Flymall November 2017 Newsletter

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.


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