|by Bill Dougherty
September 28-30, 2007
Thanks to the L-Birds that attended the Fly-In: 3 L-2 Taylorcraft, 1
O-58B (L-3) Aeronca , 3 L-16 Aeronca , 1 L-4 Piper, 1 NAVY NE-1 (L-4)
Piper, 1 L-5 Stinson & 1 rare Stinson 10A (L-9) in civilian dress.
All were very authentic appearing, beautiful examples.
In addition, The Fort Mead Flying Facility (club) brought a Cessna
T-41C "Mescalero" (210 h.p. 172) which had served at the U.S. Air Force
Academy to train cadets in the 90's.
At least 13 or 14 other guest aircraft also flew in including a second
(civilian) Cessna from the Fort Mead Flying Facility and also a Let
Z-37 »melŠk ("Bumblebee"), former Czechoslovakian cropduster with a
315 h.p. Avia M-137A radial engine.
Congratulations to Michael Meyers of Owings, MD on the immaculate and
beautiful restoration of his 1959 Cessna 182B N2604G - should be an
award winner! For contrast there was a brand new 2007 Cessna 182T
(sorry, I don't know who is the owner of N935FA).
While a military convoy & battle did not take place the L-Bird
Reenactors held their encampment and enjoyed the perfect September
weather. The half-track was busy giving demonstration rides and I
understand it even made a late evening trip to Millington for
refreshments. Thanks to all the reenactors. We look forward to seeing
you again next year.
A small contingent of German Luftwaffe reenactors also camped out over
the weekend. They were accompanied by a Russian Front Ace & Prisoner of
War: Leutnant Gottfried Dulius, JG-53, Me-109 Pilot, who was inducted
this year into the Gathering of Eagles at Air Command and Staff College
(ACSC), Maxwell AFB, Alabama. Among previous honorees are: Jimmy
Doolittle, Curtis LeMay, George Gay, "Chuck" Yeager, Gail Halverson,
Paul Tibbets, "Gabby" Gabreski, Robin Olds, Neil Armstrong, "Pappy"
Boyington, Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., & John Glenn. This is very esteemed
Former German soldiers are still understandably controversial and it is
impossible to escape some measure of doubt about their wartime
activities. I have not researched the man's record and must rely on the
Maxwell AFB Eagle committee for authentification. Personally, I was
more intrigued by Mr. Dulius' experiences as a Russian prisoner of war
because I knew that only a very small fraction ever returned and he has
an extremely disturbing story of his 3 years as a slave laborer.
(Ironically, Mr. Dulius was swindled out of his life savings recently
over the foreign publication of his book "Another Bowl of Kapusta").
He has led an "interesting" life.
Don Sloan offered and Gottfried accepted a ride in the Stearman and I
believe he was very moved by Don's generosity and thankful to have the
opportunity to take the controls once again at the age of 82.
Finally, Thank you to Lex Dupont for the Fly-By in his FM-2 Grumman
Wildcat, MOST IMPRESSIVE! A perfect ending to the day.