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Flymall Wheels & Wings March 2019 Newsletter

Thursday, March 14th, 2019

Welcome to the Kraemer Aviation / Flymall Wheels & Wings March 2019 Newsletter.  Lots of exciting items this month.  Click here for past newsletters.  Click here for our March 2019 newsletter.

Earlier in March, the Flymall team attended their annual FAA FAAST Team Rep training at the College Park Airport.  Afterwards they spent some time in the College Park Aviation Museum.  Great place, with lots of aviation history.  Click here for some pictures of their visit to the museum.

The Flymall is your one stop source for pilot supplies, automotive parts, appraisals, real estate, aircraft sales, and more. We have a limited supply of used headsets for sale. For details click here. We also have an older STS handheld transceiver for sale. We’re selling the transceiver for half of what they go for on ebay.

In late February Harry visited his hometown of Dundalk Maryland and stopped in the famous Herman’s Bakery for a few of their famous strawberry shortcakes.  A few (he purchased 6 of them)!!!

 

 

This month we’re introducing a new section to our newsletter, History Trivia.  We’ll have something new each month.  We also have a “Today in Aviation History” fact at the bottom of our webpages each day. 

History Trivia: Does the name John Coffey ring a bell?  John Coffey was a crew member on the Titanic.  He snuck off in Queenstown Ireland.  Some reports say that he had a bad feeling about the trip, possibility a disaster was going to happen.  Father Francis Browne was another passenger that got off of Titanic in Queenstown Ireland.  Browne is best known for his pictures he took of the Titanic and the crew before he disembarked. 

Earlier in March we remembered George Martin, The Beatles producer.  He passed away on March 8 2016.  Many do not know that George Martin played on many Beatles songs.  You can visit March 8 in our Events Calendar to see the list of songs George Martin played on.  This date along with many other Beatles dates are listed in our Events Calendar.

Achievements & Special RecognitionEarlier in March we helped another aircraft broker sell this fine looking Socata TB20.  There’re usually very hard to sell since there is not a big market for them.  We sold the aircraft is less then a month to one of our repeat customers.  Like most of our aircraft sales, this was purchased sight unseen based on our good reputation.

It has taken years to build up an excellent sales reputation and to be able to sell aircraft sight unseen.  We’re proud of that

Aviation/Aviators in the news:  Chances are that if you go to an airshow this season, you will see a jet powered aircraft fly.  Are you familiar with the dawn of the jet age?  The jet engine had a slow start with numerous setbacks.  The jet engine wasn’t always smooth sailing. Frank Whittle is credited with inventing the turbojet engine.  Whittle started tinkering with engine design in the 1920s.  He first started with a motorjet design. He soon discovered that a motorjet would weigh as much as a conventional piston engine of the day, so the motorjet idea was scrapped.  That is when he switched to the turbine idea.  Whittle has numerous setbacks and delays, some due to financial reasons.  Meanwhile in Germany, Hans von Ohain had started work on a prototype in 1935, and had by this point passed the prototype stage and was building the world’s first flyable Jet aircraft, the Heinkel HeS 3. Whittle did not have a jet aircraft flying until 1941 while Hans von Ohain had a jet flying by 1939.  Both Whittle and von Ohain had setbacks and numerous other issues, however, they started the jet age of flight.

Ira Walker of Walker Aviation is the shop for restoration of your fabric wing aircraft.  Ira is a long time advertiser on the Flymall.  Ira also restores and builds Snow Cars.  Click on the image below to be redirected to Ira’s Facebook post about his Snow Cars.  You can also visit Ira’s Facebook page called Forgotten Transportation of America for more interesting videos on his snow cars.  You can access Ira’s page on the Flymall by clicking here.

 

Car/Motorcycle Show News:  Numerous air show and car show events have been added to our Events Calendar.  You can also visit the Day Tripper section of the Flymall for fun and unique places to visit, like Jules’ Undersea LodgeThe Laytonsville Cruise In is 10 years old this year.  We have a lot of new special events for the cruise in this year.

Here are just a few of the surprises for the Laytonsville Cruise In this year:

We plan to have a sponsor for the opening cruise in (May 17). Free ice cream if you drive a classic vehicle. 

June, July, August, September – The TFR and Kraemer Aviation will sponsor awards for the 3rd Friday of each month for awards. We plan to mix it up as far as voting goes: Popular vote, Judges, Participant votes. 

We may also have various food trucks on Friday.

Barn Finds/Hangar Finds:  The Flymall Forum is a great resource for reports on various vehicles, motorcycles, aircraft, and more.  You can add a review or just see what others have written.  The forum is accessible from our home page Flymall.org.   The forum has a lot of other useful information such as a section on Home Improvement and a Pilots and Pets section. 

This month we have a hangar find.  Harry has located a Beechcraft Sundowner that has been sitting for a while in a hangar.  It does have some current damage and damage history.  This would be a great buy for someone just for the engine.  Click here for details

Our Market Watch is a valuable tool for researching prices for various vehicles, aircraft, collectibles, and more.  It is smart phone friendly and easy to use.  For many vehicles (aircraft, automobiles, motorcycles, etc) our Market Watch is the only database available to view price data.

CFI / DPE Notes:  Visit the new Practical Test page on the Flymall.  Harry has a Question & Answer database that references the Airman Certification Standards with the Knowledge Test Codes.  You can also look up a Knowledge Test Code and see the FAA questions for that code. Harry plans to have FAA test figures referenced as well as the FAA figures for all of the maneuvers required on a Practical Test.  You can search it by key words.  You can search it by the different Areas of Operation in the ACS or PTS.  It is a work in progress.  It will soon be available to the public for a small fee for a year access.   Click here for sample screenshots of the database.  We’re considering a $12 per year fee for access to the database.  If you interested you can leave some feedback in the comment section below.

Weather in the news March 3 2019 winter storm.

 

Here is a video showing some tornado damage at an airport.  This was from early in March.

March 9 2019 storm that stretched from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.

 

Three Wheel Association (TWA) Morgan, Darmont, Sandford???  What is the connection?

About the time of WWI, a French gentleman named Robert Darmont started his business as a importer of the Morgan 3 wheeler from England.  After the war he obtained a license from Morgan to build the Morgan 3 wheeler in France.  The Darmont-Morgan was born.  The Morgan and Darmont-Morgan are basically identical, although one was built in France.  Pictured below is a 1926 Darmont Special.

Stewart Sandford, another French gentleman was selling the Morgan 3 wheeler in France. Stewart saw the need for a faster, more powerful 3 wheeler so he designed the Sandford 3 wheeler.  It had a 4 cylinder Ruby engine in it.  Very different from the Morgan. The Sandford is all steel with the engine fully enclosed.  The Morgan F series 3 wheeler did have an enclosed engine.  A Sandford is pictured below.

Both the Darmont and Sandford are often confused as Morgan Three Wheelers.

Prototypes:  This month we’re featuring some GM concept cars and prototypes. Here is an interesting GM concept car, the Corsair.

Here is an older post we did just on the Chevy Camaro and some of the Camaro concepts.  From his very early teens, Harry was a Camaro man.  His first car was a 1972 Camaro.  He soon added a second Camaro, because two are better than one.  Pictured below is Harry with his 1972 Camaro.

 

Animals in the headlines:  This month our own Jett is in the headlines.  She often accompanies Harry on aircraft sales trips and can often be found just hanging out at the airport.  Click here for her page on the Flymall.

 

We close this newsletter with these words:  Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.

Flying Cars, Past, Present, & Future

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

As a young child in the early 1960s I grew up hanging out in the garage with my father, at the marina with my grandfather, and at small local airports.  My interest in flying cars started about that time.  Around 1963 I was given a book called “The Golden Stamp Book of Automobiles of Today and Yesterday”.  I still have this book and the price tag on it was 42 cents.  The last car featured in the book was called the “Ford Dream Car”.  It was an atomic powered car that could fly.  It was around this time that the United States was in the space race with Russia.  In school, classes were stopped to watch our rockets being launched.  As a young child seeing the Ford Dream Car and watching rockets being launched into space, I became very excited about flying cars.  I would see sports cars of the 1960s like the Corvette Stingray and tell my dad that car could be made into a flying car.  I would often draw cars with wings on them.  The book I received in the 1960s has developed into a very large collection of flying car related memorabilia, models, books, videos, and other miscellaneous items.

Fast forward to the 1980s and I have my pilot’s license.  And my interest in flying cars was still there.  It was when I started using small aircraft to travel that I realized how practical a flying car would be.  After renting an airplane, I still needed to rent a car to get to my final destination.

Flying cars are just about as old as airplanes.  Glenn Curtiss is credited with having the first flying car.  It was 1917 When Glenn Curtiss showed the world his “Autoplane” at the Pan-American Aeronautical Exposition in New York City.  This was only 14 years after the Wright Bros first flew and just nine years after the Model T was introduced.

Over the 100 plus years of powered flight, there have been numerous attempts to build a flying car.  In the 1930s Waldo Waterman designed and built a 3 wheel flying car called the Aerobile.  The wings were detachable for ground operations.  Powered by a water cooled, six cylinder, Franklin (Tucker) engine, in the air, it was capable of speeds as high as 110 miles per hour.  A prototype flew in 1937, a total of six were made.  As with many of Waldo Waterman’s designs, this was tailless.

After the birth of powered flight and once the average person could get a pilot’s license, we soon discovered that general aviation aircraft only got you close to your destination.  Once you landed, you still needed ground transportation.  Flying cars/roadable aircraft were born practically out of necessity.   This is very true with Robert Fulton and his Airphibian.  During WWII Robert traveled a lot by small aircraft only to wait at the airport for his ground transportation.  He thought if only my small airplane could drive me to town.  And in 1946 Robert Fulton designed the Airphibian.  It could convert from plane to car in about 5 minutes with no tools.  It has been reported that the Airphibian was as easy to drive as it was to fly.  It could fly at speeds up to 110 MPH and 55 MPH on the ground.  The drawback to Fulton’s design was that you had to detach the wings and leave them at the airport.

Molt Taylor and his Aerocar made an appearance around 1950. Molt Taylor met Robert Fulton and saw his Airphibian.  Molt had a better idea.  Why not make the wings fold back and form a trailer?  This way if you had to land because of bad weather, you could continue on to your destination with the wings in tow.  Once the weather improved, reconnect the wings and you’re back in the air.  Two models of the Aerocar were build.

Fast forward to the 21st century we find the Switchblade, a 3 wheel flying motorcycle.   Still in the development stage, the plans are to offer the Switchblade as a kit.  The Switchblade is built of carbon fiber and other new light weight materials.  The company hopes to have a prototype flying by the end of 2019.

There is a flying car that you can purchase now.  The PAL-V built by the Dutch company PAL-V International BV.  Their vehicle is an autogyro or gyrocopter that is capable of being driving on public roads.  The last check of their website shows a price of $399,000 USD for their basic model.

These are just a few of the attempts to build and market a successful flying car or roadable aircraft.  Over the past 100 plus years there have been numerous attempts, some never making it past the drawing stage.

But as the 21st century begins, there are many visionary companies that see a world filled with cars that fly. Some are nearly ready for production, some will be all electric, some will be based on motorcycle frames.  The industry is in a technological revolution, much like cars at the dawn of the last century.

Kraemer Aviation / Flymall Wheels & Wings February 2019 Newsletter

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

Welcome to the Kraemer Aviation / Flymall Wheels & Wings February  2019 Newsletter.  Lots of exciting items this month.  Click here for past newsletters.  Click here for our February 2019 Newsletter.

Looking for something we covered in the past?  Our newsletter section is searchable.  Just use the search box (in the newsletter section) to search for key words or a phrase.  We have thousands of topics in our archive.

It has been 50 years since the Beatles’s roof top concert.  Visit our Events Calendar for more dates in Beatle history.  Just select the “Beatles” category.  You can have the calendar email you a reminder about an event, or you can download the event to your calendar.

The Flymall team attended The Family Room birthday party earlier this month and Pat got to meet the mayor of Laytonsville.

Click here for more pictures from the event.

 

In an effort to better serve the needs of our aviators selling airport homes or airport property, Harry has teamed up with Sarah McNelis of Long & Foster Real Estate.  This partnership will allow us to better serve our clients from coast to coast when it comes to selling their unique airport homes.  Visit the Real Estate section of the Flymall for more information.

Achievements & Special Recognition:

Here’s a great story about a formerly homeless young lady in Oklahoma City who was able to rise out of a bad situation to become an automative mechanic, aviation technician, and now a civilian employee (working on jet aircraft) at Tinker Air Force Base, and also an instructor at MetroTech teaching others. Very inspirational story!  Porsha Lippincott is a fine example of a person that turned around a bad situation and made her life better!

 

February 20, 1962: John H. Glenn becomes the first American astronaut to orbit the earth.  If you enjoy aviation history, we have a new fact each day at the bottom of our webpages.  For some days there are more than one, just refresh the page to see if a new fact appears.  We also have the current aviation news headlines on our main page.

 

Aviation/Aviators in the news:  Want to see the world’s oldest aircraft fly?  Add a visit to the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome to your bucket list for this summer.  They have a 1909 Bleriot XI that flies regularly throughout the airshow season June to October each year in Rhinebeck New York. Click here for pictures from when the Flymall team visited the Aerodrome years ago.

Where is my flying car???  It’s in The Netherlands!  A bit pricey, but you can purchase a roadworthy, airworthy flying car.  The PAL-V Flying Car.

Visit Harry’s Flying Car page on the Flymall for more information on Flying Cars.

Here is an interesting watercraft we found.  Its called Flynano.  Its half jet-ski, half airplane.  The company claims that you do not need a pilot’s license to fly it.  Not sure about that part.  Click here for their site.

A Facebook find.  Here is a story about a solar powered aircraft that will fly to the edge of space and back.

Harry’s friend Brenda who started Bravo Flight Training at the Frederick Airport has expanded to KGAI.  If you are looking for an award winning flight school in Montgomery County Maryland, Bravo is the place to go.

Looking for a used aircraft?  Visit our used aircraft section of the Flymall.  We have new inventory coming in weekly.  

In addition to aviators in the news, this month we have a runway in the news.  Here’s a runway where is opposite end is NOT 180 degrees away.

 

Pat, Linda, and Veronika visited iFLY, indoor skydiving. 

Click here for more pictures from iFly.

 

 

Car/Motorcycle Show News:  Have you ever seen a Ford electric scooter?  Here’s the Ojo Electric Scooter.  This would be great to scoot around at car shows this season.  Imagine the territory you could cover.  These are built in California by Ojo Electric under a license agreement with Ford.  A win win situation for both companies.  Ojo, a little unknown company gets to put the familiar Ford logo on it’s new line of electric scooters.  Now-a-days everyone is all about cleaner and greener.  The Ojo is just that and it even has the Ford name on it.

The “Speeding Ticket” is 123 years old. In 1896 driver Walter Arnold received Britain’s first speeding ticket. He had been caught in a Motor Carriage very similar to what we have pictured here. He was going four times the speed limit – at 8mph. He was chased and pulled over by a policeman on a bicycle.

Here are some interesting predictions regarding cars of the future.  This was published in a book in the early 1960s.  Next to the prediction we have stated about when this was available.

By the 1970s we’ll have:

Gas turbine engines in cars – Chrysler had one by 1963. However, Pontiac had built one in 1953.  Although not intended for production, it was called the Firebird I.

All around hydraulic bumpers – We had these around 1973.

Polarized headlamps and polarized glass to prevent glare.

Batteries that will last a lifetime. Not yet!

Radar activated brakes that will automatically slow down the car – Cadillac had such a system in the late 1950s, however the first modern system was out as early as 1995.

Highways will have built in electro-magnetic strips to control cars – In 2013 a city South Korea activated a section of highway that could charge an electric vehicle while it was driving.  Check out the Google results on the topic of roads that can charge electric cars.  Here are the Google results for magnetic roads to control cars.

The book went on to predict flying cars and self driving cars, both of which we now have.

If you want to know where the Flymall team will be next, visit our appearance schedule by clicking here

Harry’s Laytonsville Cruise In turns 10 years old this year.  If you’re looking for a place to go on Friday nights, the Laytonsville Cruise In is the place to go.

Barn Finds/Hangar Finds:  Need an appraisal on your barn find or hangar find?  Visit our appraisal page for information on our appraisals. Click here to see some of the rare warbirds that we have appraised.

Here is a story about a triple Bugatti (yes, 3 of them) barn find.  Click here for the story on BarnFinds.com.

Need help restoring your barn find or hangar find?  Visit the Tech Tip section of the Flymall for resources to help you while you’re restoring your barn find.

CFI / DPE Notes:  Pilots and flight instructors can visit Harry’s lesson plan page on the Flymall. 

Stay tuned for a new section on the Flymall.  Coming soon, Practical Test.  This page will have information for pilots preparing for checkrides.  

Weather in the news:  We have had a lot of winter storms this season. January 29 2019 snow.  Click here for some pictures from this snow storm.

The next day, January 30 2019 we had a snow squall come through that produced strong winds and heavy snow.

 

And on February 20 2019 we have another storm in the northeast with a rainbow of colors on the radar.

Three Wheel Association (TWA):  Here is an interesting 3 wheeler, its called the Ampere.  Its got 1960s Corvette styling.  Their website said that it will be available this year (2019).

TWA had a few of their vintage 3 wheelers out for some exercise earlier this month.

For other vehicles in the TWA collection click here

 Here is an interesting story about a French three wheeler that was entered in the inaugural Peking to Paris race and ended up in the Gobi Desert west of Beijing, abandoned for more than a century. Click here for the full story.

Prototypes:  The Flymall team attended the District Harley Davidson Open House for the roll-out of the all new all electric Harley Davidson.  Just a few short years ago this was just a concept with a prototype.

Click here for pictures from the event.

Animals in the headlines:

Here is a fox feeding orphan bear cubs.

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.

PAVE Checklist

Saturday, February 9th, 2019

The applicant will apply the PAVE checklist to the scenario.

The applicant will apply the PAVE checklist to the scenario.

Another way to mitigate risk is to perceive hazards. By incorporating the PAVE checklist into preflight planning, the pilot divides the risks of flight into four categories: Pilot-in-command (PIC), Aircraft, enVironment, and External pressures (PAVE) which form part of a pilot’s decision-making process.

P = Pilot in Command (PIC)

The pilot is one of the risk factors in a flight. The pilot must ask, “Am I ready for this trip?” in terms of experience, recency, currency, physical, and emotional condition. The IMSAFE checklist provides the answers.

A = Aircraft

What limitations will the aircraft impose upon the trip? Ask the following questions:

  1. Is this the right aircraft for the flight?
  2. Am I familiar with and current in this aircraft? Aircraft performance figures and the AFM are based on a brand new aircraft flown by a professional test pilot. Keep that in mind while assessing personal and aircraft performance.
  3. Is this aircraft equipped for the flight? Instruments? Lights? Navigation and communication equipment adequate?
  4. Can this aircraft use the runways available for the trip with an adequate margin of safety under the conditions to be flown?
  5. Can this aircraft carry the planned load?
  6. Can this aircraft operate at the altitudes needed for the trip?
  7. Does this aircraft have sufficient fuel capacity, with reserves, for trip legs planned?
  8. Does the fuel quantity delivered match the fuel quantity ordered?

V = EnVironment

Weather

Weather is a major environmental consideration. Earlier it was suggested pilots set their own personal minimums, especially when it comes to weather. As pilots evaluate the weather for a particular flight, they should consider the following:

• What is the current ceiling and visibility? In mountainous terrain, consider having higher minimums for ceiling and visibility, particularly if the terrain is unfamiliar.

• Consider the possibility that the weather may be different than forecast. Have alternative plans and be ready and willing to divert, should an unexpected change occur.

• Consider the winds at the airports being used and the strength of the crosswind component.

• If flying in mountainous terrain, consider whether there are strong winds aloft. Strong winds in mountainous terrain can cause severe turbulence and downdrafts and be very hazardous for aircraft even when there is no other significant weather.

• Are there any thunderstorms present or forecast?

• If there are clouds, is there any icing, current or forecast? What is the temperature/dew point spread and the current temperature at altitude? Can descent be made safely all along the route?

• If icing conditions are encountered, is the pilot experienced at operating the aircraft’s deicing or anti-icing equipment? Is this equipment in good condition and functional? For what icing conditions is the aircraft rated, if any?

Terrain

Evaluation of terrain is another important component of analyzing the flight environment.

• To avoid terrain and obstacles, especially at night or in low visibility, determine safe altitudes in advance by using the altitudes shown on VFR and IFR charts during preflight planning.

• Use maximum elevation figures (MEFs) and other easily obtainable data to minimize chances of an inflight collision with terrain or obstacles.

Airport

• What lights are available at the destination and alternate airports? VASI/PAPI or ILS glideslope guidance? Is the terminal airport equipped with them? Are they working? Will the pilot need to use the radio to activate the airport lights?

• Check the Notices to Airmen (NOTAM) for closed runways or airports. Look for runway or beacon lights out, nearby towers, etc.

• Choose the flight route wisely. An engine failure gives the nearby airports supreme importance.

• Are there shorter or obstructed fields at the destination and/or alternate airports?

Airspace

• If the trip is over remote areas, is there appropriate clothing, water, and survival gear onboard in the event of a forced landing?

• If the trip includes flying over water or unpopulated areas with the chance of losing visual reference to the horizon, the pilot must be prepared to fly IFR.

• Check the airspace and any temporary flight restriction (TFRs) along the route of flight.

Nighttime

Night flying requires special consideration.

• If the trip includes flying at night over water or unpopulated areas with the chance of losing visual reference to the horizon, the pilot must be prepared to fly IFR.

• Will the flight conditions allow a safe emergency landing at night?

• Perform preflight check of all aircraft lights, interior and exterior, for a night flight. Carry at least two flashlights—one for exterior preflight and a smaller one that can be dimmed and kept nearby.

E = External Pressures

External pressures are influences external to the flight that create a sense of pressure to complete a flight—often at the expense of safety. Factors that can be external pressures include the following:

• Someone waiting at the airport for the flight’s arrival

• A passenger the pilot does not want to disappoint

• The desire to demonstrate pilot qualifications

• The desire to impress someone (Probably the two most dangerous words in aviation are “Watch this!”)

• The desire to satisfy a specific personal goal (“get-home-itis,” “get-there-itis,” and “let’s-go-itis”)

• The pilot’s general goal-completion orientation

Emotional pressure associated with acknowledging that skill and experience levels may be lower than a pilot would like them to be. Pride can be a powerful external factor!

Flymall Wheels & Wings January 2019 Newsletter

Thursday, January 24th, 2019

Welcome to the Kraemer Aviation / Flymall Wheels & Wings January 2019 Newsletter.  Lots of exciting items this month.  Click here for past newsletters.  Click here for our January 2019 newsletter.

Looking for something we covered in the past?  Our newsletter section is searchable.  Just use the search box (in the newsletter section) to search for key words or a phrase.  We have thousands of topics in our archive.

This month we have some exciting news from Bravo Flight TrainingBravo Flight Training has expanded to KGAI.  Harry’s friend Brenda has expanded her operation to include a flight school / office at the Montgomery County Airpark.  For years there has been a demand for a quality flight school at KGAI and Bravo Flight Training has fulfilled this.

Achievements & Special Recognition:  For January 2019 we’re featuring the achievements of Mr. Harold Wagner.  A few months ago we featured a radial engine Piper Cub.  This month we’re introducing you to a Piper Twin Cub.  The Twin Cub was the idea of Mr. Harold Wagner of the Wagner Aircraft Co.  He wanted to create a simple and cheap twin engined SUV type aircraft and started experimenting with a PA18 Super Cub which he equipped with a second engine on top of the fuselage. The sports utility aircraft made its first flight on May 29, 1952 but tail flutter caused by the downthrust of the extra powerplant meant that the Twin Super Cub project had to be ended prematurely after only 8 hrs of flight time, after which the Super Cub was returned to stock configuration.  Mr. Wagner’s second attempt produced the Twin Cub. It consisted of a J-3 Cub and a PA-11 Cub Coupe fuselage mounted side-by-side using a small wing center section and central tailplane. The outer wing panels and tailplane were standard components. Because of the close proximity of the fuselages, only the righthand one could be occupied by a pilot and passenger, the lefthand fuselage serving only the purpose of engine mounting. The aircraft had no propeller synchronizing. The props rotating in different planes  to prevent hitting each other.  It is claimed that flight qualities were just great, even with one engine out.  Even though the purchase price was said to be about half of a regular twin engined aircraft, the Twin Cub remained a one-off and Mr. Wagner turned his attention to the Twin Tri-Pacer, where he bolted two engines to the nose of an otherwise standard Piper PA-22 Tri-Pacer.  None of the Wagner conversions achieved commercial success and both the Twin Cub and Twin Tri-Pacer returned to standard configuration.  Mr. Wagner does deserve some special recognition for his achievement and his vision to produce an inexpensive light twin aircraft.

 

Aviation/Aviators in the news: Derek Piggott, a well know and award winning glider pilot passed away on January 6 2019.  Derek was the first person to make an officially authenticated take-off and flight in a man-powered aircraft.  Click here for more info on Derek.

Here’s an interesting video that has been making its way around Facebook.  A touch and go in mid flight.

 

Go to air shows in style this year with your own affordable Warbird.  Kraemer Aviation has an award winning Cessna T-41 for sale.  Click here for detailsClick here for our other used aircraft for sale.

 

If you enjoy aviation history, each day we have a new aviation history fact at the bottom of our webpages.  Some days there are more than one, just refresh the page.  And on our home page we have the latest in aviation news.  It is all at Flymall.org.  And if you want current aviation news, we have that as well on our home page.

Car/Motorcycle Show News:  Visit our events calendar for up to date car show news and events.  Visit our appearance calendar to find out where the Flymall team will be.  Lots of air shows, airport open houses, car shows, etc. are being posted daily to our events calendar.

 

The Laytonsville Cruise In is a year round event.  2019 is the 10th year for the Laytonsville Cruise In.  We have had some large crowds on Friday night at Julliano’s Brick Oven Pizza.  Harry has a standing reservation for a large table near the pizza oven.  Folks start arriving around 4 PM on Friday evening, stop by and enjoy some good food and conversation.

 

Barn Finds/Hangar Finds:   Here is an unusual Barn Find for this month (spotted on ebay).  A 1958 GM Oldsmobile air ride pump compressor (V Twin).  Part number 5540194.  This was found still in the original box.  It’s new old stock.  In the TWA section this month we have some compressed air powered vehicles.  We thought it would be cool to have this miniature V Twin compressor on the front of a child’s size compressed air powered three wheeler similar to the Triking (pictured below).

 

 

 

We can appraise your barn find or hangar find.  Click here for our appraisal page.  Our Market Watch section of the Flymall is a valuable resource for pricing your barn find or hangar find.  You can search our Market Watch by any combination of Make, Model, and Year.  Under Make you can also enter names of movie starts and/or celebrities such as James Garner or even The Rockford Files.  Here you can compare prices for the Trans Am, it shows vehicles owned by Burt Reynolds and /or associated with his movies and it shows data for a regular Trans Am.  Celebrity status does increase the value of a vehicle.  Visit the Test Drive section of the Flymall.  In our Test Drive section you can research reviews on different vehicles and aircraft, or write a review yourself.  Sign up today and share a review.

 

CFI/DPE Notes:  P-Factor???  What is it?  When does it occur?

P-Factor https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P-factor  under Effects it says “The effect is most noticeable during the climb phase after take off and in flight conditions with high power and high angle of attack.”    Does this imply that it is always there?
Here is something out of an early FAA Publication called AC 61-23C Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge.  It says:  “The effects of P factor or asymmetric propeller loading usually occur when the airplane is flown at a high angle of attack.”  And then it goes on to say “Again this is most pronounced when the engine is operating at a high power setting and the airplane is flown at a high angle of attack.”  This is word for word from the FAA.  Is the FAA stating that it is always there?  They do say when it is most pronounced.
What are your thoughts?  Post any comments below.

Weather in the news:  2018 was the wettest year on record.  And 2019 is starting off with some large storms.  Here are two January storms, a week apart.  Both storms had an array of precip and both storms covered the states from top to bottom.

January 12 2019 storm system

January 19 storm system

 

 

Three Wheel Association (TWA):  A little history on three wheelers. A three-wheeled wheelchair was built in the mid to late 1600s by a disabled German man, Stephan Farffler, who wanted to be able to maintain his mobility. Since he was a watch-maker, he was able to create a vehicle that was powered by hand cranks. In 1789, two French inventors developed a three-wheeled vehicle, powered by pedals. They called it the tricycle. Stephan’s three wheeler is pictured here.  Harry hopes to have a replica of Stephan Farffler’s 3 wheeler in his collection.

Here we have a 3 wheeler with an aviation connection, a Martin Stationette.  Built by a pioneer aviator, engineer, and inventor named Capt. James Vernon Martin.  He would build one-off prototypes with hopes of finding a company to mass produce them.  Harry has appraised several one-off prototypes.  Click here for information on our appraisals.

 

Compressed air power cars???  Is this actually possible?  With many new electric vehicles and hybrids, can a vehicle run on compressed air?

Toyota has created a compressed air powered car called the KU:RIN.  It has achieved a top speed of just over 80 MPH on compressed air.  Click here for a picture via Google images.

 

Here is a new company that plans to mass produce compressed air powered vehicles in the US.  Zero Pollution Motors.  They plan to produce a 3 wheel vehicle called the AIRPod.  They will have models available for under $10,000.00 USD.

 

Looking for an entry level 3 wheeler project?  We have a nice vintage pedicab for sale.  Click here for details.

Prototypes:  Racing this month. Racecars and race planes.  Did you know that Racecar spelled backwards is Racecar!  Can a vehicle or aircraft look like it moving when it sitting still?  Sure!  Here are a few examples of some French vehicles (aircraft too) that look like their moving just sitting still.

Here is an interesting racecar.  It appears to be a Citroen.  Click on the picture for a larger view.

 

 

Here is a French racing plane that looks fast just sitting on the ramp. The Caudron C.450 and C.460 were French racing aircraft built to participate in the Coupe Deutsch de la Meurthe race of 1934. Pictured here is a Caudron C.460 Replica.  Click on the picture for a larger view.

 

Here is an unusual Beechcraft called a Model 34.  Click here for more info.  Not really a race plane, just something interesting we included this month.

 

 

Check out our new logo.  We’ll soon have items for sale in our store with our new logo.

Animals in the headlines:  This month our wolf dog Jett is in the news.  Check out Jett’s page on the Flymall.  She is a celebrity at the local Harley Davidson dealer.  Every time she visits the dealership she makes their Facebook page.  The Facebook post with her in them are always shared on our Facebook page.

 

 

We close this newsletter with these words of wisdom for our aviator readers:  Keep your heads up, you’ll see more airplanes.

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 https://flymall.org/blog/?p=2840

 

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 BarnFinds.com.

 

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.’

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 https://flymall.org/blog/?p=2777.

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 Flymall.org.  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?  Flymall.org has the tools you need to make the planning stages easier.  On our home page you can search fuel prices via 100LL.com.  And on Flymall.org/planes you have direct access to FlightPlan.com.

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.

Kraemer Aviation / Flymall.org 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 Flymall.org 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.

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

 

Today in Aviation History
March 26, 1966: Jack Schweibold set the current world distance record over a closed course for helicopters by piloting a Hughes YOH-6A 1,739.96 miles at Edwards AFB.