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

Monday, October 25th, 2021

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

You can view past newsletters here. This month we’re featuring Inuit transportation as well as other transportation from the extreme North. Also this month: A checkride success stories, model steam engine trains, and more.

The Inuit used sleds as well as animal skin covered boats. Other modes of transportation included snowshoes, toboggans, canoes, and sleds. In order to survive, the Inuit needed to be able to travel long distances. Dog sleds were also very popular with the Inuit. With the introduction of the snowmobile in the 1960s, many Northern Canadians became much more mobile and connected (nowadays mobile and connected means that you have a cell phone). In the Arctic, the snowmobile changed the hunting, herding and trapping patterns of the Inuit. The vehicle largely replaced the dogsled.


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: Kayak (the Inuit called this a qajaq) is a long miniature boat. It was invented about 4400 years ago by ancient Greenlandic Inuits, as a piece of hunting equipment. A Qajaq was made of the few available materials – driftwood, skin, bone, and sinew. Kayaks are most generally associated with seal hunting and whale hunting. Click on the image below 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: Every now and then an applicant comes along that is outstanding in their knowledge and piloting skills.  Carmel was one of those applicants.  Carmel passed her private pilot checkride earlier in October, less than 1 month after her first lesson.  Her first lesson was on September 14 and by October 7 she had her Private Pilot certificate with only 40 hours in her logbook.  She flew to Commercial Pilot standards and had Flight Instructor level of knowledge for the subject areas. Here’s a quote from Harry “She performed some of the maneuvers exactly the way I would have with my 10,000 plus hours”. Excellent job Carmel.   

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: Veteran pilots of the first World War started to revolutionize travel in the Arctic with the airplane. These pilots could take their planes to places that no boat could reach. Air travel provided year around service to some remote areas since it was not seasonal travel such as dog sleds over frozen lakes. The airplane could cross the lake frozen or not. Pictured here is a Curtiss Jenny. The Jenny became the backbone of American postwar civil aviation.

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

Since we’re featuring transportation in the Arctic, has any of our readers ever flown into Arctic Village Airport? Looks like a very cool place to fly into.

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. You can also follow Harry on Facebook for daily updates during the many shows and events he attends.

Harry & Pat attended the model steam engine trains at the Gaithersburg Community Museum earlier this month. Click here for Harry’s YouTube video montage from the event. 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.

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

How about a “barn find” that is 1,000s of years old! In 2016, Italian scientists reported “the oldest snowshoe in the world” discovered in the Dolomites and dated to between 3800 and 3700 B.C. The origin and age of snowshoes are not precisely known, although historians believe they were invented from 4,000 to 6,000 years ago, probably starting in Central Asia. …

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 Brian passed his CFII checkride with Harry. He did an excellent job. He did have some added pressure because the FAA was sitting in the back seat for Harry’s annual observation ride. Great job Brian.

Weather in the news: Since we’re highlighting transportation of the Arctic, how about a visit to Cape Dorset? The warm season lasts for 3.0 months, from June 11 to September 12, with an average daily high temperature above 40°F. The hottest month of the year at Cape Dorset Airport is July, with an average high of 51°F and low of 42°F. Dorset Island or Cape Dorset Island is one of the Canadian Arctic islands located in Hudson Strait, Nunavut, Canada.

Three Wheel Association (TWA):  Visit the Three Wheel Association page on the Flymall for more info on the association. Children of the frozen north were most likely playing with toys that mimicked what their parents were using for transportation, like this Sno Wiz. This “trike” configuration sled is part of the TWA museum collection. Called a Sno Wiz made by the Frederick Willys Co Inc.

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

Prototypes: In 1935 Joseph Bombardier assembled and successfully tested the first snowmobile. It was a vehicle with a sprocket wheel and a track drive system, and it was steered by skis. There were many vehicles before this that used skis, however Joseph’s is considered the first snowmobile. Click on the image for a larger view.

Nautical Notes: For water travel, the Inuit used various types of skin covered boats/Qajaqs such as pictured below.

Umiaks were also very popular with the Inuit. A umiak is an open boat made of animal hide stretched over a wooden frame. Some of these were large enough to hold about 20 people.  The University of Alaska Museum has remains of an umiak that is estimated to be 1,000 years old. By the 20th century, outboard motors were used on umiaks.

Animals in the headlines: The work dog of the Arctic is the Husky and other types pulling dogs. The Northern Inuit Dog, along with its offshoot breed lines the Tamaskan dog, the British Timber dog and the Utonagan, is a breed of dog developed from a 1980s breeding project in the United Kingdom with the objective of producing a dog breed that resembles wolves. Harry & Pat’s dog Jett is a Tamaskan. Here’s Jett’s handmade dog sled that she is learning to pull.

We close this newsletter with these words: Be someone’s sunshine on a cloudy day.

Kraemer Aviation / Flymall September 2021 Newsletter

Sunday, October 3rd, 2021

Welcome to the Kraemer Aviation/Flymall.org September 2021 Wheels & Wings Newsletter. We had a very busy September.

You can view past newsletters here. This month: A ship on the sea bed for 330 years, the Phillip R. Clarke solves a murder mystery, the first Sikorsky, Mazda’s Hydrogen powered rotary engine, Harry’s 10,000 flight hour, some cool hangar finds, and more.

Earlier this month, Kraemer Aviation hosted their annual Labor Day cookout and car show. 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”.

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: On March 25, 1634, the Dove navigated up the Chesapeake to settle land that ultimately became the state of Maryland.  The state of Maryland owns a full scale sailing replica of the Dove based in St. Mary’s.

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: Harry reached a major milestone earlier this month. 10,000 flight hours in the log book!

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: On October 10, 1931, Captain Basil Rowe and his crew took delivery of the first Sikorsky S-40 from the Sikorsky plant. It was flown to the Anacosta Naval Station where Mrs. Hoover christened it “American Clipper”. This was the first Pan American plane to carry the name “Clipper”- the other two were the “Carribean Clipper” and the “Southern Clipper”. Pan American never used the S-40 as an amphibian so they removed the wheels to save weight. The flying S-40 normal range was about 500 miles. and it was kept on the Caribbean. Only three were built, all for Pan American and both Lindbergh and Sikorsky were already planning the S-42. The S-40s would provide safe, reliable service for Pan American into World War when they were passed on to the U.S. Navy, the “American Clipper” itself would be scrapped in 1943

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. You can also follow Harry on Facebook for daily updates during the many shows and events he attends.

Here’s a Wig Wam Motel and Indian Gasoline Station. Have you ever stayed in a Wig Wam motel? You can. There’s one located on the historic Route 66. During the 50s and 60s, these were popular tourist attractions. Nowadays there are fewer and fewer of them.

Earlier this month, the Flymall team attended the District Harley Davidson Labor Day party. Beer, bikes, bikinis, BBQ, band, whats not to like. Click here for pictures from the event.

On September 11, Harry and some car enthusiasts attended the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing “From Midgets to Indy” event. The group was treated to a private guided tour by Rick Mandelson. Click here for pictures from the event. Pictured below is Harry with Rick Mandelson.

Harry & Pat attended the Maryland Steam Historical Society annual show in Arcadia Maryland. … 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.

Could this be Mazda’s new RX-8 successor . Rumor has it that this vehicle is equipped with a hydrogen powered rotary engine.

Want to use a new funnel each time you put oil in your classic car? We have new inventory of foldable/disposable funnels in stock. You can purchase them here.

Barn Finds/Hangar Finds:  Need an appraisal on your barn find?  Visit our Appraisal Page for information on our appraisals.  This month we have a couple of hangar finds that the Flymall team acquired.

The Flymall team acquired a set of 1940s Boeing Stearman wings via a “hangar find” this month. One will be on display in our transportation museum and the other will be displayed on a wall in our home.

We also acquired a vintage Jacobs radial engine. Look for this engine and other rare engines in the collection to be on display in a museum (opening soon).

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: Visit Harry’s lesson plan page on the Flymall for valuable information on weather and flight planning for the aviator.

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: Here’s a very cool 1955 Buick Wildcat. Buick would go on the use the Wildcat name on production vehicles.

Nautical Notes: An Ekranoplan is a giant, ground effect vehicle that resembles an aircraft but is technically a maritime ship, that uses ground effect lift to basically fly above the surface of the water. Russian has built several of these.

Here’s an interesting story on how a maritime storm and a ship helped solve the case of two missing persons. In August of 1983 high winds made the Phillip R. Clarke drop anchor in Duluth Harbor in order to regain control of the boat’s drift. Upon raising the starboard anchor, the crew was shocked. The anchor had hooked a car containing two decomposing bodies, crushed by the many boats as they sailed through the shallow harbor. The car had gone missing about five years prior and there hadn’t been any leads.

More history being preserved. The Vasa ship capsized and sank in Stockholm in 1628. After over 330 years on the sea bed, the warship was salvaged and the Vasa Museum built around the only completely intact and best-preserved 17th-century ships in existence.

Animals in the headlines: Did you know that Lassie was actually a male dog. On the TV series Lassie was referred to as a she. Lassie was actually played by a male dog named Pal. Many of Pal’s descendants would go on the play the part of Lassie in films and TV shows.

We close this newsletter with these words: Wherever you go, be the sunshine!

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