We had a very good turnout Saturday at Paul Spurgeons’
After I landed in the Taylorcraft, five out of the seven airplanes there at that time were taildraggers. A very few minutes later the ratio was 7/9. Later more nose-draggers came in. The total airplanes flying in was at least 15. The more than 50 attendees seemed to enjoy the food and fellowship. We were glade to see our Chapter’s namesake, Alan Henley, present. See more photos in Photo Gallery.
(From Chapter member Gill Deshongh:)
More than fifty attendees enjoyed boiled crawfish at West Point on May 28. There must have been more than 20 airplanes flying in. An ‘official’ count will be included in the minutes, to be posted later. Tommy Reed and helpers worked hard to get everything ready, including the crawfish. Tommy and Gina’s sons Lane and Luke manned the two golf carts, shuttling people from parked cars and airplanes.
Minutes of the meeting are now posted.
A Look back in time: Aeronca Champ at Baldwyn, MS in early fifties.
We used to go out to the little sod strip on Saturday and Sunday afternoons to watch the airplanes take off and land. I thought pilots were almost super-human. Here is Bill Parton, one of the pioneering pilots of the area. The gentleman in the white shirt is Walter Greene, our rural mail carrier. John Melvin Duke recalls that his dad owned the Champ. He traded a jeep and a “some amount of cash” for it (I’ll bet it wasn’t much). John Melvin remembers the Champ was yellow with the teardrop-shaped stripe painted red.
(Thanks to Carl Houston and the Baldwyn Bearcat blog for the photo.)
Steven Stopler’s photograph showing Carey Hardin (#469), John Laughter (#515), Jim Ratliff (#130) and Vic Syracuse (#393) in formation over Pensacola Beach during Veterans Flight 2015 is the back cover of the February 2016 issue of the Stearman Restorers Association magazine.
Top photo: Well-known pilot and Chapter 1189 member Aero English receiving the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award from FAA Representative Larry Wells on Saturday, April 11. We also heard an entertaining speech from former Astronaut and retired Brig. General Robert Stewart.
Aero also received recognition from the Monroe County Board of Supervisors. And Aubie Pearman read Mississippi House Resolution 135 commending Aero for his long service in the State. These formalities were preceded by an Honor Guard presentation of the Colors and the singing of our National Anthem. We had a very good turnout, with about 30 airplanes flying in. See more photos under ‘Photo Gallery’.
Menu additions:The A & P’s, etc that were listed in this spot have been moved to the “Technical Assistance” category.