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Kraemer Aviation / January 2022 Wheels & Wings Newsletter

Friday, January 21st, 2022

Welcome to the Kraemer Aviation/ Wheels & Wings Newsletter.

This month the theme is “From Russia With Love”. Its all above Russian vehicles, aircraft, weather, etc. You can view past newsletters here.

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: Do you know what was the first Russian car??? In 1896, the Yakovlev engine factory and the Freze carriage-manufacturing workshop manufactured the first Russian petrol-engine automobile, the Yakovlev & Freze pictured below. 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: During WWI and young Russian aviator was making history. His name was Pavel Argeyev. By the end of WWI he scored fifteen credited victories and two uncredited victories, making him Russia’s third highest-scoring ace. One of his planes of choice was the SPAD XIII pictured below. He also flew a Nieuport 17.

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: Every once in a while an aircraft design comes along that just looks perfect. This is true with the Aero L-39. Designed in the 1960s and is still in use today by some countries. Aero L-39 Albatros is a high-performance jet trainer developed in Czechoslovakia by Aero Vodochody. It was designed during the 1960s as a replacement for the Aero L-29 Delfín as a principal training aircraft. It was the first trainer aircraft to be equipped with a turbofan powerplant. This aircraft is very popular with private owners wanting to fly a jet warbird. Click here for some price data on this aircraft from the Market Watch section of the Flymall.

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.  The Laytonsville Cruise In was started by Harry in 2010. It has become one of the most popular cruise ins in the area. You can follow Harry on Facebook for daily updates during the many shows and events he attends.

It is very rare that you see Russian or Soviet Union made cars at car shows in the states. Here is a rare prototype that from the looks of it, could have been a very popular car. The 1965 ZAZ (Zaporozheds) Sport 900. Made in the Soviet Union. Only 6 of these prototype fiberglass coupés were build.

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.

Now if having a car just for showing is not your cup-of-tea, here is the Sherp Ark. This is one of the most extreme off roading vehicles on the market. The Sherp ATV was originally designed to work in Siberia under the most extreme off-road conditions. Their website states that prices start at $375,000 USD. So if you have about a half millions dollars and you need a vehicle that can go anywhere at anytime, the Sherp Ark is what you are looking for.

If you’re in to trains and 4 WD isn’t enough for you, take a look at this. The MAZ-547/ M 62 Overlander.
A Soviet mix of a 12 wheel AWD with the body and 150.6 liter, two stroke V12 Diesel-electric engine of a train. It has over 1900 HP! This will certainly get the kids to school when it snows.

ZVM-2901 is a screw-propelled vehicle is a land or amphibious vehicle designed to cope with difficult snow and ice or mud and swamp. The RVD ZVM-2901 is powered by a 152-hp Cummins 3.8-liter turbocharged diesel.  This vehicle can go anywhere, land or sea.

In Russia, vehicles are built tough. And this 1967 KAMOV KA-30 Snowmobile is just that, tough as can be. The helicopter engine producing 260 horsepower was enough to accelerate the KA-30 to 100 km / h.

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

Imagine finding this bike in a barn. Soviet Era bike, completely handmade. We could not find a lot of information on this awesome looking bike.

Speaking of Russian motorcycles, most folks know of Ural Motorcycles. The Ural name is also known for trucks. The Ural-4320 Motovoz-M is one of them. Here are a few Ural trucks. The one in the middle is a newer one and the two end ones are older. The Ural-4320 is a general purpose off-road 6×6 vehicle, produced at the Ural Automotive Plant in Miass, Russia for use in the Russian army. Introduced in 1976, it is still in production today (the Ural motorcycle was introduced during WWII and is still in production today). The wheel arrangement for the Ural-4320 was designed for transporting cargo, people and trailers on all types of roads and terrain.

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: The year 2022 started off with some Russian winter weather. January 3 2022 brought us our first snow storm of the season. Checkout the radar, we had every color of the rainbow in it. Click on the image for a larger view.

We even had freezing fog at the Montgomery County Airport. Click on the image for a larger view.

On January 16 we had another major storm that brought snow, sleet, freezing rain, and then rain.

Three Wheel Association (TWA):  Harry started the Three Wheel Association in 2013 to promote/support the industry of three wheel vehicles of all types. Visit the Three Wheel Association page on the Flymall for more info on the association.

In our collection of rare and unusual 3 wheel vehicles, we have a 1969 Russian Ural 650 with a sidecar. This bike is kept in running condition and its street legal and tagged. She’s built like a Russian tank. The picture below was taken when Harry was test driving the bike at a local classic motorcycle day event. We did not know someone took this picture until many years later. Someone found out we purchased the bike and sent us the picture. How cool is that, to have a picture from when you were test driving a classic motorcycle?

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

Prototypes: January 14 1950 was the first flight of the MiG-17 (Микоян и Гуревич МиГ-17). The MiG-17 first saw combat in 1958. If you’re lucky enough, you can often see a MiG flying at an airshow in the states. Be sure to visit our events calendar to stay up to date on aviation events and airshows.

Nautical Notes: As pilots, we learn about ground effect for soft field takeoffs. Basically this means how to takeoff from a grass runway or snow covered runway. An airplane can fly at slower speeds while in ground effect. In 1975, Russia created a ground effect “craft” called the Lun-class ekranoplan. It was powered by 8 engines. Not really an airplane, this vehicle was meant to fly in ground effect all the time.

The Lun-class ekranoplan (also called Project 903) is a ground effect vehicle (GEV) designed by Rostislav Alexeyev in 1975 and used by the Soviet and Russian navies from 1987 until sometime in the late 1990s.

It flew using lift generated by the ground effect acting on its large wings when within about 13 feet above the surface of the water. Although they might look similar to traditional aircraft, ekranoplans like the Lun are not classified as aircraft, seaplanes, hovercraft, or hydrofoils. Rather, crafts like the Lun-class ekranoplan are classified as maritime ships by the International Maritime Organization due to their use of the ground effect, in which the craft glides just above the surface of the water.

Riding The Rails: Here is a Soviet Union Class 2-3-2V Streamliner locomotive. A very cool art-deco design. It developed 3,400 horsepower. It’s believe that only 2 were built. Click on the image for a larger view.

Animals in the headlines: Meet Boris, our Russian tortoise. Boris has been in our turtle sanctuary since about 2009. His age is unknown. He one of about 20 turtles we have in our care. Boris is a full grown male Russian tortoise. A full grown male Russian tortoise in much smaller than an adult Eastern Box turtle.

We close this newsletter with these words: We close this newsletter with a line from Paul McCartney’s song Back In The U.S.S.R. – You don’t know how lucky you are.

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To The Bat Cave

Saturday, January 1st, 2022

Harry & Pat were lucky enough to get an invitation to a friend’s Bat Cave to see his Batmobile and his recently finished Batcycle.

The Batmobile took about 900 hours and about a year to build. The builder started with a 1978 Lincoln Town Car.

Where was this you ask?

Of course!

And yes, it is a real Bat Cave.

When the Batmobile leaves the Bat Cave, the road barrier flips down flat just like on the 1960s TV series.

And here she is, the Batmobile.

And the jet turbine exhaust is real!

Harry got to hang out with a few super heroes.

And no Bat Cave is complete without a Batcycle and sidecar with Robin’s go kart.

Harry even go to take Robin’s go kart out for a spin.


Click here for more pictures and video from the Bat Cave visit.

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