Flymall / Kraemer Aviation February 2018 Newsletter

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.

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