Archive for December, 2018

Twas the Night Before Christmas for the soldier

Wednesday, December 26th, 2018

A Christmas poem courtesy of Lance Corporal James M. Schmidt:


‘Twas the night before Christmas, he lived all alone,

In a one bedroom house made of plaster and stone.

I had come down his chimney with presents to give,

And to see just who in this home did live.

I looked all about, a strange sight I did see,

No tinsel, no presents, not even a tree.


No stocking by mantle, just boots filled with sand,

And on the wall pictures of far distant lands.

With medals and badges, awards of all kinds,

A sobering thought came to my mind.

For this house was different, so dark and so dreary,

The home of a soldier, now I could see clearly.


The soldier lay sleeping, silent, alone,

Curled up on the floor in this one bedroom home.

The face was so gentle, the room in such disorder,

Not how I pictured a United States soldier.

Was this the hero of whom I’d just read?

Curled up on a poncho, the floor for a bed?


I realized the families that I saw this night,

Owed their lives to these soldiers who were willing to fight.

Soon around the world, the children would play,

And grownups would celebrate a bright Christmas day.

They all enjoyed freedom each month of the year,

Because of the soldiers, like the one lying here.


I couldn’t help wonder how many lay alone,

On a cold Christmas eve in a land far from home.

The very thought brought a tear to my eye,

I dropped to my knees and started to cry.

The soldier awakened and I heard a rough voice,

“Santa don’t cry, this life is my choice;


I fight for freedom, I don’t ask for more,

My life is my God, my country, my corps.”

The soldier rolled over and soon drifted to sleep,

I couldn’t control it, I continued to weep.

I kept watch for hours, so silent and still,

And we both shivered from the cold evening’s chill.


I didn’t want to leave on that cold, dark night,

This guardian of honor so willing to fight.

Then the soldier rolled over, with a voice soft and pure,

Whispered, “Carry on Santa, it’s Christmas day, all is secure.”

One look at my watch, and I knew he was right.

“Merry Christmas my friend, and to all a good night.”


Merry Christmas to all of America’s warriors throughout the world. Thank you for making it possible for us to enjoy our holiday in peace and safety…



Flymall Wheels & Wings December 2018 Newsletter

Sunday, December 23rd, 2018

Welcome to the Kraemer Aviation / Flymall Wheels & Wings December 2018 newsletter.  Click here for past newsletters. Click here for our December 2018 newsletter or copy and paste this link in to your browser


Its Christmas time!  Here is Harry’s collection of some different Twas The Night Before Christmas.

The Flymall team had their annual Christmas cookie baking party.  Complete with aviation themed cookie cutters.

Look at all of the cookie cutters.

Jett was trying to steal some of the cookie dough.


Click here for more pictures of the annual Christmas cookie baking party.

Achievements & Special Recognition:  As Harry has been busy studying for the Designated Pilot Examiner course in early 2019, Harry & Pat have both become FAAST Team Reps with the Baltimore FSDO.


Two wrongs don’t make a right. But two Wrights made an airplane. December 17 1903.  Orville and Wilbur Wright accomplish the first heavier-than-air machine flight with their 120 ft, 12 sec flight at Kitty Hawk, NC. Four more flights were accomplished this day with the longest being 59 sec and covering 852 ft.



Aviation/Aviators in the news:  The Flymall team saw a new Pilatus PC24 on the ramp at the Frederick Municipal Airport.  An old flight instructor friend of Harry’s was demoing the aircraft to a client and gave the team a tour.  Click here for more pictures via a Facebook album.

After touring the PC24 the team did some sightseeing around the airport and saw this Kodiak on floats looking very stately with the sun glowing through the clouds on a December afternoon.


With winter upon us the Alton Bay Ice Runway will be open soon.  The only official ice airport in the continental United States.  Click here for their Facebook page.


Growth at KFDK. The City of Frederick has awarded the lease of a 620,000 square foot site at KFDK to AOPA for the development of a hangar complex consisting of up to 194,400 square feet of general aviation aircraft hangars.

Speaking of Frederick Airport.  A casual lunch with Harry and Mr. C. turned in to a mini Frederick Aviation Reunion.

And the group got bigger and bigger as we chatted in the hangar.

Click here for more pictures from the gathering.  Click here for Harry’s Frederick Aviation page on the Flymall.

Car/Motorcycle Show News: Visit our events calendar for up to date car show news and events. Click here for information on Harry’s Laytonsville Cruise In.  There are still many car shows throughout the winter months, so check our calendar often for updates.


Barn Finds/Hangar Finds:  Many a car enthusiasts dream of finding an old gem in a barn.  Well here is a barn full of old muscle cars just waiting to be restored.  Click here for the full story on


CFI/DPE Notes:  This prop is from a Cirrus. Folks, the nose wheel is not a landing gear. This guy hit so hard he folded the nose wheel back and it came through the floor near the pilots feet.  The propeller nearly cut the pilot’s leg off.

Weather in the news:  2018 has went down as the wettest/most raining year ever.  And December was no exception.  Here is a snapshot of a December 9 2018 storm.  Every type of precip was is this storm.


Speaking of records, here are some interesting facts on the Tornado outbreak of 1974.  The 1974 Super Outbreak was the second-largest tornado outbreak on record for a single 24-hour period, just behind the 2011 Super Outbreak. It was also the most violent tornado outbreak ever recorded, with 30 F4/F5 tornadoes confirmed. From April 3 to 4, 1974, there were 148 tornadoes confirmed in 13 U.S. states and the Canadian province of Ontario.

Three Wheel Association (TWA):  Toyota SkyDrive flying car (pictured below).  Its electric and its a three wheeler.  Here is a short YouTube video for more information.  Click here to visit Harry’s Flying Car page on the Flymall.

Visit the TWA page on the Flymall for updates and info on the Three Wheel Association.


Prototypes:  This section also has ties with our “Animals in the headlines” for this month.  This month in our prototypes we’re featuring Frank Christensen and his aircraft design.  Christen Industries founded by Frank Louis Christensen in the 1970s.  Click here for more info.   Ever wonder why the Pitts Special and Christen Eagle looked so much alike?  Follow the link here to learn why.

Ira Walker is an expert on the Pitts and Christen Eagle aircraft. Click here for more info on Ira and his company Walker Aviation.

A Pitts Special


A Christen Eagle

Animals in the headlines:  This month for our “Animals in the headlines” let’s see if our readers can pickup on what these two pictures have in common.

We close this newsletter with these words from Sir Paul McCartney:  And, in the end The love you take is equal to the love you make.’

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