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Kraemer Aviation / Flymall.org May 2022 Wheels & Wings Newsletter

Tuesday, May 31st, 2022

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

Earlier this month, Kraemer Aviation hosted it’s annual Memorial Day cookout and car show. Click here for more pictures and videos from the event.

We had a very nice Ferguson tractor show up at the Memorial Day car show and Harry’s friend Bill Gibson drove his Batmobile which was a big hit. Click on the images below for a larger view. Click here for a YouTube video of Bill Gibson demonstrating the flames and the rocket launcher.

This month the theme is all about planes, cars, boats, trains, etc. made in or from France.

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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”. We have a very nice grass strip for sale in Carroll County Maryland. Click here for details.

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: Where did the term “Socked In” come from. It is often used to describe weather not suitable for VFR flying. History books point to the French for this term. In the early days of flying, the French would bring the wind sock in when it was raining or too windy for flying. This was so that the wind sock did not get damaged. Click here for an article Harry wrote about this and other aviation terms.

Aileron is another “French” term, meaning little wing or fin.

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.

Did you know that the high-wheel bicycle was invented in France? Eugène Meyer, a Frenchman, invented the high-wheeler bicycle design in 1869 and fashioned the wire-spoke tension wheel. We have one high-wheeler in our collection, a Facile.

Achievements & Special Recognition: It is very cool to customize your ride, make it your own design. That is exactly what  French designer Guillaume Radomski did when he set out to build a custom Harley Davidson Sportster. He started with a 1998 Harley-Davidson XLH1200 Sportster and this was his finished product. Click on the image for a larger view. We think he deserves some special recognition for his work.

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

While on the topic of aviators and keeping with our French theme this month, it is important to mention Octave Chanute. Octave helped a lot of early aviation pioneers including the Wright Brothers. In May 1899 Wilbur wrote a letter to the Smithsonian Institution requesting information and publications about aeronautics. Some of the information he received was the work of Octave Chanut. The Wright Brothers began their experimentation in aviation that year.

Did you know that Bugatti made an aircraft? It was the Bugatti Model 100. It is pictured here with a 1936 Bugatti type 57 sc atlalante 

Here’s a helicopter with an unusual tail rotor design. It was designed and built by French aircraft designer Jean Cantinieau. The Faon helicopter. Originally this machine was called the Bamby, the name was changed to avoid issues with Disney. It sort of looks like a cross between an early Bell helicopter and a Robinson.

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. This month we have an aircraft for sale that was made in France. Click here for information on this very nice Turbocharged Trinidad that we have for sale.

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.

May 20th was the official opening night for the Laytonsville Cruise In. This was also free ice cream for the drivers sponsored by Kraemer Aviation. Harry & Pat’s good friend Mel was on hand and brought a very rare side-by-side two wheel bicycle.

The Flymall team attended Classic Motorcycle Day 2022. This is an annual event that we have been attending for over 10 years. Harry’s 1912 AC Delivery Trike won Best-of-Show out of about 250 motorcycles. Click on the image below for a larger view. Click here for more pictures of the event.

There were two very cool sidecar rigs with machine guns at Classic Motorcycle Day this year. The machine gun itself has a few “French connections”. Listed below are just a few of the connections with the French and the development of the modern machine gun.

1708 – A French officer invented a light cannon that could fire 30 shots in two and a half minutes.

1711 – a French lawyer presented to the parliament of Dijon a ‘war machine’ made up of 10 carbine barrels capable of firing continuously.

1740 – A cannon able to shoot 11 times per minute was developed by a Frenchman called Chevalier de Benac.

1775 – a breech-loading volley gun, similar to the later mitrailleuse, was invented by a Frenchman called Du Perron which was worked by 3 or 4 men and capable of discharging 24 barrels 10 times a minute for a total rate of fire of 240 shots per minute.

 1790 – A former officer in the French military known as Joseph-François-Louis Grobert invented a ‘ballistic machine’ or ‘pyroballistic machine’ with multiple barrels operated by 4 men and a continuous rotational movement capable of firing 360 rifle shots a minute in a variety of calibers.

1792 – a French artist known as Renard invented a piece of ordnance that could be operated by one man and fired 90 shots a minute. Also in 1792 a French mechanic called Garnier invented a musket battery made up of 15 barrels capable of firing 300 shots in 2 minutes for a total rate of fire of 150 shots a minute or 10 shots per minute per barrel and of being operated by one man.

1831 – A French mechanic from the Vosges department invented a lever-operated cannon that could fire 100 shots a minute.

1832 – A machine capable of firing 500 rifle shots a minute was devised by Hamel, a French mechanic.

1856 – Frenchman Francois Julien patented a cannon that fed from a type of open-ended tubular magazine, only using rollers and an endless chain in place of springs.

Earlier this month, the Flymall team also attended the East Coast Military Expo at the Hagerstown Aviation Museum. Great show in an awesome setting. Click here for more pictures from the event.

We also attended District Harley Davidson’s annual Memorial Day cookout and bikini bike wash. Beer, bikes, and bikinis – what’s not to like. Click here for more picture of this awesome event.

While it is rare to see a Citroen at a car show in the US, here is a Citroen that is extremely rare. A 1938 Citroën 11B Traction Avant Coupé, one of four built.

Here’s another Citroen, this one is a one-of-a-kind. Used by the BBC for the 1990 London Marathon.

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. 

Diana Dors’ 1949 Delahaye 175 S Roadster is an awesome French designed car that sold for 3.3 millions US Dollars in 2010. It’s surely not sitting in a barn somewhere forgotten. Hopefully she is on display for everyone to see and enjoy.

Most folks think of barn finds as something in the United States. Not true! Here is a story from 2019 about a barn find in France that included over 80 vehicles.

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 end of May 2022 brought us numerous days with line after line of thunderstorms moving through. The weather did clear up perfectly for the long Memorial Day weekend.

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.

Keeping with the French theme this month, here is our 1975 Lomax 223 Roadster. She’s a British car with a French (Citroen) powerplant and drive train. We get our parts from a Japanese guy that owns a French Car parts business based in the United States.

Morgan, Darmont, Sandford??? What is the connection? Another British 3 wheeler with a French connection.

About the time of WWI, a French gentleman named Robert Darmont started his business as a importer of the Morgan 3 wheeler from England. After the war he obtained a license from Morgan to build the Morgan 3 wheeler in France. The Darmont-Morgan was born. The Morgan and Darmont-Morgan are basically identical, although one was built in France. Stewart Sandford, another French gentleman was selling the Morgan 3 wheeler in France. Stewart saw the need for a faster, more powerful 3 wheeler so he designed the Sandford 3 wheeler. It had a 4 cylinder Ruby engine in it. Very different from the Morgan. The Sandford is all steel with the engine fully enclosed. The Morgan F series 3 wheeler also had an enclosed engine.

Pictured here from Harry’s collection, is an original trading card showing the Sandford and two Sandford models. Notice the incorrect spelling of Sandford on the models. It is incorrectly spelled Sanford.

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

Prototypes: Here’s an awesome little motorcycle that the French company Peugeot unveiled at the Paris Auto Show in 2018. Called the PX2. We couldn’t find any information regarding whether this will make it into production.

Between May 20-21 1927, Charles Lindbergh made the first solo Atlantic crossing in an airplane. He did this flight in the Spirit of St. Louis, a custom built (prototype) aircraft. This flight brought instant fame to Charles Lindbergh. The original Spirit of St. Louis in preserved and on display at the National Air and Space Museum.

Here’s our 1928 Shelby Indy Edition bicycle with sidecar. This bicycle was made to commemorate Lindbergh’s Atlantic crossing.

Nautical Notes: The French frigate Hermione, was a 32-gun Concorde-class frigate of the French Navy. A replica of this ship was built and launched in 2012. The original was lost in 1793. Pictured here is the replica.

Riding The Rails: Here’s a cool French train that started operations in the late 1960s. The Le Lyonnais, or the Lyonnais, was an express train that linked Paris and Lyon in France. Introduced in 1968, it was operated by the Société Nationale des Chemins de fer français (SNCF). The train is named after the geographical area known as the Lyonnais, a historical (former) French province, whose name came from the city of Lyon. Pictured here is one of their “preserved” locomotives.

Keeping with our French theme for this month, Octave Chanute (born in Paris France) began his training as a civil engineer in 1848. He was widely considered brilliant and innovative in the engineering profession. During his career he designed and constructed the United States’ two biggest stockyards, Chicago Stock Yards (1865) and Kansas City Stockyards (1871). He designed and built the Hannibal Bridge with Joseph Tomlinson and George S. Morison, which was the first bridge to cross the Missouri River in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1869 and established Kansas City as the dominant city in the region. He designed many other bridges during his railroad career, including the Illinois River rail bridge at Chillicothe, Illinois, the Genesee River Gorge rail bridge near Portageville, New York, the Sibley Railroad Bridge across the Missouri River at Sibley, and more.

Animals in the headlines: The Bloodhound is a dog known for it’s ability to track human scent, even days later. It origins are traced back to France thousands of years ago.

We close this newsletter with these words: Here’s a well know French quote for closing our French themed newsletter – There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.

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