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

Friday, January 21st, 2022

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

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

Interested in living at an airport?  Visit our Aviation Real Estate page here. You can view price data for airport property in our Market Watch section of the Flymall. Here is the data for all airport property. You can refine the search by “state” simply by searching for the desired state under “Model”.

Want to have your business highlighted on the Flymall???  We offer inexpensive rates to have your business featured on our Wheels & Wings page.  Contact us for more info.

History Trivia: Do you know what was the first Russian car??? In 1896, the Yakovlev engine factory and the Freze carriage-manufacturing workshop manufactured the first Russian petrol-engine automobile, the Yakovlev & Freze pictured below. Click on the image for a larger view.

If you enjoy history we have a new aviation history fact each day at the bottom of our webpages.  Some days there may be more than one, just refresh the page.  And if you like Beatles history, checkout our Events Calendar and select the Beatles category.  This is a work in progress, we’re building the most comprehensive calendar of important dates in Beatle history.  For those that like to stick with current news, we have an aviation news ticker on our home page.  This is updated daily to show the current aviation news.

Achievements & Special Recognition: During WWI and young Russian aviator was making history. His name was Pavel Argeyev. By the end of WWI he scored fifteen credited victories and two uncredited victories, making him Russia’s third highest-scoring ace. One of his planes of choice was the SPAD XIII pictured below. He also flew a Nieuport 17.

Instructors, what to highlight your students first solo or other achievement here?  Just send us a short write-up and a picture or two and we’ll post it here for you.  Click here for our contact info.

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

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

Air show season is always just around the corner.  Want to travel to air shows in your own aircraft?  Visit our used aircraft page on the Flymall to view our inventory.

Car/Motorcycle Show News:   The Laytonsville Cruise In is the place to be on a Friday night in Montgomery County.  The Laytonsville Cruise In was started by Harry in 2010. It has become one of the most popular cruise ins in the area. You can follow Harry on Facebook for daily updates during the many shows and events he attends.

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

Our Events Calendar has the most current info regarding local and national car shows, air shows, and more.  With nearly 30 categories, there is something for everyone.  The Day Tripper section of the Flymall has dozens of day trip ideals and interesting places to visit.  Check it out here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visit our online store to search for hard to find car parts, aircraft parts, and much more.  You can pay online in our secure store, just click on the Store button on our home page.

Visit the Test Drive section of the Flymall for reviews on automobiles, aircraft, motorcycles, and more. Read about it before you buy it.  You can also research price info on a wide variety of vehicles, collectibles, and more in the Market Watch section of the Flymall. 

If you’re restoring a fabric aircraft, Ira Walker of Walker Aviation is your resource.  Visit his page on the Flymall by clicking here

CFI / DPE Notes:  Visit Harry’s Practical Test page for information on his checkrides.  You will also find useful information there to help you prepare for your checkride.  You can also visit Harry’s Lesson Plan section of the Flymall for other flight training information.  Visit our Flight Training page for information on our aviation training classes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To The Bat Cave

Saturday, January 1st, 2022

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

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

Where was this you ask?

Of course!

And yes, it is a real Bat Cave.

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

And here she is, the Batmobile.

And the jet turbine exhaust is real!

Harry got to hang out with a few super heroes.

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021

Welcome to the Kraemer Aviation/Flymall.org Wheels & Wings Newsletter. This month is all about pushing the limits. And we’re introducing a new section to our newsletter dedicated to trains and rail travel, its called “Riding The Rails”.

Since it is the Christmas season, here is our post on different takes on “Twas The Night Before Christmas“.

You can view past newsletters here.

Interested in living at an airport?  Visit our Aviation Real Estate page here. You can view price data for airport property in our Market Watch section of the Flymall. Here is the data for all airport property. You can refine the search by “state” simply by searching for the desired state under “Model”.

Want to have your business highlighted on the Flymall???  We offer inexpensive rates to have your business featured on our Wheels & Wings page.  Contact us for more info.

History Trivia: In 1929, Vivian Bales pushed the limits of her 1929 Harley Davidson and rode it for 78 days and 5,000 miles across the country. She told the papers her motorcycle was a “key” to the whole United States. It would be interesting to know how many repairs were made along the way.

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: In 1928, Elinor Smith, then 16, earned national recognition as the youngest pilot to receive a license from the Federal Aviation Administration. Orville Wright signed her license. Her final cockpit time was spent in April 2001, when, at the age of 89, she flew a four-passenger plane while visiting NASA’s Langley Research Center. Smith set records and blazed a trail for women in flight and for aviation in general. In 1930, Elinor Smith was voted, “best female pilot” by her peers, a group that included Amelia Earhart. Smith’s aviation records for endurance, altitude and speed in the 1920s and 30s led to worldwide fame.

Elinor would not have been able to do what she did if it wasn’t for the accomplishments of the Wright Bros. Two wrongs don’t make a right. But two Wrights made an airplane. December 17 1903. They certainly pushed the limits of research for powered flight and actually wrote the book along the way.

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.

The guy or gal that can operate this V twin chainsaw certainly deserves some special recognition. It looks like an old Harley engine. We’d have to say that this has not only pushed the limits, it set new limits for chainsaw horsepower.

Aviation/Aviators in the news: Kraemer Aviation’s own Harry Kraemer was involved in a record setting flight back in the mid 1990s. This flight would push the limits of a student pilot certificate. During the summer of 1994, a 16 year old Jimmy Mathis left Ocean City Maryland headed west. His final destination was Long Beach California. He did this trip SOLO with just a student pilot certificate! Jimmy soloed on his 16th birthday and earned his private pilot certificate on his 17th birthday. This in itself is amazing considering his birthday is in February and the weather in the Northeast can be windy and snowy during February. His trip made headlines across the country and around the world, click here for a short YouTube video about the trip. Here’s an article about the trip, written by Harry that was published in a national aviation newspaper. There were younger “pilots” before Jimmy that did such a trip, however they had a flight instructor with them. Jimmy was solo with only a student pilot certificate. Harry and Dave (a fellow flight instructor) came up with the idea to show everyone that with proper training, a pilot of minimum age and the most very minimum level of pilot certificate, can complete such a trip safely. And Jimmy did it! Jimmy became the youngest licensed pilot and the only student pilot to ever make such a trip. After the trip, Harry & David were contacted by the Air & Space Museum, they wanted the airplane Jimmy used for the flight to be displayed in the museum. The flight school wasn’t willing to donate the plane and Harry & David didn’t have the money to purchase the plane to then donate it. So it never made it to the Air & Space Museum.

History books tell us that the Wrights Bros were the first to fly. But was there powered flight before the Wright Bros? There was Solomon Andrews that flew his Aereon (pictured below) in June of 1863. His Aereon was basically an early airship that used hydrogen gas for buoyancy. This flight was 23 years before Karl Benz patented his Benz Patent-Motorwagen. Twenty three years before the first car! Karl Benz was only 19 years old when Solomon Andrews first flew the Aereon.

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

Working as a contributing editor and writer for numerous aviation publications, Harry has personally met many aviators that pushed and/or set the limits. These include Scott Crossfield, Chuck Yeager, Reeve Morrow Lindbergh (Charles Lindbergh’s daughter), Patty Wagstaff, Sir Richard Branson, and dozens more. For each that he met, he had a picture signed by them for his collection. These pictures hang in his office.

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.

An internet find, an aerial runway. This would certainly be a challenge for any pilot.

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. Speaking of the Laytonsville Cruise In and while on the subject of pushing the limits, here’s a 1960 Cadillac with a Cummins diesel engine that is supercharged and turbocharged.  The guy said he built it with this engine because it sounded like a bad idea. Complete with suicide doors and lots of hand fabricated sheet metal. This guy was a regular at the Laytonsville Cruise In. Click here for more pictures of this Caddy that not only pushed the limits, the builder also set higher standards for design and creativity.

Have you heard of the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run? The London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is the world’s longest-running motoring event, held on a course between London and Brighton, England. To qualify, participating cars must have been built before 1905. It is also the world’s largest gathering of veteran cars. Try keeping a 1930s or 1920s motorcycle or car in running condition and you will appreciate the significance of this race. This race is for vehicles built BEFORE 1905. This is certainly pushing the limits of these very valuable vintage autos and motorcycles.

The Motorcycle Cannonball Run is a cross country race to push the limits of motorcycles built in the year 1929 or earlier. You can find more info on this race as well as other historic races on the Wheels & Wings page of the Flymall.

The above two races or drives were all about vintage cars/motorcycles going the distance. Now we’ll speed it up a bit and show a picture of pushing the limits of horsepower. Soo much power going to the rear wheels, that they twisted and snapped the frame of the car.

Most folks think that electric cars are something new. Not true. They are almost as old as the car itself. Here is the 1910 Electric Detroit Model D. It had a range of 100 miles and could reach 25mph – but was abandoned in favor of gasoline cars. This was outstanding engineering for the time and was pushing the limits of technology.

No info on this 8 wheel race car, however its pushing the limits of automotive design.

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.  If you enjoy Barn Finds, you’ll enjoy this series on YouTube called Barn Find Hunter.

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.

The theme of this newsletter is pushing the limits, however while on a checkride, the applicant should not be trying to push any limits. If fact, if an applicant exceeds the aircraft limits, this would be a failure.

Weather in the news: Here’s some weather that was pushing the limits of the pilots that had to land in it. December 11th we had a strong system moving across the country and it was producing winds in excess of 40 knots.

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.

Here’s a cool three wheeler that pushed the limits. Charles Jarrott set a new British record for the hour on a motor tricycle at the Crystal Palace race track in London on Easter Monday, April 16, 1900.  (He covered 38 miles /868 yards in 60 minutes. ) The unprecedented speed of Jarrott’s machine was produced by two 3 1/2 h.p. Aster motors with Longuemare carburetor’s installed inside the frame. 

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

Prototypes: Here’s the Spirit of Australia. Built by Ken Warby to set speed records on the water. We’re calling this a prototype only because Ken’s son built a Spirit of Australia II to go after his dad’s records. Ken built the Spirit of Australia on a shoestring budget. The military surplus jet engine cost him a mere $65. Ken reached a speed of 464.44 km/h in 1977 at Blowering Dam in the southern highlands of New South Wales. And in 1978, Warby pushed the Spirit of Australia to 511.11 km/h. This is what we call pushing the limits.

Nautical Notes: When talking about pushing the limits, we need to include the Bluebird K7 water speed record boat. This was the first successful jet-powered hydroplane.

Here’s an awesome trimaran designed and built by VPLP of France. She’s a 148 foot long sailing yacht. The sailing power is supplemented by a hybrid engine that runs on electricity produced by a hydrogen fuel cell. Click here for more info on this awesome boat that is pushing the limits of both design and technology. This yacht has set new limits in terms of technology and luxury.

Riding The Rails: What do you do with a couple of General Electric J47-19 jet engines that you have just sitting around? You attach them to the top of a locomotive, that’s what you do with them if you were Don Wetzel! Here’s his M497 experimental jet rail car. The M497 was an experimental jet-powered railcar built in 1966 by Don Wetzel, an engineer with the New York Central Railroad. In an effort to find a faster and less expensive method of moving trains, Wetzel fitted two second-hand General Electric J47-19 jet engines, originally used on the Convair B-36 bomber, to an RDC-3 Budd Rail Car, which then received a streamlined front cowling. The unit was successfully tested on a section of perfectly straight existing track and reached 295.6 km/h in July 1966. An American rail speed record that still stands today. The tests provided valuable data on the stresses of high-speed rail travel on conventional tracks and equipment. The engines were removed and the Budd returned to normal service after the tests.

Animals in the headlines: One of the most famous races in dog sled history started with the Great Race of Mercy in 1925. This was truly pushing the limits back in 1925. While she’s not going to brake any records, our own Jett (Jett the wolf dog) is learning to pull a sled.

One on the most famous dogs of of the 1925 serum run to Nome, was Balto.

We close this newsletter with these words: When they say you can’t, they show you their limits, not yours.

Grill Badge Collection and History

Saturday, December 11th, 2021

In 1895 the first automobile club was founded in Paris France.
The U.S. saw their first car club in 1902 and Great Britain it was 1905.
Grill Badges soon emerged and were displayed by members to recognize
fellow associates and announce their allegiance.
In the past few decades, there has been a resurgence in their popularity.


You can research grill badge price data/value by clicking here.

Click here for information on the grill badges in our collection.

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

Monday, November 29th, 2021

Welcome to the Kraemer Aviation/Flymall.org November 2021 Wheels & Wings Newsletter

You can view past newsletters here. This month is all about vehicles and aircraft that have been modified for a specific purpose.

Since we celebrated Thanksgiving earlier this month, here’s a shorty history on the holiday:

Pilgrims and Puritans who emigrated from England in the 1620s and 1630s carried the tradition of Days of Fasting and Days of Thanksgiving with them to New England. The modern Thanksgiving holiday tradition is traced to a well-recorded 1619 event in Virginia and a sparsely documented 1621 celebration at Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts. The 1619 arrival of 38 English settlers at Berkeley Hundred in Charles City County, Virginia, concluded with a religious celebration as dictated by the group’s charter from the London Company, which required “that the day of our ships arrival at the place assigned … in the land of Virginia shall be yearly and perpetually kept holy as a day of thanksgiving to Almighty God.” The 1621 Plymouth feast and thanksgiving was prompted by a good harvest. The Pilgrims celebrated this with Native Americans, who had helped them get through the previous winter by giving them food in that time of scarcity.

Several days of Thanksgiving were held in early New England history that have been identified as the “First Thanksgiving”, including Pilgrim holidays in Plymouth in 1621 and 1623, and a Puritan holiday in Boston in 1631. According to historian Jeremy Bangs, director of the Leiden American Pilgrim Museum, the Pilgrims may have been influenced by watching the annual services of Thanksgiving for the relief of the siege of Leiden in 1574, while they were staying in Leiden. Now called Oktober Feest, Leiden’s autumn thanksgiving celebration in 1617 was the occasion for sectarian disturbance that appears to have accelerated the pilgrims’ plans to emigrate to America.

Later in Massachusetts, religious thanksgiving services were declared by civil leaders such as Governor Bradford, who planned the colony’s thanksgiving celebration and feast in 1623. In the late 1630s, the Pequot were blamed for the killing of a white man, leading to the colonizers burning down Pequot villages and killing those who did not perish in the fires. Hundreds of Pequots were killed, leading Governor Bradford to proclaim that Thanksgiving from then on would be celebrating “the bloody victory, thanking God that the battle had been won”. The practice of holding an annual harvest festival did not become a regular affair in New England until the late 1660s.

Thanksgiving proclamations were made mostly by church leaders in New England up until 1682, and then by both state and church leaders until after the American Revolution. During the revolutionary period, political influences affected the issuance of Thanksgiving proclamations. Various proclamations were made by royal governors, and conversely by patriot leaders, such as John Hancock, General George Washington, and the Continental Congress, each giving thanks to God for events favorable to their causes. As President of the United States, George Washington proclaimed the first nationwide thanksgiving celebration in America marking November 26, 1789, “as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God”.


The Flymall team hosted their annual Thanksgiving dinner for their friends. Click here for pictures.

Interested in living at an airport?  Visit our Aviation Real Estate page here. You can view price data for airport property in our Market Watch section of the Flymall. Here is the data for all airport property. You can refine the search by “state” simply by searching for the desired state under “Model”.

Want to have your business highlighted on the Flymall???  We offer inexpensive rates to have your business featured on our Wheels & Wings page.  Contact us for more info.

History Trivia: 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.

Electric vehicles are not something new, they have been around since the late 1800s. In 1880 Gustave Trouvé improved the efficiency of a small electric motor developed by Siemens (from a design purchased from Johann Kravogl in 1867) and using the recently developed rechargeable battery, fitted it to an English James Starley tricycle, and in doing so, he developed the world’s first electric vehicle.

Here’s a bike specifically modified for speed. The 1988 Hutch HPV Superbike… To celebrate the success of the Hutch GPV (gravity bike), Hutch developed these specials. With a special gear-ratio the HPV was literally build for speed… It had a full-fairing for maximum wind resistance.

Achievements & Special Recognition: On  December 14, 1986 Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager took off from Edwards Air Force Base and flew around the world non-stop and without refueling and landed back at Edwards on December 23. An amazing flight. And at the time, this flight was not considered cross country time per the FAA, so the pilots could not log the time as cross country. Their aircraft, Voyager was designed by Dick’s brother Burt Rutan. The Voyager was designed and built just for this around the world flight. It now resides in the Air & Space Museum in DC.

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.

Here’s some bicycles modified to allow British pilots to practice formation flying during WWII. It’d be very cool to find one of these bikes tucked away in an old barn in England.

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.

Speaking of air shows, have you ever seen one on these at an airshow? A J5 ambulance. This exact aircraft has been at Oshkosh numerous times. It’s always cool to see it in person.

We’re not sure about this flying bicycle. There wasn’t much information online. We do know that in the early days of aviation, there were a lot of experiments with designs like this. Even the Wright Brothers used bicycles to test their airfoil designs.

Car/Motorcycle Show News:   The Laytonsville Cruise In is the place to be on a Friday night in Montgomery County. You can follow Harry on Facebook for daily updates during the many shows and events he attends.

Here’s a 1910 Philadelphia Electric Co. streetlight maintenance vehicle. This vehicle was modified so that the operator could drive it from the same height needed to reach the streetlights.

Here’s a specially designed rail car from Switzerland that had a design purpose very similar to the vehicle above, except this one rides on railroad tracks.

This looks practical. Wolseley-Vickers wheel-track prototype passenger car with a tracked undercarriage. The tracks could be retracted for road use and extended for off-road use. Very cool design.

Here’s a bus that was modified as a tractor trailer or a tractor trailer that was modified as a bus. The Dyson Landliner. Let us know if you have ever seen one in person. These were equipped with two Ford flathead V8 engines and each engine had its own four speed transmission.

1930s Buick rail car. Railroads still do this today. They will fit a pickup truck with railroad wheels that are retractable so the truck can drive up on the tracks and extend the railroad wheels.

Here’s an early motorcycle that has been modified to cut wood.

The motorcycle, the universal piece of equipment. Here we have a BMW with a sidecar that appears to have a PTO (power takeoff) fitted to it.

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.  This month, these aren’t exactly barn finds, however each would be cool to find in a barn!

From 1922. We’re not sure what the Dunkley company had in mind when they debuted their motor pram. The Pramotor drive unit was designed to bolt onto the back of any of Dunkley perambulator (stroller).

Another very cool bike that would be the Holy Grail of barn finds. 1939 four-person bicycle invention, which includes two levels and a sewing machine station

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: As pilots, were taught to avoid storms at all cost. The idea of flying into storms (hurricanes) has been around since the 1930s.

The 1943 Surprise Hurricane, which struck Houston, Texas, during World War II, marked the first intentional meteorological flight into a hurricane. It started with a bet.

That summer, British pilots were being trained in instrument flying at Bryan Field. When they saw that the Americans were evacuating their AT-6 Texan trainers in the face of the storm, they began questioning the construction of the aircraft. Lead instructor Colonel Joe Duckworth took one of the trainers out and flew it straight into the eye of the storm. After he returned safely with navigator Lt. Ralph O’Hair, the base’s weather officer, Lt. William Jones-Burdick, took over the navigator’s seat and Duckworth flew into the storm a second time.

This flight showed that hurricane reconnaissance flights were possible, and further flights continued. Below is a current day hurricane hunter aircraft.

Did you know that “Homichlophobia” is the fear of fog? Have you ever met someone that has a fear of fog?

Three Wheel Association (TWA):  Visit the Three Wheel Association page on the Flymall for more info on the association.

Here’s a very cool three wheeler (motorcycle & sidecar) that is setup as a mobile barbecue.

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

Prototypes: A 1972 Toyota RV-2 concept car. Its a car, its a camper! For times when you need a car and may want a camper.

Nautical Notes: The Vikings were some of the first (not the first) humans to use ships for trade and transportation. Their Longships were fitted with oars along almost the entire length of the boat itself. Later versions sported a rectangular sail on a single mast which was used to replace or augment the effort of the rowers, particularly during long journeys. These “dual powered” boats were very successful.

Riding The Rails: Here is the English Electric GT3. A prototype mainline gas turbine locomotive built in 1961 by English Electric at their Vulcan Foundry in Newton-le-Willows to investigate the use of its gas turbines in rail traction applications. It was designed by English Electric engineer J. O. P. Hughes in a project that started in the early 1950s.

Animals in the headlines: Wheelchairs for humans go back to the 1600s and most recently, we’re developing them for animals. Many dogs end up having issues with their backs and/or hind legs. In the past these dogs were just euthanized. However there is new hope for these furry friends. Here’s a wheelchair designed for dogs. What started as an aid for humans, has been modified for dogs and other animals.

There’s even wheelchairs for turtles.

We close this newsletter with these words: We close this newsletter with some words by Paul McCartney – And in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make.

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

Monday, October 25th, 2021

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

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

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


Interested in living at an airport?  Visit our Aviation Real Estate page here. You can view price data for airport property in our Market Watch section of the Flymall. Here is the data for all airport property. You can refine the search by “state” simply by searching for the desired state under “Model”.

Want to have your business highlighted on the Flymall???  We offer inexpensive rates to have your business featured on our Wheels & Wings page.  Contact us for more info.

History Trivia: Kayak (the Inuit called this a qajaq) is a long miniature boat. It was invented about 4400 years ago by ancient Greenlandic Inuits, as a piece of hunting equipment. A Qajaq was made of the few available materials – driftwood, skin, bone, and sinew. Kayaks are most generally associated with seal hunting and whale hunting. Click on the image below for a larger view.

If you enjoy history we have a new aviation history fact each day at the bottom of our webpages.  Some days there may be more than one, just refresh the page.  And if you like Beatles history, checkout our Events Calendar and select the Beatles category.  This is a work in progress, we’re building the most comprehensive calendar of important dates in Beatle history. For those that like to stick with current news, we have an aviation news ticker on our home page.  This is updated daily to show the current aviation news.

Achievements & Special Recognition: Every now and then an applicant comes along that is outstanding in their knowledge and piloting skills.  Carmel was one of those applicants.  Carmel passed her private pilot checkride earlier in October, less than 1 month after her first lesson.  Her first lesson was on September 14 and by October 7 she had her Private Pilot certificate with only 40 hours in her logbook.  She flew to Commercial Pilot standards and had Flight Instructor level of knowledge for the subject areas. Here’s a quote from Harry “She performed some of the maneuvers exactly the way I would have with my 10,000 plus hours”. Excellent job Carmel.   

Instructors, what to highlight your students first solo or other achievement here?  Just send us a short write-up and a picture or two and we’ll post it here for you.  Click here for our contact info.

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

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

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

Air show season is always just around the corner.  Want to travel to air shows in your own aircraft?  Visit our used aircraft page on the Flymall to view our inventory.

Car/Motorcycle Show News:   The Laytonsville Cruise In is the place to be on a Friday night in Montgomery County. You can also follow Harry on Facebook for daily updates during the many shows and events he attends.

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

Our Events Calendar has the most current info regarding local and national car shows, air shows, and more.  With nearly 30 categories, there is something for everyone.  The Day Tripper section of the Flymall has dozens of day trip ideals and interesting places to visit.  Check it out here.

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

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

Visit our online store to search for hard to find car parts, aircraft parts, and much more.  You can pay online in our secure store, just click on the Store button on our home page.

Visit the Test Drive section of the Flymall for reviews on automobiles, aircraft, motorcycles, and more. Read about it before you buy it.  You can also research price info on a wide variety of vehicles, collectibles, and more in the Market Watch section of the Flymall. 

If you’re restoring a fabric aircraft, Ira Walker of Walker Aviation is your resource.  Visit his page on the Flymall by clicking here

CFI / DPE Notes:  Visit Harry’s Practical Test page for information on his checkrides.  You will also find useful information there to help you prepare for your checkride.  You can also visit Harry’s Lesson Plan section of the Flymall for other flight training information.  Visit our Flight Training page for information on our aviation training classes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kraemer Aviation / Flymall September 2021 Newsletter

Sunday, October 3rd, 2021

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

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

Earlier this month, Kraemer Aviation hosted their annual Labor Day cookout and car show. Click here for pictures from the event.

Interested in living at an airport?  Visit our Aviation Real Estate page here. You can view price data for airport property in our Market Watch section of the Flymall. Here is the data for all airport property. You can refine the search by “state” simply by searching for the desired state under “Model”.

Want to have your business highlighted on the Flymall???  We offer inexpensive rates to have your business featured on our Wheels & Wings page.  Contact us for more info.

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

If you enjoy history we have a new aviation history fact each day at the bottom of our webpages.  Some days there may be more than one, just refresh the page.  And if you like Beatles history, checkout our Events Calendar and select the Beatles category.  This is a work in progress, we’re building the most comprehensive calendar of important dates in Beatle history. For those that like to stick with current news, we have an aviation news ticker on our home page.  This is updated daily to show the current aviation news.

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

Instructors, what to highlight your students first solo or other achievement here?  Just send us a short write-up and a picture or two and we’ll post it here for you.  Click here for our contact info.

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

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

Air show season is always just around the corner.  Want to travel to air shows in your own aircraft?  Visit our used aircraft page on the Flymall to view our inventory.

Car/Motorcycle Show News: The Laytonsville Cruise In is the place to be on a Friday night in Montgomery County. You can also follow Harry on Facebook for daily updates during the many shows and events he attends.

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

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

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

Harry & Pat attended the Maryland Steam Historical Society annual show in Arcadia Maryland. … Click here for more pictures from the event.

Our Events Calendar has the most current info regarding local and national car shows, air shows, and more.  With nearly 30 categories, there is something for everyone.  The Day Tripper section of the Flymall has dozens of day trip ideals and interesting places to visit.  Check it out here.

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

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

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

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

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

Visit our online store to search for hard to find car parts, aircraft parts, and much more.  You can pay online in our secure store, just click on the Store button on our home page.

Visit the Test Drive section of the Flymall for reviews on automobiles, aircraft, motorcycles, and more. Read about it before you buy it.  You can also research price info on a wide variety of vehicles, collectibles, and more in the Market Watch section of the Flymall. 

If you’re restoring a fabric aircraft, Ira Walker of Walker Aviation is your resource.  Visit his page on the Flymall by clicking here

CFI / DPE Notes: Visit Harry’s Practical Test page for information on his checkrides.  You will also find useful information there to help you prepare for your checkride.  You can also visit Harry’s Lesson Plan section of the Flymall for other flight training information.  Visit our Flight Training page for information on our aviation training classes.

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

Three Wheel Association (TWA): Visit the Three Wheel Association page on the Flymall for more info on the association.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, September 1st, 2021

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

You can view past newsletters here. This month: The Veluwemeer Aqueduct, the history of bicycle brakes, Paul McCartney & the Fair Carol, little green frogs, and more.

Interested in living at an airport?  Visit our Aviation Real Estate page here.

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: Harry’s first “flight lesson” happen in August, way back on August 18 1984. It took place out of Martin State Airport in a Piper Tomahawk, N2346V. And the rest is history.

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: Rachel passed her instrument checkride earlier this month with Harry. Great job Rachel. This was her second checkride with Harry. She is headed to MIT with a full scholarship. She was also accepted Princeton, USAF Academy, Coast Guard Academy, Johns Hopkins, and numerous other well known colleges. She wants to be a fighter pilot for the US military.

Tom passed his flight instructor checkride earlier this month with Harry. He did an outstanding job. Every maneuver was textbook perfect. Excellent job Tom. This has been his life goal since he was 14 years old.

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: Over the years, Harry has nominated a few pilots for the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award. This month he has started the process for two other aviators that meet the criteria. One of the nominees was the owner of an aircraft that Harry brokered and sold for him. And the other is a retired American Airlines A&P and private pilot. In upcoming newsletters, we’ll have more information on these two aviators.

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

Air show season is always just around the corner.  Want to travel to air shows in your own aircraft?  Visit our used aircraft page on the Flymall to view our inventory. We always need used aircraft inventory, contact us if you have a plane to sell.

Car/Motorcycle Show News: The Flymall team attended Simple Transport 14. We had three bicycles on display this year and all three bikes won an award. Click here for more pictures from the event. Click on the image below for a larger view.

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:  In the past, we have brought you many barn finds, a wall find, hangar finds, mine find (click here for the post on the mine find), scrap pile find (click here for the post on the scrap pile find), and more. This month we have a curb find (sidewalk find). Harry noticed an old Raleigh bicycle sitting outside of a local bicycle shop (it had been there for a few weeks). One day Harry asked if it was for sale and the owner said that someone just left it there after hours one evening (abandoned it he said). The owner of the shop said to Harry “It’s yours if you want it. Just take it free of charge”. We’re still doing research, however, we believe this to be a 1974 Raleigh Tourist DL-1. It now resides in our collection along side some of bicycles made in England; the Coventry Rotarty Tandem and the Geared Facile. It has found a good home. Click on the image for a larger view.

Need an appraisal on your barn find?  Visit our Appraisal Page for information on our appraisals. 

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: A sign of the times. As we get closer to the peak of hurricane season, we tend to see more and more storms in the eastern Atlantic. Here’s a snap shot of the weather may on August 18 2021 showing two tropical storms hitting the states at the same time.

We ended August 2021 with a Category 4 hurricane hitting the Gulf Coast.

And on August 30, we had 3 tropical storms in the Atlantic.

Three Wheel Association (TWA): Visit the Three Wheel Association page on the Flymall for more info on the association.

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

Prototypes: Often when one thinks of prototypes, we’re envisioning a new car concept or motorcycle, and maybe even an aircraft. This month we’re going to cover some of the unique braking systems found on bicycles.

The first bicycle called a Laufmachine, was designed by Karl Drais in 1817. This bike had a pivoting shoe that was pressed against the rear tire to slow the bike down.

On November 23, 1897, Abram W. Duck of Duck’s Cyclery in Oakland, California was granted a patent for his Duck Roller Brake (U.S. Patent 594,234). The duck brake used a rod operated by a lever on the handlebar to pull twin rubber rollers against the front tyre, braking the front wheel. This system is very similar to the braking system on our 1974 Raleigh.

Here is a picture of the front brake on the Raleigh.

Our 1885 Geared Facile uses a “spoon” type braking system. This system uses a lever on the handlebars to press a “spoon” against the front wheel to slow the bicycle.

Our 1898 Rex bicycle uses a small metal plate that presses on the front wheel to slow the bike. The rider is required to remove his/her feet from the pedals and shift them to this lever.

Our 1886 Coventry uses a band type brake system. I leather or rubber band is secured around the hub and is operated by a hand lever.

Our Raleigh bicycle has a Sturmey-Archer 3 speed hub. Sturmey-Archer began in Nottingham England in 1902 with the invention of the world’s first 3-speed internal gear hub for bicycles. The company was founded in 1902 by Henry Sturmey and James Archer under the guidance of Frank Bowden, the primary owner of Raleigh.

Nautical Notes: Did you know??? A few of the songs from London Town, the sixth studio album by Paul McCartney’s band “Wings” were recorded on a yacht named “Fair Carol” while in the Virgin Islands.  The working title of the album was “Water Wings”. The idea of recording songs on a boat most likely came from Denny Laine whom made a visit to a floating studio in the United States. Paul McCartney arranged for a recording studio to be built on the yacht Fair Carol. Paul and Linda hired another yacht to serve as a floating home for themselves and their three daughters, while a third chartered yacht housed Wings Joe English, Jimmy McCulloch, and Denny Laine. The picture below shows the band on the boat rehearsing some songs. Click on the image for a larger view. Click here for more info on the recording sessions on the Fair Carol. You can also search our events calendar for significant dates with the band on the Fair Carol. Once you open the events calendar, use the search box and search for Fair Carol.

Here’s another cool piece for this month with a nautical theme as well as a Beatles theme (sort of). The Beatles as well as Paul McCartney have performed in the Netherlands numerous times. And the Netherlands is home to the very unique Veluwemeer Aqueduct.

Animals in the headlines: Our gardens at Kraemer Aviation are full of wild life. We recently found numerous of these little green tree frogs in one of our ponds. Click on the image for a larger view.

We close this newsletter with these words: In a world where you can be anything, be kind!

Flymall.org July 2021 Wheels & Wings Newsletter

Friday, July 30th, 2021

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

You can view past newsletters here.

This month: This month is all about early transportation vehicles including; the earliest know wheeled vehicle, early wheels, Pesse canoe, Stephan Farffler wheel chair, 1st pilot license, aircraft of the 1400s, and more. Coming in September or October, a local person receives some recognition from Mercedes for his high mileage vehicle.

Earlier this month, the Kraemers hosted their annual 4th of July cookout and car show. The weather was perfect and everyone had a good time. Click here for pictures from the event.

Interested in living at an airport?  Visit our Aviation Real Estate page here.

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: Have you ever wondered when thew first “wheeled” vehicle was made? The earliest well-dated image of a wheeled vehicle was found on a Bronocice pot. The pot was radiocabon dated to 3500-3350 BCE. The pot or ceramic vase was discovered in 1976 during the archaeological excavation of a large Neolithic settlement in Bronocice near Kraków. Pictured below is an early example of a wheel made out of solid wood. Click on the image for a larger view.

If you enjoy history we have a new aviation history fact each day at the bottom of our webpages.  Some days there may be more than one, just refresh the page.  And if you like Beatles history, checkout our Events Calendar and select the Beatles category.  This is a work in progress, we’re building the most comprehensive calendar of important dates in Beatle history. For those that like to stick with current news, we have an aviation news ticker on our home page.  This is updated daily to show the current aviation news.

Achievements & Special Recognition: This month we want to congratulate Elizabeth for passing her commercial pilot checkride with Harry. She did the checkride in her own plane, how cool is that? She is only 19 years old and still does not have her driver’s license. So she can fly a plane for hire, however she cannot drive herself to the airport. Elizabeth is a very gifted and talented pilot. She’ll do very well in her aviation career.

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: In the 1400s, Leonardo da Vinci designed the four-person aerial screw (pictured below), a helicopter like aircraft. Much of his work remained unknown until about 1797. Just think how amazing this was for him to come up with this, way back in the 1400s. Perhaps he was inspired by maple tree seeds (what we now call helicopters because of the way they fall).

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

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. We are often looking for aircraft as well. Often we can make you a cash offer for your aircraft. Contact us if you have a plane to sell.

Car/Motorcycle Show News: If you have not been there yet, the Laytonsville Cruise In is the coolest place to be on Friday nights in Montgomery County. We have brick oven pizza, locally made ice cream, music, food trucks, and more.

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. 

This month is all about the early transportation history. While not a barn find, here’s an “auction find” from several years ago at an auction we attended. This wheel was coming up for auction at a later date. It was made in the 1600s.  Very cool piece of history. Too bad its not in our collection.  Send us your cool finds so we can post it here.

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: Who was the very first licensed pilot? While the Wright Bros were the first to fly, they did not hold a pilot’s license. That honor goes to William P. MacCracken. It was offered to Orville Wright, however he declined the honor. Click here for more info.

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: On July 25, we had some air mass or popup thunderstorms in the area. We captured a screen shot of one with a cell shaped like a heart.

Three Wheel Association (TWA): The earliest vehicle in our collection of rare three wheelers, is this Civil War era wheelchair. From what we know, it is all original. It was made around the 1860s. Its still fully functional.

We are in the process of having a working replica made of Stephan Farffler’s manumotive carriage that he made in the year 1655. Look for updates in future newsletters. This vehicle will make it’s first public appearance at the Laytonsville Cruise In. Stay tuned!

Visit the Three Wheel Association page on the Flymall for more info on the association.

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

Prototypes: Most believe that the chariot originated in Mesopotamia in about 3000 BC. Historians have discovered monuments from that era that depict battle parades which include heavy vehicles with solid wheels, their bodywork framed with wood and covered with animal skins. A two-wheeled version of this chariot soon proved superior in battle because of its higher maneuverability.

The first “bicycle” was made around 1817. Referred to as a dandy horse. It was actually invented in Germany by  Karl Drais who called it a Laufmaschine. Other early names included vélocipède, draisienne, pedestrian curricle, and hobby-horse.

Nautical Notes: Since we’re covering early transportation this month, boats are included as well. Evidence suggest that boats were used over 900,000 years ago. The earliest boats were most likely dugouts. The oldest known boat in the world is the Pesse canoe, found in the Netherlands, is a dugout made from the hollowed tree trunk of a Pinus sylvestris that was constructed somewhere between 8200 and 7600 BC.  Pictured here is the Pesse canoe.

Animals in the headlines: Dog sleds date back to at least 2000 BC. We have an authentic dog sled in our transportation museum. Jett is currently being trained to pull the sled. This sled was hand made by a husband and wife in southern PA. Click on the images for a larger view.

We close this newsletter with these words: A great full heart is a magnet for miracles!

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Kraemer Aviation / Flymall June 2021 Wheels & Wings Newsletter

Wednesday, June 30th, 2021

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

This month: the Charvolant, Pontiac LeMans Sport Truck, smallest airport, a one of a kind three wheeler, and more.

You can view past newsletters here.

Interested in living at an airport?  Visit our Aviation Real Estate page here.

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: Most folks know that the BSA Motorcycle company got their start manufacturing guns. But did you know that Royal Enfield also got started in pretty much the same way? Yes, its true.

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: Have you ever wondered what the smallest airport in the world is? Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport is often acknowledged as the smallest airport with a very short runway. Have you ever landed there?

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

Air show season is always just around the corner.  Want to travel to air shows in your own aircraft?  Visit our used aircraft page on the Flymall to view our inventory.

Car/Motorcycle Show News: The Flymall Team attended the MDO Cycles show earlier this month. Our 1912 AC Delivery Trike took first place in it’s class. Click here for pictures from the event.

Our Events Calendar has the most current info regarding local and national car shows, air shows, and more.  With nearly 30 categories, there is something for everyone.  The Day Tripper section of the Flymall has dozens of day trip ideals and interesting places to visit.  Check it out here.

Don’t forget, the third Friday of every month is an award night at the Laytonsville Cruise In. This year the focus is on the kids. Kids are encouraged to bring their bikes, pedal cars, toy cars, or whatever and enter it for a chance to win an award. Here is one the the winners for this month. Click on the image for a larger view.

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

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: Follow Harry on Facebook for daily updates on checkride success and more Wheels & Wings news.

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: Did you know that The Great Labor Day Hurricane of 1935. was the most intense (in terms of pressure) Atlantic hurricane to make landfall and it was also tied with with Hurricane Dorian in 2019 for the strongest maximum substantiated winds (185 mph).

Three Wheel Association (TWA): A classic car club in Germany discovered this one of a kind three wheeler. It is not clear if it was a “factory built” or “production” vehicle. There are no serial number numbers or ID on the vehicle. It has a two speed transmission, oil lamps, and a foot operated bellows horn.

Visit the Three Wheel Association page on the Flymall for more info on the association.

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

Prototypes: The 1968 LeMans Sport Truck was originally built as a GM prototype design proposal and is said to have inspired the GMC Sprint. It is not clear how many were built.

Nautical Notes: George Pocock was an inventor (1774–1843) that was known for inventing the Charvolant, an early carriage that was powered by two kites. He advocated other uses for kites including auxiliary sail power for ships. We hope to have a replica of this vehicle in our transportation museum when it opens.

 

Animals in the headlines: Jett turned 8 years old earlier this month. Happy birthday Jett. Click on the image for a larger view.

We close this newsletter with these words: Remember to delight yourself first, then others can be truly delighted… When we focus on the song of our soul and heart, then others will be touched similarly

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