Kraemer Aviation / Flymall.org August 2021 Wheels & Wings Newsletter

Written on September 1, 2021 at 8:33 am, by hkraemer

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

You can view past newsletters here. This month: The Veluwemeer Aqueduct, the history of bicycle brakes, Paul McCartney & the Fair Carol, little green frogs, and more.

Interested in living at an airport?  Visit our Aviation Real Estate page here.

Want to have your business highlighted on the Flymall???  We offer inexpensive rates to have your business featured on our Wheels & Wings page.  Contact us for more info.

History Trivia: Harry’s first “flight lesson” happen in August, way back on August 18 1984. It took place out of Martin State Airport in a Piper Tomahawk, N2346V. And the rest is history.

If you enjoy history we have a new aviation history fact each day at the bottom of our webpages.  Some days there may be more than one, just refresh the page.  And if you like Beatles history, checkout our Events Calendar and select the Beatles category.  This is a work in progress, we’re building the most comprehensive calendar of important dates in Beatle history.

For those that like to stick with current news, we have an aviation news ticker on our home page.  This is updated daily to show the current aviation news.

Achievements & Special Recognition: Rachel passed her instrument checkride earlier this month with Harry. Great job Rachel. This was her second checkride with Harry. She is headed to MIT with a full scholarship. She was also accepted Princeton, USAF Academy, Coast Guard Academy, Johns Hopkins, and numerous other well known colleges. She wants to be a fighter pilot for the US military.

Tom passed his flight instructor checkride earlier this month with Harry. He did an outstanding job. Every maneuver was textbook perfect. Excellent job Tom. This has been his life goal since he was 14 years old.

Instructors, what to highlight your students first solo or other achievement here?  Just send us a short write-up and a picture or two and we’ll post it here for you.  Click here for our contact info.

Aviation/Aviators in the news: Over the years, Harry has nominated a few pilots for the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award. This month he has started the process for two other aviators that meet the criteria. One of the nominees was the owner of an aircraft that Harry brokered and sold for him. And the other is a retired American Airlines A&P and private pilot. In upcoming newsletters, we’ll have more information on these two aviators.

The aviation section of the Flymall is full of aviation news, training info, and much more for the aviator.

Air show season is always just around the corner.  Want to travel to air shows in your own aircraft?  Visit our used aircraft page on the Flymall to view our inventory. We always need used aircraft inventory, contact us if you have a plane to sell.

Car/Motorcycle Show News: The Flymall team attended Simple Transport 14. We had three bicycles on display this year and all three bikes won an award. Click here for more pictures from the event. Click on the image below for a larger view.

Our Events Calendar has the most current info regarding local and national car shows, air shows, and more.  With nearly 30 categories, there is something for everyone.  The Day Tripper section of the Flymall has dozens of day trip ideals and interesting places to visit.  Check it out here.

Barn Finds/Hangar Finds:  In the past, we have brought you many barn finds, a wall find, hangar finds, mine find (click here for the post on the mine find), scrap pile find (click here for the post on the scrap pile find), and more. This month we have a curb find (sidewalk find). Harry noticed an old Raleigh bicycle sitting outside of a local bicycle shop (it had been there for a few weeks). One day Harry asked if it was for sale and the owner said that someone just left it there after hours one evening (abandoned it he said). The owner of the shop said to Harry “It’s yours if you want it. Just take it free of charge”. We’re still doing research, however, we believe this to be a 1974 Raleigh Tourist DL-1. It now resides in our collection along side some of bicycles made in England; the Coventry Rotarty Tandem and the Geared Facile. It has found a good home. Click on the image for a larger view.

Need an appraisal on your barn find?  Visit our Appraisal Page for information on our appraisals. 

Visit our online store to search for hard to find car parts, aircraft parts, and much more.  You can pay online in our secure store, just click on the Store button on our home page.

Visit the Test Drive section of the Flymall for reviews on automobiles, aircraft, motorcycles, and more. Read about it before you buy it.  You can also research price info on a wide variety of vehicles, collectibles, and more in the Market Watch section of the Flymall. 

If you’re restoring a fabric aircraft, Ira Walker of Walker Aviation is your resource.  Visit his page on the Flymall by clicking here

CFI / DPE Notes: Visit Harry’s Practical Test page for information on his checkrides.  You will also find useful information there to help you prepare for your checkride.  You can also visit Harry’s Lesson Plan section of the Flymall for other flight training information.  Visit our Flight Training page for information on our aviation training classes.

Weather in the news: A sign of the times. As we get closer to the peak of hurricane season, we tend to see more and more storms in the eastern Atlantic. Here’s a snap shot of the weather may on August 18 2021 showing two tropical storms hitting the states at the same time.

We ended August 2021 with a Category 4 hurricane hitting the Gulf Coast.

And on August 30, we had 3 tropical storms in the Atlantic.

Three Wheel Association (TWA): Visit the Three Wheel Association page on the Flymall for more info on the association.

Want a reproduction vintage 3 wheeler.  Walker Aviation can scratch built from pictures or drawings.  Visit his page on the Flymall.  

Prototypes: Often when one thinks of prototypes, we’re envisioning a new car concept or motorcycle, and maybe even an aircraft. This month we’re going to cover some of the unique braking systems found on bicycles.

The first bicycle called a Laufmachine, was designed by Karl Drais in 1817. This bike had a pivoting shoe that was pressed against the rear tire to slow the bike down.

On November 23, 1897, Abram W. Duck of Duck’s Cyclery in Oakland, California was granted a patent for his Duck Roller Brake (U.S. Patent 594,234). The duck brake used a rod operated by a lever on the handlebar to pull twin rubber rollers against the front tyre, braking the front wheel. This system is very similar to the braking system on our 1974 Raleigh.

Here is a picture of the front brake on the Raleigh.

Our 1885 Geared Facile uses a “spoon” type braking system. This system uses a lever on the handlebars to press a “spoon” against the front wheel to slow the bicycle.

Our 1898 Rex bicycle uses a small metal plate that presses on the front wheel to slow the bike. The rider is required to remove his/her feet from the pedals and shift them to this lever.

Our 1886 Coventry uses a band type brake system. I leather or rubber band is secured around the hub and is operated by a hand lever.

Our Raleigh bicycle has a Sturmey-Archer 3 speed hub. Sturmey-Archer began in Nottingham England in 1902 with the invention of the world’s first 3-speed internal gear hub for bicycles. The company was founded in 1902 by Henry Sturmey and James Archer under the guidance of Frank Bowden, the primary owner of Raleigh.

Nautical Notes: Did you know??? A few of the songs from London Town, the sixth studio album by Paul McCartney’s band “Wings” were recorded on a yacht named “Fair Carol” while in the Virgin Islands.  The working title of the album was “Water Wings”. The idea of recording songs on a boat most likely came from Denny Laine whom made a visit to a floating studio in the United States. Paul McCartney arranged for a recording studio to be built on the yacht Fair Carol. Paul and Linda hired another yacht to serve as a floating home for themselves and their three daughters, while a third chartered yacht housed Wings Joe English, Jimmy McCulloch, and Denny Laine. The picture below shows the band on the boat rehearsing some songs. Click on the image for a larger view. Click here for more info on the recording sessions on the Fair Carol. You can also search our events calendar for significant dates with the band on the Fair Carol. Once you open the events calendar, use the search box and search for Fair Carol.

Here’s another cool piece for this month with a nautical theme as well as a Beatles theme (sort of). The Beatles as well as Paul McCartney have performed in the Netherlands numerous times. And the Netherlands is home to the very unique Veluwemeer Aqueduct.

Animals in the headlines: Our gardens at Kraemer Aviation are full of wild life. We recently found numerous of these little green tree frogs in one of our ponds. Click on the image for a larger view.

We close this newsletter with these words: In a world where you can be anything, be kind!

Flymall.org July 2021 Wheels & Wings Newsletter

Written on July 30, 2021 at 1:22 pm, by hkraemer

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

You can view past newsletters here.

This month: This month is all about early transportation vehicles including; the earliest know wheeled vehicle, early wheels, Pesse canoe, Stephan Farffler wheel chair, 1st pilot license, aircraft of the 1400s, and more. Coming in September or October, a local person receives some recognition from Mercedes for his high mileage vehicle.

Earlier this month, the Kraemers hosted their annual 4th of July cookout and car show. The weather was perfect and everyone had a good time. Click here for pictures from the event.

Interested in living at an airport?  Visit our Aviation Real Estate page here.

Want to have your business highlighted on the Flymall???  We offer inexpensive rates to have your business featured on our Wheels & Wings page.  Contact us for more info.

History Trivia: Have you ever wondered when thew first “wheeled” vehicle was made? The earliest well-dated image of a wheeled vehicle was found on a Bronocice pot. The pot was radiocabon dated to 3500-3350 BCE. The pot or ceramic vase was discovered in 1976 during the archaeological excavation of a large Neolithic settlement in Bronocice near Kraków. Pictured below is an early example of a wheel made out of solid wood. Click on the image for a larger view.

If you enjoy history we have a new aviation history fact each day at the bottom of our webpages.  Some days there may be more than one, just refresh the page.  And if you like Beatles history, checkout our Events Calendar and select the Beatles category.  This is a work in progress, we’re building the most comprehensive calendar of important dates in Beatle history. For those that like to stick with current news, we have an aviation news ticker on our home page.  This is updated daily to show the current aviation news.

Achievements & Special Recognition: This month we want to congratulate Elizabeth for passing her commercial pilot checkride with Harry. She did the checkride in her own plane, how cool is that? She is only 19 years old and still does not have her driver’s license. So she can fly a plane for hire, however she cannot drive herself to the airport. Elizabeth is a very gifted and talented pilot. She’ll do very well in her aviation career.

Instructors, what to highlight your students first solo or other achievement here?  Just send us a short write-up and a picture or two and we’ll post it here for you.  Click here for our contact info.

Aviation/Aviators in the news: In the 1400s, Leonardo da Vinci designed the four-person aerial screw (pictured below), a helicopter like aircraft. Much of his work remained unknown until about 1797. Just think how amazing this was for him to come up with this, way back in the 1400s. Perhaps he was inspired by maple tree seeds (what we now call helicopters because of the way they fall).

The aviation section of the Flymall is full of aviation news, training info, and much more for the aviator. Check it out.

Air show season is always just around the corner.  Want to travel to air shows in your own aircraft?  Visit our used aircraft page on the Flymall to view our inventory. We are often looking for aircraft as well. Often we can make you a cash offer for your aircraft. Contact us if you have a plane to sell.

Car/Motorcycle Show News: If you have not been there yet, the Laytonsville Cruise In is the coolest place to be on Friday nights in Montgomery County. We have brick oven pizza, locally made ice cream, music, food trucks, and more.

Our Events Calendar has the most current info regarding local and national car shows, air shows, and more.  With nearly 30 categories, there is something for everyone.  The Day Tripper section of the Flymall has dozens of day trip ideals and interesting places to visit.  Check it out here.

Barn Finds/Hangar Finds:  Need an appraisal on your barn find?  Visit our Appraisal Page for information on our appraisals. 

This month is all about the early transportation history. While not a barn find, here’s an “auction find” from several years ago at an auction we attended. This wheel was coming up for auction at a later date. It was made in the 1600s.  Very cool piece of history. Too bad its not in our collection.  Send us your cool finds so we can post it here.

Visit our online store to search for hard to find car parts, aircraft parts, and much more.  You can pay online in our secure store, just click on the Store button on our home page.

Visit the Test Drive section of the Flymall for reviews on automobiles, aircraft, motorcycles, and more. Read about it before you buy it.  You can also research price info on a wide variety of vehicles, collectibles, and more in the Market Watch section of the Flymall. 

If you’re restoring a fabric aircraft, Ira Walker of Walker Aviation is your resource.  Visit his page on the Flymall by clicking here

CFI / DPE Notes: Who was the very first licensed pilot? While the Wright Bros were the first to fly, they did not hold a pilot’s license. That honor goes to William P. MacCracken. It was offered to Orville Wright, however he declined the honor. Click here for more info.

Visit Harry’s Practical Test page for information on his checkrides.  You will also find useful information there to help you prepare for your checkride.  You can also visit Harry’s Lesson Plan section of the Flymall for other flight training information.  Visit our Flight Training page for information on our aviation training classes.

Weather in the news: On July 25, we had some air mass or popup thunderstorms in the area. We captured a screen shot of one with a cell shaped like a heart.

Three Wheel Association (TWA): The earliest vehicle in our collection of rare three wheelers, is this Civil War era wheelchair. From what we know, it is all original. It was made around the 1860s. Its still fully functional.

We are in the process of having a working replica made of Stephan Farffler’s manumotive carriage that he made in the year 1655. Look for updates in future newsletters. This vehicle will make it’s first public appearance at the Laytonsville Cruise In. Stay tuned!

Visit the Three Wheel Association page on the Flymall for more info on the association.

Want a reproduction vintage 3 wheeler.  Walker Aviation can scratch built from pictures or drawings.  Visit his page on the Flymall.  

Prototypes: Most believe that the chariot originated in Mesopotamia in about 3000 BC. Historians have discovered monuments from that era that depict battle parades which include heavy vehicles with solid wheels, their bodywork framed with wood and covered with animal skins. A two-wheeled version of this chariot soon proved superior in battle because of its higher maneuverability.

The first “bicycle” was made around 1817. Referred to as a dandy horse. It was actually invented in Germany by  Karl Drais who called it a Laufmaschine. Other early names included vélocipède, draisienne, pedestrian curricle, and hobby-horse.

Nautical Notes: Since we’re covering early transportation this month, boats are included as well. Evidence suggest that boats were used over 900,000 years ago. The earliest boats were most likely dugouts. The oldest known boat in the world is the Pesse canoe, found in the Netherlands, is a dugout made from the hollowed tree trunk of a Pinus sylvestris that was constructed somewhere between 8200 and 7600 BC.  Pictured here is the Pesse canoe.

Animals in the headlines: Dog sleds date back to at least 2000 BC. We have an authentic dog sled in our transportation museum. Jett is currently being trained to pull the sled. This sled was hand made by a husband and wife in southern PA. Click on the images for a larger view.

We close this newsletter with these words: A great full heart is a magnet for miracles!

Kraemer Aviation / Flymall June 2021 Wheels & Wings Newsletter

Written on June 30, 2021 at 5:31 pm, by hkraemer

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

This month: the Charvolant, Pontiac LeMans Sport Truck, smallest airport, a one of a kind three wheeler, and more.

You can view past newsletters here.

Interested in living at an airport?  Visit our Aviation Real Estate page here.

Want to have your business highlighted on the Flymall???  We offer inexpensive rates to have your business featured on our Wheels & Wings page.  Contact us for more info.

History Trivia: Most folks know that the BSA Motorcycle company got their start manufacturing guns. But did you know that Royal Enfield also got started in pretty much the same way? Yes, its true.

If you enjoy history we have a new aviation history fact each day at the bottom of our webpages.  Some days there may be more than one, just refresh the page.  And if you like Beatles history, checkout our Events Calendar and select the Beatles category.  This is a work in progress, we’re building the most comprehensive calendar of important dates in Beatle history.

For those that like to stick with current news, we have an aviation news ticker on our home page.  This is updated daily to show the current aviation news.

Achievements & Special Recognition: Instructors, what to highlight your students first solo or other achievement here?  Just send us a short write-up and a picture or two and we’ll post it here for you.  Click here for our contact info.

Aviation/Aviators in the news: Have you ever wondered what the smallest airport in the world is? Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport is often acknowledged as the smallest airport with a very short runway. Have you ever landed there?

The aviation section of the Flymall is full of aviation news, training info, and much more for the aviator.

Air show season is always just around the corner.  Want to travel to air shows in your own aircraft?  Visit our used aircraft page on the Flymall to view our inventory.

Car/Motorcycle Show News: The Flymall Team attended the MDO Cycles show earlier this month. Our 1912 AC Delivery Trike took first place in it’s class. Click here for pictures from the event.

Our Events Calendar has the most current info regarding local and national car shows, air shows, and more.  With nearly 30 categories, there is something for everyone.  The Day Tripper section of the Flymall has dozens of day trip ideals and interesting places to visit.  Check it out here.

Don’t forget, the third Friday of every month is an award night at the Laytonsville Cruise In. This year the focus is on the kids. Kids are encouraged to bring their bikes, pedal cars, toy cars, or whatever and enter it for a chance to win an award. Here is one the the winners for this month. Click on the image for a larger view.

Barn Finds/Hangar Finds:  Need an appraisal on your barn find?  Visit our Appraisal Page for information on our appraisals. 

Visit our online store to search for hard to find car parts, aircraft parts, and much more.  You can pay online in our secure store, just click on the Store button on our home page.

Visit the Test Drive section of the Flymall for reviews on automobiles, aircraft, motorcycles, and more. Read about it before you buy it.  You can also research price info on a wide variety of vehicles, collectibles, and more in the Market Watch section of the Flymall. 

If you’re restoring a fabric aircraft, Ira Walker of Walker Aviation is your resource.  Visit his page on the Flymall by clicking here

CFI / DPE Notes: Follow Harry on Facebook for daily updates on checkride success and more Wheels & Wings news.

Visit Harry’s Practical Test page for information on his checkrides.  You will also find useful information there to help you prepare for your checkride.  You can also visit Harry’s Lesson Plan section of the Flymall for other flight training information.  Visit our Flight Training page for information on our aviation training classes.

Weather in the news: Did you know that The Great Labor Day Hurricane of 1935. was the most intense (in terms of pressure) Atlantic hurricane to make landfall and it was also tied with with Hurricane Dorian in 2019 for the strongest maximum substantiated winds (185 mph).

Three Wheel Association (TWA): A classic car club in Germany discovered this one of a kind three wheeler. It is not clear if it was a “factory built” or “production” vehicle. There are no serial number numbers or ID on the vehicle. It has a two speed transmission, oil lamps, and a foot operated bellows horn.

Visit the Three Wheel Association page on the Flymall for more info on the association.

Want a reproduction vintage 3 wheeler.  Walker Aviation can scratch built from pictures or drawings.  Visit his page on the Flymall.  

Prototypes: The 1968 LeMans Sport Truck was originally built as a GM prototype design proposal and is said to have inspired the GMC Sprint. It is not clear how many were built.

Nautical Notes: George Pocock was an inventor (1774–1843) that was known for inventing the Charvolant, an early carriage that was powered by two kites. He advocated other uses for kites including auxiliary sail power for ships. We hope to have a replica of this vehicle in our transportation museum when it opens.

 

Animals in the headlines: Jett turned 8 years old earlier this month. Happy birthday Jett. Click on the image for a larger view.

We close this newsletter with these words: Remember to delight yourself first, then others can be truly delighted… When we focus on the song of our soul and heart, then others will be touched similarly

Flymall.org May 2021 Wheels & Wings Newsletter

Written on May 29, 2021 at 12:10 pm, by hkraemer

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

This month: the first airline, the oldest airline, Porsche concept car, the Lady Beetle Shared Library, Toyota Hilux, Thames Ditton, Narrowboats, and much more.

You can view past newsletters here.

Interested in living at an airport?  Visit our Aviation Real Estate page here. You can stay up to date with the aviation real estate market via the Market Watch section of the Flymall. You can view current listings with asking prices, actual sale prices, etc. Click here to view all airport property in the database. You can also view listings by state simply by selecting the state under “Model” and clicking on “Search”.

Want to have your business highlighted on the Flymall???  We offer inexpensive rates to have your business featured on our Wheels & Wings page.  Contact us for more info.

History Trivia: Did you know??? The first airline was the German airship company DELAG, founded on November 16th 1909. And, did you know that KLM is one of the oldest non-airship airlines that still exist, they were established in 1919?

If you enjoy history we have a new aviation history fact each day at the bottom of our webpages.  Some days there may be more than one, just refresh the page.  And if you like Beatles history, checkout our Events Calendar and select the Beatles category.  This is a work in progress, we’re building the most comprehensive calendar of important dates in Beatle history. For those that like to stick with current news, we have an aviation news ticker on our home page.  This is updated daily to show the current aviation news.

Achievements & Special Recognition: Instructors, what to highlight your students first solo or other achievement here?  Just send us a short write-up and a picture or two and we’ll post it here for you.  Click here for our contact info.

Guy H. recently passed his private pilot checkride with Harry. He did an outstanding job. He flew better than some flight instructors. Hopefully he will have a successful and long aviation career. Congratulations. Click on the image for a larger view.

Aviation/Aviators in the news: Earlier this month there was a midair collision in Denver. One plane landed safely and the Cirrus pulled the chute and landed in a field. Click here for a YouTube video with the actual ATC audio. From listening to the ATC tape, it sounds like the Cirrus overshot his turn to final and hit the Metroliner.

On May 23rd, we celebrated Otto Lilienthal’s 173rd birthday. Lilienthal’s research was well known to the Wright brothers, and they credited him as a major inspiration for their decision to pursue manned flight. However, they abandoned his aeronautical data after two seasons of gliding and began using their own wind tunnel data.

Of all the men who attacked the flying problem in the 19th century, Otto Lilienthal was easily the most important. … It is true that attempts at gliding had been made hundreds of years before him, and that in the nineteenth century, Cayley, Spencer, Wenham, Mouillard, and many others were reported to have made feeble attempts to glide, but their failures were so complete that nothing of value resulted.— Wilbur Wright

The aviation section of the Flymall is full of aviation news, training info, and much more for the aviator.

Air show season is always just around the corner.  Want to travel to air shows in your own aircraft?  Visit our used aircraft page on the Flymall to view our inventory. We’re currently looking for new inventory. Please contact us if you want to sell your plane.

Car/Motorcycle Show News: We have a lot of monthly events planned for this year at the Laytonsville Cruise In. Visit their page on the Flymall for more information.

Our Events Calendar has the most current info regarding local and national car shows, air shows, and more.  With nearly 30 categories, there is something for everyone.  The Day Tripper section of the Flymall has dozens of day trip ideals and interesting places to visit.  Check it out here.

Barn Finds/Hangar Finds:  Need an appraisal on your barn find?  Visit our Appraisal Page for information on our appraisals. 

Here’s a 1971 Toyota Hilux that showed up on CraigsList in Wisconsion. A true survivor with only 1,865 original miles. Do you remember these little pickup trucks?

Visit our online store to search for hard to find car parts, aircraft parts, and much more.  You can pay online in our secure store, just click on the Store button on our home page.

Visit the Test Drive section of the Flymall for reviews on automobiles, aircraft, motorcycles, and more. Read about it before you buy it.  You can also research price info on a wide variety of vehicles, collectibles, and more in the Market Watch section of the Flymall. 

If you’re restoring a fabric aircraft, Ira Walker of Walker Aviation is your resource.  Visit his page on the Flymall by clicking here

CFI / DPE Notes: Visit Harry’s Practical Test page for information on his checkrides.  You will also find useful information there to help you prepare for your checkride.  You can also visit Harry’s Lesson Plan section of the Flymall for other flight training information.  Visit our Flight Training page for information on our aviation training classes.

Weather in the news: NOAA is predicting another very active season for the Atlantic for 2021. So stay safe and listen to local evacuation guidelines this year.

A storm to remember. The Great Blizzard of 1899. This storm affected most of the United States. Tampa Florida even had snow flurries during this storm. Some areas of the country had over 30 inches of snow.

Three Wheel Association (TWA): The ′′ Lady Beetle Shared Library ′′ is a whimsical mobile library that aims to bring books to people for a decentralized reading experience. The bug-shaped library trailer design opens when parked for easy access. Click on the image for a larger view.

Visit the Three Wheel Association page on the Flymall for more info on the association.

Much like the Elio 3 wheeler, there was the Dale. The Dale is know as the car that never was. The original prototype was recently found. Click here for more reading on Hemmings.com.

Want a reproduction vintage 3 wheeler.  Walker Aviation can scratch build from pictures or drawings.  Visit his page on the Flymall.  

Prototypes: Porsche 928 H50 Concept. Click on the image for a larger view. This car was hidden from the public for 25 years and revealed at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Click here for more info on this Porsche concept car.

Nautical Notes: This month we’re featuring the “Narrowboat“. The Narrowboat is a type of canal boat used in the narrow locks of the United Kingdom. They were very important during their Industrial Revolution. Now these are offered as a vacation cruise and they are very popular as a live aboard houseboat. One of the three wheelers (1912 AC Delivery Trike) in our collection was built in Thames Ditton which is on the River Thames. It is likely that the early AC factory had supplies delivered by a Narrowboat. Click on the image for a larger view.

This segment goes along with our Weather In The News this month. The SS John V Moran was lost during the 1899 storm on Lake Michigan. John V. Moran left Milwaukee for Muskegon, on February 9, 1899, at 1:00 p.m., loaded with barrels of flour and other cargo. At around midnight, while travelling through an ice field, a piece of ice punctured her hull, causing a serious leak.

Animals in the headlines: a giant female tortoise found in the Galapagos Islands was of a species last reported 112 years ago. The tortoise was discovered on Fernandina Island during a 2019 expedition. the Fernandina Giant Tortoise, or the species Chelonoidis phantasticus.

We close this newsletter with these words: One rule in life – Live an Amazing Life!

Kraemer Aviation / Flymall.org April 2021 Wheels & Wings Newsletter

Written on April 29, 2021 at 6:01 pm, by hkraemer

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

This month; who invented the handlebar throttle, powered flight on Mars, first women test pilot, not a barn find but a scrap pile find, first use of the word petrol, first flight of the 737, and much more.

You can view past newsletters here.

Interested in living at an airport?  Visit our Aviation Real Estate page here.

Want to have your business highlighted on the Flymall???  We offer inexpensive rates to have your business featured on our Wheels & Wings page.  Contact us for more info.

The Kraemers hosted their annual Easter Dinner “poolside”. It was a very enjoyable day with temperatures in the low 70s. Click here for pictures.

History Trivia: Do you know who invented the handlebar throttle control? The famous aviator Glenn Curtiss is often credited with this, however it was used much earlier. It was used as early as 1867. Click here for more reading on the topic.

If you enjoy history we have a new aviation history fact each day at the bottom of our webpages.  Some days there may be more than one, just refresh the page.  And if you like Beatles history, checkout our Events Calendar and select the Beatles category.  This is a work in progress, we’re building the most comprehensive calendar of important dates in Beatle history. We now have a new feature in our Events Calendar, for The Beatles, we have started adding a picture for each event. For those that like to stick with current news, we have an aviation news ticker on our home page.  This is updated daily to show the current aviation news.

Achievements & Special Recognition: Instructors, what to highlight your students first solo or other achievement here?  Just send us a short write-up and a picture or two and we’ll post it here for you.  Click here for our contact info.

Humans have achieved power flight on another planet with the first helicopter flight on Mars.

117 years ago, Orville Wright became the first person to achieve controlled flight in a powered aircraft. 113 years ago, a bicycle maker Paul Cornu made history by becoming the first man to fly in a rotary wing aircraft.

April 19, 2021, the United States of America has flown “Ingenuity,” a robotic helicopter that has just achieved the first powered and fully controlled atmospheric flight on another planet. The Ingenuity carries a piece of fabric from the wing of the 1903 Wright Flyer. How cool is this???

Earlier this month, Joe passed his private pilot checkride with Harry. Joe started his training at a 2400 foot strip, so short field landings were his specialty. Great job Joe!

Aviation/Aviators in the news: The aviation section of the Flymall is full of aviation news, training info, and much more for the aviator.

Meet Alma Heflin, she was the 1st commercial woman test pilot. She earned her pilots license in the late 1930s and shortly after that, she started working for the Piper Aircraft Company. Heflin flew the first Piper J-2 Cub and now this aircraft resides in the National Air & Space Museum.

Air show season is always just around the corner.  Want to travel to air shows in your own aircraft?  Visit our used aircraft page on the Flymall to view our inventory.

Car/Motorcycle Show News: There’s a lot going on at the Laytonsville Cruise In this year. We’re having award nights just for kids. Kids are encouraged to bring their bicycles, pedal cars, toy cars, etc for a chance to win an award. Visit the Laytonsville Cruise In page on the Flymall for more information.

Who is the world’s fastest unicycle rider. Click here for a Facebook video (in German).

Our Events Calendar has the most current info regarding local and national car shows, air shows, and more.  With nearly 30 categories, there is something for everyone.  The Day Tripper section of the Flymall has dozens of day trip ideals and interesting places to visit.  Check it out here.

Barn Finds/Hangar Finds:  Need an appraisal on your barn find?  Visit our Appraisal Page for information on our appraisals. 

This month we have a scrap pile find, not a barn find. This is a 1901 light rail inspection car made by the Teeter Company of Hagerstown Indiana. Click here to read how this was saved from the scrap pile once and headed for the scrap pile a second time.

Visit our online store to search for hard to find car parts, aircraft parts, and much more.  You can pay online in our secure store, just click on the Store button on our home page.

Visit the Test Drive section of the Flymall for reviews on automobiles, aircraft, motorcycles, and more. Read about it before you buy it.  You can also research price info on a wide variety of vehicles, collectibles, and more in the Market Watch section of the Flymall. 

If you’re restoring a fabric aircraft, Ira Walker of Walker Aviation is your resource.  Visit his page on the Flymall by clicking here

CFI / DPE Notes: Visit Harry’s Practical Test page for information on his checkrides.  You will also find useful information there to help you prepare for your checkride.  You can also visit Harry’s Lesson Plan section of the Flymall for other flight training information.  Visit our Flight Training page for information on our aviation training classes.

Weather in the news: March went out like a lion. Check out this storm system that brought rain and snow to Mid-Atlantic region. Click on image for a larger view.

Three Wheel Association (TWA): Visit the Three Wheel Association page on the Flymall for more info on the association. We have a lot of interesting new in the three wheeler world this month.

Rumor has it that this is the 2022 Morgan 3 wheeler. Click on the image for a larger view.

Edward Butler. Butler showed plans for his three-wheeled petrol vehicle at the Stanley Cycle Show in London in 1884, two years earlier than Karl Benz, who is generally recognized as the inventor of the modern automobile.  Butler is the person associated as being the first to use the word “petrol”. Click on the image for a larger view.

Here’s a cool three wheeler, its a tire service motorcycle with sidecar. Checkout the phone number in the ad. Its from a time when we used phone number exchanges.

Arlen Ness made a name for himself as a custom motorcycle builder and his custom bikes are some of the most valuable bikes on the market today. We happened to come across this one off custom bike that he built. You actually drive it from the sidecar. Click on the images for a larger view.

140 years ago Gustave Trouvé demonstrated an English lever driven tricycle with his motor and battery invention, creating one of the first electric vehicles. Richards of England recently recreated his historic vehicle and demonstrated it as a functional vehicle.

Want a reproduction vintage 3 wheeler.  Walker Aviation can scratch built from pictures or drawings.  Visit his page on the Flymall.  

Prototypes: The maiden flight of the 737 was on 9 April 1967, just two years after the launch of the project. In command was Boeing’s assistant Director of Flight Operations, Brien Wygle and the Chief Test Pilot, Lew Wallick was co-pilot.

Nautical Notes: In December 1984, a Chukchi hunter spotted a herd of up to 3,000 beluga whales struggling for breathing room in small pools of open water in the ice-covered waters off the Chukchi Peninsula. Easterly winds had packed the narrow Senyavin Strait with drift ice up to 12 feet thick, creating a wide ice pack that the whales could not cross on a single breath. While the locals tried to keep the animals alive by feeding them with frozen fish and keeping the breathing holes open, it soon became evident that the belugas would eventually perish unless they could be freed.

In February 1985, Moskva was called from the Bering Sea in to break a channel through the ice pack and free the trapped herd. On 22 February, the icebreaker finally reached the belugas, but at first they refused to follow the ship to open water. However, when the crew began playing classical music through the ship’s loudspeakers, the whales finally followed Moskva to the unfrozen sea. In the end, it was estimated that about 2,000 whales escaped while slightly more than 500 were taken by the local hunters. Using Moskva for the rescue operation, dubbed “Operation Beluga”, cost the Soviet government about $80,000

Animals in the headlines: All of the turtles in the Kraemer Aviation sanctuary have been moved into their outdoor habitats for the summer. Click here to learn more about the turtles.

We close this newsletter with these words: You learn more from failure than from success.

Kraemer Aviation / Flymall March 2021 Wheels & Wings Newsletter

Written on March 26, 2021 at 1:32 pm, by hkraemer

Welcome to the Kraemer Aviation/Flymall.org March 2021 Wheels & Wings Newsletter

This month: the first retractable hardtop, how far can you walk, who invented the 8-track tape, the first Camaro, and more.

You can view past newsletters here.


Interested in living at an airport? Visit our Aviation Real Estate page here. We hope to have some new listings soon in our aviation real estate section of the Flymall. So stay tuned!

Want to have your business highlighted on the Flymall??? We offer inexpensive rates to have your business featured on our Wheels & Wings page. Contact us for more info.

History Trivia: Here’s a cool fact that is not really “history”… Have you ever wondered what the longest “walking route” in the world is? The longest walking route on Earth is 14,000 miles from South Africa to extreme north Russia.


Who made the first retractable hardtop? Most will say Ford did in the 1950s. It was actually made in the 1930s by Peugeot. The Peugeot Model 401D Eclipse was the first car to have a retractable hardtop.

If you enjoy history we have a new aviation history fact each day at the bottom of our webpages. Some days there may be more than one, just refresh the page. And if you like Beatles history, checkout our Events Calendar and select the Beatles category. This is a work in progress, we’re building the most comprehensive calendar of important dates in Beatle history.

For those that like to stick with current news, we have an aviation news ticker on our home page. This is updated daily to show the current aviation news.

Achievements & Special Recognition: Instructors, what to highlight your students first solo or other achievement here? Just send us a short write-up and a picture or two and we’ll post it here for you. Click here for our contact info.

Most folks involved in aviation know the name William Lear. Bill as he was called, was the name behind the Lear Jet, the company he founded in the early 1960s. Bill actually got his start in aviation designing and building aircraft radios and navigation equipment. But did you know that Bill was the inventor of the car radio? He also invented the 8-track tape.



Aviation/Aviators in the news: When we think of the Stearman, most of us picture the Boeing Stearman. Here’s a Stearman LT-1 (Light Transport)… only 3 were built. It carried 4 passengers in the cabin and had a cruise speed of 115 MPH.


The aviation section of the Flymall is full of aviation news, training info, and much more for the aviator.

Air show season is always just around the corner. Want to travel to air shows in your own aircraft? Visit our used aircraft page on the Flymall to view our inventory.

Car/Motorcycle Show News: The motor racing world is sad this month due to the passing of Sabine Schmitz. She was a German professional racing driver for BMW and Porsche.



Honda, a well know name in the automotive and motorcycle industry. Their motorcycles are one of the most reliable bikes on the market. That wasn’t always the case. Back in 1947 their first motorcycle, the Honda A-Type probable was not too reliable. It was nothing more than a motorized bicycle. Click on the image for a larger view.



Our Events Calendar has the most current info regarding local and national car shows, air shows, and more. With nearly 30 categories, there is something for everyone. The Day Tripper section of the Flymall has dozens of day trip ideals and interesting places to visit. Check it out here.

Here’s some news/updates for the Laytonsville Cruise In; For 2021 we will continue with the award night (depending on sponsors) for the third Friday of every month starting in May until October 2021. This year will be different. This year we are encouraging kids to bring their rides and display them for a chance to win an award. The award nights will just have awards for the kids vehicles (bicycles, cars, etc). There will be one award for adults on the third Friday and this award will be chosen by the kids that enter a vehicle. Please contact Harry at harry@flymall.org if you or your company is interested in sponsoring an award night. It all about the kids this year.

Barn Finds/Hangar Finds: Need an appraisal on your barn find? Visit our Appraisal Page for information on our appraisals.

We may have a “barn find” for sale on the Flymall soon. It’s a 1979 Lincoln Continental, a one owner car that is in excellent condition.

Visit our online store to search for hard to find car parts, aircraft parts, and much more. You can pay online in our secure store, just click on the Store button on our home page.

Visit the Test Drive section of the Flymall for reviews on automobiles, aircraft, motorcycles, and more. Read about it before you buy it. You can also research price info on a wide variety of vehicles, collectibles, and more in the Market Watch section of the Flymall.

If you’re restoring a fabric aircraft, Ira Walker of Walker Aviation is your resource. Visit his page on the Flymall by clicking here.

CFI / DPE Notes: Visit Harry’s Practical Test page for information on his checkrides. You will also find useful information there to help you prepare for your checkride. You can also visit Harry’s Lesson Plan section of the Flymall for other flight training information. Visit our Flight Training page for information on our aviation training classes.

Weather in the news: As aviators, we enjoy observing storms (from the ground). Here’s a major storm system that started in the mid south and worked it’s way northeast on March 17.



Three Wheel Association (TWA): Visit the Three Wheel Association page on the Flymall for more info on the association. You can visit our calendar here to see what show we will be at with some of the three wheelers in the collection.

Want a reproduction vintage 3 wheeler. Walker Aviation can scratch built from pictures or drawings. Visit his page on the Flymall.

Prototypes: In August, 1965 GM Design rolled out the first “Panther” fiberglass model for a management review. The Panther would later have its’ name changed to Camaro before its’ ’67 introduction. Notice the Panther logo on the front fender behind the front wheel.



Nautical Notes: Since the 1960s, Harry has enjoyed repurposing items into unique one-of-a-kind pieces. Here is a vintage knife holder that he repurposed into a PT boat (this was made sometime in the mid 1960s). Lost since the late 1960s, many of the parts have disappeared, however it is still a very cool piece. Click on each image for a larger view.



Animals in the headlines: Visit our turtle page on the Flymall to learn more about the turtles and tortoises we have in our sanctuary.



We close this newsletter with these words: The sky is not the limit….. it’s the beginning


Flymall / Kraemer Aviation February 2021 Wheels & Wings Newsletter

Written on February 28, 2021 at 9:41 am, by hkraemer

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

This month: An all wood bicycle, checkride success, the history of the spark plug, a glider that is part sail boat, Cessna 150 faster than a jet, and much more.

You can view past newsletters here.

Interested in living at an airport?  Visit our Aviation Real Estate page here.

Want to have your business highlighted on the Flymall???  We offer inexpensive rates to have your business featured on our Wheels & Wings page.  Contact us for more info.

History Trivia: Edmond Berger is credited with inventing spark plugs on February 2 1839. With internal combustion engines being in their early stages of development at this time, his device would have been both revolutionary and rudimentary. 

If you enjoy history we have a new aviation history fact each day at the bottom of our webpages.  Some days there may be more than one, just refresh the page.  And if you like Beatles history, checkout our Events Calendar and select the Beatles category.  This is a work in progress, we’re building the most comprehensive calendar of important dates in Beatle history.

For those that like to stick with current news, we have an aviation news ticker on our home page.  This is updated daily to show the current aviation news.

Achievements & Special Recognition: Harry conducted his 200th checkride earlier in February.

Instructors, what to highlight your students first solo or other achievement here?  Just send us a short write-up and a picture or two and we’ll post it here for you.  Click here for our contact info.

Aviation/Aviators in the news: Here’s a strange vehicle that is part sail boat, part glider. In the early 1920’s a Swiss inventor named John Domenjoz set out to create a glider that was capable of taking off using only the force of the wind. Two prototypes were built and one did actually fly, although just for a short distance.

The aviation section of the Flymall is full of aviation news, training info, and much more for the aviator.

Air show season is always just around the corner.  Want to travel to air shows in your own aircraft?  Visit our used aircraft page on the Flymall to view our inventory.

Car/Motorcycle Show News: Here’s a BMW with a highly modified and unusual engine. Something you do not see too often.

Rock Auto has once again come onboard as a sponsor for the Laytonsville Cruise In. We have $25 Rock Auto gift certificates again this year.

Our Events Calendar has the most current info regarding local and national car shows, air shows, and more.  With nearly 30 categories, there is something for everyone.  The Day Tripper section of the Flymall has dozens of day trip ideals and interesting places to visit.  Check it out here.

Barn Finds/Hangar Finds:  Here is a cool Facebook find for this month. Pictured below is a bicycle made entirely out of wood. The wheels, tires, handlebars, and even the chain is wood.

Need an appraisal on your barn find?  Visit our Appraisal Page for information on our appraisals. 

Visit our online store to search for hard to find car parts, aircraft parts, and much more.  You can pay online in our secure store, just click on the Store button on our home page.

Visit the Test Drive section of the Flymall for reviews on automobiles, aircraft, motorcycles, and more. Read about it before you buy it.  You can also research price info on a wide variety of vehicles, collectibles, and more in the Market Watch section of the Flymall. 

If you’re restoring a fabric aircraft, Ira Walker of Walker Aviation is your resource.  Visit his page on the Flymall by clicking here

CFI / DPE Notes: Visit Harry’s Practical Test page for information on his checkrides.  You will also find useful information there to help you prepare for your checkride.  You can also visit Harry’s Lesson Plan section of the Flymall for other flight training information.  Visit our Flight Training page for information on our aviation training classes.

Weather in the news: Here is a storm system off of the coast on January 28 2021. Checkout the long tail it has.

February 7 2021, the Northeast had another storm system come through.

Three Wheel Association (TWA): Visit the Three Wheel Association page on the Flymall for more info on the association. We’re hoping to have some big news regarding the Three Wheel Association later this year. Keep checking the TWA page on the Flymall for updates.

Want a reproduction vintage 3 wheeler.  Walker Aviation can scratch built from pictures or drawings.  Visit his page on the Flymall.  

Prototypes: the PZL M-15. A jet engine biplane produced by the Poles for Ag flying. Top speed according to wiki was 108 knots making a Cessna 150 officially faster than a jet.

Nautical Notes: Here’s a throwback to the 1970’s when Harry was in the Sea Scouts. This was long before the Sea Scouts was a part of the Boy Scouts. Harry was in Sea Scouts Ship 370 based in Dundalk Maryland. They had numerous boats that Harry sailed on. The two most memorable were the Mermaid and the Burch. Below are the actual ships that Harry sailed on.

Here is a 42 foot Ketch, called the Mermaid.

Here is a WWII Crash Boat called the Burch.

Animals in the headlines: Did you know that Harry’s company Kraemer Aviation Services sponsors a turtle rescue? Click here for more info on the turtles in our sanctuary.

We close this newsletter with these words: Dream higher than the sky and deeper than the ocean.

Flymall January 2021 Wheels & Wings Newsletter

Written on January 26, 2021 at 5:31 pm, by hkraemer

Welcome to the Kraemer Aviation/Flymall.org January 2021 Wheels & Wings Newsletter. Here’s to a good year!!!

To view our current newsletter click here. You can view past newsletters here.

Interested in living at an airport?  Visit our Aviation Real Estate page here.

Want to have your business highlighted on the Flymall???  We offer inexpensive rates to have your business featured on our Wheels & Wings page.  Contact us for more info.

History Trivia: Here is an interesting invention.  This is a WWI Pedal Generator.  Click here for a Facebook post with more pictures.  It’s basically a stationary bicycle with 2 soldiers pedaling to generate electricity.  How many of these have survived?

 

If you enjoy history we have a new aviation history fact each day at the bottom of our webpages.  Some days there may be more than one, just refresh the page.  And if you like Beatles history, checkout our Events Calendar and select the Beatles category.  This is a work in progress, we’re building the most comprehensive calendar of important dates in Beatle history.

For those that like to stick with current news, we have an aviation news ticker on our home page.  This is updated daily to show the current aviation news.

Achievements & Special RecognitionMeet Alfred Letourneur.  He was known for setting speed records on bicycles. Pictured here is a Schwinn that he set a record on by reaching 108.92 mph.

While on the topic of bicycles, Harley Davidson has announced a new line of electric bicycles due out in the spring of 2021.  Here is a sneak preview.

Instructors, want to highlight your students first solo or other achievement here?  Just send us a short write-up and a picture or two and we’ll post it here for you.  Click here for our contact info.

Aviation/Aviators in the newsIn the early 1940s, the Junkers Jumo 223 engine was in the news. It was an experimental 24-cylinder aircraft engine. It had four banks of six cylinders in a rhomboid configuration, with four crankshafts one at each vertex of the rhombus, and 48 pistons. Only one is believed to have been made. The whereabouts of the engine is unknown.

 

The aviation section of the Flymall is full of aviation news, training info, and much more for the aviator.

Here is a short video about Davis Airport in Montgomery County Maryland

Air show season is always just around the corner.  Want to travel to air shows in your own aircraft?  Visit our used aircraft page on the Flymall to view our inventory.  Here’s some feedback we received from a client that purchased an aircraft from us sight unseen:

“Thank you Harry for all the extra effort you did to make this deal happen. It’s a real honor and pleasure to work with a truly honest and professional person. It has become a rarity to do so now days. She’s on her way to her forever home and will be flown by 3 generations of my family almost daily.”

Car/Motorcycle Show News:  Here is a cool accessory for your car that you have probably never seen.  Its called a “Pathfinder”.  These were available in England and America in the early 1900s.  At the time, roads were non existent or they were in poor condition.  It was very likely that you would have something puncture your tire.  So this was invented.  Its so simple, maybe it even worked.  It was just a brush in front of the tire used to “sweep away” anything that may puncture your tire. 

 

Our Events Calendar has the most current info regarding local and national car shows, air shows, and more.  With nearly 30 categories, there is something for everyone.  The Day Tripper section of the Flymall has dozens of day trip ideals and interesting places to visit.  Check it out here.

What does this 1965 Susita and the Westwind Jet (pictured below) have in common?  They were both made in Israel.

 

Barn Finds/Hangar Finds:  Need an appraisal on your barn find?  Visit our Appraisal Page for information on our appraisals. 

Here is an interesting eBay find from a year ago. A 1958 GM Oldsmobile air ride pump compressor (V Twin).  Part number 5540194.   It looks like a miniature V Twin engine.  Click here for our January 2019 Newsletter featuring this air pump

Have you ever seen a 1972 Suzuki LJ20.  There was on on eBay recently. 

 

When is the last time you saw a 1952 Jaguar XK120 OTS, with a V8 under the hood?  We found one on eBay and it looked good.

 

Visit our online store to search for hard to find car parts, aircraft parts, and much more.  You can pay online in our secure store, just click on the Store button on our home page.

Visit the Test Drive section of the Flymall for reviews on automobiles, aircraft, motorcycles, and more. Read about it before you buy it.  You can also research price info on a wide variety of vehicles, collectibles, and more in the Market Watch section of the Flymall.  Our Market Watch section is an online searchable database and it is smart phone friendly. It was set up as a database for vehicle prices, however we have added other collectibles as well. For example, under “Make” you can search for Paul McCartney for data. You can also use the database to see what celebrity ownership of a vehicle does to the value. For example, under “Model” search for Trans Am, click here to view the results. You can also search the Market Watch for famous collections that have sold, for example, here is the data for the Bruce Weiner Microcar Auction. And here is the data for the Lee Roy Hartung collection that sold a few years ago. We have also included price data from TV shows such as Jay Lenos Garage, American Pickers, and others, simply search under “Make” for Jay Lenos Garage and click on search.

If you’re restoring a fabric aircraft, Ira Walker of Walker Aviation is your resource.  Visit his page on the Flymall by clicking here

CFI / DPE Notes:  Visit Harry’s Practical Test page for information on his checkrides.  You will also find useful information there to help you prepare for your checkride.  You can also visit Harry’s Lesson Plan section of the Flymall for other flight training information.  Visit our Flight Training page for information on our aviation training classes.

Sonya passed her instrument checkride with Harry earlier this month. She is an outstanding pilot. She has been accepted in a very elite air force program where only 40 people a year get accepted into. She is headed for Sheppard Air Force Base later this year. She wants to be a pilot in the USAF Thunderbirds Demonstration Team. Great job Sonya.

 

 

Checkout Harry’s new section of the Flymall called “How Things Fly“.  Years ago, Harry developed a children’s program to teach them how different things fly.  What was unique about this program was the fact that the kids did hands on activities/experiments to learn how things fly.  The way Harry presented the program was that the kids asked the questions and the kids answered the questions via hands on activities using items that they would have around the house.  It is only $25 for unlimited access to the page.  It is still under development and should have all of the material live within a month or so.

Weather in the newsDec 24 2020 brought us a major storm system that stretched from the Gulf of Mexico all the way up in to Canada.

And on January 1 2021, we had another storm system that stretched from the Gulf of Mexico to Canada.

 

Three Wheel Association (TWA): Did you know that the world’s first mass produced motorcycle was a 3 wheeler?  Here is an 1898 De Dion-Bouton Tricycle, built in France 1896-1901. It is considered the 1st mass produced motorcycle, 15,000 units sold.  

Visit the Three Wheel Association page on the Flymall for more info on the association.

Here is an interesting find.

The above unique car made from a Jawa motorcycle was discovered in Minsk. This one of a kind was made by Alexander Dlotovsky, the first president of the Belarusian Union of Designers.  He used Jawa 250 motorcycle and went from there. Click here for more ready on this unique three wheeler.

Want a reproduction vintage 3 wheeler.  Walker Aviation can scratch built from pictures or drawings.  Visit his page on the Flymall.  

Prototypes:  Have you ever seen a stainless steel car?  Ford made a few, 11 to be exact.  Here is a short history on them. In 1935, officials at Allegheny Ludlum Steel Division and the Ford Motor Company collaborated on an experiment by creating a stainless steel car for Ford to help promote the quality and use of their stainless steel. The idea took shape in the form of a 1936 Deluxe Sedan. Six vehicles were produced.  Allegheny Ludlum and Ford would later collaborate on two more stainless models, a 1960 Thunderbird (2) and a 1967 Lincoln Continental Convertible (3).  When it was over, a total 11 cars were built.  The vehicles were in active service on the roads covering many miles and have been displayed throughout the United States and Europe. The cars now either reside in private collections and/or on display in Auto Museums.

 

 

Nautical Notes:  Here’s something that combines boating and flying a helicopter.  Meet the Giro Boat. 

The Giro Boat was created by a 26 year old American living in the UK named John Hofstetter. Hofstetter had some experience designing aircraft.  It was said that with just one hour of training, you could pilot a Giro Boat like a pro. Hofstetter also had plans to create a Giro Boat pilot school where you could learn to fly.

 

Some sad news this month for a passenger on the S.S. Minnow. Dawn Wells who played Mary Ann on Gilligan’s Island passed away Dec 30 2020 of Covid.

Since we just brought in a new year, have you heard the story of the SS Warrimoo?  Well here is it.  Enjoy!

The passenger steamer SS Warrimoo was quietly knifing its way through the waters of the mid-Pacific on its way from Vancouver to Australia. The navigator had just finished working out a star fix and brought Captain John DS. Phillips, the result. The Warrimoo’s position was LAT 0º 31′ N and LONG 179 30′ W. The date was 31 December 1899. “Know what this means?” First Mate Payton broke in, “We’re only a few miles from the intersection of the Equator and the International Date Line”. Captain Phillips, excited, wanted to take full advantage of the opportunity for achieving the navigational freak of a lifetime. He called his navigators to the bridge to check & double check the ship’s position. He changed course slightly so as to bear directly on his mark. Then he adjusted the engine speed. The calm weather & clear night worked in his favor. At mid-night the SS Warrimoo lay on the Equator at exactly the point where it crossed the International Date Line! The consequences of this bizarre position were many:
The forward part (bow) of the ship was in the Southern Hemisphere & in the middle of summer.
The rear (stern) was in the Northern Hemisphere & in the middle of winter.
The date in the aft part of the ship was 31 December 1899.
In the bow (forward) part it was 1 January 1900.
This ship was therefore not only in:
Two different days,
Two different months,
Two different years,
Two different seasons
And in two different centuries – all at the same time!
 

 

Harry obtained a very cool item for the Kraemer Aviation transportation museum.  We believe it is a maritime channel marker light.  Its very similar to the lamps on top of the Hario Wireless Towers in Japan.  Our lamp stands about 3 foot tall and is fully functional. 

Below is a picture of the lamps on top of the Hario Wireless Towers.

 

Animals in the headlines:  Jett is always in the news around Kraemer Aviation.  Visit her page on the Flymall.  Soon, she’ll be in training to pull her new sled pictured below.

 

We close this newsletter with these words:  A smile is a curve that sets everything straight 

Twas The Night Before Christmas from 2020

Written on December 22, 2020 at 9:38 am, by hkraemer

Here are a few home made versions from 2020:

Twas three nights before Christmas
And all through the home
Not one creature disturbs her
For one night she’s alone
Oh glorious covers!
Oh glorious bed!
Oh glorious pillows for one weary head
No kid with sharp elbows
No paw slurping noise
No dishes. No laundry
No shelf asshole elf and his toys
Just peace in full slumber
All tucked in the nest
Cuz Christmas is coming
And that requires rest!!!

One for the COVID times:

T’was the week before Christmas, and all through the town, people wore masks, that covered their frown. The frown had begun way back in the spring when a global pandemic changed everything. They called it corona, but unlike the beer, It didn’t bring good times, it didn’t bring cheer. Airplanes were grounded, travel was banned. Borders were closed across air, sea, and land. As the world entered lockdown to flatten the curve, the economy halted, and folks lost their nerve. From March to July we rode the first wave, people stayed home, they tried to behave. When summer emerged the lockdown was lifted, but away from caution, many folks drifted. Now it’s December and cases are spiking, wave two has arrived, much to our disliking. It’s true that this year has had sadness a-plenty, we’ll never forget the year 2020. And just ‘round the corner – The holiday season, but why be merry? Is there even one reason? To decorate the house and put up the tree, who will see it, no one but me. But outside my window, the snow gently falls, and I think to myself, let’s deck the halls! So, I gather the ribbon, The garland, and bows, as I play those old carols, my happiness grows. Christmas is not canceled and neither is hope. If we lean on each other, I know we can cope…

And a short one COVID style:

Twas the week before Christmas

This mama’s gone crazy

She’s looking for presents,

Where she hid them is Hazy

For COVID has thrown her

A curve ball so crappy

She just wants some wine

And to take a long nappy.

Flymall December 2020 Wheels & Wings Newsletter

Written on December 11, 2020 at 6:54 pm, by hkraemer

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

To view our current newsletter click here. or copy and paste this link into your browser https://flymall.org/blog/2020/12/flymall-december-2020-wheels-wings-newsletter/ … You can view past newsletters here. Want to find something we covered in the past? Just use the search box in the newsletter section and search for the subject/topic.

Tis the season. Here is Harry’s collection of different versions of Twas The Night Before Christmas. Enjoy! If you have a version not included, please share it with us.

This month: Zimmerman Flying Platform, 280 mile 1986 Dodge Charger, Ford’s first assembly line, a mine find (we brought you barn finds, hangar finds, wall finds), the first hybrid vehicle, is it an engine or motor, and more. Plus, as a bonus, a collection of different versions of Twas The Night Before Christmas.

We had our first major snow storm of the season on Dec 16 2020.  Click here for pictures of the snow.

Interested in living at an airport?  Visit our Aviation Real Estate page here.

Want to have your business highlighted on the Flymall???  We offer inexpensive rates to have your business featured on our Wheels & Wings page.  Contact us for more info.

History Trivia:  On December 1 1913 Henry Ford’s assembly line was started for the first time.

If you enjoy history we have a new aviation history fact each day at the bottom of our webpages.  Some days there may be more than one, just refresh the page.  And if you like Beatles history, checkout our Events Calendar and select the Beatles category.  This is a work in progress, we’re building the most comprehensive calendar of important dates in Beatle history.

For those that like to stick with current news, we have an aviation news ticker on our home page.  This is updated daily to show the current aviation news.

Achievements & Special RecognitionInstructors, what to highlight your students first solo or other achievement here?  Just send us a short write-up and a picture or two and we’ll post it here for you.  Click here for our contact info.

Earlier this month, HiLi Lev passed her CFII checkride with Harry.  She has taken 3 checkrides with Harry (Commercial, CFI, and CFII).  Her entire family flies, her dad, mom, and all of her brothers. 

Aviation/Aviators in the newsThe aviation section of the Flymall is full of aviation news, training info, and much more for the aviator.

Ofir and Inbal, two applicants that Harry tested recently for their instrument rating, completed a long trip across the United States to build time for their Commercial Pilot Certificate.  The trip took 63 flight hours and 14 days to complete.  See map below.  Click on the image for a larger view.

 

Sources are saying that Boeing’s two T33 flight test chase planes are “going to the boneyard”.  Too bad that they may not be saved or even put in a museum.

Air show season is always just around the corner.  Want to travel to air shows in your own aircraft?  Visit our used aircraft page on the Flymall to view our inventory.

Car/Motorcycle Show NewsIf you’re a car enthusiast, you know the song “Hey Little Cobra”.  But do you know the origins of it?   The story goes that the song writer Carol Connors (best know as the lead singer on the Teddy Bears’ single To Know Him Is To Love Him) owned an AC Ace Bristol similar to the one pictured below.  Carol Shelby made this car famous by putting a Ford engine in it and it became the Shelby Cobra.  Connors’ AC was damaged and she could not find anyone to repair it, so she went to Carol Shelby.  Shelby was aware of the success of the Beach Boys songs about cars and he told Carol Connors if she could write a song about the Cobra and get it to a number one hit, that he would give her a Shelby Cobra.  She did, and he did! And the rest is history.  Click here for a version of the song by The Rip Chords via YouTube

 

When speaking of legendary sports cars, Porsche is usually one that comes to mind.  Did you know that Porsche had the very first hybrid vehicle back in 1900? It was know as the Lohner-Porsche Electromobile.  It is pictured below.  Nowadays Porsche is known for racecars.  RACECAR spelled backwards is RACECAR.  Does a racecar have an engine or motor?  Click here for a post Harry did on this topic

Our Events Calendar has the most current info regarding local and national car shows, air shows, and more.  With nearly 30 categories, there is something for everyone.  The Day Tripper section of the Flymall has dozens of day trip ideals and interesting places to visit.  Check it out here.

Barn Finds/Hangar Finds:  Need an appraisal on your barn find?  Visit our Appraisal Page for information on our appraisals. 

Here is an “ebay find” for this month.  How would you like to have a 1986 Dodge  Charger with only 280 miles?  That’s correct, 280 miles.  As of the writing of this newsletter, the bid was up to $8,100.00 and the reserve was not met.

Over the years we have highlighted barn finds, hangar finds, and even a wall find.  Click here for the post on the wall find.  This month we have a mine find.  Here is the Davis Motor Mine Cart. This was found in an abandoned Gold Mine in Northern California sometime in the late 1970s.  A home made creation using most of a 1926 Harley Davidson B-Model motorcycle, a Ford Model-A transmission, and an electric starter.

Visit our online store to search for hard to find car parts, aircraft parts, and much more.  You can pay online in our secure store, just click on the Store button on our home page.

Visit the Test Drive section of the Flymall for reviews on automobiles, aircraft, motorcycles, and more. Read about it before you buy it.  You can also research price info on a wide variety of vehicles, collectibles, and more in the Market Watch section of the Flymall. Our Market Watch section is an online searchable database and it is smart phone friendly. It was set up as a database for vehicle prices, however we have added other collectibles as well. For example, under “Make” you can search for Paul McCartney for data. You can also use the database to see what celebrity ownership of a vehicle does to the value. For example, under “Model” search for Trans Am, click here to view the results. You can also search the Market Watch for famous collections that have sold, for example, here is the data for the Bruce Weiner Microcar Auction. And here is the data for the Lee Roy Hartung collection that sold a few years ago. We have also included price data from TV shows such as Jay Lenos Garage, American Pickers, and others, simply search under “Make” for Jay Lenos Garage and click on search.

If you’re restoring a fabric aircraft, Ira Walker of Walker Aviation is your resource.  Visit his page on the Flymall by clicking here

CFI / DPE NotesYou can follow Harry on Facebook to stay up to date with his checkrides and other adventures. He does daily post on his Facebook page. 

Ofek passed his instrument checkride with Harry earlier this month.  He did an outstanding job.  He was very detailed in his flight planning and briefings. Outstanding!

In September of this year Rachel passed her Private Pilot checkride with Harry.  She did it just a few months after her 17th birthday.  She recently received news that she was accepted to both the United States Air Force Academy as well as the United States Coast Guard Academy.  She is pictured here with Harry on her checkride day.

 

On December 15 German passed his CFII checkride with Harry.  The most amazing part was December 15 was a picture perfect day for flying.  December 14 and December 16 we had major storm systems in the Northeast, see below.

Visit Harry’s Practical Test page for information on his checkrides.  You will also find useful information there to help you prepare for your checkride.  You can also visit Harry’s Lesson Plan section of the Flymall for other flight training information.  Visit our Flight Training page for information on our aviation training classes.

Weather in the newsDecember 5 2020, the Northeast saw a Nor’easter pass through the area with heavy rain and strong winds.

Mid month, we had back to back storm systems move through the Mid-Atlantic area.  The first one was on December 14 that was mostly a rain event.

 The second storm system was on December 16.  Checkout the forecast for Dulles below.  It includes just about every type of hazardous weather for a pilot; moderate snow, heavy freezing rain, moderate ice pellets, gusty surface winds, and wind shear.  Click on the image for a larger view.

Here is the radar image for the December 16 storm system.  It has every type of precipitation included.

 

Three Wheel Association (TWA)Visit the Three Wheel Association page on the Flymall for more info on the association.  Click here to view Harry’s collection of rare and vintage three wheelers

Earlier in this newsletter we talked about the origins of the song “Hey Little Cobra”.   The Cobra was a car made by the AC Car Company originally as the AC Ace Bristol.  Did you know that this iconic car company got it’s start by producing a 3 wheel delivery motorcycle?  It was known as the AC Auto Carrier Delivery Box Van.  Here is the 1912 AC Delivery in Harry’s collection.  It is most likely the only one in North America.  Click here for more information on this 3 wheel delivery trike and some history on the AC Car Company. 

 

Want a reproduction vintage 3 wheeler.  Walker Aviation can scratch built from pictures or drawings.  Visit his page on the Flymall.  

Prototypes:  This month we have the Flying Platform prototype aircraft.  This was developed by Charles Zimmerman. The aircraft was controlled by an individual’s “kinesthetic control,” giving the pilot the ability to stand upright and steer by leaning toward the direction of intended motion. The concept was designed with military applications in mind. Operated by an individual soldier, the platform was designed to be used for easier travel over rough terrain, assisting in reconnaissance, or spotting land mines.  Zimmerman was known to think “out-of-the-box” and this was just one of his unique designs.  Unfortunately, the concept could not compete VTOL aircraft, and the idea was discarded. 

 

And for the automotive readers, here is the 1969 Vega Pickup Prototype.  Any of our subscribers “Vega lovers”?  This is one cool pickup.

Nautical NotesThis month we’re introducing a new section in our newsletter.  Harry grew up on the Chesapeake Bay often spending the entire day on the water with his grandfather.  Harry learned to sail large sailboats in the early 1970s.  Seaplanes are a way to combine your love for flying and your love for the water.  Harry & Pat are both commercial seaplane pilots.

This month we are highlighting a vehicle that is part boat and part airplane.  While they have been around a while, there is a new “term” to describe them.  They’re called a WIG craft.  It’s basically a boat that cruises just above the water.

Animals in the headlines:  This month he have a poem dedicated to Harry’s neighbor who’s dog Twix passed away recently.

From time to time, people tell me, “lighten up, it’s just a dog,” or, “that’s a lot of money for just a dog.” They don’t understand the distance traveled, the time spent, or the costs involved for “just a dog.”

Some of my proudest moments have come about with “just a dog.” Many hours have passed and my only company was “just a dog,” but I did not once feel slighted.

Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by “just a dog,” and in those days of darkness, the gentle touch of “just a dog” gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day.

If you, too, think it’s “just a dog,” then you will probably understand phases like “just a friend,” “just a sunrise,” or “just a promise.” “Just a dog” brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust, and pure unbridled joy. “Just a dog” brings out the compassion and patience that make me a better person.

Because of “just a dog” I will rise early, take long walks and look longingly to the future. So for me and folks like me, it’s not “just a dog” but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment.

“Just a dog” brings out what’s good in me and diverts my thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day.

I hope that someday they can understand that it’s not “just a dog” but the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being “just a human.”

So the next time you hear the phrase “just a dog.” just smile, because they “just don’t understand.”

 

Visit Jett’s page on the Flymall for more poems regarding man’s best friend.

We close this newsletter with these words: Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.

We’ll see you in 2021!!!

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