Flymall / Kraemer Aviation April 2022 Wheels & Wings Newsletter

Written on April 29, 2022 at 7:44 am, by hkraemer

Welcome to the Kraemer Aviation/Flymall.org Wheels & Wings Newsletter. The theme this month is “Famous people and their cars/planes/boats/trains, etc. & Famous Cars and Cars Seen On TV”.

This month; the story of Hachiko, new awards for the Laytonsville Cruise In, the first Boeing 720 built, Paul McCartney’s Aston Martin, a plane owned by Elvis, and more.

You can view past newsletters here.

Save the date. May 20 2022 is the “Official Opening Night” for the Laytonsville Cruise In. We will also have free ice cream for the drivers and one guest. Check out the new awards for this year.


Earlier this month, Kraemer Aviation hosted their annual Easter dinner. Click here for pictures from the event.

Interested in living at an airport?  Visit our Aviation Real Estate page here. You can view price data for airport property in our Market Watch section of the Flymall. Here is the data for all airport property. You can refine the search by “state” simply by searching for the desired state under “Model”.

Since this month’s theme is famous people and their vehicles, most likely one of the most famous aviation homes is John Travolta’s home and his planes. We have a few airport homes for sale in the Real Estate section of the Flymall.

We have a very nice grass strip available for sale. Keymar Airport in Carroll County Maryland. Click here for details.

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 that the first rock star to have his/her own private jet was James Brown. It was a Lear 23.

One of the most famous jets used by rock stars and rock groups was the Starship. The Starship was the very first Boeing 720 built. Groups that used this plane include Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Elton John, Allman Brothers Band, and many more.

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.

Our friend Bill Gibson deserves some special recognition for his work on his own Bat Cave complete with a real Batmobile and Batcycle with Robin’s sidecar. Harry & Pat were lucky enough to get a personal tour recently. Click here for our post from the visit to the Bat Cave.

Aviation/Aviators in the news: Rock stars and private jets seem to go together. While the rock star’s whereabouts are usually known, sometimes their jets get lost. Elvis Presley’s 1962 Lockheed Jetstar sat abandoned for about 35 years until it was sold at auction in 2017 for just over $500,000 USD. It was in sad shape. You can view price data for Elvis Presley vehicles in our Market Watch section of the Flymall by clicking here.

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

The Kraemer Aviation team attended the Hagerstown Aviation Museum April Open House. Perfect weather and a great time. Click here for more pictures from the event.

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 Laytonsville Cruise In is the place to be on a Friday night in Montgomery County.  The Laytonsville Cruise In was started by Harry in 2010. It has become one of the most popular cruise ins in the area. You can follow Harry on Facebook for daily updates during the many shows and events he attends. Here’s info on the Cars & Cones event at the Laytonsville Cruise In.

Earlier this month, the Kraemer Aviation team attended the season’s first Bike Night at Elder Pine Brewing & Blending Co. Click here for some pictures from the event.

Who remembers The Bionic Woman? The series starred Lindsay Wagner. Here she is holding up a Mini Cooper with one hand.

District Harley Davidson held an open house “Blessing of the Bikes & Fish Fry” earlier this month. We were on hand to enjoy the bikes, food, and music. Click here for more 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.

We attended the annual Howard County Motorcycle Show & Swap meet earlier this month. This is a great place to find some good deals on used parts and motorcycles. Click here for more pictures from the event.

Here is a yearly event that is worth attending. A Gas & Steam Engine show at the Agricultural History Farm Park. The show is usually near the end of April or beginning of May. Lots of vintage tractors, farm animals, crafts, classic cars, good food, and more. Click here for some pictures from this year’s event.

If you grew up in the 60s, you will certainly remember The Munsters. You can view price data for some of the Munsters vehicles in our Market Watch section of the Flymall. Pictured here is their daily driver and grandpa in the Coffin Dragster.

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

Someone is just waiting and hoping to find this one in a barn somewhere. Perhaps two of the coolest things from the 1960s, Paul McCartney and his 1966 Aston Martin. And to add, the association of the car with James Bond! You can view Paul McCartney items in our Market Watch section here.

Here’s another Paul McCartney vehicle. Paul on his Honda motorcycle.

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.

Earlier this month, Carmel passed her CFI (flight instructor) checkride with Harry. She is a very talented and natural pilot. This was their 4th checkride together.

Many of the local flying clubs at KGAI will often invite the DPEs to their club meetings and social events. This month, Harry, Pat, and Jett attended the Congressional Flying Club cookout at KGAI. It was a rainy evening, however everyone seemed to enjoy the company and grilled food. Click here for more pictures.

Weather in the news: While April is supposed to be the start of warmer weather, we had a few snow storms in April this year. Some were record breaking/setting.

April has certainly been a month to remember for severe weather. And this is how April 2022 ended. This was the Weather Channel’s forecast on Friday, April 29 2022. We had wind, hail, and tornado warnings!

Three Wheel Association (TWA):  Harry started the Three Wheel Association in 2013 to promote/support the industry of three wheel vehicles of all types. Visit the Three Wheel Association page on the Flymall for more info on the association.

One of our vintage 3 wheelers has met someone rich and famous. Our 1912 AC Delivery Trike and Wayne Carini of Chasing Classic Cars.

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

Prototypes: Here’s a famous car from television in the mid 1980s. The Coyote X from the series Hardcastle & McCormick. The Coyote X was made using custom molds. It was based on the McLaren M6GT. The original one was made by Mike Fennel. It used a chassis from a Volkswagen Beetle and engine from a Porsche 914. For the second and third seasons, they used a different Coyote which was based on a De Lorean DMC-12. The judge drove a 1964 Corvette Sting Ray.

Nautical Notes: The rich and famous are no strangers to super yachts. Check out the Rising Sun motor yacht owned by David Geffen. She cost over $200 million to build. She’s 452 foot long and powered by 4 diesel engines producing over 48,000 horsepower. The yacht has 82 rooms and includes a gym, basketball court, wine cellar, and a movie theater. Sir Paul McCartney has been a guest on the Rising Sun.

Riding The Rails: Many celebrities have trains on their property or are model railroaders. Rod Stewart is one of them. Here is a little sample of his model railroad setup.

Animals in the headlines: Have you heard the story of Hachiko? He was a Japanese Akita dog, remembered for his remarkable loyalty to his owner, Hidesaburō Ueno, for whom he continued to wait for over nine years following Ueno’s death. Movies have been made about him. There are statues of him. There is an Akita Dog Museum In Japan that honors him. He has his own Wikipedia page. Click here for more information on this famous dog (man’s best friend).

We close this newsletter with these words: Don’t let anyone talk you out of pursuing what you know to be a great idea.

Commercial Pilot Questions / Scenarios

Written on April 8, 2022 at 12:30 pm, by hkraemer

1.On the descent, your captain drops below the glide slope. As FO. You bring it to his attention. He doesn’t respond to you or take corrective action. What should you do? >>>>>>>Call for a go-around (key the mike so it’s official with tower). If the CA still does not respond, take the controls.>>>>>>>>>Depends on how far out we are. IF outside the marker, probably nothing. Inside the marker, I’d insist on a missed approach if unstable and more than about a dot off. At 500 to mins if we are not stabilized and the Captain is unresponsive, I’m taking over and executing a missed approach.

2.You’re the FO. Your Captain shows up with what seems to be the smell of liquor on his breath. What would you do? Why? Other options?>>>>>>>>First, be very certain that it is liquor. Then tell the guy that he needs to call in sick immediately. I would tell him that he needs to first contact the union for substance-abuse intervention, then have the union contact me to confirm he did that. If he doesn’t comply, I call the CP.>>>>>>>>>>Bottom line is this. You need to be damn sure the guy has been drinking inside of the 8 hours or is impaired. Its possible the guy next to him spilled their beer on the Capt’s uniform shirt during the commute in. If I am really sure the guy has been drinking I’m going to encourage him to call in sick. If that fails, he has what is coming to him. I’d call my chief pilot and airport security as a last step.

3.A thunderstorm is moving in and approaching the end of the runway. Your captain is continuing on the approach to the same runway. What would say/do? Why?>>>>>>>>Point it out to the CA. If he takes no action, call approach and inquire about the storm cell. Request vectors if necessary.>>>>>>>>>How far is the T-storm? If close, I’d suggest we don’t land and wait for it to pass. Also, I’d have scoped out a reasonable alternate and suggest that. If we go missed into an T-storm we are done! Bottom line, I’m not going to let the Captain put me and the pax in a risky situation.

4.You’re at the hotel bar with your flight crew having drinks and its getting close to the 8 hour mark. Someone says lets have one more drink. What do you do?>>>>>>>>>Point out that time’s up, then go to my room. That way I dropped the hint, did not break the 8 hour rule, and did not witness anyone else breaking the rule. I don’t think I would play hall monitor. If they show up drunk in the AM, see #2.>>>>>>>>>. I’ve been here. I chose to leave prior to the 8 hour point and stopped drinking around 10 hours prior. Personally, I did not want to be witness to someone violating the 8 hours. When I left, everyone else left too…

5.How would you handle a situation where your captain didn’t seem to like you?>>>>>>>>Try to do your job and be polite. If the CA’s behavior is bad enough to affect your emotional state, you could either discuss it with him or ask company to pull you off the trip.>>>>>>>>I’ve seen this. Sometimes people don’t like you or you don’t like them. Who cares. I would run the checklists and required items, ensure safety of flight, and not let it bother me.

6.What would you do if your captain was performing nonstandard but not unsafe maneuvers?>>>>>>>Remind him of the SOP. If he continues to do it, maybe call union pro-standards…that will provide some intervention without getting him in trouble.>>>>>>If what the Captain is doing is not unsafe, I don’t feel it is necessary to correct them or inform them of company policy. My job isn’t check FO, it’s just FO. Anytime safety is compromised, I have a moral imperative to step in and stop the situation from escalating.

7.There are heavy thunderstorms ahead and your captain wants to fly through them. What should you say to the captain?>>>>>See #3>>>>>>>>>>>. This falls in a safety issue and I just tell the Capt. I’m not comfortable flying through T-storms. Perhaps give them a little lesson on WX radar.

8.You notice that your captain is not following the checklist. You bring it to his attention. He tells you he doesn’t need to follow it he knows it. What would you do? While in cruise, he starts reading a flight magazine. Should you say anything?>>>>>>>>If the CA refuses to use the checklist after being reminded, I would pull the checklist and run it myself to make sure it’s all done…out loud. If I think it’s a real issue, call pro-standards. If the CA takes a magazine out in cruise flight that means it’s time to read the paper, or whatever literature you brought.>>>>>>>>>Checklists are important. I would make sure the checklist is read by me. I occasionally see Capts who don’t do checklists or call for them online. Seriously, everyone reads magazines – I likely wouldn’t admit to reading in an interview, but I would not do anything about a captain who is reading. ALSO, this is a company issue , not an FAA issue. If your OPSPEC doesn’t prevent reading non-company material then it is okay.

9.Under what circumstances do you feel an FO would be justified in taking control of the aircraft (in flight) away from the captain?>>>>>>>>If the captain (a) is non-responsive or (b) flying the airplane into a dangerous situation, or (c) has lost attitude control and seems unable to correct it (stall, unusual attitude, etc). >>>>>>>>Impending doom.

10.The manifest shows you’re 55 pounds overweight. You inform your captain. He tells you it’s okay to fly. What should you do?>>>>>>Insist that the weight issue be corrected. If he refuses, threaten to walk off the job. He then has the choice of mellowing out, calling in sick, or explaining to the CP why his FO jumped ship. If he gives you a hard time about this, contact pro-standards.>>>>>Maybe there was a kid in the back that the FA miscounted as an adult? That should save some weight. If that fails, I’d Change the manifest to indicate less fuel and run the APU longer than required or take a 2 minute delay before takeoff to burn the 55LBS off so we are not overweight for takeoff.

11.If your captain showed up for your flight in a very bad mood, what would you do? Why?>>>>>>>>>>Suggest that maybe he should call in sick, express concern that he has a lot on his mind. If he is really out of control, threaten to walk off the job. He then has the choice of mellowing out, calling in sick, or explaining to the CP why his FO jumped ship.>>>>>>>>Who cares? Do the required checklists and flows, try to be friendly, and not worry about his problems.

Preflight Inspection

Written on April 7, 2022 at 6:59 pm, by hkraemer

Preflight Procedures / Preflight Inspection

Here are some “hot items” to be sure and check closely

Check the spinner for cracks

Check spinner alignment

Look at the two 2 circled areas. They are areas that can rub and wear a hole in the hose. The green is the spiral wrap. The wrap will wear before the hose or wire does.

Brake pad inspection

If you turn on the master switch and you DO NOT hear this noise, what instrument may have failed??????

Know and understand what safety wire is and why it is used

Here is what can happen if you extend flaps above Vfe

Kraemer Aviation / Flymall.org March 2022 Wheels & Wings Newsletter

Written on March 26, 2022 at 7:22 pm, by hkraemer

Welcome to the Kraemer Aviation/Flymall.org Wheels & Wings Newsletter. This month the theme is “Maryland” – Harry’s home state. This month’s newsletter is full of Maryland Wheels & Wings information including: aircraft manufacturers of Maryland, car manufacturers of Maryland, checkride success, an award winning flight instructor, and much more.

Next month the theme is “Famous people and their cars & Famous Cars”.

You can view past newsletters here.


Interested in living at an airport?  Visit our Aviation Real Estate page here. You can view price data for airport property in our Market Watch section of the Flymall. Here is the data for all airport property. You can refine the search by “state” simply by searching for the desired state under “Model”.

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: Not really Maryland related, but this is too cool of a fact not to share this month. The F-11 Tiger is noted for being the first jet aircraft to shoot itself down. On 21 September 1956, during a test-firing of its 20 mm (0.79 in) cannons, pilot Tom Attridge fired two bursts midway through a shallow dive. As the trajectory of the cannon rounds decayed, they ultimately crossed paths with the Tiger as it continued its descent, disabling it and forcing Attridge to crash-land the aircraft; he survived.

Did you know that Maryland was the home of two major aircraft manufacturers during the 1900s?

Fairchild Aircraft was based in Hagerstown Maryland from 1931 to 1984. The Fairchild F-27 was one of their popular turboprop aircraft. The F-27 could be configured as an airliner or a corporate aircraft.

Fairchild Aircraft also built the A-10 Thunderbolt. Production A-10s were built by Fairchild Aircraft in Hagerstown Maryland.

The Glen L Martin Company was based in Middle River Maryland from 1917 to 1961. One of the aircraft that the Glen L Martin Company was know for we the Martin B-26 Marauder. This aircraft was built in Middle River. The B-26 saw extensive service during WWII.

During the late 1980s, early 1990s Harry was working at the Martin State Airport, formerly know as the Glenn L Martin Airport where the B-26 was made. During his time there he meet an older gentleman that worked at the Glen L Martin Company and actually meet Glen L Martin. Glen L Martin gave this person a few pictures of the aircraft that were made in the Middle River location and this person passed them on to Harry sometime in the late 1980s. These pictures are still in Harry’s collection.

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.

Earlier this month, Or Hadar passed the ground portion of her Instrument Rating checkride with Harry. She did an outstanding job. While in the military in Israel, she was a sim instructor for the Lockheed C-130. Or is considering being a career flight instructor. The industry needs more career instructors, especially goods ones like Or will be in a few months. We wish her the best in her aviation career.

Aviation/Aviators in the news: Harry’s good friend Yaniv Mizrahi was recently promoted to the assistant chief instructor at WIFA. Harry noticed what an outstanding job he was doing. So Harry contacted the FSDO recommending that he get some recognition. The Baltimore FSDO decided to give him an outstanding Flight Instructor award. Harry presented it to him at their monthly instructor meeting earlier this month. Way to go! Click on each picture for a larger view.

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 Laytonsville Cruise In is the place to be on a Friday night in Montgomery County.  The Laytonsville Cruise In was started by Harry in 2010. It has become one of the most popular cruise ins in the area. You can follow Harry on Facebook for daily updates during the many shows and events he attends.

Earlier this month, the Flymall team attended the District Harley Davidson Spring Open House event. It was a bit chilly and attendance was low. There were still a lot of nice bikes there. Click here for more pictures from the event.

Here’s a picture of the original McDonalds on Wise Ave in Dundalk Maryland. A favorite hangout spot for Harry and his school friends in the 1970s. Before Harry was old enough to drive, he would often ride his Power King 10 speed bike there (picture below) and later his 1972 Camaro (also pictured below).

Harry’s 1972 Camaro and his Power King ten speed bicycle. Harry still owns the 10 speed bicycle which is in very good condition.

Norris Ford was an iconic dealership of Dundalk. Before Harry was driving, he would often ride his Power King bicycle to this dealership to look at the new Mustangs sitting on the lot.

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.

Not really with the theme of “Maryland” for this month, however this is too cool not to include it here. In 1936, Harley-Davidson decided to try their hand at land speed racing.  Other private race teams had previously used Harley-Davidson powered motorcycles, but this was to be the first “official” factory built land speed racer.  Harley started with a 1937 EL model which was powered by their new overhead valve 61ci Knucklehead motor.  Then they added low-slung handlebars and made a custom fairing using part of a gas tank that was reshaped to fit over the front forks.  For additional aerodynamics, they added a rear tail fin assembly.

By March of 1937, the motorcycle was ready to make an attempt at a new record.  During testing, it was discovered that the tail fin produced enough unwanted vibration that it was removed for the actual record attempt.  Harley chose factory racer Joe Petrali to pilot the motorcycle and on March 13, he set a record of 136.183 miles per hour on Daytona Beach. Click on the picture for a larger view. Click here for more reading on this bike.

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

Here’s a 1903 Indian motorcycle that sold in 2012 at the Wolfe Auction in Frederick Maryland for $155,000 USD. This bike was in all original condition. This bike predates the earliest Harley Davidson. It was part of a very large private collection being sold after the owner (Charlie Alder Jr.) passed away. Harry & Pat was there to witness this piece of history being sold. Charlie Alder collected everything from cars, motorcycles, railroad memorabilia, misc antiques, and more. There were 100s of Charlie’s items being sold at this auction. He must of had quite the barn!

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 12th brought the Maryland area a mid March snow storm. Checkout these radar images as the storm progressed.

Friday March 11th.

Saturday morning, March 12th.

Here’s a rare sight in a Terminal Forecast, BWI was forecasting moderate ice pellets, moderate snow, and moderate rain all at the same time. This was during the March 12th storm. Click on the image below for a larger view.

Three Wheel Association (TWA):  Harry started the Three Wheel Association in 2013 to promote/support the industry of three wheel vehicles of all types. Visit the Three Wheel Association page on the Flymall for more info on the association.

Here is a cool motorcycle with sidecar taxi photographed on the streets of Baltimore Maryland in 1925.

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

Prototypes: Not exactly a prototype, however it is a rare and unusual car that was made in Maryland. Sinclair Scott Company, built a car called the Maryland. It was built at their factory at the corner of Wells and Patapsco streets in Baltimore. It had a reputation for being the “solidest of the extra solid cars” of its day. Henry Ford was so impressed with the Maryland when it saw it at the Baltimore Auto Show in 1906 that he asked its maker, John and Edwin Rife, to merge their Baltimore plant with his. This did not happen. The Maryland was made from 1907 to 1910.

Sinclair-Scott was a maker of food canning machinery and in the early 1900s started to make car parts. One of their customers, Ariel, failed to pay, so to make amends, Sinclair-Scott took over production of the Ariel, moved the factory to Baltimore, and marketed the car as the Maryland. Pictured here is an Ariel which is identical to the Maryland.

The state of Maryland could have been The Motor City! Over 100 years ago, Maryland was the home of numerous car manufacturers.

The M.P Moller Motor Car Company of Hagerstown Maryland was one of them. They produced the Dagmar, an elegant early twenties sports roadster named after the owner’s eldest daughter. The company founder, Mathias Peter Möller, moved to Hagerstown Maryland in 1881 and soon became  the largest and most-widely known organ factory in the United States. The company started manufacturing cars in the early 1900s.

The Crawford Bicycle Company which became the Crawford Automobile Co. was based in Hagerstown Maryland.   In 1922 Mr. Moller took over the Crawford Automobile Co. and introduced the Dagmar (mentioned above).

Crouch Automobile Manufacturing and Transportation Co. in Baltimore City made the Crouch in the 1890s. This was a steam powered vehicle.

The Carter Motor Car Co. in Hyattsville Maryland. In 1907 it introduced the first Carter Twin-Engine.. Beneath the rounded hood were two four-cylinder, horsepower motors. The driver could run on one engine or shift to both if more power was needed on a hill.

The  Schaum Automobile Motor Manufacturing Co. in Baltimore City. Between 1900 and 1903, the company turned out a few cars that were powered by a single cylinder gas engine mounted under the seat.

The Pope Manufacturing Co. in Hagerstown between 1904 and 1907 made the Pope-Tribune. This company was an offshoot of the nation’s largest bicycle manufacturing company.

The Carl Spoerer’s Sons made the Spoerer between 1903 and 1913 in Baltimore City.

The Burns Brothers of Havre de Grace Maryland manufactured cars between 1908 and 1912.

Lord Baltimore Motor Car Co. It offered a line of cars and trucks between 1911 and 1913.

 And we have the Steinmetz Truck, an electric vehicle made by Steinmetz Motor Car Co., in Baltimore, between 1920 and 1927.

Nautical Notes: Here are a couple of boats that Harry sailed on in the early 1970s. He was part of the Sea Scouts, long before they were a part of the Boy Scouts. The sailboat was a 42 foot Ketch called the Mermaid. The other was a WWII crash boat called the Burch. Most of the sailing was done on Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay. They would often go out for weeks at a time. Click on each image for a larger view.

Frozen Chesapeake Bay in 1930s with the ferry John M. Dennis. This ferry had a hull capable of breaking ice.  The John M. Dennis was built in 1929 and was just over 200 feet long. It carried 65 vehicles and 880 passengers. It was placed in service on June 13, 1929.

Riding The Rails: Baltimore is also home for the B&O Railroad Museum. This museum has the largest collection of 19th-century locomotives in the states.

Animals in the headlines: Since our theme is “Maryland” this month, Maryland’s official state dog is the Chesapeake Bay Retriever. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever’s roots are traced all the way back to 1807 when two pups who were rescued from a foundering ship in Maryland in 1807.

George Law, who rescued the pups, wrote this account in 1845 which appears on the website of the American Chesapeake Bay Retriever Club:

In the fall of 1807 I was on board of the ship Canton, belonging to my uncle, the late Hugh Thompson, of Baltimore, when we fell in, at sea, near the termination of a very heavy equinoctial gale, with an English brig in a sinking condition, and took off the crew. The brig was loaded with codfish, and was bound to Pole, in England, from Newfoundland. I boarded her, in command of a boat from the Canton, which was sent to take off the English crew, the brig’s own boats having been all swept away, and her crew in a state of intoxication. I found onboard of her two Newfoundland pups, male and female, which I saved, and subsequently, on our landing the English crew at Norfolk, our own destination being Baltimore, I purchased these two pups of the English captain for a guinea apiece. Being bound again to sea, I gave the dog pup, which was called Sailor, to Mr. John Mercer, of West River; and the slut pup, which was called Canton, to Doctor James Stewart, of Sparrow’s Point. The history which the English captain gave me of these pups was, that the owner of his brig was extensively engaged in the Newfoundland trade, and had directed his correspondent to select and send him a pair of pups of the most approved Newfoundland breed, but of different families, and that the pair I purchased of him were selected under this order. The dog was of a dingy red colour; and the slut black. They were not large; their hair was short, but very thick-coated; they had dew claws. Both attained great reputation as water-dogs. They were most sagacious in every thing, particularly so in all duties connected with duck-shooting. Governor Lloyd exchanged a Merino ram for the dog, at the time of the Merino fever, when such rams were selling for many hundred dollars, and took him over to his estate on the eastern shore of Maryland, where his progeny were well known for many years after; and may still be known there, and on the western shore, as the Sailor breed. The slut remained at Sparrows Point till her death, and her progeny were and are still well known, through Patapsco Neck, on the Gunpowder, and up the bay, amongst the duck-shooters, as unsurpassed for their purposes. I have heard both Doctor Stewart and Mr. Mercer relate most extraordinary instances of the sagacity and performance of both dog and slut, and would refer you to their friends for such particulars as I am unable, at this distance of time, to recollect with sufficient accuracy to repeat

We close this newsletter with these words: Here’s a quote from Edgar Allan Poe who called Baltimore Maryland his home several times during his life: We loved with a love that was more than love. Edgar Allan Poe wrote the poem “The Raven” which Baltimore’s football team is named after.

Flymall / Kraemer Aviation February 2022 Wheels & Wings Newsletter

Written on February 27, 2022 at 3:55 pm, by hkraemer

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

You can view past newsletters here. This month the theme is “You Can Take It With You”. Including folding motorcycles, a sub that can launch a plane, cool motorcycle haulers, the first flying car, and more.

Interested in living at an airport?  Visit our Aviation Real Estate page here. You can view price data for airport property in our Market Watch section of the Flymall. Here is the data for all airport property. You can refine the search by “state” simply by searching for the desired state under “Model”. Under our “Listings” we have several airports coming up for sale as well as some business opportunities. Contact us for more details.

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: Ever since man started using the aircraft for transportation, a new issue needed a solution. Once I fly to an airport close to my destination, how do I get to my final destination? It would be nice if my light aircraft could convert into ground transportation. The flying car was born. Did you know that the flying car is almost as old as the airplane? In 1917 Glenn Curtiss invented the Autoplane. It actually flew, however this was just before WWI and the war ended the development of the Autoplane. Visit the Flying Car page on the Flymall for more information on Flying Cars.

If you enjoy history/history trivia 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. Many of the Beatles events in the calendar include pictures and even music videos.  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: In 2021 Harry nominated Dr. David Forshey for the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award. This award is given to pilot with more than 50 years of flying experience. It’s a long process for the FAA to review and verify the person’s flying history. In January of 2022 Harry was notified by the FSDO that the FAA was going to present Dr. Forshey with the award. So Pat and Harry hosted a surprise lunch-in for him including some previous Frederick Aviation employees. Click here for more pictures from the event.

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

A plane that carries a spare plane!

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 Laytonsville Cruise In is the place to be on a Friday night in Montgomery County.  The Laytonsville Cruise In was started by Harry in 2010. It has become one of the most popular cruise ins in the area. You can follow Harry on Facebook for daily updates during the many shows and events he attends. The cruise in is now into it’s 13th year.

Our team attended the International Motorcycle Show in Timonium Maryland earlier this month. This is one of the biggest shows on the east coast. Click here fore more pictures from the event. Our 1912 AC Delivery Trike won a Best In Show award at this show a few years ago.

A motorcycle or scooter is the perfect vehicle to “take with you”. Did you know that over the years there has been numerous motorcycles or scooters designed to be easily carried with you. The 1960s Centaur Folding Scooter was marketed as America’s only “full size” scooter that you can fold up like a suitcase and take if with you. Click here to review price data on the Centaur Folding Scooter in our Market Watch section of the Flymall. Pictured below is the scooter folded as a suitcase and expanded as a rideable scooter.

Here’s another folding scooter – the Valmobile Suitcase Scooter.  Click here for more pictures of the Valmobile Suitcase Scooter.

Often seen at Classic Motorcycle Day, a WWII paratrooper motorcycle or WWII Welbike. This bike was designed/developed by the British during WWII. Welbike was designed to fit into a CLE Canister – the standard parachute airdrop container. WWII paratroopers could be dropped from the plane with these small motorcycles and have ground transportation once they landed. Basically a “motorcycle in a can” to take on the go.

Here’s a post we did a while back about a dentist that loved his hot rods and classic cars. So he took his hobby to work with him. He designed and built a hot rod orthodontic office. Click here for the post. So even a doctor can take his hobby to work with him.

1972 Suzuki Go concept. Presented at the Brussels Motor Show, an open pick-up concept with a 750cc Suzuki motor bike engine mounted on the left side and the radiator on the right. The tailgate doubled up as a loading ramp, additionally an outboard motor could be fitted to make the Go amphibious. This vehicle was designed to take your motorcycle or snowmobile with you. A very cool concept that never made it into production.

And after seeing the Suzuki above, you thought that cars made to carry motorcycles couldn’t look cool!!!

Here’s another folding scooter/motorcycle. The Honda Motocompo was a folding scooter sold by Honda from 1981 to 1983. It was introduced as a “trunk bike” to fit inside subcompact cars like the Honda Today and the  Honda City

While on the topic of motorcycles, the Flymall team attended the Harley Davidson World Premier Event by Harley Davidson showcasing the new 2022 models. Click here for some 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.

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:  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.

Carmel passed her commercial pilot checkride earlier this month with Harry. She is an outstanding pilot. She did this just a few days before her birthday, so she has a lot to celebrate. On her checkride she had moderate turbulence the entire flight, it was bad enough that she kept the speed below maneuvering speed for the entire flight. Check this out: First lesson 9-3-2021, first solo 9-23-2021, private pilot checkride 10-07-2021, instrument rating 11-11-2021. Instructor level of knowledge on all checkrides, she knew more than some CFIs. After her instrument checkride, she criss crossed the country to build her hours for the commercial certificate. She is pictured below with Harry and her instructor Yaniv. Click on the image for a larger view. Way to go Carmel Haas

Weather in the news: February 3 brought us a major storm system that stretched from the Gulf coast all the way up into Canada.

Feb 17, This storm system stretches from the Gulf all the way up into Canada.

Three Wheel Association (TWA):  Harry started the Three Wheel Association in 2013 to promote/support the industry of three wheel vehicles of all types. Visit the Three Wheel Association page on the Flymall for more info on the association.

Here’s a cool 3 wheel motorcycle carrying a 2 wheel motorcycle. The 3 wheeler is a BMW Dreirad Lieferwagen.

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

Many of the larger car manufacturers toyed with 3 wheelers. Here is one made by Subaru. The 1980 Subaru Gyronaut X-100, a three-wheeled prototype capable of over 100 miles per gallon. Apparently, it achieved this feat while averaging 55 miles per hour. It was designed and built at Subaru Technical Center in Santa Ana, California.

Prototypes: Did you know that Goodyear made an inflatable airplane?  It was called the Inflatoplane. It was to be used by the US military as a rescue plane to be dropped  behind enemy lines.  Only 12 were made.  It did prove to be an airworthy airplane.   The Goodyear Inflatoplane was an all fabric inflatable aircraft. It could be packed into a 44 cubic foot container. That made Inflatoplane suitable for transport by truck, jeep trailer or aircraft. The main use for this unusual aircraft was rescue. The plan was to drop the container behind enemy lines so downed pilots could rescue themselves.  The plane had it’s own air compressor to inflate itself.

The Mazda Suitcase Car was originally designed and built in 1991 as part of a design contest held at Mazda’s Engineering department.  One of the engineers had an idea. What if you could get off a plane, get your luggage, and instead of waiting in line for a taxi or shuttle just pop open your suitcase and drive off? Click here for a post we did regarding this interesting car.

Nautical Notes: A concept 1917 Brazilian Navy submarinebase boat. We do not believe that this was ever developed. It is however a cool concept. A boat that could launch and recover a submarine.

The Japanese did develop sub that carried an aircraft. How deadly was this?

Riding The Rails: Traveling from the Mid-Atlantic to Florida, you have a few options. Fly, drive your car, or take the train. However once you arrive in Florida via train or plane, you need to rent a car. But what if you could take your car with you without driving it all the way to Florida. In December of 1971 this concept became a reality with the Auto-Train. This 855 mile route is currently operated by Amtrak. So you can enjoy the luxury of traveling by train and have your own car when you arrive in Florida.

The Flymall team visited the scale model train show. Click here for more pictures and video from the event. There were some awesome layouts on display.

Here’s Harry’s video montage of the running trains at the show.

Here’s a still picture video montage from the event.

Animals in the headlines: Like to ride motorcycles and would like to share the fun with your dog? Check out this cool sidecar made to carry a dog safely. You can take your dog with you when riding!

We close this newsletter with these words: A father told his daughter, “Congrats on your graduation. I bought you a car a while back. I want you to have it now. Before I give it to you, take it to a car dealer in the city see how much they offer you for it.”

The girl came back to her father and said: “They offered me $10,000 dollars because it looks very old”
Father said: “Ok, now take it to the pawn shop”.

The girl returns to her father and said: “The pawn shop offered $1,000 dollars because it’s a very old car and it looks like it needs some work done to it”.

The father told her to join a car club with members passionate about this type car and show them the car. The girl drove the car to her first car club meeting. When she returned home, she told her father that several guys in the club offered me $100,000 dollars because its a rare car that’s in good condition.

Then the father said, “This showed you that you are not worth anything if you are not in the right place. If you are not appreciated, do not be angry, that means you are in the wrong place. Don’t stay in a place where no one sees your value .”

Know your worth and know where you are valued.
A diamond doesn’t shine in the bottom of a cave.

Single Engine Add On Practical test

Written on February 9, 2022 at 5:23 pm, by hkraemer

If the applicant holds a Commercial certificate AMEL and they want to add on the commercial ASEL, they need to do the following on the practical test:

I. Preflight Preparation

F. Performance and Limitations

G. Operation of Systems

II. Preflight Procedures

A. Preflight Assessment

B. Flight Deck Management

F. Before Takeoff Check

IV. Takeoffs, Landings, and Go-Arounds

A. Normal Takeoff and Climb

B. Normal Approach and Landing

C. Soft-Field Takeoff and Climb (ASEL)

D. Soft-Field Approach and Landing (ASEL)

E. Short-Field Takeoff and Maximum Performance Climb (ASEL, AMEL)

F. Short-Field Approach and Landing (ASEL, AMEL) On the mark, plus 100 feet.

M. Power Off 180 Accuracy Approach And Landing ASEL

V.  Performance and Ground Reference Maneuvers

B. Steep Spiral (ASEL, ASES)

C. Chandelles (ASEL, ASES)

<<<<<<OR>>>>>> THEY NEED TO DO B&C OR D&E

D. Lazy Eights (ASEL, ASES)

E. Eights on Pylons (ASEL, ASES)

IX. Emergency Operations

B. Emergency Approach and Landing (Simulated) (ASEL, ASES)

C. Systems and Equipment Malfunctions



SCCA and or FIA racing license

Written on February 2, 2022 at 1:14 pm, by hkraemer

1) First, join the SCCA.

2) Purchase approved equipment. Many sources on the internet I can recommend. Also OG racing behind Dulles in Sterling, VA where you can see and try everything.
3) Then attendance at accredited SCCA Driver’s School will get you an initial (provisional) license in a three-day weekend. There is one at Summit Point that is the closest.

4) Another three-day school will get you your full competition license. 

Summit Point Racing School

Bertil Roos Racing School

OG Racing site

SCCA Racing Schools

Road Racing

How to get an SCCA Competition License video on YouTube

Kaizen Racing School

Another site with some good information on getting started racing.

Kraemer Aviation / Flymall.org January 2022 Wheels & Wings Newsletter

Written on January 21, 2022 at 1:17 pm, by hkraemer

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

This month the theme is “From Russia With Love”. Its all above Russian vehicles, aircraft, weather, etc. You can view past newsletters here.

Interested in living at an airport?  Visit our Aviation Real Estate page here. You can view price data for airport property in our Market Watch section of the Flymall. Here is the data for all airport property. You can refine the search by “state” simply by searching for the desired state under “Model”.

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: Do you know what was the first Russian car??? In 1896, the Yakovlev engine factory and the Freze carriage-manufacturing workshop manufactured the first Russian petrol-engine automobile, the Yakovlev & Freze pictured below. 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: During WWI and young Russian aviator was making history. His name was Pavel Argeyev. By the end of WWI he scored fifteen credited victories and two uncredited victories, making him Russia’s third highest-scoring ace. One of his planes of choice was the SPAD XIII pictured below. He also flew a Nieuport 17.

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: Every once in a while an aircraft design comes along that just looks perfect. This is true with the Aero L-39. Designed in the 1960s and is still in use today by some countries. Aero L-39 Albatros is a high-performance jet trainer developed in Czechoslovakia by Aero Vodochody. It was designed during the 1960s as a replacement for the Aero L-29 Delfín as a principal training aircraft. It was the first trainer aircraft to be equipped with a turbofan powerplant. This aircraft is very popular with private owners wanting to fly a jet warbird. Click here for some price data on this aircraft from the Market Watch section of the Flymall.

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 Laytonsville Cruise In is the place to be on a Friday night in Montgomery County.  The Laytonsville Cruise In was started by Harry in 2010. It has become one of the most popular cruise ins in the area. You can follow Harry on Facebook for daily updates during the many shows and events he attends.

It is very rare that you see Russian or Soviet Union made cars at car shows in the states. Here is a rare prototype that from the looks of it, could have been a very popular car. The 1965 ZAZ (Zaporozheds) Sport 900. Made in the Soviet Union. Only 6 of these prototype fiberglass coupés were build.

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.

Now if having a car just for showing is not your cup-of-tea, here is the Sherp Ark. This is one of the most extreme off roading vehicles on the market. The Sherp ATV was originally designed to work in Siberia under the most extreme off-road conditions. Their website states that prices start at $375,000 USD. So if you have about a half millions dollars and you need a vehicle that can go anywhere at anytime, the Sherp Ark is what you are looking for.

If you’re in to trains and 4 WD isn’t enough for you, take a look at this. The MAZ-547/ M 62 Overlander.
A Soviet mix of a 12 wheel AWD with the body and 150.6 liter, two stroke V12 Diesel-electric engine of a train. It has over 1900 HP! This will certainly get the kids to school when it snows.

ZVM-2901 is a screw-propelled vehicle is a land or amphibious vehicle designed to cope with difficult snow and ice or mud and swamp. The RVD ZVM-2901 is powered by a 152-hp Cummins 3.8-liter turbocharged diesel.  This vehicle can go anywhere, land or sea.

In Russia, vehicles are built tough. And this 1967 KAMOV KA-30 Snowmobile is just that, tough as can be. The helicopter engine producing 260 horsepower was enough to accelerate the KA-30 to 100 km / h.

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

Imagine finding this bike in a barn. Soviet Era bike, completely handmade. We could not find a lot of information on this awesome looking bike.

Speaking of Russian motorcycles, most folks know of Ural Motorcycles. The Ural name is also known for trucks. The Ural-4320 Motovoz-M is one of them. Here are a few Ural trucks. The one in the middle is a newer one and the two end ones are older. The Ural-4320 is a general purpose off-road 6×6 vehicle, produced at the Ural Automotive Plant in Miass, Russia for use in the Russian army. Introduced in 1976, it is still in production today (the Ural motorcycle was introduced during WWII and is still in production today). The wheel arrangement for the Ural-4320 was designed for transporting cargo, people and trailers on all types of roads and terrain.

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: The year 2022 started off with some Russian winter weather. January 3 2022 brought us our first snow storm of the season. Checkout the radar, we had every color of the rainbow in it. Click on the image for a larger view.

We even had freezing fog at the Montgomery County Airport. Click on the image for a larger view.

On January 16 we had another major storm that brought snow, sleet, freezing rain, and then rain.

Three Wheel Association (TWA):  Harry started the Three Wheel Association in 2013 to promote/support the industry of three wheel vehicles of all types. Visit the Three Wheel Association page on the Flymall for more info on the association.

In our collection of rare and unusual 3 wheel vehicles, we have a 1969 Russian Ural 650 with a sidecar. This bike is kept in running condition and its street legal and tagged. She’s built like a Russian tank. The picture below was taken when Harry was test driving the bike at a local classic motorcycle day event. We did not know someone took this picture until many years later. Someone found out we purchased the bike and sent us the picture. How cool is that, to have a picture from when you were test driving a classic motorcycle?

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

Prototypes: January 14 1950 was the first flight of the MiG-17 (Микоян и Гуревич МиГ-17). The MiG-17 first saw combat in 1958. If you’re lucky enough, you can often see a MiG flying at an airshow in the states. Be sure to visit our events calendar to stay up to date on aviation events and airshows.

Nautical Notes: As pilots, we learn about ground effect for soft field takeoffs. Basically this means how to takeoff from a grass runway or snow covered runway. An airplane can fly at slower speeds while in ground effect. In 1975, Russia created a ground effect “craft” called the Lun-class ekranoplan. It was powered by 8 engines. Not really an airplane, this vehicle was meant to fly in ground effect all the time.

The Lun-class ekranoplan (also called Project 903) is a ground effect vehicle (GEV) designed by Rostislav Alexeyev in 1975 and used by the Soviet and Russian navies from 1987 until sometime in the late 1990s.

It flew using lift generated by the ground effect acting on its large wings when within about 13 feet above the surface of the water. Although they might look similar to traditional aircraft, ekranoplans like the Lun are not classified as aircraft, seaplanes, hovercraft, or hydrofoils. Rather, crafts like the Lun-class ekranoplan are classified as maritime ships by the International Maritime Organization due to their use of the ground effect, in which the craft glides just above the surface of the water.

Riding The Rails: Here is a Soviet Union Class 2-3-2V Streamliner locomotive. A very cool art-deco design. It developed 3,400 horsepower. It’s believe that only 2 were built. Click on the image for a larger view.

Animals in the headlines: Meet Boris, our Russian tortoise. Boris has been in our turtle sanctuary since about 2009. His age is unknown. He one of about 20 turtles we have in our care. Boris is a full grown male Russian tortoise. A full grown male Russian tortoise in much smaller than an adult Eastern Box turtle.

We close this newsletter with these words: We close this newsletter with a line from Paul McCartney’s song Back In The U.S.S.R. – You don’t know how lucky you are.

To The Bat Cave

Written on January 1, 2022 at 7:05 pm, by hkraemer

Harry & Pat were lucky enough to get an invitation to a friend’s Bat Cave to see his Batmobile and his recently finished Batcycle.

The Batmobile took about 900 hours and about a year to build. The builder started with a 1978 Lincoln Town Car.

Where was this you ask?

Of course!

And yes, it is a real Bat Cave.

When the Batmobile leaves the Bat Cave, the road barrier flips down flat just like on the 1960s TV series.

And here she is, the Batmobile.

And the jet turbine exhaust is real!

Harry got to hang out with a few super heroes.

And no Bat Cave is complete without a Batcycle and sidecar with Robin’s go kart.

Harry even go to take Robin’s go kart out for a spin.

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Click here for more pictures and video from the Bat Cave visit.

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

Written on December 22, 2021 at 1:45 pm, by hkraemer

Welcome to the Kraemer Aviation/Flymall.org Wheels & Wings Newsletter. This month is all about pushing the limits. And we’re introducing a new section to our newsletter dedicated to trains and rail travel, its called “Riding The Rails”.

Since it is the Christmas season, here is our post on different takes on “Twas The Night Before Christmas“.

You can view past newsletters here.

Interested in living at an airport?  Visit our Aviation Real Estate page here. You can view price data for airport property in our Market Watch section of the Flymall. Here is the data for all airport property. You can refine the search by “state” simply by searching for the desired state under “Model”.

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: In 1929, Vivian Bales pushed the limits of her 1929 Harley Davidson and rode it for 78 days and 5,000 miles across the country. She told the papers her motorcycle was a “key” to the whole United States. It would be interesting to know how many repairs were made along the way.

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: In 1928, Elinor Smith, then 16, earned national recognition as the youngest pilot to receive a license from the Federal Aviation Administration. Orville Wright signed her license. Her final cockpit time was spent in April 2001, when, at the age of 89, she flew a four-passenger plane while visiting NASA’s Langley Research Center. Smith set records and blazed a trail for women in flight and for aviation in general. In 1930, Elinor Smith was voted, “best female pilot” by her peers, a group that included Amelia Earhart. Smith’s aviation records for endurance, altitude and speed in the 1920s and 30s led to worldwide fame.

Elinor would not have been able to do what she did if it wasn’t for the accomplishments of the Wright Bros. Two wrongs don’t make a right. But two Wrights made an airplane. December 17 1903. They certainly pushed the limits of research for powered flight and actually wrote the book along the way.

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.

The guy or gal that can operate this V twin chainsaw certainly deserves some special recognition. It looks like an old Harley engine. We’d have to say that this has not only pushed the limits, it set new limits for chainsaw horsepower.

Aviation/Aviators in the news: Kraemer Aviation’s own Harry Kraemer was involved in a record setting flight back in the mid 1990s. This flight would push the limits of a student pilot certificate. During the summer of 1994, a 16 year old Jimmy Mathis left Ocean City Maryland headed west. His final destination was Long Beach California. He did this trip SOLO with just a student pilot certificate! Jimmy soloed on his 16th birthday and earned his private pilot certificate on his 17th birthday. This in itself is amazing considering his birthday is in February and the weather in the Northeast can be windy and snowy during February. His trip made headlines across the country and around the world, click here for a short YouTube video about the trip. Here’s an article about the trip, written by Harry that was published in a national aviation newspaper. There were younger “pilots” before Jimmy that did such a trip, however they had a flight instructor with them. Jimmy was solo with only a student pilot certificate. Harry and Dave (a fellow flight instructor) came up with the idea to show everyone that with proper training, a pilot of minimum age and the most very minimum level of pilot certificate, can complete such a trip safely. And Jimmy did it! Jimmy became the youngest licensed pilot and the only student pilot to ever make such a trip. After the trip, Harry & David were contacted by the Air & Space Museum, they wanted the airplane Jimmy used for the flight to be displayed in the museum. The flight school wasn’t willing to donate the plane and Harry & David didn’t have the money to purchase the plane to then donate it. So it never made it to the Air & Space Museum.

History books tell us that the Wrights Bros were the first to fly. But was there powered flight before the Wright Bros? There was Solomon Andrews that flew his Aereon (pictured below) in June of 1863. His Aereon was basically an early airship that used hydrogen gas for buoyancy. This flight was 23 years before Karl Benz patented his Benz Patent-Motorwagen. Twenty three years before the first car! Karl Benz was only 19 years old when Solomon Andrews first flew the Aereon.

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

Working as a contributing editor and writer for numerous aviation publications, Harry has personally met many aviators that pushed and/or set the limits. These include Scott Crossfield, Chuck Yeager, Reeve Morrow Lindbergh (Charles Lindbergh’s daughter), Patty Wagstaff, Sir Richard Branson, and dozens more. For each that he met, he had a picture signed by them for his collection. These pictures hang in his office.

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.

An internet find, an aerial runway. This would certainly be a challenge for any pilot.

Car/Motorcycle Show News:   The Laytonsville Cruise In is the place to be on a Friday night in Montgomery County. The Laytonsville Cruise In was started by Harry in 2010. It has become one of the most popular cruise ins in the area. You can follow Harry on Facebook for daily updates during the many shows and events he attends. Speaking of the Laytonsville Cruise In and while on the subject of pushing the limits, here’s a 1960 Cadillac with a Cummins diesel engine that is supercharged and turbocharged.  The guy said he built it with this engine because it sounded like a bad idea. Complete with suicide doors and lots of hand fabricated sheet metal. This guy was a regular at the Laytonsville Cruise In. Click here for more pictures of this Caddy that not only pushed the limits, the builder also set higher standards for design and creativity.

Have you heard of the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run? The London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is the world’s longest-running motoring event, held on a course between London and Brighton, England. To qualify, participating cars must have been built before 1905. It is also the world’s largest gathering of veteran cars. Try keeping a 1930s or 1920s motorcycle or car in running condition and you will appreciate the significance of this race. This race is for vehicles built BEFORE 1905. This is certainly pushing the limits of these very valuable vintage autos and motorcycles.

The Motorcycle Cannonball Run is a cross country race to push the limits of motorcycles built in the year 1929 or earlier. You can find more info on this race as well as other historic races on the Wheels & Wings page of the Flymall.

The above two races or drives were all about vintage cars/motorcycles going the distance. Now we’ll speed it up a bit and show a picture of pushing the limits of horsepower. Soo much power going to the rear wheels, that they twisted and snapped the frame of the car.

Most folks think that electric cars are something new. Not true. They are almost as old as the car itself. Here is the 1910 Electric Detroit Model D. It had a range of 100 miles and could reach 25mph – but was abandoned in favor of gasoline cars. This was outstanding engineering for the time and was pushing the limits of technology.

No info on this 8 wheel race car, however its pushing the limits of automotive design.

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.  If you enjoy Barn Finds, you’ll enjoy this series on YouTube called Barn Find Hunter.

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.

The theme of this newsletter is pushing the limits, however while on a checkride, the applicant should not be trying to push any limits. If fact, if an applicant exceeds the aircraft limits, this would be a failure.

Weather in the news: Here’s some weather that was pushing the limits of the pilots that had to land in it. December 11th we had a strong system moving across the country and it was producing winds in excess of 40 knots.

Three Wheel Association (TWA):  Harry started the Three Wheel Association in 2013 to promote/support the industry of three wheel vehicles of all types. Visit the Three Wheel Association page on the Flymall for more info on the association.

Here’s a cool three wheeler that pushed the limits. Charles Jarrott set a new British record for the hour on a motor tricycle at the Crystal Palace race track in London on Easter Monday, April 16, 1900.  (He covered 38 miles /868 yards in 60 minutes. ) The unprecedented speed of Jarrott’s machine was produced by two 3 1/2 h.p. Aster motors with Longuemare carburetor’s installed inside the frame. 

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

Prototypes: Here’s the Spirit of Australia. Built by Ken Warby to set speed records on the water. We’re calling this a prototype only because Ken’s son built a Spirit of Australia II to go after his dad’s records. Ken built the Spirit of Australia on a shoestring budget. The military surplus jet engine cost him a mere $65. Ken reached a speed of 464.44 km/h in 1977 at Blowering Dam in the southern highlands of New South Wales. And in 1978, Warby pushed the Spirit of Australia to 511.11 km/h. This is what we call pushing the limits.

Nautical Notes: When talking about pushing the limits, we need to include the Bluebird K7 water speed record boat. This was the first successful jet-powered hydroplane.

Here’s an awesome trimaran designed and built by VPLP of France. She’s a 148 foot long sailing yacht. The sailing power is supplemented by a hybrid engine that runs on electricity produced by a hydrogen fuel cell. Click here for more info on this awesome boat that is pushing the limits of both design and technology. This yacht has set new limits in terms of technology and luxury.

Riding The Rails: What do you do with a couple of General Electric J47-19 jet engines that you have just sitting around? You attach them to the top of a locomotive, that’s what you do with them if you were Don Wetzel! Here’s his M497 experimental jet rail car. The M497 was an experimental jet-powered railcar built in 1966 by Don Wetzel, an engineer with the New York Central Railroad. In an effort to find a faster and less expensive method of moving trains, Wetzel fitted two second-hand General Electric J47-19 jet engines, originally used on the Convair B-36 bomber, to an RDC-3 Budd Rail Car, which then received a streamlined front cowling. The unit was successfully tested on a section of perfectly straight existing track and reached 295.6 km/h in July 1966. An American rail speed record that still stands today. The tests provided valuable data on the stresses of high-speed rail travel on conventional tracks and equipment. The engines were removed and the Budd returned to normal service after the tests.

Animals in the headlines: One of the most famous races in dog sled history started with the Great Race of Mercy in 1925. This was truly pushing the limits back in 1925. While she’s not going to brake any records, our own Jett (Jett the wolf dog) is learning to pull a sled.

One on the most famous dogs of of the 1925 serum run to Nome, was Balto.

We close this newsletter with these words: When they say you can’t, they show you their limits, not yours.

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