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Kraemer Aviation / August 2021 Wheels & Wings Newsletter

Wednesday, September 1st, 2021

Welcome to the Kraemer Aviation/ Wheels & Wings Newsletter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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