Flymall / Kraemer Aviation November 2022 Wheels & Wings Newsletter

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This month the theme is “Indian Motorcycles and Indian Power Vehicles”. We celebrated Thanksgiving this month and since the early English settlers celebrated this traditional holiday with Native American Indians, we thought let’s highlight an American motorcycle that carries the Indian name.

Historians long considered the first Thanksgiving to have taken place in 1621, when the Mayflower pilgrims who founded the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts sat down for a three-day meal with the Wampanoag Indians. There are earlier “Thanksgiving” celebrations. Thanksgiving services were routine in what became the Commonwealth of Virginia as early as 1607; the first permanent settlement of Jamestown, Virginia held a thanksgiving in 1610. On December 4, 1619, 38 English settlers celebrated a thanksgiving immediately upon landing at Berkeley Hundred in Charles City County, Virginia. Thanksgiving in the United States has been observed on many different days and even different months. From the time of the Founding Fathers until the time of Lincoln, the date of observance varied from state to state. Modern Thanksgiving was proclaimed for all states in 1863 by Abraham Lincoln.

Pat & Harry hosted their annual Thanksgiving dinner this year. Click here for more pictures.


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Earlier this month, Pat attended the Ninety Nines Mid Atlantic Section Meeting in Lancaster PA.

Our friend Lin Caywood is now the Section Governor. Lin is pictured here at the front giving a speech.

History Trivia: Nobody is sure if turkey was served at the harvest celebration held by the pilgrims of the Plymouth colony in 1621, but wild fowl was certainly served. It is not likely that the first settlers celebrated Thanksgiving with turkey. The use of the turkey in the United States for Thanksgiving precedes Abraham Lincoln’s nationalization of the holiday in 1863.  In her 1827 novel Northwood; or, a Tale of New England, Sarah Josepha Hale devoted an entire chapter to Thanksgiving dinner, emphasizing many of the foods that are now considered traditional. Although many other meats are mentioned, “the roasted turkey took precedence on this occasion, being placed at the head of the table.

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: 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.

During WWI, motorcycles were often transported via airplanes for delivery. Here is a Indian Model O strapped to a biplane ready for departure. The Indian Model O was a lightweight motorcycle made by the Hendee Manufacturing Company from 1917 to 1919.

During WWII, car manufacturers were called on to produce aircraft. And just as car manufacturers produced aircraft, many motorcycle companies build bikes for the war effort. Here is a shaft driven Indian that was produced during WWII.

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.

In the 1930s, Indian started to branch out and one of industries that it ventured into was the manufacturing of aircraft engines. These engines were made by the Hendee Manufacturing Company. The “Indian Motocycle Co.” was founded as the Hendee Manufacturing Company by George M. Hendee in 1897 to manufacture bicycles. One of the engines they made was an eight-cylinder water-cooled Vee type pictured below. This 8-cylinder engine was used by Glenn Curtiss in some distance flights at the Harvard Aviation Meet.

Here is a radial engine produced by the Hendee Manufacturing Company. This seven-cylinder air-cooled rotary engine w as rated 50 hp. at 1 l 00 RPM. Click here for more reading on these two engines.

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.

Here’s a very cool 1917 Indian powered board track racer we found online.

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.

Here is an Indian Motorcycle with a gun mounted to it.

Sidecar rigs were very popular as delivery vehicles. Here is an Indian sidecar that we found online.

Here is a half ton Indian Traffic Car. Part motorcycle, part delivery van. This one is believed to be the best original example of a Traffic Car anywhere, this unrestored rig has been valued at well over $100,000.

Harley Davidson also had a half ton delivery trike. It was offered by Goulding and was called a Gouldcar.

A cool Indian sidecar rig used as a milk company advertisement.

Indian powerplants were also used in various snow mobiles or sleds like the one pictures below. Click here for some info on other Indian powered “snow vehicles”.

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

Here’s a ceiling find for this month (not an Indian). This Sandford was hanging in the ceiling in the old Imperial Palace in Las Vegas. It ended up on eBay in November 2017. Bidding got up to $10,000 and the auction was ended for some reason. Here’s a little history on the Sandford; Stewart Sandford, a 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.

Indian’s like this, are sitting in barns all over the world, just waiting to be discovered. This is a 1927 Indian Factory Board Track Racer that ran on alcohol.

The Flymall Team was on hand to witness a 1903 Indian barn find / estate sale sale for $155,000.00 USD. Click here for the YouTube video.

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, Ofir passed her commercial pilot checkride with Harry. She had some moderate turbulence, windshear, and direct crosswinds to deal with. Most of her maneuvers were text book perfect. Her power off 180 was outstanding, she had some windshear on this as well as a direct crosswind and the maneuver was text book perfect.

Weather in the news: Hurricane Nicole was in the news earlier this month. For just being a Category 1, Nicole did a lot of damage in Florida.

Later this month, we had a large storm system move from the southwest to the northeast and this had every color on the radar image.

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. Look for some updates to 3-wheelers.com early in the year 2023. We will also have some updates for the Three Wheel Association as well.

Indian Forecar.  In 1906 it was offered as an attachment to any Indian model. Each wheel had coil springs at the steering posts and leaf springs for the front seat. The Forecar design or type of vehicle was very popular in Europe.

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

An awesome Indian motorcycle sidecar rig with an enclosed sidecar. Enclosed sidecars were popular in European countries in the 1950s and 1960s. Click here for more pictures of enclosed sidecars.

Prototypes: How was the V-twin motorcycle born? In 1906, the Indian motorcycle company built a V-twin factory race bike. A version of the racing engine was introduced in consumer models for the 1907 model year, making the 39-ci (633 cc), 42-degree V-twin the first American V-twin production motorcycle engine (their are some webpages that state Glenn Curtiss built the first V-twin). And the rest is history. We will have more on Glenn Curtiss and his V-twin in a future newsletter.

Nautical Notes: The USS Pocahontas was a United States Navy ship used in WWI. It was named after a very famous native American Indian. She was originally SS Prinzess Irene, a Barbarossa-class ocean liner built in 1899 by AG Vulcan Stettin of Stettin, Germany, for the North German Lloyd line. At the beginning of World War I the ship was in New York and was interned by the United States. She was seized when that country entered the conflict in 1917 and converted to a troop transport.  Pocahontas was a Native American woman, belonging to the Powhatan people, notable for her association with the colonial settlement at Jamestown, Virginia.

Riding The Rails: By the time the railroads were moving westward, the Indians were using horses, especially for hunting bison. Indians used bison for food, shelter, clothing, trade, and more. When the settlers (the white man) found out that bison hides could be used to make leather, hunters were eager to kill more and more bison. It wasn’t long before the bison was hunted to near extinction. This slaughter would have been unlikely and probably impossible, had railroads not provided the means to ship the hides and bones off to eastern factories. The white man hunting of the bison drastically affected the native American Indian life. Needles to say, the Indians were not too fond of trains.

Native American Indian Transportation: This month, we’re introducing a new section of our newsletter on native American Indian transportation and travels. This month, we are featuring the Wampanoag Indians.  They are an Indigenous people of the Northeastern Woodlands based in southeastern Massachusetts and historically parts of eastern Rhode Island. Their territory included the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. The Wampanoag Indians were introduced to the the Europeans in the early 1600s when European merchant vessels and fishing boats traveled along the coast of New England. The Wampanoag taught the first settlers how to farm, hunt, fish, etc. The Wampanoag used a burn and scrape method to construct the mishoon, a type of dugout canoe. Horses were not around this area until the 1630s or 1640s, so the Wampanoag either walked or traveled via a mishoon.

Animals in the headlines: This month we have a robotic dog by Swiss Mile. Click here for a video on Facebook.

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