certificate or rating?  Send us an email and we’ll post it here for you.

Aviation/Aviators in the news:  Each day on Flymall.org we have a new history fact at the bottom of our webpages. Just look where it says “Today in Aviation History”.

Car/Motorcycle Show News:  The Flymall team visited The Rural Heritage Museum in early May.  They had an entire building dedicated to transportation (cars, bicycles, motorcycles, and covered wagons).

 

Click here for more pictures.

The Flymall team had their vintage Ural motorcycle on display at the British & European Motorcycle Day.  Here is a picture of Harry & Pat at the show with the bike.

Click here for more pictures from the event.

Harry’s favorite from the show was a 1930s Zundapp Military Motorcycle.

 

Car trivia. What car had a step down design. One of the reasons the manufacturer went out of business was because they did not offer a V8. Click here for answer.

Barn Finds/Hangar Finds:  1966 Pontiac Star Chief that has been sitting in a barn for 8 years.  It sold on eBay for $2,250.00 USD.  The seller said that it ran when parked.  Looked like a good deal.

You can research vehicle prices in our Market Watch section of the Flymall Wheels & Wings site.

 

CFI Notes:  Here are some pictures of a recent Piper Arrow crash.  Let’s examine the pictures and determine what could have possibly happened.  Notice how the tips of the propeller blades are not curled like you typically see with a prop strike.  It appears that the pilot stalled just above the runway and the aircraft nosed in to the ground “nose first”.  From looking at the propeller blades it looks like once the one blade hit the ground it dug in and the rotation of the blades stopped since one blade shows no sign of hitting the ground.

Weather in the news:  We had a lot of rain in Germantown Maryland this May.

Here is a snapshot of the radar from May 14 in Germantown Maryland.

 

After the storms passed on May 14.

 

 

Just 2 years after the historic flooding in Ellicott City Maryland, May 2018 brings it on again.

 

 

May 2018 ends with heavy rain and storms (May 31 2018).

Three Wheel Association (TWA):  There are plans in the future for the Three Wheel Association to have a building to house the collection and to be headquarters for the association.  Keep checking the TWA page on the Flymall for updates.

Prototypes:  This month we’re featuring some unknown cars by well known manufacturers.

Toyota EX-III, 1969 concept

Here is another interesting prototype we found online. This is a full-scale mockup for a 1965 Cadillac V16 two-seater. Too bad it was never put in to production.

The XP-755 concept car, better known as the Corvette Mako Shark concept car.

And here is one by Ford. The 1969 Ford XW SurferRoo GS utility from Australia was a prototype that never went into mass production. They were powered by a 5.0Litre V8 and 4-speed.  Three cars were built, featuring a massive rear wing and wooden deck. They were taken on a national promotion tour and, at the end, were offered to dealers and sold to the public.

Animals in the headlinesJett Kraemer (JK) looking over her kingdom for coyote. After her fight with the coyote she goes by JCK – Jett Coyote Killer.

Dogs and coyote were once again in the news in May 2018.  Memorial Day weekend a dog was attacked and killed by a coyote in Northern Virginia.

 

April & May frog/toad eggs

We close this newsletter with these words of wisdom:  Strive for excellence, not perfection.

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Today in Aviation History
July 19, 1963: NASA pilot Joseph Walker flew the No. 3 North American X-15 to an unofficial record height of 347,800 feet at a speed of 3,710 mph.