July 2021 Wheels & Wings Newsletter

Welcome to the Kraemer Aviation/ Wheels & Wings Newsletter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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