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Twas the Night Before Christmas for the soldier

Wednesday, December 26th, 2018

A Christmas poem courtesy of Lance Corporal James M. Schmidt:


‘Twas the night before Christmas, he lived all alone,

In a one bedroom house made of plaster and stone.

I had come down his chimney with presents to give,

And to see just who in this home did live.

I looked all about, a strange sight I did see,

No tinsel, no presents, not even a tree.


No stocking by mantle, just boots filled with sand,

And on the wall pictures of far distant lands.

With medals and badges, awards of all kinds,

A sobering thought came to my mind.

For this house was different, so dark and so dreary,

The home of a soldier, now I could see clearly.


The soldier lay sleeping, silent, alone,

Curled up on the floor in this one bedroom home.

The face was so gentle, the room in such disorder,

Not how I pictured a United States soldier.

Was this the hero of whom I’d just read?

Curled up on a poncho, the floor for a bed?


I realized the families that I saw this night,

Owed their lives to these soldiers who were willing to fight.

Soon around the world, the children would play,

And grownups would celebrate a bright Christmas day.

They all enjoyed freedom each month of the year,

Because of the soldiers, like the one lying here.


I couldn’t help wonder how many lay alone,

On a cold Christmas eve in a land far from home.

The very thought brought a tear to my eye,

I dropped to my knees and started to cry.

The soldier awakened and I heard a rough voice,

“Santa don’t cry, this life is my choice;


I fight for freedom, I don’t ask for more,

My life is my God, my country, my corps.”

The soldier rolled over and soon drifted to sleep,

I couldn’t control it, I continued to weep.

I kept watch for hours, so silent and still,

And we both shivered from the cold evening’s chill.


I didn’t want to leave on that cold, dark night,

This guardian of honor so willing to fight.

Then the soldier rolled over, with a voice soft and pure,

Whispered, “Carry on Santa, it’s Christmas day, all is secure.”

One look at my watch, and I knew he was right.

“Merry Christmas my friend, and to all a good night.”


Merry Christmas to all of America’s warriors throughout the world. Thank you for making it possible for us to enjoy our holiday in peace and safety…



Flymall Wheels & Wings December 2018 Newsletter

Sunday, December 23rd, 2018

Welcome to the Kraemer Aviation / Flymall Wheels & Wings December 2018 newsletter.  Click here for past newsletters. Click here for our December 2018 newsletter or copy and paste this link in to your browser


Its Christmas time!  Here is Harry’s collection of some different Twas The Night Before Christmas.

The Flymall team had their annual Christmas cookie baking party.  Complete with aviation themed cookie cutters.

Look at all of the cookie cutters.

Jett was trying to steal some of the cookie dough.


Click here for more pictures of the annual Christmas cookie baking party.

Achievements & Special Recognition:  As Harry has been busy studying for the Designated Pilot Examiner course in early 2019, Harry & Pat have both become FAAST Team Reps with the Baltimore FSDO.


Two wrongs don’t make a right. But two Wrights made an airplane. December 17 1903.  Orville and Wilbur Wright accomplish the first heavier-than-air machine flight with their 120 ft, 12 sec flight at Kitty Hawk, NC. Four more flights were accomplished this day with the longest being 59 sec and covering 852 ft.



Aviation/Aviators in the news:  The Flymall team saw a new Pilatus PC24 on the ramp at the Frederick Municipal Airport.  An old flight instructor friend of Harry’s was demoing the aircraft to a client and gave the team a tour.  Click here for more pictures via a Facebook album.

After touring the PC24 the team did some sightseeing around the airport and saw this Kodiak on floats looking very stately with the sun glowing through the clouds on a December afternoon.


With winter upon us the Alton Bay Ice Runway will be open soon.  The only official ice airport in the continental United States.  Click here for their Facebook page.


Growth at KFDK. The City of Frederick has awarded the lease of a 620,000 square foot site at KFDK to AOPA for the development of a hangar complex consisting of up to 194,400 square feet of general aviation aircraft hangars.

Speaking of Frederick Airport.  A casual lunch with Harry and Mr. C. turned in to a mini Frederick Aviation Reunion.

And the group got bigger and bigger as we chatted in the hangar.

Click here for more pictures from the gathering.  Click here for Harry’s Frederick Aviation page on the Flymall.

Car/Motorcycle Show News: Visit our events calendar for up to date car show news and events. Click here for information on Harry’s Laytonsville Cruise In.  There are still many car shows throughout the winter months, so check our calendar often for updates.


Barn Finds/Hangar Finds:  Many a car enthusiasts dream of finding an old gem in a barn.  Well here is a barn full of old muscle cars just waiting to be restored.  Click here for the full story on


CFI/DPE Notes:  This prop is from a Cirrus. Folks, the nose wheel is not a landing gear. This guy hit so hard he folded the nose wheel back and it came through the floor near the pilots feet.  The propeller nearly cut the pilot’s leg off.

Weather in the news:  2018 has went down as the wettest/most raining year ever.  And December was no exception.  Here is a snapshot of a December 9 2018 storm.  Every type of precip was is this storm.


Speaking of records, here are some interesting facts on the Tornado outbreak of 1974.  The 1974 Super Outbreak was the second-largest tornado outbreak on record for a single 24-hour period, just behind the 2011 Super Outbreak. It was also the most violent tornado outbreak ever recorded, with 30 F4/F5 tornadoes confirmed. From April 3 to 4, 1974, there were 148 tornadoes confirmed in 13 U.S. states and the Canadian province of Ontario.

Three Wheel Association (TWA):  Toyota SkyDrive flying car (pictured below).  Its electric and its a three wheeler.  Here is a short YouTube video for more information.  Click here to visit Harry’s Flying Car page on the Flymall.

Visit the TWA page on the Flymall for updates and info on the Three Wheel Association.


Prototypes:  This section also has ties with our “Animals in the headlines” for this month.  This month in our prototypes we’re featuring Frank Christensen and his aircraft design.  Christen Industries founded by Frank Louis Christensen in the 1970s.  Click here for more info.   Ever wonder why the Pitts Special and Christen Eagle looked so much alike?  Follow the link here to learn why.

Ira Walker is an expert on the Pitts and Christen Eagle aircraft. Click here for more info on Ira and his company Walker Aviation.

A Pitts Special


A Christen Eagle

Animals in the headlines:  This month for our “Animals in the headlines” let’s see if our readers can pickup on what these two pictures have in common.

We close this newsletter with these words from Sir Paul McCartney:  And, in the end The love you take is equal to the love you make.’

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Kraemer Aviation / Flymall Wheels & Wings November 2018 Newsletter

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

Welcome to the Kraemer Aviation / Flymall Wheels & Wings November 2018 newsletter.  Click here for past newsletters. Click here for our November 2018 newsletter or copy and paste this link in to your browser

Kraemer Aviation/Harry Kraemer has teamed up with Sarah McNelis of Long & Foster Real Estate Inc. to better serve our client’s real estate sales/purchase requirements.  Sarah has an aviation background including aircraft ownership, licensed Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) mechanic, and taildragger pilot to name a few.  Look for some changes to the real estate section of the Flymall in early 2019 .  Click on picture for a larger view.

This month we have a theme, “From Russia with love”; including Russian prototypes and Russian three wheelers.  A German aviator named Mathias Rust. And we have a November 2018 wind storm, and more.

Next month: Twas the night before Christmas, and more.

Shop in our new secured online store and pay online at  We have some nice Flymall tool kits, order in time for Christmas.  We also have some nice David Clark headsets for sale as well as some ASA headset bags. For more info click here.

Achievements & Special Recognition:  We start our Russian theme with a German aviator named Mathias Rust.  In 1987 he gained notoriety when he illegally flew a Cessna 172 from Finland and landed in Red Square in Moscow.  Click here for more reading on Mathias Rust.

Did you do your first solo?  Instructors, have a student get a new certificate or rating?  Send it to us and we will add it to this section of our newsletter.

Major announcement. The picture below was taken at the Frederick Municipal Airport sometime in the 1960s. Harry is on the far right with his dad in the middle.  Harry’s dad would take him there to watch the planes take-off and land.  Little did Harry know then, that about 20 years later Harry would meet Annabelle (a Designated Pilot Examiner) at this very airport.  She would inspire him towards a very single goal in aviation, to become a Designated Pilot Examiner.  After being in the examiner pool for the past 18 years, it has finally happened.  The FAA has selected Harry as the next Designated Pilot Examiner for the Baltimore FSDO.  Harry still has a lot of training to complete.  Harry hopes to be conducting checkrides by the spring of 2019.  To be in the examiner pool one must fly 300 hours per year just to stay qualified. That means for the last 18 years Harry has logged about 300 flight hours per year, most of which has been in single engine airplanes averaging about 100 knots.  That means in the last 18 years he has logged about 5400 hours or 540,000 miles.  That means that he could have circled the globe in a Cessna 172 just over 136 times.  Harry also logged enough hours in the past 18 years to fly to the moon and back at Cessna 172 speeds.

Click on the picture for a larger view.


Aviation/Aviators in the news:  Get the latest daily news right from our home page from Aero-News.Net.  Updated daily, you can read the news that makes the headlines in aviation.  And for the history buffs, we have a “Today in Aviation History” that runs along the bottom of our webpages.

More with our Russian theme: Yekaterina Vasylievna Budanova, nicknamed Katya (Катя), (6 December 1916 – 19 July 1943), was a fighter pilot in the Soviet Air Force during World War II. With five air victories, along with Lydia Litvyak, she was one of the world’s two female fighter aces.  Click here for more reading.

Here is a short video of what it is like to land in Greenland for any of our state side aviators that want to fly themselves to Russia in their general aviation aircraft.


Planning a trip in your aircraft? has the tools you need to make the planning stages easier.  On our home page you can search fuel prices via  And on you have direct access to

Car/Motorcycle Show News:  Visit our events calendar for up to date information on car shows, air shows, and more.  Visit our appearance calendar to see where the Flymall team will be next.

Our Day Tripper section also has many family fun places to visit.


Keeping with our Russian theme, here is a 1910 Yushkov.


Barn Finds/Hangar Finds:  Visit the tech tip section of the Flymall for assistance in restoring your barn find or hangar find.  You can also search our online store for car & motorcycle parts and aircraft parts.  Need an appraisal on your barn find. Visit our appraisal page for information on our appraisal services.


CFI/DPE Notes:  Visit the lesson plan section of the Flymall for online lesson plans and other tools for flight instructors and pilots.

Ercoupe for sale.  Purchase this to get your license and then sell it.  In the end you will have your Private Pilot Certificate for far less money.


Weather in the news:  We have had our share of adverse weather in the Northeast for 2018.  And November has not been any different.  Here is a downed tree as a result from a November 10 2018 wind storm.  Click here for more pictures.

A section of this downed tree made it to the fire pit (to be used as a table) at Kraemer Aviation headquarters.

Here is a screenshot of a November 15 2018 storm that produced heavy rain, snow, sleet, and even freezing rain.


Three Wheel Association (TWA):  Check out the new TWA new Facebook group.

Here is an all new Russian electric three wheeler. New for 2019 Ural has introduced an all electric Ural sidecar rig.  Click here for more reading.

While speaking of Ural motorcycles, here is a rare Ural trike camper.  Click here for more pictures.  Visit Harry’s Ural page on the Flymall for more info on Ural motorcycles.


Here is Harry’s 1969 Russian Ural.

Looking for a nice entry level three wheeler for your collection.  We have one for sale on the Flymall.  Click here for more information.

Prototypes:  This month we’re featuring an unusual Russian aircraft prototype.

Here is a Bartini Beriev VVA-14.  Built in the Soviet Union. It was designed to be able to take off from the water and fly at high speed over long distances, it was also able to make flights at high altitude, but also have the capability of “flying” efficiently just above the sea surface, using aerodynamic ground effect. For more info click here.  Pictured below is what is left of one in very poor condition.


Animals in the headlines:  Keeping with our Russian theme, here is a picture of Harry’s Russian tortoise named Boris.  Click here for Harry’s turtle page on the Flymall.


Many of us have seen signs for deer crossing.  Here we have a Salmon crossing.



We close this newsletter with these words of wisdom:  You never lose. Either you win or you learn.

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Kraemer Aviation / October 2018 Newsletter

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

Welcome to the Kraemer Aviation / Flymall Wheels & Wings October Newsletter.  Click here for our October 2018 Newsletter. Click here for past Newsletters.

This month:  A new local aviation museum, a radial engine Piper Cub.  Old three wheeler meets a new three wheeler, and more.

Achievements & Special RecognitionHarry, Pat, and Jett attended The Ensign Dean R. Van Kirk Aviation Heritage Museum Hall of Fame Ceremony and Open House where 4 aviators were inducted into their Hall of Fame.  The Hall of Fame Induction included; Colonel Mary S. Feik, Richard W. Kanode, Brigadier General Robin Olds, and Major Theodore J. “Dutch” Van Kirk.

Click here for more pictures from the eventClick here for some pictures of the museum.


Aviation/Aviators in the news:

The Ensign Dean R. Van Kirk Aviation Heritage Museum is owned by 2 long time friends of Harry.  Harry, Pat, and Jett recently got a private tour of the museum.  Pictured here is their 1943 PT-23. Click here for more pictures.


While on the topic of aviation museums, Ira Walker of Walker Aviation is starting a private museum with early snow cars.  Visit his page on the Flymall for more information.


A Facebook find.  While working in his yard and gentleman saw something fall from the sky and land in his yard.

It turned out to be a lower engine cowl from a Cessna Citation Encore. After doing a little internet research Harry was able to find a picture of the aircraft that lost this.

Car/Motorcycle Show News:

At Harry’s Laytonsville Cruise In our 1886 Coventry Rotary Tandem meets a 2012 Morgan 3 Wheeler.

Harry’s Facebook post from the Morgan and Coventry meeting.

There’s still lots of car shows and interesting events throughout the winter months. Visit our events calendar for local and national events.  With nearly 30 different categories, there is something for everyone.  You can also visit the Day Tripper section of Harry’s Flymall to find events and places of interest.


Barn Finds/Hangar Finds:  Here is an unusual Piper Cub. A Piper J-3P powered by a 50-hp Lenape LM-3-50 or Lenape AR-3-160 three-cylinder radial engine.  Harry’s friends (with The Ensign Dean R. Van Kirk Aviation Heritage Museum) own one.

While on the topic of Piper Cubs, here is an interesting air ambulance version of a J5 Cub.  These were very rare.


Are you looking for your own vintage aircraft, visit our used aircraft section for our current inventory.

If you’re a “picker” or collector of rare vehicles our Market Watch section of the Flymall is a very useful tool. We have a searchable database that includes price data on many rare vehicles and aircraft that includes vehicles such as; an 1895 Gladiator, Max Holste, Belly Tank Racer, 1886 Coventry Rotary Tandem, and many others.

Visit our Store at to search for parts for your barn find.  You can now purchase online in our new secured online store and pay with your credit card via PayPal either with or without a PayPal account.  We also have deals listed in our ebay store.  Click here for our ebay store.

Need an appraisal on your barn find or hangar find, Harry can appraise it for you.  Click here for our appraisal page.

For restoration assistance visit the Tech Tips section of the Flymall.  Do you have a tech tip that you want to share and have it published on the Flymall?  Send it to Harry.

CFI Notes:

FAA will publish a notice of proposed rulemaking that seeks to raise the weight limit for light sport aircraft from the current 1,320 pounds to 3,600 pounds. “That will allow you to fly in a 172, have four seats in the airplane, and fly 150 mph,” said Pelton, who also anticipates a rule change that would allow professional builders to construct experimental amateur-built aircraft.

Visit the Regulatory section of our Forum for more updates like this.


Weather in the news: October 10 2018 Hurricane Michael was in the headlines.  This was the third most intense hurricane to hit the United States.


Three Wheel Association (TWA):  In early 2019 we hope to have our “Not-for-profit” status for the Three Wheel Association.  Keep checking the TWA page for updates.  In the mean time you can view the collection at this link.  This year (2018) was a good year for the collection on the show circuit.  The collection won awards at every show attended totaling nearly a dozen awards.

What to purchase your very own vintage three wheeler? We have one for sale in the three wheeler section of our online store.  It is a Pedicab from the 1940s or 1950s.  Click here fore more info.

Prototypes:  This month we’re featuring some Pontiac concept cars.

1989 Pontiac Stinger

1968 Pontiac Banshee II (Concept Car). 1968 was the second in the Banshee series, nicknamed the “Banshee II (2)”
The 1968 Pontiac Banshee II had aerodynamic fiberglass skins over stock Firebird inner panels and a near stock black interior.


Animals in the headlines:

Enjoy this video of a dog with some ducks for friends.



We close this newsletter with these words of wisdom.  After you’ve worked hard to get what you want, take time to enjoy it.

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Flymall September 2018 Wheels & Wings Newsletter

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

Welcome to the Kraemer Aviation / Flymall Wheels & Wings September 2018 Newsletter.  Click here for our September 2018 Newsletter. Click here for past newsletters.

This month: What do President Lincoln, President Kennedy, and Ford have in common?  A blind motorcycle racer.  Wood burning gas cars. Evel Knievel’s motorcycles.  And more.

Burt Reynolds: RIP.


We did some research on sales of cars owned or associated with Burt Reynolds.  They’re brining some serious money.  The data is recorded in the Market Watch section of the Flymall.  Click here to see the sale prices of Burt’s cars.

Click here to compare Trans Am sale price with cars owned or associated with Burt and cars that were not.


The Flymall Team hosted a Labor Day cookout for clients, students, and friends.  Click here for pictures from the event.


Achievements & Special Recognition:

Alexander Winton, a famous car racer from the early 1900s.  Alexander is the racer that Henry Ford beat and made a name for his cars.

Dan Parker, a blind racer is setting land speed records.  Click here for more reading on Dan Parker.


Aviation/Aviators in the news:

The Soviet Sormovich: A gas-turbine passenger hovercraft that operated on an experimental passenger line along the Volga River (Gorky – Cheboksary) in 1971-1972, which was 274 km (170 miles). A round trip from Gorky to Cheboksary took one day.




Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson – A mathematician. She calculated the trajectory for the May 5, 1961 space flight of Alan Shepard.  She also calculated the launch window for his 1961 Mercury mission.  When NASA used electronic computers for the first time to calculate John Glenn‘s orbit around Earth, officials called on Johnson to verify the computer’s numbers; Glenn had asked for her specifically and had refused to fly unless Johnson verified the calculations.  For more info on Katherine Johnson click here.


Car/Motorcycle Show News:

What happened to Evel Knievel’s motorcycles?  He was best known for jumping with a Harley-Davidson XR750, however he also used Nortons, Hondas, Triumphs, and American Eagles.  But where are these bikes now?  The Caesar’s Palace jump bike was a Triumph T120 Bonneville that was borrowed from a dealer and then returned. Word has it that this bike was converted into a chopper and has basically disappeared. Evel’s son (Kelly) owns the X2 Sky Cycle.  One of the Wembley bikes (there were 3 of them), a complete bike has not surfaced yet, rumor is that someone may have the actual jump bike that was badly crashed. A Harley XR750 used in 1977 to jump a pool of sharks is also owned by Kelly. The Smithsonian Museum claims to have the 1972 Harley XR750 that Evel used to jump 14 buses in Kings Island. Experts say that the Smithsonian bike is actually bits and pieces of other bikes Evel used.  Click here for more reading on Evel’s bikes.  The bike (pictured below) that was built for and used in the movie Viva Knievel was actually for sale a few years ago.  As of the writing of this newsletter we have not been able to find the sale results of the Viva Knievel bike.  We do have some Evel Knievel items in our market watch section of the Flymall.  Click here to view the Evel Knievel items.  The “Stratocycle” from Viva Knievel was on ebay in 2015 with a starting bid of $200,000.00 USD. The auction ended with 0 bids.  Click here for more reading on Evel’s bikes.


The Flymall team attended District Harley Davidson show August 17 2018 with our 1912 AC Delivery Trike and our 1886 Coventry Rotary. We won First Place at the show with the 1912 AC Delivery.  Click here for more pictures from the show.


Harry attended a Japanese Motorcycle Show with 2 of his Honda Gyro Motorcycles.  Harry’s 1984 Honda Gyro won a first place trophy and his 1986 Honda Gyro won a second place trophy.  Click here for some pictures from the show.


We attended the Simple Transport Show 2018.  All 3 of Harry’s bikes won an award.  Plus we won the People’s Choice award.  Click here for pictures from the event.





Here are a few pictures of Harry riding the unicycles at Simple Transport Show 2018.


A local guy drove his vintage Ferguson tractor to one of the Laytonsville Cruise Ins.  Click here for pictures of past Laytonsville Cruise In events.


For more info on local Cruise Ins, visit Harry’s Classic Car Cruise in page.


The Flymall Team also attended the Arcadia Show earlier in September.  This is always a huge show.  Full of vintage tractors, steam engines, and more.  Click here for pictures from the event.


We were also on hand at The District Harley Davidson Bike Night. Good times, good food.  Click here for pictures from the eventJett is always very welcome at these events.



What do President Lincoln, President Kennedy, and Ford have in common?  Click here to find out.

Barn Finds/Hangar Finds:  A great hangar find.  One of Charles Lindberg’s old aircraft is in Maryland and still flying.  Click here for full story.


Here is another hangar find for this month.  Checkout the unusual gear configuration on this rare bird.




CFI Notes:  Visit Harry’s Lesson Plan section of the Flymall for lesson plans and useful information regarding flight training.


Weather in the news:  Hurricane Florence was the recent “Big News” in the weather department.  Folks down south are still cleaning up from Florence.




This is a major interstate highway in North Carolina. Look closely, you can see the signs that are on the side of the highway.


Three Wheel Association (TWA)Visit the TWA page on the Flymall for more information on the association.  This month we are featuring some 3 wheelers by General Motors.


Here is an interesting 3 wheeler from 1966. A Peter Maier design 3 wheeler for General Motors.



1969 Chevrolet Astro III



Prototypes:  This month we are featuring wood burning gas cars.

In the 1920’s, German engineer Georges Imbert developed a wood gas generator for mobile use. The gases were cleaned and dried and then fed into the vehicle’s combustion engine, which barely needs to be adapted. The ‘Imbert’ generator was mass produced from 1931 on. At the end of the 1930’s, about 9,000 wood gas vehicles were in use, almost exclusively in Europe.

The technology became commonplace in many European countries during the Second World War, as a consequence of the rationing of fossil fuels. In Germany alone, around 500,000 producer gas vehicles were in operation by the end of the war.  Wood ‘gasification’ is a process whereby organic material is converted into a combustible gas under the influence of heat – the process reaches a temperature of 1,400 °C (2,550 °F).

The first use of wood ‘gasification’ dates back to 1870’s, when it was used as a forerunner of natural gas for street lighting and cooking, rising fuel prices and global warming have caused renewed interest in this almost-forgotten technology: worldwide, dozens of handymen drive around in their home-made wood-mobiles.


Animals in the headlines:



We close this newsletter with this picture and some words from Evel Knievel:

I think if you have ability and talent in one way, you have it in all ways. I’m not a jack of all trades; I’m a master of many. I don’t feel there is anything I can’t do if I want to. -Evel Knievel


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Lincoln and Kennedy

Saturday, September 8th, 2018

Here are some coincidences between President Lincoln and President Kennedy.  This appeared in the American Press in 1964.  This list has become part of  American folklore.  Some items on the list have been found to be false and some cannot be proven true.  Its an interesting list to say the least.


  • Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846.
  • John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946.
  • Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860.
  • John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960.
  • Both were particularly concerned with civil rights.
  • Both wives lost a child while living in the White House.
  • Both Presidents were shot on a Friday.
  • Both Presidents were shot in the head.
  • Lincoln’s secretary was named Kennedy.
  • Kennedy’s Secretary was named Lincoln.
  • Both were assassinated by Southerners.
  • Both were succeeded by Southerners named Johnson.
  • Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, was born in 1808.
  • Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908.
  • John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Lincoln, was born in 1839.
  • Lee Harvey Oswald, who assassinated Kennedy, was born in 1939.
  • Both assassins were known by their three names.
  • Both names are composed of fifteen letters.
  • Lincoln was shot at the theater named “Ford.”
  • Kennedy was shot in a car called “Lincoln” made by “Ford.”
  • Booth and Oswald were assassinated before their trials.
  • A week before Lincoln was shot, he was in Monroe, Maryland.
  • A week before Kennedy was shot, he was with Marilyn Monroe.
  • Lincoln was shot in a theater and the assassin ran to a warehouse…
  • Kennedy was shot from a warehouse and the assassin ran to a theater…

For more reading on this click here.

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Flymall Wheels & Wings August 2018 Newsletter

Monday, August 20th, 2018

Welcome to the Flymall Wheels & Wings August 2018 newsletter.

This month:  Mailboat jumpers???  Glenn Curtiss V-8 motorcycle.  UBER versus the FAA.  A wrecked plane in a man cave, and more.

Coming in September 2018:  What happened to Evel Knievel’s motorcycles?

Click here to view past newsletters.  Click here for our August 2018 newsletter.


Achievements & Special Recognition:  If you or your student has a first solo or earned a new pilot certificate or rating and you want us to post it here, let us know.

Mailboat jumpers on Lake Geneva.  Lake Geneva is one of a few places in the states that still delivers mail by boat.  They have been doing this for over 100 years.  This is surely an achievement and they deserve some special recognition.


Here’s some other interesting news that is 100 + years old. This V-8 powered bike of Glenn Curtiss set an unofficial land speed record of 136.36 miles per hour (219.45 km/h) on January 24, 1907.  Considering that the automobile was only invented about 20 years before this, that was fast!



Aviation/Aviators in the news:  Do any of our readers know Velta Haney Benn?  She was a female aviator, a WASP, and well know in the mid-Atlantic area. A very high time pilot, some reports state that she had over 40,000 flight hours.  A DPE friend of Harry’s has said that she had over 60,000 hours.    Click here for more reading on Velta.  Click here for an article (of Harry’s ) on becoming a high time pilot that was published in FAA Aviation News.

Pilots, have you ever wondered who Tipton Airport is named after.  William Dolley Tipton is the man behind the name.  Click here for more reading on William Tipton.

UBER announced their intentions of developing an autonomously controlled passenger carrying drone aircraft.  This will definitely clash with the FAA.  Click here for the full story on  If you want to get the latest and daily aviation news, Harry host the new ticker on the Flymall home page.

Harry’s student Francesca was home from college for the summer and Harry and her have been doing some flying together.  Francesca is on her way to becoming a Naval Aviator, a fighter pilot. They got to see some of the flooding of the Susquehanna river, a hot air balloon launching, and much more of the Maryland and PA country side from the air.  Click here for more pictures of their adventures together during her summer break 2018.




Moving over the Harry’s hometown of Dundalk Maryland. Harry’s hometown of Dundalk Maryland has a rich aviation history.  Here are some old pictures found online as well as some old post Harry did on historic Maryland airports.

The first picture below is showing the housing adjacent to the old Baltimore Municipal Airport in 1950’s. The airfield is now the Dundalk Marine Terminal.  Just across the street from this airport was Logan Field (now a shopping center). The lower picture is the North American Aviation plant in Dundalk, Maryland.

Click here for a post Harry did on the original terminal building under construction at Logan Field in Dundalk Maryland.

Click here for more on historic Maryland airports.  This link opens a pdf on the Flymall server.


What to do with a wrecked plane?

The ultimate man cave decoration. Here is a wrecked plane that Harry gave a friend. He has it mounted in his front yard as a play house for his grandkids. We think a modern day Piper Seneca looks better with radial engines.


The picture above shows a radial engine on a modern day Piper Seneca.  Very well done, however the Seneca did not come with a radial engine.  Speaking of radial engines. Folks often confuse a radial and a rotary engine.  Click here to see an example of a rotary engine. On a rotary engine, the entire engine rotates with the crankshaft.


The Flymall team is always on the lookout for new and interesting aircraft designs and we found this one on Facebook.  It looks a lot like the Icon A5.  An amphibious aircraft with folding wings.  You can set up a hammock on the tail section.  The cockpit has a tent that can be setup for camping.  You can mount a seat on the nose for fishing.  Too bad it cannot be driven on the road.

Harry & Pat hosted a small get together for Glacier and Veronika.  Glacier was going back to her home country of China.  And Veronika was going to visit family in the states.   Glacier is a private pilot student at a flight school in Maryland and Veronika is a flight instructor at the same school.  Click here for some pictures of the get together.

We’re sure by now that we all have heard about the airline employee that steals a turbo-prop passenger airliner.  This will surely have the FAA looking at security at airline airports.


Car/Motorcycle Show News:

In July Harry & Pat attended a classic car themed cookout at a friend’s house.


Click here for more pictures from the automotive themed cookout.


How many of our readers know the name Jim Hall or the Hall Chaparral?  Jim Hall was revolutionary in race car design.  He was considered a renegade aerodynamicist.  Many of his innovations were banned from racing.  For more reading on Jim Hall’s Chaparral click here.  Coming later this year we will have a story on one of 13 mini Chaparral cars that were built.

From race cars to street cars, we cover it all. Here are a few historic pictures of the street cars that ran in Dundalk, Maryland. Upper picture: crossing Bear Creek into Sparrows Point & Bethlehem Steel Plant mid 1950’s

Lower picture:  From 1957, a street car on the trestle bridge on the Sparrows Point Line.  Click on the picture for a larger image.  As a child Harry would walk these bridges and he also fished under them with his grandfather in one of his grandfather’s boats.

While on the topic of street cars / trolley cars, here is a bookstore on wheels owned by Deborah Bodin Cohen. Click here for more pictures of this very cool mobile bookstore.  Click here for her site.



Think the Roomba is an invention from the 2000s?  Here is a 1959 Robo-Vac.  The Roomba is not new, just improved.  We had them in 1959.


Harry & Pat run/support the Laytonsville Cruise In.  And new this year, The Family Room is a huge support of the Friday night cruise inThe Family Room in Laytonsville is in the same shopping center as the Laytonsville Cruise In. Two Saturdays a month they host a farmers market.  Stop by for some local produce and other local vendors.  The Family Room is very good to our Friday night cruise in folks.  Support local vendors and shops.



Remember Pontiac’s jet-turbine powered Firebird?  We have not seen one of these (yet) at the cruise in.  Maybe one day!



Here is a follow up piece regarding the Batmobile story we did in June 2018.  Want your own Batmobile?  Its possible!


Earlier in August, Harry, Pat, and Jett attended a BBQ at District Harley Davidson.


While on the topic of motorcycles, does anyone remember the Honda City, a car that carries a motorcycle inside the trunk?  This is a car that you can actually enter into a motorcycle show!  The motorcycle is called a Motocompo.  They do come up for sale from time to time.  We have numerous entries for these in our Market Watch section of the Flymall.  Here is a listing for 2 of them for sale.


Barn Finds/Hangar Finds:

Here is a field find for this month. Two scenic cruisers.  Long ago retired. They belonged to Arlo Guthrie, recording artist, he had the hit, City of New Orleans. Click here for a post we found supposedly in Arlo’s own words regarding the buses.



A local Laytonsville resident has a vintage Grey Hound bus.  It has been converted into a very nice motorhome.  Its called the Stray Hound.  Click here for his YouTube Channel.

Here is a hangar find for our aviator readers. A tropical getaway inside an old airship/blimp hangar.


CFI Notes:  Pat’s student Uma is in the news once again this month.  We’re covering her first solo cross country she did from Gaithersburg, Maryland to Lancaster, PA.  You may remember Uma from the post we did about her and Pat hitting a goose shortly after takeoff. Parts of the goose and the windshield came inside the cockpit and hit Uma.  Click here for the post about the goose strikeClick here for the post that shows the plaque Harry & Pat had made for her with the part of the windshield that hit her.

Here is a link to the lesson plan that Harry created regarding her first solo cross country.  Most of this is in her own words on how she handled each situation she encountered.

Weather in the news:  Rain, rain, and more rain has been what the mid-Atlantic area has seen this month. Here are some pictures of a flood in 2014 in Germantown, Maryland.

This cartoon just about sums up the summer in the mid Atlantic for 2018.



Three Wheel Association (TWA):  We have a couple of interesting 3 wheelers to cover this month.  First, a 1955 Tri Car Suburbanette.  The Suburbanette was designed by a gentleman named H. Roy Jaffe that worked for General Motors.  A cool thing about this vehicle is that it was powered by a Lycoming aircraft engine.  The Surbanette never made it pass the prototype stage.  Click here for more reading on this rare 3 wheeler.


Here is a rare 3 wheel aircraft tug that we found on an aircraft for sale site.  We’re still researching the proper / correct name.  Mercury Industries Industrial Truck, Banty model, or a Mercury Industries trackless train.  Click here for more pictures.




1946, Alex Tremulis’ Monte Carlo proposal to Henry Ford II. Based on the Lincoln Continental chassis, Tremulis stated “this type of design exemplifies the last word in elegance and is one of the most popular European body types. The optional plexiglass top adds an ultra-modern note to the design.”  It was never built.


Animals in the headlines:

Enjoy this video made by Google with pictures of Jett.



We close this newsletter with these words of wisdom:  Don’t delay acting on a good idea. Chances are someone else has just thought of it too. Success comes to the one who acts first.

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Flymall Wheels & Wings July 2018 Newsletter

Tuesday, July 24th, 2018

Welcome to the Flymall Wheels & Wings July 2018 newsletter.  Lots to talk about this month.

If you missed one of our newsletters click here for the newsletter section of the Flymall.  You can also use the search box in our newsletter section to search by word or topic for something we covered.

Coming next month:  Historic photos of street cars and forgotten airfields from Harry’s hometown of Baltimore, Maryland.  Also, a robot vacuum from 1959.  And more.

This month: Did someone actually fly before the Wright Bros?  The first belly tank racer.  The day John met Paul.  A jet powered Waco.  The history of the “Big 3” car manufacturers.  Evel knievel jump records broke, and more.


Click here for our July 2018 Newsletter


We have a nice Vans RV-4 for sale.  This will not last very log.  It is a nice plane with low hours on the airframe and engine.


Click here for more info.

We also have a vintage rickshaw / pedicab for sale. Click here for more info.

Earlier this month we celebrated July 4th (4th of July) wheels & wings style.  Enjoy our Independence Day wheels & wings pictures.

Achievements & Special Recognition:  July 6 1957 was the day John Lennon  met Paul McCartney for the first time. And the rest is history.  Pictured below is John Lennon on the stage that day in 1957.

We’re big Beatles fans at the Flymall.  If you are interested in The Beatles history, visit our events calendar and select the Beatles category to see what happened on that day in Beatle history.

Also this month.  1933 – 1st solo flight round the world (Wiley Post) arrived back at Floyd Bennett Field. Fifty thousand people greeted him on his return on July 22 after 7 days, 18 hours, 49 minutes.


Gustave Albin Whitehead – how many of our aviator readers know this name?  Hint, he claims to have done something before the Wright Bros.  He claimed to have made several flights in a powered aircraft in 1901 and 1902.  The Wright Bros did not succeed until 1903.  Click here for more reading.  A drawing of his aircraft is pictured below.  As always with images in our newsletter, you can click on the image for a larger view.


In a July 3 1901 letter to Wilbur from Octave Chanute, Chanute encouraged Wilbur to look into engines made by Whitehead for their own aircraft.

While on the topic of firsts, how many of our automotive enthusiast know the name Bill Burke?  He built the first belly tank race car.


He used a drop tank from a P-51 Mustang and turned it into a race car.  Click here for an interesting article on him.

Very similar to a belly tank racer, here is a small boat made from a wing pontoon/float from a Sunderland Flying Boat.  Pictured here is a Sunderland Flying Boat and a picture of the boat made from a wing pontoon.




Aviation/Aviators in the news:

AirVenture 2018, also known as Oshkosh. The greatest airshow in the world.  In years past Harry was lucky enough to work at the show and to have also flown some business jets there to be on display.  For more aviation visit our events calendar and you can also check out the Day Tripper section of the Flymall.

Sadly each year before/during AirVenture there are numerous plane crashes on the way to the show and during the show.  A Facebook friend of Harry’s was killed July 20th when his de Havilland DH-112 Venom crashed while practicing a routine for the airshow.  Click here for the full story.

And a C-47 crashed in Texas on takeoff.  The plane was headed to AirVenture.  The plane was destroyed.  Warning, there are some 4 letter words in the video below.


A Jet powered Waco???

In 1996 Jimmy Franklin got to talking with long time friend and fellow airshow performer Les Shockley, creator of the “Shock Wave” jet trucks, about an idea that had been in his mind for almost 20 years. Jimmy wanted to put a jet engine under the belly of the Waco along with the 450 horse power Pratt & Whitney radial prop engine. But when he started asking engineers about doing this, he kept getting responses like “Jimmy, I wouldn’t do that if I were you”. Well, he did. Harry & Pat were lucky enough to see this aircraft fly at AirVenture.

In the end, nothing would deter Jimmy from his vision of a jet powered Biplane, and once the project was completed, the only problem that remained was the jet exhaust kept burning a hole in the asphalt. With both engines turning full power, the Jet Waco would put out over 4500 pounds of thrust at over 2000 horsepower. With Jimmy at the controls, this looney airplane could take off in less then 50 feet, pull vertical and accelerate with a climb rate of over 10,000 feet per minute. Jimmy debuted the Jet Waco on June 18, 1999 at the Deke Slaton Airshow in LaCross, WI, with his son Kyle as the world’s first jet wingwalker.


Car/Motorcycle Show News:  We have 100s of local and national car shows listed in our events calendar.  You can also visit the Day Tripper section of the Flymall for more interesting things to do.

Attendance has increased at the Laytonsville Cruise In, some nights we have had as many as 40 vehicles show up.  Here is a picture of Harry’s 1886 Coventry Rotary Tandem bicycle and a 2009 tandem bicycle at the cruise in.



Evel Knievel is still in the news – Famed stunt performer Travis Pastrana has recently broken a few of Knievel’s jump records.


Earlier in July we celebrated Collector Car Appreciation Day.

To celebrate this day, we ask what TV vehicle would you like in your collection?  Put your answers in the comments below.


And now for a history lesson on the “Big 3” car manufacturers in the US. Here is an article (short version – look for the long version in an upcoming newsletter) that Harry started writing back in the mid to late 1970s when he worked for a Chevrolet dealer.  He was motivated to finish it after watching the mini series on the History Channel – The Cars That Made America.  So this story is/was about 40 years in the making!  Its about the history of the “Big 3” automobile manufacturers.  Look for a more detailed version of this in a newsletter later this fall/winter.

In 1886 Karl Benz was credited with creating the first automobile. Seven years later the first American car was created.  In the early 1900s some cars cost about $7,000.00 USD, equal to $100,000.00 in todays dollar.   During the early 1900s car manufacturers would engage in racing to show the capability and durability of their cars.  During this time there were about 500 manufacturers building automobiles in the United States.

In his late 30s, Henry Ford had 2 failed companies before starting the Ford Motor Company.  Henry Ford saw racing as a way to draw attention to his cars.  Ford raced the famous racer Alexander Wimp (see note below at *). Wimp had the best car and he was the best driver at the time Ford raced him.   Ford won the race even though Wimp had 3 times the horsepower.  Ford’s car was more reliable.  Investors came to Ford after the race.

The second failed company that Henry Ford formed was the Henry Ford Company.  And Henry M. Leland worked there as a consultant.  Henry Ford actually left this company and it was renamed the  Cadillac Automobile Company.

William Durant steps in to the picture.  William Durant wanted to get in on the success of the automotive industry. He took a different route. He started buying manufactures like Buick, Oldsmobile, and Cadillac. His new company was called General Motors.  Durant also purchases Oakland which would later become Pontiac.

Henry Ford soon teamed up with the Dodge Brothers, John and Horace.  The Dodge Brothers got their start in the bicycle business.  When Ford approached the Dodge Brothers, they already had a good relationship with Oldsmobile.  The Dodge brothers ended their business deal with Oldsmobile to join Ford.

Ransom E. Olds founded the Olds Motor Vehicle Company.  Ransom Olds eventually left his company. He went on to form the R.E. Olds Motor Car Company. Its name was quickly changed to REO Motor Car Company to avoid a lawsuit from the Olds Motor Works. Random Olds is the only person to have had two car companies named after him: Oldsmobile and REO.

Ford’s big success was the Model T.  After seeing the success of the Model T, Durant tries to purchase Ford.  Just think, Ford could have been part of General Motors.  Durant eventually gets fired from General Motors.  At one time Durant owned 30 companies.  In 1890 Durant hires Charles Nash as an upholstery stuffer.  In 1910 Durant would make Charles Nash head of General Motors.  Nash then hires Walter Chrysler.  Chrysler was working for American Locomotive building engines for trains.  Chrysler becomes Chief of Buick Motor Company.  Chrysler was also put in charge of turning General Motors around.  Meantime Durant is trying to regain control of General Motors.  In 1916, Nash bought the Thomas B. Jeffery Company, makers of the popular Rambler automobile, and renamed it Nash Motors.

Durant eventually meets Louis Chevrolet and they team up to form Chevrolet.  Durant would end up buying out Louis Chevrolet.  Durant ends up buying enough stock in General Motors to have a controlling interest in the company.  He merges General Motors and Chevrolet.  Durant soon becomes head of General Motors again.  Around this time Walter Chrysler leaves GM to form Chrysler Motors. Chrysler buys Maxell Motors  (whose founder worked for Oldsmobile) and redesigns their car.  When both of the Dodge Brothers die, Chrysler purchases Dodge and this is how Dodge became part of Chrysler.

After Ford wins the patent law suit over George Selden, the Dodge Brothers decide that they want to start their own automobile business.

So the ‘Big 3″ actually started as the “Big 2” with Ford and General Motors.  And if Durant would have been able to purchase Ford, it would have been the “Big 1”.

* There isn’t any information online regarding Alexander Wimp.  This was taken from the mini series seen on the History Channel.

Barn Finds/Hangar Finds:  Not really a barn find/hangar find. Here is a very cool 1960 Cadillac that showed up at Harry’s Laytonsville Cruise In several years ago.  Very cool engine build, a Cummins diesel that is supercharged as well as turbocharged.  See Harry’s original Facebook post below.  You can visit the Tech Tip section of the Flymall for useful information on restoring or rebuilding your barn find.  If you want an appraisal on your barn find, visit our appraisal page for information on the appraisals we offer.



CFI Notes:  Visit Harry’s lesson plan section of the Flymall for more detailed lesson and CFI notes.  Next month we’ll have a story about one of Pat’s students (Uma) that is working on her Private Pilot Certificate.  On her first solo cross country she encountered some un-forecast thunderstorms and rain.  You’ll get to hear in her own words how she dealt with the situation and we’ll have pictures of the radar from that day.


Weather in the news:  On July 6 2018 a massive storm rolled in to Ocean City, Maryland from the Atlantic.  Spectacular pictures were posted on Facebook.  Click here for a few of them.

Sadly this month, there was a Duck Boat accident in Branson Missouri due to a thunderstorm encounter and numerous people lost their lives.

Three Wheel Association (TWA):  Some of the collection from the TWA museum will be at a few local judged shows next month.  Visit our appearance calendar to checkout where and when.  Let us know if you plan to attend.

Harry has a vintage rickshaw / pedicab for sale. Click here for more info.


Here is a very interesting 3 wheeler that has been in the news a lot lately.  It is called the Switchblade.  It is actually a flying car (motorcycle).  Harry has expressed interest to the company owner/founder in becoming a dealer to sell the Switchblade as well as a training center.  Several years ago Harry interviewed the founder of the company for an article. Click here to read the article by Harry Kraemer.  Harry has been published in numerous publications, click here to see his published material.  The Switchblade would be a very cool 3 wheeler to drive to the Laytonsville Cruise In and then go flying in it afterwards.  For more information visit Harry’s Flying Car section of his Flymall Wheels & Wings site.


Prototypes:  Some miscellaneous prototypes this month with very aerodynamic styling.

1969 Holden Hurricane Concept

1956 Pontiac Club de Mer

1970 Evinrude Lakester Prototype


Here is an aircraft/aviation prototype for this month.  Technically you would need a pilots license to operate this.  An FAA Inspector said it would be – Rotorcraft Category… Kite Hydro Gyrocopter class.  What do you think?

Animals in the headlines:  This month we’re featuring a service dog that threw himself in harms way to save his blind owner.



We close this newsletter with these words of wisdom:  Remember that winners do what losers don’t want to do.

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Flymall Wheels & Wings June 2018 Newsletter

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

Welcome to the Kraemer Aviation / Flymall Wheels & Wings June 2018 Newsletter.

Some words from Amelia Earhart to start off with this month: “Flying may not be all plain sailing, but the fun of it is worth the price.”– Amelia Earhart

We have a nice Ercoupe for sale. This is a 415-C model which can be flown on a Sport Pilot Certificate.  This won’t last long, so if you are interested in a light sport aircraft check out this Ercoupe.  Click here for more info.

We have several inexpensive headsets for sale, including 2 David Clark models. Click here for the headsets. Visit our store at for more pilot supplies.

Earlier this month we celebrated Paul McCartney’s birthday. Visit our events calendar for more dates in Beatle history.  Just select the “Beatle” category in our calendar.

We have 2 electric aircraft tugs for sale. Click here for more info.

Achievements & Special Recognition:  Pat’s student Noah did his first solo earlier this month.

Click here for more pictures from the day.


Here is a Facebook find and this lady deserves some recognition for being able to drive up to the young age of 100.  She was the original owner of this 1973 Mercury Comet (pictured below). When she turned in her drivers license the car had 35,500 original miles.  From the picture it looks like she took care of the car.


A local airport gets some special recognition this month.  On June 14, 2018, Easton Airport logged more flight operations in the day than any other airport in Maryland–even exceeding the total operations conducted at BWI. ESN routinely ranks as one of the busiest airports in the state


Aviation/Aviators in the news:  Here is a cute act that we have been lucky enough to see in person.  Enjoy!


Here is an interesting read. It is about a WWII gunner on a Boeing B-17 that jumped from his damaged aircraft at 22,000 feet without a parachute and survived the fall.  His name is Alan Magee. Click here for the story.

In June 2018 Goodyear will launch its newest airship. It is 246-foot long and comes in at 10-tons. Called Wingfoot Three it is bigger than most jumbo jets.  Click here for the story in the Washington Post.


Car/Motorcycle Show News:  The Flymall team was planning to have our 1975 Lomax Roadster at The Original Car Day in early June, however as with most of May, we had heavy rain and storms on the day of the show.  Hope for better weather next year.


The Family Room located where we have the Laytonsville Cruise In is becoming a popular spot for the cruise in folks.  The have specialty coffee and ice cream as well as other snacks and sandwiches. So if you at the cruise in please stop in a check them out.

Check out this rare Datsun double cab pickup spotted on Craigslist.  She is a 1954 Datsun 6147.  They were referred to as a ranch sedan or a station wagon. It could be yours for just $20,000.00 USD.  This would surely be a show winner as is or restored.

While on the topic of rare pickups. Here is a 1982 Dodge Rampage ad.

Pat & Harry attended The White Rose Motorcycle Club swap meet on June 8 2018.  There were a lot of interesting bikes for sale as well as parts, manuals, etc.  Click here for pictures from the event.

Here is a YouTube video of Harry’s still pictures from the White Rose event.



We were invited to a friend’s farm (Putt’s farm, Century farm, Retirement farm, Putts Farm) today for a cookout. It is a 99 acre farm that has been in his family since the 1700s. The stone house is from the late 1700s and the small log cabin (actually a smoke house) is from the early 1700s. There is even a family cemetery on the farm with graves from the 1700s and 1800s. One of his relatives (one of the first owners of the farm) was a witness to the signing of the declaration of independence. The buildings you see house his car collection and his vintage tractor collection.  Click here for Harry’s Facebook album of pictures from the event.

This beautiful Morton building houses his collection of GTOs.

The stone house in the background is from the late 1700s.

This smoke house is from the early 1700s.  We’re told this was originally build in 1740.  Most of the wood is original.

The farm is from a time when families buried the dead on their property.  This farm has a family cemetery with graves dating back to the 1700s.

We recently had a Batmobile and cool drag car at Laytonsville Cruise In.  The Barmobile took 900 hours and about a year to build. He started with a 1978 Lincoln Town Car.  Here is Bill Gibson’s Batmobile.


Here it is leaving the Bat Cave. He has a barrier that folds down just like in the TV series.


He even has flames coming from the jet engine exhaust system.

For more info on the build of the unique build check out the builder’s YouTube Channel – billsmetal.


Barn Finds/Hangar Finds:  Here is an interesting barn find for this month.  A 1950 Chevrolet 3100 Short-bed Pickup for only $6,500.00 USD.  It has been sitting in a shop in Kansas. It comes with the all original 216 motor, 4 speed transmission, new tires, new tail gate, new rear fenders, and a few more new items including a new chrome grill.


Harry was tipped off to a hangar find. This little Piper Cherokee 140 had been sitting for almost 10 years.  He was able to get it presentable and had it sold in a few weeks for under $20,000.00 USD.

If you’re looking for a deal like this, bookmark our used aircraft page and check it often since these deals do not last very long.

Visit our Tech Tip section of the Flymall to assist you in restoring your barn find.

CFI Notes:

For more CFI notes, visit Harry’s lesson plan section of the Flymall.  You can also view Harry’s publish material by clicking here.

Weather in the news:  Rain, rain, and more rain.  This has been the topic for a lot of May and early June in the Mid-Atlantic region.  The historic Whites Ferry has been closed due to flooding from the rain.

Connect with Whites Ferry on their Facebook page.


Three Wheel Association (TWA):  Many car manufacturers started with 3 wheelers. Oldsmobile did as well as the AC Car Company.  It is generally accepted that Karl Benz (which became Mercedes Benz) invented the motor car, but did you know that car was a three wheeler?

This month we have a few rare Japanese 3 wheelers in the news.  Toyo Kogyo (which is now know as Mazda) built 3 wheelers before and after WWII.  Here is their Tricycle Truck Type GA, powered by 669cc air-cooled single cylinder SV engine.


Here is a Toyo Kogyo Type PB tricycle.  Also know as the 90 yen Taxi. This was a popular means of transportation in the city of Hiroshima.

Slightly larger than the Tricycle Truck Type GA, here is a Tricycle Truck Type GB with a 701cc air-cooled single cylinder engine.


While at the White Rose Motorcycle Club swap meet in June 2018, Harry spotted a rare Hyosung golf cart for sale.  There is not much info online about this rare little 3 wheeler.  It was in very good running condition. An electric motor with 4 12 volt batteries powered it.


Here is another very rare 3 wheeler for this month. A 1961 Roustabout Concept, this was a prototype of the Trivan three-wheeler.


Prototypes:  This month we’re featuring some of the Ercoupe prototypes.  Pat & Harry were lucky enough to meet Betsy Weick (the designer Fred Weick’s daughter).  We were able to have her sign a copy of her dad’s book.

The Ercoupe was the first aircraft to use rocket assisted takeoff technology.  During WWII a two aircraft were built using Birch and plywood to demonstrate use of non-strategic materials, but no further aircraft were built and the test aircraft were scrapped.  We have been unable to find any pictures of the wood Ercoupe.

In 1948 J. B. Collie of Southeast Air Service produced a Twin Ercoupe by joining two Ercoupe fuselages with a new centre section, similar to the North American P-82 Twin Mustang. This aircraft was built to be used in airshows by Thrasher Brothers Air Circus of Elberton GA.  The aircraft had a smoke system for each engine, and could be flown from either cockpit


There was also a retractable gear version made.


Here is another prototype for this month. This is the 1962 prototype of the Dassault Mytère 20 (Falcon).  This is the aircraft that would become known as the Falcon 20.

Animals in the headlines:  We have two Jets (little Jet and Jett Kraemer) in the headlines this month.

This month we celebrate Jett’s 5th birthday.  We also need to remember little Jet, our first Tamaskan (wolf dog).

Remembering Little Jet (Emely/Emily): April 19 2013 – June 20 2013

John Lennon once said “Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end”. I guess our little puppy is ok now. Every life deserves a chance no matter what the odds are and Pat and I gave this little girl a chance.  The odds were against her when Pat picked her up from the breeder.

Here is a Facebook post I did a few days after she passed away:  With very little sleep for the past week and giving constant care for the puppy I have not been able to keep you updated but I did want to thank everyone for staying in touch with me and thanks for asking about our little puppy over the past week.  She lost her struggle this past Thursday peacefully in my arms.  She lived 2 months and 1 day. She has a permanent resting place poolside in one of our gardens.  By the time we got her she was very weak.  Her blood sugar level was 17 and it should have been around 80.  We were able to get it up to 47.  During her last two days she went downhill fast.  The last two vets that saw her could not get blood from her little legs or ears (blood to check blood sugar level).  The last blood sample was gotten by clipping one of her nails very short which only yielded one drop of blood.  Her heart was not sending blood to her legs, etc in an effort to keep her vital organs alive.  I was with her round the clock since my wife left Tuesday morning for her business trip.  No sleep, just naps (naps on the floor next to the dog) here and there.  I was so tired one morning that I put shaving cream on my tooth brush and brushed my teeth – yuck!  No matter how tired I got I was determined to be with her round the clock, if she passed I wanted her to feel a warm body next to her, if she pulled through I wanted her to see me first.  She passed with a warm body next to her.

Pat and I feel that every living thing deserves a chance on life and we gave this little girl her best shot on life. I was feeding this puppy round the clock with numerous different foods and liquids.  She was seeing a vet every day for a checkup and to be hydrated.  The puppy was too weak for most tests and she had very little blood.  All of the tests that were completed were normal – blood, urine, stool sample, all normal.  No one knew what was wrong with her.

I do have to send out a special thanks to Joan Macri who gave us some encouragement by suggesting some food that when put in front of the puppy she woke up from a sleep and started eating on her own.  That was the first time we saw her eat on her own. Thanks Joan for some brief happiness with our puppy.

Also this month we’re starting to see our tadpoles morph into little frogs/toads.



More baby frogs/toads from our pond.  Click here for some high resolution pictures of them.

We close this newsletter with this:

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Flymall Wheels & Wings May 2018 Newsletter

Friday, June 1st, 2018

Welcome to the Kraemer Aviation / Flymall Wheels & Wings May 2018 newsletter.

We have a nice starter airplane for sale, a 1967 Piper Cherokee 140 that can be purchased for under $20,000.00 USD. Click here for details.

Visit our ebay store for some great deals on pilot supplies, car parts, collectables, and more.  You can also shop on the Flymall by clicking on our store button on the left side panel.  We have numerous categories in our store, and you can pay online.

Are you looking for some deals on aviation headsets.  We have some for sale. Click here to view our used headset inventory.

Achievements & Special Recognition:  Do you want to promote/celebrate your first solo or new pilot certificate or rating?  Send us an email and we’ll post it here for you.

Aviation/Aviators in the news:  Each day on we have a new history fact at the bottom of our webpages. Just look where it says “Today in Aviation History”.

Car/Motorcycle Show News:  The Flymall team visited The Rural Heritage Museum in early May.  They had an entire building dedicated to transportation (cars, bicycles, motorcycles, and covered wagons).


Click here for more pictures.

The Flymall team had their vintage Ural motorcycle on display at the British & European Motorcycle Day.  Here is a picture of Harry & Pat at the show with the bike.

Click here for more pictures from the event.

Harry’s favorite from the show was a 1930s Zundapp Military Motorcycle.


Car trivia. What car had a step down design. One of the reasons the manufacturer went out of business was because they did not offer a V8. Click here for answer.

Barn Finds/Hangar Finds:  1966 Pontiac Star Chief that has been sitting in a barn for 8 years.  It sold on eBay for $2,250.00 USD.  The seller said that it ran when parked.  Looked like a good deal.

You can research vehicle prices in our Market Watch section of the Flymall Wheels & Wings site.


CFI Notes:  Here are some pictures of a recent Piper Arrow crash.  Let’s examine the pictures and determine what could have possibly happened.  Notice how the tips of the propeller blades are not curled like you typically see with a prop strike.  It appears that the pilot stalled just above the runway and the aircraft nosed in to the ground “nose first”.  From looking at the propeller blades it looks like once the one blade hit the ground it dug in and the rotation of the blades stopped since one blade shows no sign of hitting the ground.

Weather in the news:  We had a lot of rain in Germantown Maryland this May.

Here is a snapshot of the radar from May 14 in Germantown Maryland.


After the storms passed on May 14.



Just 2 years after the historic flooding in Ellicott City Maryland, May 2018 brings it on again.



May 2018 ends with heavy rain and storms (May 31 2018).

Three Wheel Association (TWA):  There are plans in the future for the Three Wheel Association to have a building to house the collection and to be headquarters for the association.  Keep checking the TWA page on the Flymall for updates.

Prototypes:  This month we’re featuring some unknown cars by well known manufacturers.

Toyota EX-III, 1969 concept

Here is another interesting prototype we found online. This is a full-scale mockup for a 1965 Cadillac V16 two-seater. Too bad it was never put in to production.

The XP-755 concept car, better known as the Corvette Mako Shark concept car.

And here is one by Ford. The 1969 Ford XW SurferRoo GS utility from Australia was a prototype that never went into mass production. They were powered by a 5.0Litre V8 and 4-speed.  Three cars were built, featuring a massive rear wing and wooden deck. They were taken on a national promotion tour and, at the end, were offered to dealers and sold to the public.

Animals in the headlinesJett Kraemer (JK) looking over her kingdom for coyote. After her fight with the coyote she goes by JCK – Jett Coyote Killer.

Dogs and coyote were once again in the news in May 2018.  Memorial Day weekend a dog was attacked and killed by a coyote in Northern Virginia.


April & May frog/toad eggs

We close this newsletter with these words of wisdom:  Strive for excellence, not perfection.

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