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Flymall January 2021 Wheels & Wings Newsletter

Tuesday, January 26th, 2021

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

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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 

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